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Men can inherit heart disease

10 February 2012

The Y chromosome, which determines that a baby will be a boy, means that fathers can pass the condition on to their sons.

 

Coronary Heart Disease, which can lead to heart attacks, claims the lives of around 50,000 men every year. The presence of this version of the Y chromosome can increase the risk of heart disease by 50%.

 

Maciej Tomaszewski, as senior lecturer at the University’s Department of Cardiovascular Science, said that in the meantime men sound continue to get enough exercise, eat a healthy diet and keep blood pressure and cholesterol down, all of which can reduce the risk of heart attack.