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Presence of Gene Could Predict Heart Disease Risk in Women

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Disability Help Group

Researchers have discovered that a certain version of the BCAR1 gene may help predict a high risk of developing heart disease. The catch is, the prediction only seems to predict the risk in women, and is not associated with male heart disease risk factors.

Researchers at the University College London studied close to 4,000 men and women whose BCAR1 gene was evaluated. The gene has two versions, the “GG” version that is considered a high-risk gene for heart disease, and a low-risk “AA” version. Approximately 33 percent of the women in the study had the GG version and had a 6.1 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke, compared to the women with the AA gene who only had a 2.5 percent risk of a cardiovascular episode.

The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, also mentions that the men with the GG version of the BCAR1 gene did not seem to have any substantial change in their risk assessment. This may be due to the fact that the GG version of the gene creates a higher heart disease risk when combined with high levels of estrogen, which is naturally more prevalent in women than men.

Doctors are now considering this gene as a potential target for new drug therapies and risk assessment methods. However, the research team also cautions that lifestyle risk factors should always be considered as a method of reducing the potential for heart disease.

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Simply having heart disease does not qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. If your doctor has diagnosed you with a heart condition, you will need to provide evidence of how it limits your ability to work.

If you have a heart condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Contact the Disability Help Group online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!