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The role of genetics in cardiovascular health and disease

6:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday 30 March

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Today, 7.4 million people in the UK are living with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes develop in very complex ways. Many factors can influence your risk of developing these diseases, including your age, sex, ethnicity, weight, blood pressure, blood cholesterol and whether you smoke or have diabetes. We also know that genetics plays a role in determining your disease risk. This is why cardiovascular diseases occur more frequently in some families compared to others.

Recent scientific advances have identified many common changes in genes (i.e. specific parts of your DNA) that affect your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Individually, the effect of each genetic change on your risk is usually small. However, even these small DNA changes can tell us a lot about the biology of cardiovascular diseases, as they pinpoint specific genes that may be important.

Researchers at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, explain the impact genetic changes can have on the risk of cardiovascular disease and how scientific studies are being used to investigate this. A short Q&A panel discussion will follow the talk.

Speakers include: Dr Dirk Paul, Dr Seamus Harrison, Valerie Rhenius, Amy Lafont.

This research is conducted by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, in partnership with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Research studies website:

Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit Twitter: @CAMBRIDGE_CEU

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Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 100
Theme: Society, Health

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