Blood type may influence heart disease risk

New research published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a journal from American Heart Association looked at two large studies where close to 90 thousand adults were followed for 20 years.  Participants with blood type A, B or AB appeared to have a higher risk of cardiac disease – by 5%, 11% and 23%, respectively.  Lifestyle was a significant factor in decreasing the risk. How do you encourage your patients to modify their lifestyle to protect their heart? How often do you ask your patients about their blood type?

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