Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What roles do biomarkers and lifestyle behaviors play in heart disease?

Both biomarkers and lifestyle behaviors can play important roles in your risk of getting heart disease.

Though not every behavior or biomarker causes an equal risk of heart disease, they do each have an effect, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For example, your family history can be one of the foremost issues when it comes to risk of heart disease, according to the NIH.

Tobacco use is a lifestyle behavior that poses a major risk of heart disease, according to the NIH. Not managing diabetes well also can be a behavior that leads to a high risk of heart disease.

Other behaviors, such as obesity and stress, are still risk factors, but don’t create quite as high a risk.

As for biomarkers, two in particular have been found to place you at a higher risk of heart disease – C-reactive protein (CRP) and BNatriuretic peptide (BNP), according to the NIH.

Though there are another almost 60 biomarkers being studies for their relation to heart disease risk, no others have been found yet to have the same specific risk, the NIH states.

Talk with your physician for more information about how biomarkers and lifestyle behaviors affect risk factors for heart disease.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group