Study: Inherited genes can be overridden

June 17, 2009 It's been known for years that blood pressure is affected by genes. It's also known lifestyle affects blood pressure. This study shows that they interact and that the effects of those genes vary among individuals who have different behaviors.

Scientists say it's an important finding because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. They say their study in the journal Circulation reinforces the message that lifestyle changes can alter the effect of genetics.

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