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love2volunteer posted:
Recently diagnosed with C677T MTHFR and can not find a lot of information on it. I know it can lead to premature cardiovascular disease (which I already have a STRONG history of) Would love more information on it.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi: i "Can not find a lot of information on it" Actually, there is a good amount of info on it out there. Here's a randomly selected article - (Circulation. 2005;111:e289-e293.) 2005 American Heart Association, Inc. Cardiology Patient Page b Homocysteine and MTHFR Mutations b Relation to Thrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease i "Cardiovascular disease (which I already have a STRONG history of)" Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctors to keep ALL known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (which actually begins very early in life, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years) closely in-check. Best of luck down the road of life. Take care CardioStar☆ WebMD community member (8/99) - - b ☑Be well-informed b MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) MTHFR is a gene in the human body that produces an enzyme, which helps in the processing of amino acids. If one has a mutation of this gene, certain medical problems may/can arise. If/when there is a MTHFR gene mutation (of gene C677T), it can cause an elevated level of homocystine (Hcy), called Hyperhomocystenemia. Elevated levels of homocystine have been linked to cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, and/or brain attack. - b Heart-Healthy Foods i It's never too late Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. Limit servings to five to seven ounces a day. Trim visible fat. Limit egg yolks. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. Use less salt and fat. Season with herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter. - MSNBC The Today Show - Archives b How to eat your way to cardiovascular wellness - 1/26/06 In 'The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs Through the Kitchen', Joseph C. Piscatella offers nutritional analysis and recipes. Read an excerpt. b Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors for atherosclerosis (typically affecting the coronary, carotid, and peripheral arteries), which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction, or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes secondhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), diet high in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, high LDL, high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against dreaded coronary artery disease), high homocysteine, and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP). - - Health A to Z b Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits HealingWell You and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tango b Your medical care is a TWO WAY street...... i Quote "Be a questioning patient. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!" - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society . b It's your there. :-) b ☛Your Health is your Wealth
love2volunteer responded:
thank you for the helpful information!
CardiostarUSA1 responded:
You're welcome. :-) Take good care, C-☆

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