An interesting article about a (rare) useful study of the risk of heart disease. The bottom line: even in people with genetic risk factors for heart disease, healthy lifestyle (exercise, normal body weight, not smoking, moderate alcohol consumption) is a powerful tool to reduce risk.

If you have high genetic risk AND an unhealthy lifestyle, you have over a 10% risk of an adverse coronary event over 10 years. A healthy lifestyle reduces this risk by about half, to around 5%, which is roughly the same someone who has an unhealthy lifestyle and NO genetic risk factors.

Healthy lifestyle — not doctors, not medicines, not surgeries — wins again as the most important tool for living longer and better…even if your inherited raw materials are less than perfect.

The New York Times: The Power of Simple Life Changes to Prevent Heart Disease.