People with this blood type have a high risk of heart disease

Blood type is an irreversible risk factor for heart disease.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Heart disease is a risk factor for angina, heart attack, and heart failure. To avoid heart disease, the best way is to minimize risk by maintaining health.

However, apparently there is one contributing factor that cannot be changed. According to research at the Harvard School of Public Health, the risk heart disease possibly related to blood type.

The senior author who is also an assistant professor of Lu Qi and his colleagues revealed that there are blood type which is referred to by the term “most dangerous”. Based on their research, people who have blood type A, B, or AB have a higher risk of coronary heart disease than those with blood type O.

For those who have the highest risk of heart disease, blood type AB tends to be the most at risk. Lu Qi said, although blood type is something that cannot be changed, the findings add to the list of knowledge related to risks and help doctors.

It is good to know your blood type in the same way you should know your cholesterol or blood pressure number. So, if you already know that it is risky, then maintaining your health condition must be done as optimally as possible.

“If you know you are at higher risk, you can reduce your risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as eating right, exercising, and not smoking,” Lu Qi said, as quoted from the page. (6/6/2022).

Data were obtained from two long-term research studies, involving 89,550 adults over a 20-year period. People who have blood type AB are 23 percent more likely to develop heart disease than others.

Meanwhile, people who have blood type B have an 11 percent increased risk. Those with blood type A have a five percent risk.

Research studies can be found in the journal of the American Heart Association, namely Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. The UK Health Service (NHS) explains, there are four main blood types, namely A, B, AB and O.

“Your blood type is determined by genes you inherit from your parents,” the NHS explained.

In addition to blood type, a person can be RhD positive or RhD negative, bringing the total to eight blood types. Blood types are identified by antibodies (proteins found in blood plasma) and antigens (protein molecules found on the surface of red blood cells).


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