‘Stress Gene’ ups heart attack risk

Duke University researchers reported finding a link between a gene mutation known to increase the body’s response to stress and heart health. They found in a study of more than 6,000 patients with heart disease, carriers of this genetic mutation had a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death.

Genetic mutations are not just the stuff of movies and comic books. They are changes in our DNA code that affect the color of our eyes, our risks for cancer — and, as this study shows, even our response to stress.

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