DNA Heart Health Test

DNA Heart Health Test

Individual nutrient requirements for your blood vessels


Cardiovascular diseases (CVD)
 affect around seven million people in the UK and they are a significant cause of disability and death. Your DNA contains information to which cardiovascular problems your body might be susceptible - if you know these risks, you can take targeted preventive action and help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.

The cerascreen® DNA Heart Health Test analyses gene variants of 13 genes in a saliva sample. Among other things, these genotypes provide information about your risk for increased cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, inflammation of the heart and blood vessels, and the risk for high blood pressure.
  • State-of-the-art DNA analysis of various gene variants
  • Professional analysis in a certified medical laboratory
  • Recommendations for protecting your skin health
  • Based on current scientific research
  • Receive your result within 3-4 weeks after sample arrived in the laboratory
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Information about the DNA Heart Health Test



The Advantages of the DNA Heart Health Test

Cardiovascular diseases are among the most common health problems - at the same time you can counteract them well with diet and lifestyle. If you want to improve your heart health in a targeted way, a DNA analysis will help you to make the right adjustments in your everyday life.

With the cerascreen® DNA Heart Health Test, you get a DNA analysis at the latest stage of biotechnology. You don't have to put up with any waiting times and you don't have to travel to a clinic. You can take your sample discretely and conveniently at home. The professional analysis is carried out by a specialised medical laboratory.

Take advantage of our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for at-home medical sample taking and send-in kits in Europe, with 8 years of experience in the developement and analysis of tests. We have developed more than 50 different approved sample taking and mail-in kits (medical products), analyse around 150,000 samples per year, and serve 19 different countries.

Your Test Results

As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive a notification via the my cerascreen®-App or your user account on our website for your test result. You can view your results on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and you can also print it out as well.

Learn from the laboratory analysis which possible interpretations the characteristics of the 13 analysed gene variants allow. Easy-to-use recommendations show you how to improve your heart health through diet and lifestyle. Comprehensive health information will explain the role of your genes in your heart and blood vessels.

Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Health

  • Why test heart health genes?

    No doubt you are familiar with stories about people who smoke heavily, eat unhealthy food, are not averse to alcohol, and yet live beyond 90 years. "Good genetics", we say - and thereby subconsciously assume that our DNA also influences our heart health.

    One thing is for sure: cardiovascular diseases and their consequences, such as strokes and heart attacks, can affect anyone. You should not rely on possibly good genetics. The individual risk for certain problems with heart and blood vessels varies from one person to the next.

    If you understand the genetic factors that are linked to cardiovascular health, you can incorporate specific measures in your daily life. This can involve the intake of fats, vitamins and minerals, as well as physical exercise, stress or the consumption of alcohol and nicotine. A DNA analysis such as the cerascreen® DNA Heart Health Test helps you to get insights into your genetics so that you can adjust your lifestyle in a targeted manner.

    Important note: If the DNA analysis shows an increased risk for a disease, it does not automatically mean that you will develop it! These genetic predispositions are probabilities and the possibility of problems occurring. Moreover, the recommendations for ensuring cardiovascular health are also useful for people who do not show these manifestations.

  • Who should take the DNA Heart Health Test?

    The test is an excellent choice for all people who want to improve their heart health and who are interested in which actions and recommendations are best suited for them individually.

    In addition, there are at-risk groups for certain types of cardiovascular disease. Older men in particular, but also menopausal women and people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and severe obesity, for example, have an increased risk of elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. You also have a higher risk if you smoke.

  • How does the DNA Heart Health Test work?

    For the DNA Heart Health Test, take a small saliva samples from the oral mucosa with the cotton swab that is included in the DNA Heart Health Test kit. After the swab, you insert the saliva samples into the enclosed sample tube. Send the saliva samples to our medical partner laboratory by using the free return envelope. The lab will then carry out the DNA analysis.

    The specialised medical laboratory carries out a comprehensive DNA analysis. How long the analysis will take depends on the quality of the sample provided - sometimes the medical laboratory has to repeat the analysis multiple times. Therefore, it can take up to four weeks until you receive your individual test results.

  • What do I have to consider when I take the test?

    The higher the quality of the sample, the faster and easier the laboratory is able to analyse it. You can contribute to this by adhering to the following guidelines for saliva sample taking:

    • Do not eat or drink anything for at least half an hour before collect the saliva sample.
    • Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash at least half an hour before collecting the saliva sample.
    • Do not smoke in the 30 minutes before taking the tests
    • The sample must be stored in a dry place for 24 hours before sending. Throughout this time the sample dries via the aeration membrane at the bottom of the sample tube.
  • What will the results report tell me?

    Based on 13 analysed genes, your results report provides you with information about six genetic tendencies of your heart health. For each, you will receive a possible interpretation of whether your genetic variants indicate a "normal" or "increased" tendency.

    The following aspects of heart health are investigated:

    • Sensitivity to saturated fatty acids
    • Risk for increased cholesterol levels
    • Tendency to oxidative stress
    • Risk for increased homocysteine levels
    • Tendency to inflammation of the heart and blood vessels
    • Risk for high blood pressure
  • What kind of recommendations will I receive?

    You will receive recommendations for each of the six cardiovascular health aspects assessed - find out more about these in the questions below.

    We also give you general tips for heart health that you can apply to your everyday life. This mainly involves advice around body weight, diet, exercise and relaxation.

  • What is the sensitivity to saturated fatty acids?

    Fats consist of various fatty acids. The saturated fatty acids are considered rather unhealthy, they are considered to stimulate inflammation and make arterial calcification more likely.

    The following foods are rich in saturated fatty acids:

    • Animal fats such as rich sausage, butter and fatty cheese (e.g. Camembert, butter cheese)
    • Margarine, coconut fat and palm fat
    • Chocolate and candy
    • Convenience food

    Certain gene characteristics provide clues as to whether your body draws an above-average amount of saturated fatty acids from food. In such a case, one would speak of increased sensitivity (susceptibility).

    Saturated fatty acids should not make up too large a proportion of any person's diet. However, if you have an increased susceptibility, it can be worthwhile to pay particular attention to a healthy fatty acid balance - for example, through a targeted intake of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

  • What does the risk of elevated cholesterol mean?

    Certain genetic variants can supposedly influence how high your risk is of developing unhealthy cholesterol levels - meaning you have too much of the LDL cholesterol in your blood.

    You can counteract elevated LDL cholesterol levels primarily through your diet. Some foods, such as fried foods, sweets, highly processed products, alcohol and white flour products increase LDL cholesterol.

    You can reduce these foods and instead go for those that positively affect your cholesterol, such as olive oil, dark chocolate, eggs, salmon, turmeric and green tea.

  • What is the tendency to oxidative stress?

    Oxidative stress is the result of a large number of so-called free radicals in your body. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that can cause inflammation in cells and are, among other things, believed to promote cardiovascular diseases, cancer and skin ageing.

    A genetic predisposition can possibly ensure that some people are more likely to develop free radicals and therefore oxidative stress. In this case, it is especially worth reducing oxidative stress.

    One of the things that can help are the opponents of free radicals, the antioxidants. They protect the cells from the harmful effects of oxidative stress. Antioxidants can be supplied in a targeted way through nutrition; antioxidant nutrients include vitamins C, E and B2, zinc, selenium and iodine, as well as secondary plant compounds.

  • What does the risk of elevated homocysteine levels mean?

    The amino acid homocysteine is produced during breakdown processes in your body. A lack of folic acid or vitamin B12, among other things, can disrupt these processes and lead to increased homocysteine levels. This in turn can increase the risk of circulatory disorders and atherosclerosis.

    If you are genetically predisposed to this, it can be particularly helpful to help the body break down the amino acid. This is mainly achieved by ensuring a sufficient supply of vitamin B12 and folic acid.

  • What does inflammation of the heart and blood vessels mean?

    Inflammation of blood vessels are a possible consequence of atherosclerosis (also called arteriosclerosis or vascular calcification). This leads to fatty build-up on the side walls of the blood vessels, which disturbs the blood flow and, in the worst case, can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

    If you have an increased risk for inflammation of blood vessels, it is important to pay more attention to the risk factors for atherosclerosis. These include, for example, cholesterol levels and consequently diet, lack of exercise and smoking. If you suffer from pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity, you should discuss our recommendations with your GP.

  • What does the risk of high blood pressure mean?

    The different characteristics of the genes studied also allow a prognosis to be made for the risk of high blood pressure. The pressure in the blood vessels is necessary to transport the blood and thus nutrients and oxygen through the body. If it is permanently elevated, this can make atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks, among other things, more likely.

    To counteract the risk, you can ensure a sufficient supply of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium and fibre through your diet or nutritional supplements.

    It is also recommended to keep the intake of saturated fatty acids and salt at a moderate level.

  • For whom is the test not suitable?

    The DNA Heart Health Test is not suitable or only suitable for certain groups of people:

    People with contagious diseases like hepatitis are not allowed to take the DNA Metabolism Test.

    Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only carry out the DNA Metabolism Test under medical supervision. The reference values and recommendations do not apply to them, so they should obtain recommendations on the test result from their doctor.

    The DNA Metabolism Test is not suitable for children under the age of 18

    The test is not intended to diagnose diseases. For example, if you experience unexplainable weight loss or obesity, you should consult a doctor.

 

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