Heart and Soul

Religiosity and spirituality can alter the expression of proteins associated with cardiovascular health, according to the results of a new analysis from the Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health (SSSH). The findings, published in Scientific Reports, demonstrate that spiritual struggles in particular significantly modify the impact of unique proteins on risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in U.S. South Asians, a community that has especially high rates of CVD. This study is the first to analyze proteomics signatures in relationship to religion and spirituality in any population. It is also the first analysis of protein expression in relationship to CVD within a U.S. South Asian population.

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