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January 20, 2021
Heart and Soul: Spirituality can affect proteins linked to cardiovascular disease
Spirituality can affect proteins linked to cardiovascular disease

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.

The analysis was conducted by Harvard Medical School investigators based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and colleagues from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

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