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Genetics and behavioral medicine: Risk factors for cardiovascular disease

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Author: Vogler, G.P. · McClearn, G.E. · Snieder, H. · Boomsma, D.I. · Palmer, R. · Knijff, P. de · Slagboom, P.E.
Institution: TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
Source:Behavioral Medicine, 4, 22, 141-149
Identifier: 233884
Keywords: Health · Behavioral genetics · Cardiovascular disease · Environmental influences · Genetic epidemiology · Obesity · Risk factors · Adolescent · Adult · Aged · Behavior Therapy · Cardiovascular Diseases · Chromosome Mapping · Female · Health Behavior · Humans · Life Style · Male · Middle Aged · Risk Factors · Social Environment · Twin Studies


This is the second in a series of three articles addressing the intersection of interests in behavioral genetics and behavioral medicine. In this article, we use risk factors for cardiovascular disease as a prototypical trait for which behavioral genetic approaches provide powerful tools for understanding how risk factors, behavior, and health outcomes are related. The approach synthesizes a number of methods and areas of interest in an attempt to arrive at a comprehensive, whole-organism understanding of health-related risk factors and their response to behavioral interventions.