Speaker Name(s): Robert Roberts, MD, FRCPC, MACC, FRSM Description: Heart disease is the number one killer in the world. It is preventable, as shown by modifying known conventional risk factors such as cholesterol and high blood pressure. However, 50% of the risk for heart disease relates to your genes. The technology became available in 2005 to identify these risk-carrying genes. We identified the first gene in 2007 and, together with an international consortium, have identified a total of 36 genes. We believe that comprehensive prevention, based on conventional and genetic risk factors, could eliminate heart disease in this century.