Ge­netic finds boost heart re­search

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

LAND­MARK ge­netic dis­cov­er­ies an­nounced yes­ter­day could usher in a new era of heart disease re­search and treat­ment, sci­en­tists be­lieve.

At least 17 pre­vi­ously un­known ge­netic vari­ants have been iden­ti­fied that in­crease the risk of nar­rowed ar­ter­ies and blood clots, the main cause of heart at­tacks and strokes.

The find­ings dou­ble the known ge­netic causes of heart disease.

Re­searchers hope they will lead to bet­ter ways of iden­ti­fy­ing those most at risk, and new treat­ments by tar­get­ing spe­cific genes and mol­e­cules.

Fifty per cent of the risk of heart disease is thought to be due to ge­netic fac­tors peo­ple are born with.

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