Genetic finds boost heart research
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.