Sud­den epilepsy deaths, heart con­di­tions found

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Syd­ney:

Aus­tralian sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered a pos­si­ble ge­netic link be­tween sud­den deaths caused by epilepsy and heart prob­lems. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne an­a­lysed the DNA of 64 Aus­tralians who died from Sud­den Un­ex­pected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and found a size­able num­ber had a heart gene fault that caused an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

Richard Bag­nall, the Cen­te­nary In­sti­tute’s se­nior re­search of­fi­cer who led the study, said the pre­lim­i­nary find­ing was a cru­cial first step in un­der­stand­ing SUDEP and how it could be pre­vented. ABC

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