Cardiac Health Research Crosses a New Milestone
A study appearing this Sunday in the journal known as Nature Genetics has reported the discovery of 13 new gene variants that have been found to result in an increased risk of people developing cardiac diseases. The study was led by researchers at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and the University of Lubeck in Germany; it involved the participation of 150 distinguished scientists from North America and Europe.
For the research, they had carried out a close assessment of the genetic profiles of more than 22,000 people suffering from cardiac ailments; following which, they conducted a similar examination of 60,000 healthy people. After the analysis, scientists were able to identify 23 gene variants that increased the risk of people developing heart diseases.
Out of the 23 gene types, previous research work had already uncovered 10 of the variants.
Talking about the new discovery, a Research Scientist with the Stanford University School of Medicine, United States, Themistocles Assimes, informed that such information will help in the identification of people at the higher risk of suffering heart diseases early on in life.
Meanwhile, a Cardiologist with Intermountain Healthcare, Jeffrey L. Anderson, said that the study was just the tip of the iceberg. He went on to say that there are a number of heart disease genes and that scientists will now have to unravel the role that each gene played in the development of heart diseases.
Chief Executive Officer of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Bob Roberts said that the discovery was a milestone in cardiac health research. The latest finding will help in paving the way for the early detection of people at a greater risk of developing cardiac ailments.
The international study is named CARDIoGRAM and was kicked off two years ago. The new discovery is an extraordinary feat as the first heart disease gene was identified recently in 2007 by researchers at the Heart Institute.
According to the data with the World Health Organization, around 17.1 million die of cardiac ailments across the world every year. Apart from that, they also end up costing governments billions of dollars in healthcare.
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