Scientists Identify Gene Mutations That Put People At Risk Of Heart Failure
* Inherited heart failure affects around 1 in 250 people
* Gene variations are cause, but not all mutations harm
* “Titin” gene study can help doctors find those at risk
By Kate Kelland
LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Scientists have identified the crucial genetic mutations that cause a common heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), paving the way for more accurate diagnosis and screening of high-risk patients.
In a study of more than 5,000 people, researchers sequenced the gene encoding the muscle protein “titin,” known to be linked to this leading cause of inherited heart failure, to try to find which variations in it caused problems. —> Read More Here