Saturday, January 3, 2009

Indian-origin researcher identifies gene that predicts heart attack risk

"An Indian-origin researcher at Duke University Medical School in North Carolina has announced the identification of a gene or marker which is associated with early hardening of the arteries. Millions of people under 40 across worldwide suffer without knowing from early coronary artery disease, which in many cases leads to heart attacks in later life. Now, Svati Shah, co-author of the study along with colleagues believe they have pinpointed a gene or marker that can help predict in advance whether someone is at increased risk. They believe that this could lead to a test to identify the latent threat of hardened arteries so that patients could be given dietary advice and other treatment before too much damage is done" - TopNewsHealth

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