Genetic test could identify an increased risk of heart attack

08-Oct-2019
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Test could help to explain why people with no conventional risk factors can still have a heart attack.
Genomic Risk Score (GRS) test would only cost £40.
Test looks for patterns of risky genes rather than a single inherited gene.
Test could be done with a simple mouth swab.
It could be the most cost-effective way for the future for detecting patients with heart attack risks.
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia led the study.
Study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

GRS can be measured at any age, children could be tested too

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Resource Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute - Institute dedicated to fight against heart diseases, diabetes and related conditions.

Resource Cambridge University

Resource Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) - Scientific Journal providing information about cardiovascular diesases.

Resource Michael Inouye - Director of Cambridge Baker Systems Genomics Initiative.

Resource Nilesh J. Samani - Professor of Cardiology at University of Leicester.

Resource University of Leicester

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