Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Cardiac Arrest May Be Predicted in Genes
Research shows that cardiac arrest may be able to be predicted by looking at genes. Cardiac arrest is a no symptom, no warning death. One second your fine the next second your dead. Using a gene test it could be predicted people who are at risk. Researchers identified fourteen gene variants that appear to be linked to cardiac arrest. People who carry these genes are three times more likely to die of cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 325,000 deaths a year, so this finding could be very crucial for helping people with these gene variants. Four major reasons usually result to cardiac arrest including a weakened heart muscle, a heart attack, an abnormal heart rhythm, or dilation or tear in the main artery leading out of the heart, and these diseases tend to run in families. There are genetic variants that cause each of these diseases like the ones they just discovered for cardiac arrest. Comparing the gene variants found in the subjects with the four major diseases, and using control subjects they were able to find fifteen subjects with gene variants who died of sudden cardiac death. All fifteen people carried at least one of the gene variants found, and were not controls in the experiment. Hopefully with this new found gene variants they are able to screen people for if they are at risk, and do necessary treatments to lower their risk.
Related Article: https://consumer.healthday.com/cardiovascular-health-information-20/heart-attack-news-357/gene-test-might-someday-gauge-your-cardiac-arrest-risk-752232.html