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Newly Found Gene Mutations May Aid Heart Treatments
Date:9/13/2011

bility to understand hypertension, whose effects are not uni-causal."

The newly identified gene variations could help scientists develop new treatments for heart disease, the study authors noted.

Besides lifestyle contributions, "your blood pressure is a function of these genes we just identified, as well as perhaps a hundred others we haven't found yet," Chakravarti explained in the news release. "By revealing the genetic architecture of blood pressure, both studies will help us to understand the biology of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and, eventually, may lead to better therapies."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on heart disease risk factors.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, Sept. 11, 2011


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