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deCODE Discovers Second Common Genetic Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke
Date:7/13/2009

eden and the UK demonstrated that this SNP was associated with increased risk of stroke, particularly cardioembolic stroke.

"This is an important discovery and all the more gratifying because we can integrate it straight into a test that is already helping to improve patient care in the clinic.

As with our 4q25 variant, this latest discovery has been replicated in numerous populations by us and others, and the connection to cardioembolic stroke is yet further evidence that we are putting our finger on an important pathway involved in AF and stroke risk. The ability to routinely test for these risk factors means that we can understand whom we should screen intensively for AF and then prescribe the drugs most suited to the cause of a particular patient's disease. This is the sort of personalized medicine that genetics is enabling - individualized care that may mean not only better outcomes but significant potential savings to the healthcare system. Discoveries like this are the foundation upon which this transformation is being made," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE.

deCODE and the authors wish to thank the participants who took part in this study and made it possible. Financial support for this study was provided by US National Institutes of Health grants HL075266 and U01 HL65962 and American Heart Association grant 0940116N; by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (01GI9909/3), by the German Migraine & Headache Society (DMKG), and by unrestricted grants of equal share from Astra Zeneca, Berlin Chemie, Boots Healthcare, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, McNeil Pharma, MSD Sharp & Dohme and Pfizer to the University of Muenster.

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deCODE is a bio-pharmaceutical company developing DNA-based tests and drugs to improve the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of common diseases. deCODE is a global leader in human genetics, and has identified key variations
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