'Urgent need' to increase research into inherited heart conditions

More must be done to identify the genes responsible for heart problems as experts estimated around half a million people in the UK could be at risk of developing one.

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Genetic test for heart problem 'can save lives'

Genetic tests for the children of parents with heart problems "can save their life", a health chief has said.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said:

Over recent years researchers have made great strides in identifying some of the genes that cause inherited heart conditions.

A genetic test in a child of an affected parent can save their life. More research is now urgently needed to identify all the genes responsible for these deadly disorders.

Pinpointing genes which cause inherited heart conditions will allow affected children to be protected and, in the long term, will lead to new treatments to overcome the effects of the faulty gene.

– Professor Peter Weissberg

'Urgent need' for more research into heart conditions

There is an "urgent need" to increase research into inherited heart conditions as an estimated half a million people in the UK could be living with faulty genes, experts have said.

Some half a million British people could be living with an undiagnosed heart condition, the BHF said. Credit: PA

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the amount of people living with a faulty gene which put them at risk of developing heart disease or dying suddenly was much high higher than the previous estimate of 380,000.

The charity said that despite advancements in research, many faulty genes still remain undiscovered.

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