'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

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