'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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'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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