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Researchers found genes that could increase the risk of atrial fibrillation

2017-08-05

An international team led by a German scientist announced today that they have discovered a gene that greatly increases the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF).

The study was attended by more than 50 institutions such as the University of Munich, the Helmholtz Munich Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers conducted a comparative analysis of 1335 patients with isolated atrial fibrillation without other heart disease and more than 10,000 healthy people, and found a significant increase in the risk of atrial fibrillation in the KCNN3 gene.

The researchers found that the gene involved in the synthesis of a potassium channel that affected cardiac pacing. According to the researchers, the researchers will be able to develop drugs specifically for this potassium channel in the future to correct the risk of cardiac pacing. In addition, the researchers hope that this outcome can help predict the risk of suffering from atrial fibrillation.

The research results have been published in the British "Nature Genetics" magazine online version.


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