Atrial Fibrillation Genes Identified

One of the most potent risk factors for stroke in the elderly

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Mina Chung, MD, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, was featured in a recent article about atrial fibrillation (AF) in Men’s Health Advisor. Atrial fibrillation is associated with a 1 1/2 to twofold increase in cardiovascular and overall mortality and a five to sevenfold increase in stroke,” Dr. Chung told the newsletter. “It’s one of the most potent risk factors for stroke in the elderly.” Only last year, Dr. Chung, along with John Barnard, PhD, Jonathan Smith, PhD, and David Van Wagoner, PhD, of the Lerner Research Institute, were co-authors on a study identifying a common gene variant that may increase the risk of lone atrial fibrillation (LAF), a type of AF that can occur in young and otherwise asymptomatic patients. The genetic location may offer a potential new target for study or treatment of this condition.

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