In a new study, researchers have discovered 36 new genes that are connected to heart failure. This study may lead to the development of new methods of preventing and treating heart-related conditions that can lead to heart failure.
The study’s results may lead to the development of new heart-related medications
The research has been conducted by the scientists from the Northeastern University, in the US, and reveals the way these newly discovered genes are causing myocardial thickening and heart hypertrophy, both of which are main causes for heart failure.
“This is an exciting direction for personalized medicine, and also for identifying genes and therapeutic targets for complex diseases that involve many genes,” explained one of the study’s authors, Dr. Alain Karma.
The study’s goal is to open new roads that might lead to the development of new medications against for preventing and curing heart’s diseases that may lead to heart failure.
According to Marc Santolini, co-author of the research, the new study’s results will make it possible for the doctors to predict how a patient with heart-related conditions will respond to a specific medication.
“The method can predict beforehand whether a patient should be prescribed a different drug-using just a simple blood test. This would save time and accelerate the therapy,” explained Santolini.
The scientists have discovered 36 genes that are connected to heart failure
The study has been conducted on the hearts of donors which deceased due to heart failure even though they have been diagnosed as healthy at their last medical investigations.
“When you are comparing two populations of cells from the same person – one that has been controlled and one that has been under the effect of a drug or stressor – you can compare the change of gene expression in a personalized way,” explained Dr. Karma from the Northeastern University.
The scientists are now hoping that new screenings for heart attacks will be developed according to their study’s results that revealed that 36 genes are connected to heart failure.