Medtronic says second study confirms gene linked to the sudden cardiac death

September 1, 2015 11:51 AM

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A gene associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population has been identified using implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) monitoring in research presented for the first time at ESC Congress today. The research included patients from the DISCOVERY trial and Oregon-SUDS and discovered that a polymorphism in the GNAS gene predicted ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

“This is the first time a gene has been identified using ICD monitoring and then confirmed to be associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population,” said principal investigator Professor Heiner Wieneke, chief physician in the Department of Cardiology, Contilia Heart and Vessel Centre, S...

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