Archive - Mar 12, 2012

Archive - Mar 12, 2012

Family Trees Can Reveal SCA Risk

By reconstructing family trees dating back to 1811, researchers identified age ranges during which risk for mortality is highest in those with untreated arrhythmia disorders.

In recent years, researchers have discovered the molecular genetic substrate of various inherited arrhythmia disorders, which allows the identification of mutation carriers before they develop symptoms. Nevertheless, a number of questions remain, especially regarding whether all asymptomatic carriers of disease-causing genes should be treated, at what age should treatment be initiated and from what age onward can treatment be safely withheld in asymptomatic patients.

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