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One in 100 healthy people carries heart-condition gene

Dec 2nd, 2016 by

British researchers say 1% at risk of heart failure under abnormal stress, such as pregnancy or alcoholism

One in every 100 healthy people carry a faulty gene that could trigger a dangerous heart condition, scientists have found. Researchers at Imperial College London and the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre say 1% of the population are at risk from heart failure when the organ is placed under abnormal stress – such as through pregnancy or alcoholism – even if they appear otherwise healthy.

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