Genetic Variant Ups Women's Heart Attack Risk

Women who have a common variation in the gene for the alpha type estrogen receptor (ESR1) face an increased risk of a heart attack after menopause, researchers report. Dr. Stephanie C. E. Schuit and colleagues from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, evaluated 2617 men and 3791 postmenopausal women for the variant form of the ESR1 gene.

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