University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Cardiologists Identify New Gene Responsible for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Published: Nov 01, 2007

PITTSBURGH, October 31, 2007 — Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified a new gene responsible for a rare, inherited form of sudden cardiac arrest, known as Brugada syndrome. With the identification of this new gene, the researchers hope this will shed light on the more common forms of sudden death in patients with heart attacks and heart failure, and will help aid in the development of new, effective therapeutic treatments that will prevent all types of fatal arrhythmias.

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