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Genetically inherited heart disease may not show until mid-life

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7308.302/d (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:302
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which usually becomes apparent by early adulthood, may in some cases not show up until mid-life, researchers have confirmed.

    Experts had suspected that in some people the genetic mutations that cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may not manifest themselves as disease until well into adulthood.

    In the current study researchers examined 119 individuals from seven families affected by mutations in a gene called cardiac myosin binding protein C (MyBPC). After first determining which …

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