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Genetic link explains greater prevalence of heart failure among black Americans

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:855
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Researchers have linked two common gene variations with a higher risk of congestive heart failure among black Americans than other Americans. The researchers said the findings could lead to a way to spot people who are particularly susceptible to congestive heart failure.

    The gene variants may also partly explain why congestive heart failure is twice as common among black Americans as white people (New England Journal of Medicine 2002;347:1135-42).

    Dr Stephen Liggett of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and colleagues found that particular variations of two genes that govern two cell …

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