Coronary artery disease developing through inheritance?

9 February 2012

Children could be developing heart problems, such as coronary artery disease, as a result of an inheritance issue.

This is the key suggestion which has come out of a study carried out by researchers at the University of Leicester's cardiovascular sciences and genetics departments.

According to the group, the Y-chromosome which is only found in a male's DNA structure could play a vital role in the passing on of coronary artery disease.

Maciej Tomaszewski, the principal investigator of the study and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Leicester's cardiovascular sciences department, is optimistic that the discovery can lead to a medical breakthrough.

He explained: "We are very excited about these findings as they put the Y-chromosome on the map of genetic susceptibility to coronary artery disease."

Such a discovery was established soon after a group of researchers in the US carried out their own study, which has led to a suggestion that the chemical resveratrol - found in red wine - could help in the treatment of heart disease.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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