Researchers discover new genes associated with heart function

A new study from an international research team, led by Dr Yalda Jamshidi at St George’s, University of London, has identified new genes associated with heart function and development. 

An electrocardiogram (ECG), which records a heart's rhythm and electrical activity, can be used to identify life-threatening heart problems which often have a strong genetic basis. The team compared ECGs and the genetic makeup of almost 200,000 individuals to gain insight into the genetics that underlie heart rhythm. This was done using large-scale genetic association studies focusing on protein-coding parts of the genome. They chose to focus on rare variants that are often missed in large scale population studies, for follow-up.


Stores help fund sudden heart death research

A Halloween fund raising campaign by staff at the convenience stores chain McColl’s helps fund vital research to prevent sudden cardiac deaths.

11 January 2018

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McColl’s stores help fund sudden cardiac death research

Cash raised at convenience stores across the UK during a Halloween charity campaign has led to a donation of £300,000 to researchers at St George’s University of London tackling sudden cardiac deaths in younger people.

25 January 2017


Impact on athletes' hearts different for men and women, says study

A study by experts from St George’s, University of London showed that female athletes are less likely to experience changes to their heart as a result of endurance exercise compared to men. It also showed that sudden cardiac death occurs much more rarely in female athletes.

06 May 2016

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