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Danish Researchers Predict Risk Of Valvular Heart Disease

Thursday, November 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Tremulis
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Danish Researchers Predict Risk Of Valvular Heart Disease

"Based on extensive population surveys, we have shown that high levels of lipoprotein(a) in the blood constitute a significant risk factor for developing aortic stenosis in the general Danish population. Thus, the 10 percent of the population with the highest levels of lipoprotein(a) in their blood are two to three times more likely to develop the disease simply on these grounds,” says Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and consultant at Rigshospitalet, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen.
The researchers have also shown that the risk of developing aortic stenosis is greatest among people born with a special variant of the so-called LPA gene, a gene variation which means increased levels of lipoprotein(a) throughout a person’s entire life. Genetic studies in Denmark support previous international research in the area which shows that the LPA gene plays a key role in the development of aortic stenosis.




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