Genetic link to heart failure found in African-Americans

March 9 (UPI) — Researchers have identified the genetic basis of heart failure in African-Americans, which may lead to more precise and effective treatment for the condition.

A first-of-its-kind study, led by the University of South Florida in Tampa, reveals the genetic link to heart failure of unknown cause called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy in African-Americans, or IDC, according to research published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine.

In IDC, the heart weakens, cannot pump blood properly and becomes progressively enlarged.

Blacks are nearly twice as likely as whites to die from preventable heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And black men are at a greater risk than white men.

Even so, a genome study had not previously been…

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