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The Gold Medal Mutation

The Olympic spirit continues here at Stethoscope.com.  In relation to all cardiac health matters, we were fascinated to read about the Gold Medal Mutation, a hereditary gene that stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

Research Shows A Broken Heart Increases Cardiac Risk

Danish researchers analyzed data on 974,732 adults, including 88,612 people recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). During about a 10-year span, 186,418 of the participants experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The researchers concluded those who had experienced an unexpected loss of a spouse or partner also had a 57 percent higher risk for arrhythmia than those who had not experienced such a loss.  The article can be seen in Volume 3, Issue 1 of openheart.