Why it took 20 years to find the key to sudden genetic heart disorder

Further research is expected to assist in the clinical treatment of a genetic disorder known as arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy(ARVC).

This follows a major medical breakthrough by an all-female team of researchers at the University of Cape Town.

The gene that has been identified as a major cause of sudden death among young people and athletes, is called CDH2.

Azania Mosaka spoke to Gasnat Shaboodien on the science behind the genetic heart disorder.

It depends on the type of heart disease that you have. If this particular one [ARCV] is dominant, it means you have a 50/50 chance of giving it to any one of your children.

Dr Gasnat Shaboodien , Lead Scientist in the Study of Heart Disease and CDH2

Listen to the full interview below...

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