Researchers at McMaster University have identified a gene that can lead to sudden death in young people and athletes. The gene has been identified as CDH2. McMaster researchers believe it causes arrhymogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC) which is a genetic disorder that predisposes some people to heart attacks and is a major cause of unexpected and even early death in youth and athletes that appear to be very healthy.
The study results are a culmination by an international team that began 15 years ago. This is an answer for parents and families that have had a youth die suddenly from cardiac arrest.
Apparently, in these youth gene CDH2 has a mutation contained within which is the underlying culprit! Discovery of this will now help doctors and researchers design preventative measures in at risk youth and athletes. When researchers say “young people” they are referring to people under age 25. This new finding also will help make early detection possible.
The findings of this 15 year study are fantastic in my opinion as it identifies a genetic factor behind cardiac arrest in young people who appear healthy. It also will provide some closure to families who have lost a young loved one due to cardiac arrest. There are several more details of the study and findings at the below link well worth reading.
Oh…one last thought…..I wonder if they’ll blame this “bad gene” on our Neanderthal ancestors too. Seems the trend is now to blame all of our “bad genes” on our Neanderthal ancestors. Why it’s almost as if Homo sapiens originally had nothing but “good genes” isn’t it? LOL somehow I just don’t believe that.
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