Professor Samani backs early genetic test for heart attack risk patients


A senior heart specialist is among experts who conducted a study to conclude that people born with an increased risk of suffering a heart attack can be identified by a cost-effective genetic test. Sir Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and medical director of the British Heart Foundation charity, believes that the Genomic Risk Score (GRS) test could eventually lead to “true prevention” of heart disease. “At the moment, we assess people for their risk of coronary heart disease in their 40s through NHS (National Health Service) health checks. But we know this is imprecise and…

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