Cardiology

Preventing sudden cardiac death with genome editing

Each year, at least 3 million people worldwide die of sudden cardiac death. In the U.S., this number reaches up to 450,000 people. Although sudden cardiac death is more common in older adults, younger people also are significantly ...

Cardiology

Heartbeat out of sync

Life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias often occur after a heart attack, as the scar tissue can interfere with the spread of electrical impulses that activate the heart. An international research team under the leadership of ...

Cardiology

Substance used in Chinese medicine can cause cardiac arrhythmia

Researchers from the Universities of Basel, Vienna and Utrecht report that a medicinal plant frequently used in traditional Chinese medicine—Evodia rutaecarpa—contains substances that can cause cardiac arrhythmia. Extracts ...

Cardiology

New view of the heartbeat

The human cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) plays a critical role in maintaining regular heartbeats. Mutations in Nav1.5 cause life-threatening heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias).

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