|Illustration depicting the location of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension|
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a specific type of high blood pressure that affects, not only the arteries, but the lungs too. It can cause lifelong symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Researchers at St. George’s University, in London, have identified new genetic markers for this condition.
Genome sequencing of 1,038 patients was conducted, to understand its genetic components. The researchers identified three genes for pulmonary arterial hypertension and one gene that puts someone at risk for developing the disorder. Prior to this study, no singular genes were matched to pulmonary arterial hypertension. Without understanding its genome, diagnosis, treatment, and possibly a cure is very difficult to proceed with.
With about 200,000 cases per year in just the United States alone, this discovery can lead to new drug development and treatment of this condition. In addition, it can improve diagnoses and treat those with the at risk gene ahead of time, saving their life from uncomfortable side effects.
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