New research digs into the genetic drivers of heart failure, with an eye to precision treatments

A new study exploring the genetic drivers of heart failure raises the possibility that some of the molecular pathways that lead to the common condition could be precisely targeted.

When coronary arteries are blocked, starving the heart of blood, there are good medications and treatments to deploy, from statins to stents. Not so for heart failure, the leading factor involved in heart disease, the top cause of death worldwide.

“It’s what’s on death certificates,” said cardiologist Christine Seidman.

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