Genetic polymorphism linked to heart attack risk:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A Finnish team has found a genetic polymorphism that could lead to more than a three-fold increase in the risk of heart attack. Researchers at the University of Kuopio discovered that men with a polymorphism in a gene that codes for paraoxonase, an anti- oxidative enzyme in high density lipoproteins that protects against coronary disease, had over a three-fold risk of a first myocardial infarction compared with those who do not carry the polymorphism. The study appears in the August 21 edition of the British Medical Journal.