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Researchers Identifies Gene That Might Help Prevent Heart Disease

By jeremyc | February 16, 2018

In the U.S., more people die from heart disease than any other health condition. That’s why there’s need for better strategies to help prevent heart disease. Latest research hints that we might be now closer to addressing this need. In this research, the experts located a gene that helps clears extra cholesterol from our blood vessels.

The name of this gene is MeXis, previously thought of as useless because they don’t produce proteins. However, the latest research shows that this gene is anything but functionless. Instead of making proteins, MeXis produces molecules called IncRNAs, which regulates a specific protein which flushes out cholesterol from our arteries.

As you might know, high levels of cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of heart disease significantly.

It is estimated that heart disease accounts for no fewer than 610,000 deaths every year in the U.S. There are different forms of heart disease, the most common being coronary artery disease. It kills 370,000 people every year. Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque accumulates in arteries.

As time passes, buildup of plaque causes blockage in arteries, and this in turn causes blood flow to heart to reduce. This can cause angina (chest pain), irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and heart attack.

In this study done on mice, the researchers found when MeXis levels were increased in rodents, more cholesterol was flushed out of the blood vessels. This means MeXis has a potential to prevent and treat heart disease.

Of course, further studies are needed here, but researchers are excited about these findings, especially considering the fact how big heart disease problem is worldwide.

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