The skin could be key to beating a deadly heart condition

14 August 2014        

Research lab at QMUL

Thank you for helping us fund over £1 million of research at Queen Mary University London to advance their findings in studies of a deadly heart condition.

The team previously found a link between a skin condition, that causes hardened lesions on the palms and soles, and an inherited heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). Your donations mean they will be able to further research this connection in the hope of finding new treatments.

The risk of ARVC

ARVC is one of the inherited conditions that we now estimate around half a million people in the UK could be at risk of by carrying a faulty gene. Each year around 600 apparently healthy people aged 35 or under are victims of sudden cardiac death with no explanation, leaving families shocked and distraught. Often this sudden death is caused by an inherited heart condition, such as ARVC. Up to 64,000 people in the UK could carry a faulty gene for ARVC.

If a person carries a faulty gene for ARVC, there is a 50:50 chance they will pass that gene onto each of their children. We recently launched our Fight for Every Heartbeat campaign to highlight the importance of urgent research into inherited heart conditions like ARVC.

Donations help find future treatments

Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, who is funding the study, said: “Research projects looking at inherited heart conditions like ARVC are urgently needed and this is a superb example of how laboratory scientists can team up with clinical researchers to help patients as soon as possible. The techniques being used here could provide clues as to the treatments of the future.”

“We can only fund research like this because people generously donate their time or money every day across the UK. If we’re to continue funding pioneering research, we need people to keep supporting us in our fight for every heartbeat.”

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