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Gene test that could save lives of heart operation patients

05 January 2012

Doctors at London Bridge Hospital have developed a new screening test that could identify those at risk of complications of forming blood clots following heart surgery.

More than 120,000 people undergo coronary artery procedures a year, including heart surgery and angioplasty. It is vital that following the procedure, patients take blood-thinning drugs to prevent the formation of blood clots, which can cause a new heart attack or stroke. However recent studies have shown that about a third of patients have a genetic defect to prevent the drug from working.

Doctors and scientists at London Bridge Hospital have developed a new screening programme to identify those at risk.

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