TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists believe a gene variant which almost guarantees the development of cardiovascular diseases can be found in many South Asians.
According to a study published in Nature Genetics, the heart protein MYBPC3 carried by 60 millions individuals increases the risk of heart disease by seven times.
The mechanism - which removes the mutated protein in youngsters - comes to a halt with the passing of age, explaining the reason why individuals carrying the gene develop heart diseases in mid-life.
Scientists are optimistic that the identifying and early treatment of high-risk individuals carrying the gene would help tackle heart diseases.
The mutated gene variant is reported to be carried by 4 percent of the Indian subcontinent population; WHO officials, therefore believe the country will account for about 60 percent of the world's heart patients by 2010.