Gene tests better than blood samples for cardiovascular disease

2021-08-31

To determine a person’s blood group based on genetic tests instead of only a classical blood sample can give a better picture of the risk for cardiovascular disease. If a patient has two genetic copies for A, B or AB, the risk of being affected is doubled compared to if one of the copies is 0. This is shown in a new study from IGP, based on data from UK Biobank.

It has lately been shown that the blood group influences the susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and cancer. In the new study, Åsa Johansson’s research group show that the genetic variants behind the blood groups, which an individual inherits from each parent, also affects the risk of cardiovascular disease. By examining the genetics behind patients’ blood groups, it could be easier to identify patients with the largest risk of getting these diseases.

Read more:
Web news, Uppsala University (in Swedish)
Paper in American Journal of Hematology
Åsa Johansson’s research