Atrial Fibrillation Research

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, in alliance with Meharry Medical College, is engaged in research to determine how the risk for developing atrial fibrillation may be inherited. We currently have more than 1100 volunteers participating, and continue to collect genetic material (DNA) and data from patients and their families. This bank of information has become an internationally known resource from which to study questions about the causes and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

This Afib research group recently demonstrated that mutations in the cardiac sodium ion channel, which is important in regulating the electrical activity of the heart, also appears to be responsible for an inherited form of atrial fibrillation.

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