Scientists are working on drug that 'silences' the major cause of heart attacks 

Scientists are working on drug that 'silences' the major cause of heart attacks Gene defect raises amount of a fatty protein and causes blood to clot too easily This is found in potentially dangerous levels in 20 per cent of the population  Researchers are trying to develop ways of bringing down levels of the protein The aim is to get a long-lasting injectable drug given just a couple of times a year

By Stephen Adams Medical Editor For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:55 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 01:56 BST, 2 May 2021

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Scientists are working on a way to ‘silence’ a genetic flaw that increases the risk of heart attacks.

The defect raises the amount of a fatty protein called Lipoprotein (a), which is found in potentially dangerous levels in 20 per cent of the population. 

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It causes blood to clot too easily and cannot be controlled by lifestyle changes.

Researchers are trying to develop new ways of bringing

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