It is believed that inherited heart defects can predispose sufferers to AF but what genes are involved and the way in which changes in these genes can lead to AF are not well understood. The researchers are aiming to better define the genetic changes that can predispose to AF and to look at interactions between genes and acquired (environmental) factors that result in dilatation of the atria and increased AF risk.
A blood sample, and if you have not had one recently, an Electrocardiogram and Echocardiogram – all of which can be organized at your local clinic. These tests will be arranged at no cost to you.
Any twin or multiple with a diagnosis of AF.
September 2007 - Ongoing.