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Paving the way to better treatments for atrial fibrillation

During the UK Biobank imaging assessment we ask participants aged over 60 if they will wear a heart monitor for two weeks. This is to measure the occurrence of atrial fibrillation, a common heart disorder that increases the risks for blood clots, heart failure and stroke, all of which could be fatal. Scientists have already used some of this data along with information from other studies to pinpoint 150 genes linked to this disorder – paving the way for better treatments. By detecting atrial fibrillation in its early stages, it could be possible to avoid severe consequences including stroke and heart failure.

You can see read published papers using imaging data on the main UK Biobank website: published papers

View more details on the heart monitor we may ask some participants to wear here: heart monitor