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Research Sheds Light On Sudden Death In People With High Cho


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I realise most of us don't have this problem. Just thought the mechanics of this was interesting.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090821135104.htm

 

ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2009) — Cholesterol can affect the flow of the electrical currents that generate the heart beat, according to a study by two UBC cardiovascular researchers funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon. The research team has just published the important discovery about the causes of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

 

Together with a group from Paris, France, UBC researchers David Fedida and Jodene Eldstrom found that too much cholesterol can affect the electrical currents, perhaps causing the heart to start beating out of rhythm or even stop beating. In contrast, reducing the cholesterol normalized the structures underlying the electrical activity, thus promoting a regular and healthy heartbeat.

 

The researchers discovered that the key mechanism by which this happens is the Kv1.5 potassium channel, a protein that facilitates the flow of electrical charges through heart cells. Cholesterol blocks the functioning of these proteins while lowering of cholesterol levels enhances their function.

 

Prior to this research, scientists already knew that cholesterol plays an important role in regulating the heart's electrical system. However, they didn't know how

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