NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two variants within the lipoprotein(a) gene can increase a person's chances of developing aortic stenosis, according to a new study.

Lipoprotein(a) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and about half the variation of Lp(a) levels in plasma has been linked to the LPA gene. Previous studies have also suggested that the LPA gene is linked to valve calcification and aortic stenosis, the narrowing of the aortic artery.

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