Anti-Aging Gene Shown To Rewind Heart Age By 10 Years

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At a glance

  • An anti-aging gene discovered in a population of centenarians has been shown to rewind the heart’s biological age by 10 years.
  • The breakthrough, published in Cardiovascular Research and led by scientists at the University of Bristol and the MultiMedica Group in Italy, offers a potential target for patients with heart failure.
  • Associated with exceptional longevity, carriers of healthy mutant genes, like those living in blue zones of the planet, often live to 100 years or more and remain in good health. These individuals are also less prone to cardiovascular complications.
  • Scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation believe the gene helps to keep their hearts young by protecting them against diseases linked to aging, such as heart failure.

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