The University of Cape Town (UCT) faculty of health sciences has announced the biggest breakthrough in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard’s first heart transplant nearly 50 years ago.
South African and Italian medical researchers have identified a gene called CDH2 that causes heart muscle disease and is a major cause of sudden death among young people and athletes.
Dean of faculty of health sciences at UCT, Professor Bongani Mayosi, said the discovery will permit the diagnosis and possible targeted treatment of heart muscle disease in the future.
Xolani Gwala congratulates UCT medical researchers, mainly women, involved in this breakthrough. Listen to his comment below.