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Heart disease is a major killer in the UK. It affects us all, either directly or indirectly. What's going on? Rebecca Burton and Rebecca Capel discuss. Pint of Science pint glasses and tshirts to be won! (Please note: event located on the first floor, only accessible via stairs.)
Total eclipse of the heart('s normal rhythm)
Dr Rebecca Burton (Senior Research Fellow, Sir Henry Dale Fellow)
Dr Rebecca Capel (Postdoctoral research scientist)
At least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people each week die suddenly of cardiac abnormalities, whilst more than 10% of over 65s suffer from a continuous lack of rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart. Calcium, as well as forming a structural component of bone, is vital to controlling cell contraction and signalling processes. Many studies suggest that changes in calcium control can cause arrhythmias.
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