Journal article

Genetics of vasovagal syncope

Karl Martin Klein, Samuel F Berkovic

AUTONOMIC NEUROSCIENCE-BASIC & CLINICAL | ELSEVIER | Published : 2014

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is the most frequent type of syncope and affects about 25% of the population. The role of genetic factors in VVS has long been debated. In this review we will discuss the current evidence that strongly suggests a major genetic component. CLINICAL GENETIC STUDIES: Family aggregation studies have consistently shown that individuals with VVS more frequently have affected family members with VVS than unaffected controls. Clear evidence for the relevance of genetic factors was provided by a twin study that showed significantly higher concordance rates in monozygous compared to dizygous twins for frequent syncope and syncope associated with typical vasovagal t..

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