1996 Volume 35 Issue 4 Pages 243-248
Cardiovascular disease is the one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Despite the advances in technology in the surgical or interventional therapies, complete understanding of the causes and pathogenesis of the disease is imperative to develop specific therapeutic modalities tailored to those underlying abnormalities. Recent progress in molecular biology has markedly expanded our knowledge of the pathophysiology of many cardiovascular diseases. Such an evolution of the basic science of cardiovascular medicine will allow the physician to treat the primary dysfunction rather than treating secondary manifestations. This review is designed to illustrate the impact of molecular biology on cardiovascular medicine with an emphasis on the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy, and identification of the genes responsible for familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome, and inherited vasculopathies such as Marfan syndrome.
(Internal Medicine 35: 243-248, 1996)