ARCA Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABIO) Brings Precision Medicine Closer to Reality

  • Drug candidate for top cause of death in the United States
  • Genetically-targeted therapy increases chances of recovery
  • Interim efficacy analysis soon to be conducted by the Data Safety Monitoring Board

Atrial fibrillation affects up to six million people in the U.S. The condition, if untreated, can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, but many medications currently in use to treat it come with worrying side effects, perhaps because of their one-size-fits-all approach. In an effort to mitigate the unwanted, unintended action of these agents, ARCA Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABIO) is applying a precision medicine approach, developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases, as it works to bring its lead candidate for atrial fibrillation, Gencaro™, to market. The company believes that by tailoring medical treatment to the individual genetic characteristics of patients, more effective therapies will be enabled, patient outcomes will be improved and health care costs will go down.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common kind of heart arrhythmia, a condition where the heart beats too fast, too slow, or in an irregular fashion. In a heart suffering from AFib, the regular pumping action of its upper chambers, the atria, is impaired. As a result, blood flow to the lower chambers, the ventricles, is impeded. AFib increases a person’s risk for stroke by four to five times compared with…

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