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Over time, the research interests of Gerald Fletcher, M.D., have been in the benefits of regular exercise in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including heart failure.
Most recently, Dr. Fletcher and his colleagues have been involved in gene research to determine how known gene types that correlate with coronary artery disease respond to an acute exercise stress with a treadmill test. The genes are evaluated with a simple venous blood sample. Soon, they will begin a trial to evaluate the effects of regular exercise in preventing/delaying certain types of dementia.
Dr. Fletcher's gene research may have a very bright future as a simple blood test to use in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease.
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