Genetic testing can help you, your 1st degree relatives (children, siblings), your 2nd degree relatives (aunts, nephews), and your doctors estimate the chances of passing or inheriting certain heart conditions. The genetic test helps determine the chances of passing or inheriting a mutated gene and heart conditions development by searching for specific genetic changes within your genes, chromosomes, and proteins. These changes are referred to mutations and variants.
The 3 Common Hereditary Heart Diseases include*:
- Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a fairly common inherited heart condition that can affect people of any age. This disease can thicken part or all of the heart muscle. In extreme cases, it can even cause sudden death.
- Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy – While hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscle to thicken, the opposite is true of dilated cardiomyopathy: the heart muscle becomes thin and weak.
- Familial Hypercholesterolemia – Cholesterol is a fat like substance in every cell in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol, but too much can accumulate in your body, especially low-density lipoproteins (LDL) — the bad cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited cause of coronary heart disease. If left untreated, you can have a stroke or suffer from a heart attack.
Genetic testing for these common hearth disease may help to:
- Predict your and family risk of a particular diseases and conditions
- Find if you have genes that may pass increased cancer risk to your children
- Provide information to guide and even prevent your health care
No genetic test can say if you will pass, inherit, or develop heart conditions for sure. But it can tell you if you have a higher risk than most people.
Are you a Candidate for Genetic Testing:
To help assess whether you may benefit and from genetic testing, take our 1-minute assessment at: https://geneticstesting.us/
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