Pharmacogenetics: Real World Applications and Uses
February is American Heart Month. Today, we’ll look at real world applications of genetic testing and how they are driving precision medicine. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) is the study of how people respond differently to drug therapy based upon their genetic makeup or genes
Pharmacogenetics research has had a profound impact on precision medicine and its application. The advent of molecular biology and sophisticated computer technology have made it possible to design precise genetic pathways. Once identified, these genetic targets can be used in therapy and treatment and, when applicable, they can also be exploited for developing new drugs or improving on existing treatments. There have been many benefits of pharmacogenetics research in clinical practice.
According to recent study, published in JAMA, an international trial used genetic testing and precision medicine techniques to choose antiplatelet therapies for heart disease patients, lowering the chance of heart attack or stroke by 34 percent.
Furthermore, “A post-hoc analysis of the trial also showed a nearly 80 percent reduction in the rate of adverse events in the first three months of treatment among patients who received genetically guided therapy compared with those who did not.”
Ultimately, researchers leveraged genetic testing and precision medicine to reduce the number of adverse events following common heart disease treatment.
Understanding your genetic responses to medications can directly impact your personal and family’s healthcare plan.
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Vita Medical Solutions also offers cardiovascular genetic testing. Learn more about personal and family risk concerning the genetic predisposition to heart related conditions. Do you have a personal diagnosed hereditary heart condition or suspect you may? Does someone in your family have cardiac issues? Cardiac genetic testing can help you understand your risk and is becoming a staple in a balanced approach to fighting heart related issues.
Mutations associated with inherited cardiovascular diseases and sudden cardiac death can be detected through cardiac genetic testing. This type of testing presents an in-depth look at an individual’s increased risk for various cardiac conditions such as:
- Heart Disease
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“The trial introduces the concept and validates the approach to personalized medicine when it comes to antiplatelet therapy, and therefore allows our physicians to potentially change their practice based on the needs of patients undergoing PCI,” said Michael Farkouh, cardiologist and Multinational Clinical Trials Chair at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center. “This will potentially inform the kinds of therapies patients with heart disease are prescribed after PCI worldwide.”
A post-hoc analysis of the trial also showed a nearly 80 percent reduction in the rate of adverse events in the first three months of treatment among patients who received genetically guided therapy compared with those who did not.
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