Genetic testing provides important diagnostic and prognostic information for cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, aortopathies, and familial hypercholesterolemia.
It can also identify at-risk family members—before life-threatening events occur.
Our printable guide explains how.
For most hereditary cardiovascular diseases, first-degree family members (parents, siblings, children) have a 50% chance of having the same disease-causing genetic variant.
Once a family’s variant is identified, family members can be tested. Negative results eliminate the need for on-going clinical screening for many. Positive results mean at-risk family members can be monitored and treated early.
A large number of cardiology disorders are hereditary. They're very difficult to diagnose without a genetic test. Genetic testing can also help decide the most effective course of treatment and who else in the family is at risk.
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
Heart Failure Society of America