Genetic information is vital. It can help your care team provide the most optimal treatment, as well as identify family members who may be at risk for a heart condition. Early detection of a genetic heart disease may be lifesaving, as the first sign of a problem in some patients is cardiac arrest.
Who benefits from Cardiovascular Genetic Testing?
We see families with known or suspected inherited heart conditions. The most common of these are:
Aortic and vascular diseases, including familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (familial TAAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm and Marfan syndrome
Arrhythmia syndromes, including long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) and Brugada syndrome
Cardiomyopathies, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), familial dilated cardiomyopathy (familial DCM) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C)
We also see people with concerning family histories, such as:
- A family member with an inherited heart condition
- A family member who died suddenly at a young age (under age 50)