Are Genetic Tests for Heart Disease Reliable?

| March 5, 2018

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Genetic tests for inherited heart conditions are becoming more common. However, misinterpreted test results leading to psychological and behavioral changes in some individuals who get the test often accompany testing. Scientists from the University of Sydney have noticed this trend and call for better cardiac genetic counseling for individuals considering getting tested. Genetic testing is particularly popular for a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a common cause of sudden cardiac death, especially for young athletes. HCM is characterized by heart cells becoming bigger and bigger, eventually thickening the walls of the ventricles and impairing proper heart function. Some people inherit the gene for HCM but show no signs of the disease; researchers call this population “silent gene carriers.”

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