Why is genetic diagnosis useful in cardiology?
As in other fields of medicine, genetic testing is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases (heart, blood vessels and circulatory system) in cardiology as well.
Until recently, conventional diagnostic techniques (blood tests, electrocardiograms and other imaging techniques) were the only tools for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular problems. In these cases, the diagnosis usually comes after the cardiac or vascular damage has already begun. Cardiogenetics is a new tool that can help to improve screening and detection of certain inherited cardiovascular conditions and to intervene early to prevent future health problems.
Cardiogenetics is a novel and complex field, our genetic counsellors work closely with specialist physicians to help the individual and their family members understand the various implications of the results and options so that they can make fully informed decisions.
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When should genetic diagnosis be considered in cardiology?
In diseases where there is a known genetic component:
- Structural heart diseases, such as dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Congenital cardiac arrhythmias, e.g. long QT and Brugada syndrome, as well as ventricular tachycardia
- Congenital heart defects and/or vascular and connective tissue diseases
- Familial hypercholesterolaemia and lipoproteinaemia
- In relatives of a young person with sudden cardiac death
They may also be recommended when certain signs point to a possible underlying genetic component, for example:
- Diagnosis of heart failure at age 40 years or younger
- Fainting or palpitations during exercise
- Multiple family members with the same heart disease
- Sudden, unexpected death in the family due to heart disease
- Suspicious findings on certain cardiac tests
Genetic diagnosis can help to clarify the following issues:
- Is the disease congenital and/or caused by a specific lifestyle?
- What are the options for a personalised treatment strategy and what is the prognosis?
- What is the risk of disease for close relatives or children?
- What preventive measures can be taken?
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