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.

Our offer for cardiologists and their patients

We work with referring physicians

In close cooperation with referring physicians, we determine which tests to order for their patients with inherited cardiac and vascular conditions and, if necessary, for their relatives.

Genetic counselling

We offer patients pre- and post-test genetic counselling to help them understand the implications of genetic testing and the results.

Wide range of genetic tests

We offer point mutation analysis, targeted panels and whole exome and genome analysis.

Rigorous interpretation of results and applicability

Based on our knowledge and experience, we can interpret the genetic (and possibly clinical) results rigorously and make recommendations on possible problems, possibilities and family counselling.
This statistical support and clinical significance is absolutely essential, as it provides added value in terms of quality and differentiation compared to other products on the market

What types of genetic testing for cardiovascular diseases do we offer?

Mutation analysis

This type of testing may be recommended if a family member has had a genetic test that has identified a specific mutation.


This type of test allows many genes associated with a particular type of cardiovascular pathology to be analysed at the same time.

Massive sequencing: exome and genome

We examine the entire exome or genome using massive sequencing techniques to find variants associated with an increased risk of suffering from any type of cardiovascular pathology.

When should genetic diagnosis be considered in cardiology?

  • 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
  • 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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