In the first article of this series we explored why genetic testing for certain cardiogenetic conditions is so important – one of several reasons is that it can save lives! In the second article, we discussed the wide range of cardiac conditions that can be inherited, and the signs and symptoms as well as family history that healthcare providers should be on the lookout for. Now that we know what to look for and why this is so important, our last article in this series explores the steps to take after identifying a patient suspected of having a cardiogenetic condition.
In our first article we explored why genetic testing for certain cardiogenetic conditions is so important. Now that we have provided information about the wide range of cardiac conditions that can be inherited, which patients should you refer for genetic evaluation and consideration of genetic testing?
The fields of genetics and genetic testing, and the technologies used to uncover variants in our DNA, have expanded and improved in leaps and bounds over the last decade. Genetic testing for specific changes that can affect patients’ health has been used routinely in several areas of medicine, including the prenatal, reproductive, pediatric and cancer fields. The field of cardiac genetics, or cardiogenetics, although a bit newer than some of the others, has followed suit.