Cardiology

Saving Lives: How a Life Jacket Entrepreneur Found His Own Life Preserver Through a DNA Test

Saving Lives: How a Life Jacket Entrepreneur Found His Own Life Preserver Through a DNA Test

Mike Fox, 29, learned a lot about saving lives when he started his company, Hyde Sportswear, which makes an ultra-thin life jacket called the Wingman. The life vest even caught the attention of Shark Tank producers.

The day Fox received the email from the Shark Tank casting director was his mom’s birthday. “It was the first year without her, and it felt like a sign,” he says. It would be one of many signs that Fox felt after his mother died, as her death led to saving his life.

Part 3: Cardiogenetic Series

Part 3: Cardiogenetic Series

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.

PART 2: Cardiogenetic Series

PART 2: Cardiogenetic Series

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?

PART 1: Hold it Close to your Heart

PART 1: Hold it Close to your Heart

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.