Heart Conditions Can be Genetic
Inherited heart conditions are passed on through families and are caused by a change (or mutation) in one or more of our genes. There are many types of inherited heart conditions, including:
An abnormality of the heart muscle making it harder for the heart to pump blood to the body
An abnormality of the heart rhythm causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly
Problems with the structure of the arteries in many parts of the body, including the heart
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
Causes very high cholesterol from a young age and makes you more likely to get coronary heart disease
Closer Look at Family History
If you have Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), your healthcare provider might recommend treatment with statins or alternative medications to help remove some of the extra cholesterol from your body.
Your healthcare provider may suggest lifestyle changes to limit Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)’s impact on your health. They may recommend a regular exercise routine or a diet that’s low in saturated and trans fats, salt, and added sugars.
As hereditary health disorders run in families, your results can help your loved ones understand their health risk.
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Advanced Testing in Clinical Genetics
Insights Into Inherited Heart Conditions
Inherited heart conditions can be successfully managed.
Finding out early can help you and your healthcare provider create a personalized plan to prevent heart disease or sudden cardiac arrest.
Some heart conditions can be genetic.
1 in 200 people have a heart condition with a genetic basis. If left undetected and untreated, these conditions can be life-threatening.
Heart conditions can be passed on to other family members.
Inherited heart conditions can run in families, knowing whether you’re at risk can help your loved ones take proactive care of their own heart health.
Request a Genetic Test
Patient will be contacted by phone for completion of a complimentary hereditary medical assessment. An interprofessional consultative report and recommendation for testing will be sent to the primary care physician. Following the treating physician’s review, if medically necessary, the physician will order the test.