A new genetic test has been developed that is quicker and more reliable in helping diagnose people with inherited heart conditions The test, which checks 174 genes, has already been trialed at various hospitals in the United Kingdom, and help doctors to make the correct initial diagnosis and choose the best treatment for the affected person.
But where they make the biggest impact is in looking after that person’s family. Another benefit of the test is that when it reveals the precise genetic abnormality causing the condition in one member of the family, it becomes simple to test other family members. Those who do not carry the faulty gene copy can be reassured and spared countless hospital visits. Inherited heart conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system are passed down through families and can affect people of any age.
For many people, the first sign that they might have an inherited heart condition comes when a family member died suddenly with no obvious explanation.