Genomic testing in cardiology allows patients and their families to track inherited cardiac conditions, ultimately leading to early diagnosis and earlier treatment for those affected. Genomic testing can make a substantial difference for individuals with inherited cardiac conditions, including1:
- Aortic aneurysms and dissections
- Familial hypercholesterolemia
Cardiac disease remains the number one cause of death worldwide, and many cardiovascular conditions have strong genetic components.2 In the US alone, nearly 100,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest due to inherited cardiac conditions every year.3 If there is either a personal or family history of cardiac disease, genomic testing in cardiology can help identify any abnormalities and prevent future cardiac emergencies.
1 Musunuru K, Hershberger RE, Day SM, Klinedinst NJ, Landstrom AP, Parikh VN, Prakash S, Semsarian C, Sturm AC; on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Clinical Cardiology. Genetic testing for inherited cardiovascular diseases: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circ Genom Precis Med. 2020;13:e000067. doi: 10.1161/HCG.0000000000000067.
2World Health Organization. (n.d.). The top 10 causes of death. World Health Organization. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death
3Deo R, Albert CM. Epidemiology and genetics of sudden cardiac death. Circulation. 2012;125(4):620-637.