|Source: Patrick J. Lynch|
Cardiovascular disease affects tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone - as coronary artery disease, hypertension, and angina, atherosclerotic plaques and miscommunicating hormones wreak havoc on the body, leading to heart attack, stroke, and other potentially fatal consequences.
In recent years, the door to genetic testing to aid in the treatment and prevention of these disorders has made its way to public use. Tests are being fine-tuned to determine a person's genetic risk for cardiovascular disease, genome-wide screening is highlighting susceptibility and treatment options, and a test can tell if chest pain is caused by current heart disease - allowing doctors to better decide who needs an angiogram, avoiding the invasive test in those who may have other reasons for the pain.
Read more about genetic testing for cardiovascular disease.