Genetic testing for heart disease

Source: Patrick J. Lynch
Genetic testing opens the doors to personalized medicine - before receiving treatment a doctor can determine if you will respond to the treatment, if you are even at risk for particular diseases the treatment will try to prevent, and whether you might have side effects worth avoiding.

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.

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