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Genetic testing for hereditary cardiovascular disease
At Genolife, we offer you a genetic counselling and testing service that is personalized to your situation. You will meet with one of our certified genetic counsellors by telephone or videoconference to discuss your history and your genetic testing options. If you decide to have a genetic test done and you have a referral from your physician, we will coordinate the test and then meet with you again with the result to explain it in detail and discuss the implications for you and your family members. You and your doctor will receive a summary letter with a copy of your result. We are here to support you throughout this process.
Cardiovascular disease is common in Canada, affecting one in twelve adults, and is the second leading cause of death after cancer. Genetics, coupled with lifestyle, is a factor in all heart disease and some cardiovascular diseases are hereditary.
Through genetic testing, several hereditary cardiovascular diseases can be identified to guide appropriate medical follow-up for you and for your family members. Our team of genetic health experts can work with your cardiologist or family doctor to determine if genetic testing is appropriate and to accompany you throughout the process.
Learn more about hereditary cardiovascular disease
Certain cardiovascular diseases have a genetic predisposition, for example:
Familial hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
Cardiomyopathies (hypertrophic or dilated)
Arrythmias (long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome)
If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease that may be associated with an inherited predisposition, genetic testing can be an option to optimize your medical management. It’s also a way to inform your family members about their risk of developing the same heart condition and to allow access to targeted screening.
Genetic testing is recommended for anyone with a family history of hereditary cardiovascular disease. If one of your parents, siblings or other close family members has a hereditary cardiovascular disease, you can determine if you are at risk of developing the same condition in your lifetime.
In the case of a sudden cardiac death, the victim’s family may request screening tests to evaluate if there is a hereditary component. Depending on the results obtained, personalized medical care could be considered as a preventive measure.
In choosing Genolife, you benefit from recognized expertise and comprehensive support for your genetic testing. Our team is here to guide you according to various factors.
Your personal and family history of hereditary cardiovascular disease
The likelihood of developing hereditary cardiovascular disease in your lifetime
The different genetic testing options for cardiovascular disease depending on your profile
The implications of genetic testing in your life
Preventive management with your doctor, if necessary
We work with several clinical laboratories that are accredited to perform medical genetic testing at the request of a physician. There are many genes associated with hereditary cardiovascular diseases and the most appropriate test will depend on an individual’s personal situation and their medical and family history.
Genetic testing is available for familial hypercholesterolemia, cardiomyopathies, amyloidosis, arrhythmias, and several other specific cardiovascular diseases. We will collaborate with your physician to identify the most appropriate test for your situation.
A genetic test evaluates the sequence of the gene to find variants, like reading a book to find spelling mistakes. We all have genetic variants, not all of them are problematic. Certain variants, called pathogenic variants or mutations, have a large impact on the function of the gene. These variants can explain a diagnosis of cardiac disease or indicate an increased risk to develop the disease associated with the gene where the variant is found.