When a genetic cause is known in your family
There are many inherited conditions that affect heart health. In some families, there is a known genetic cause for the heart condition. These are called inherited heart conditions.
If there is a known genetic cause for an inherited heart condition in your family, genetic counselling is available to you discuss the option of genetic testing and heart screening recommendations. A genetic counsellor will ask you about your health and family history, and explore with you the medical and emotional aspects of genetic testing.
Genetic testing usually starts with a family member who has a heart condition. If a genetic cause is found, their family members can then have genetic testing to learn about their chances of having or developing the heart condition.
Watch the video to learn more about:
- What causes inherited heart conditions
- The option of genetic testing and what results you can expect
- Things to consider before having a genetic test