Heart Health: Genetic Cardiac Conditions

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Genetics and Heart Conditions


Several conditions require an evaluation cardiogenetic. For example, different types of cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disorders.


Genetic heart conditions can include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, some forms of familial cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.


There are electric problems of the heart that can require an evaluation. These include Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome among other arrhythmic problems, and also some forms of familial sudden death.


When evaluating a patient for genetic heart conditions its important to go through the family history. This includes building a family tree or a pedigree, and putting a lot of care into finding out about early cardiac diseases in the family, as well as cases of sudden death.


If a person is diagnosed with a genetic condition, it is not usually necessary to test other family memebers.

There are some genetic conditions that can impact the heart's electrical system and the heart muscle. Examples of this are Sudden Death and Brugada Syndrome. Both conditions can have a genetic component and require specific tests to diagnose and treat.

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