• Genetic testing can be a helpful tool when approached and interpreted properly.
• Genetic testing should be considered a family test rather than a test that is relevant or accurately interpreted on only a single individual.
• It is not always possible to find a disease-causing gene mutation. Heart disease may still be inherited even if the genetic test result is negative.
• Not all changes in the DNA are harmful or capable of causing disease
• It may take time to determine whether a DNA change is harmful or not. Reviewing both medical and genetic information from family members can provide important insights, particularly if relatives that have the heart disease can be evaluated.
• Our understanding about gene mutations is likely to change over time and test results may be updated.
• Each individual should make a personal decision about whether to pursue genetic testing after carefully considering how they feel about the potential value and the limitations of the information.
• Understanding your family history is important. Talk to your relatives to try to develop a good knowledge of the family’s medical history.

Genetic testing should be considered when there is a potential to treat either yourself or a family member or both before there are manifestations of a disease process.



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