If someone in your family has a genetic heart condition or experiences sudden cardiac death, even if you have not experienced any symptoms, you should be tested for similar inheritable conditions. In cases where there is no known family history, genetic heart disease may be suspected first by your primary care doctor or cardiologist upon hearing a heart murmur, detecting an irregular heartbeat, or learning you have experienced unexplained fainting, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, or trouble breathing. We work with you to ensure you receive individualized care that takes into account your current health status.
Genes play an important part in determining who is at risk for certain types of heart disease. At Duke, we offer highly specialized genetic testing to identify:
- Inherited heart disorders such as certain arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, aneurysms, connective tissue disorders (like Ehlers-Danlos, Loeys-Dietz, and Marfan syndromes), or a family history of sudden death or very high cholesterol levels.
- Genes or genetic mutations that are linked to increased risk of heart disease.
- Genetic conditions that could increase your child's risk of having a congenital heart disease or a heart defect.