Testing for genetic heart problems is 'patchy'

28th June 2011

Testing for inherited heart problems is 'patchy' throughout Europe, it has been claimed.

A new report, The HRS/EHRA Expert Consensus Statement on the State of Genetic Testing for the Channelopathies and Cardiomyopathies, produced by the Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association, highlights that genetic testing could help identify patients more at risk of 13 genetic conditions which predispose arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

Presenting the report's findings, Dr Silvia Priori said that genetic testing in Europe is "patchy" with some nations having a very limited framework for such tests.

"The document is intended to provide guidance to cardiologists in the use of genetic testing among patients and family members," she added.

Dr Priori said that the prevalence of these genetic conditions, which include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and long QT syndrome, is between one in 500 and one in 10,000.

 Incidence of sudden cardiac death is thought to be approximately one in 1,000 people per year.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Genetic testing for inherited cardiac conditions is 'patchy' in Europe, European Society of Cardiology, June 26th 2011

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