Learn about inherited heart conditions
Knowing how your genes can impact your heart health can help you and your doctor create a personalized plan to prevent heart problems.
Some heart conditions can be genetic.
Inherited heart conditions are passed on through families and are caused by a change (or mutation) in one or more of our genes. There
are many types of inherited heart conditions, including:
An abnormality of the heart muscle making it harder for the heart to pump blood to the body
An abnormality of the heart rhythm causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly
Problems with the structure of the arteries in many parts of the body, including the heart
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
Causes very high cholesterol from a young age and makes you more likely to get coronary heart disease.
People often don’t know that they have an inherited heart condition.
Most people with inherited heart conditions often don’t experience symptoms and don’t know they’re at risk. If left undetected and untreated, inherited heart conditions can lead to problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrest, or heart failure.
Genetic testing can help you take proactive care of your heart.
Knowing your risk for inherited heart conditions can help you take proactive actions such as:
- Allowing you and your healthcare provider to create a plan to prevent potentially serious heart events.
- Helping your healthcare provider make tailored recommendations, such as regular monitoring of your heart’s rhythm or cholesterol-lowering medications.
- Identifying family members who can be tested and start treatment, if needed.
A test you can count on. Based in evidence.
Unlike recreational genetic tests, we focus on thorough sequencing of genes to give you meaningful insights. We provide an affordable clinical-grade test that historically has cost thousands of dollars.
Thorough gene analysis
Just looking at snippets with recreational tests means you miss information – we take a more complete look.
Genes recognized by the CDC
We include all 10 genes recognized by the CDC as important for public health.7
Results to act on
Clinical results you may use with your doctor to guide your approach to health and prevention.**
Learn About Our Genes
Learn more about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing.
Watch important information about genetic testing
This means no mutations associated with the 30 genes analyzed were identified. Not all genes covering the listed conditions are tested. It’s important to share your results with your provider to create a personalized healthcare plan.
This means a mutation associated with the 30 genes analyzed was identified. It’s important to share your results with your provider to create a personalized healthcare pla
It is common to see a genetic change that requires further research to determine if it is associated with an increased risk for developing inherited heart conditions. To date, most of the variants of uncertain significance that are further classified have been found to be harmless, though this process can sometimes take years.8
If you have a personal or family history of specific heart conditions, additional evaluations by a cardiologist may be recommended.
Even if your results show no mutations, you may still develop an inherited heart condition. While Color’s Hereditary Heart Health Test looks at 30 genes associated with inherited heart conditions that have actionable treatment plans, factors like lifestyle, environment, and mutations in other genes not covered in the test, may increase the risk for these and other heart conditions as well.
Not everyone with a mutation in one of these genes has or will develop an inherited heart condition. But knowing you have a mutation can help your healthcare provider make tailored recommendations.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association
Provides support, advocacy and education to patients, families, the medical community about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Also supports research and treatment development.
The FH Foundation is a patient-centered non-profit dedicated to research, advocacy, and education of all forms of FH.
American Heart Association
Focused on building healthier lives free of heart disease by promoting heart healthy lifestyle choices, providing accessible education, and funding innovative research.
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