A range of inherited cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiomyopathies, arrhythmic disorders, vascular disorders, and lipid disorders such familial hypercholesterolemia, are being better understood because to advances in human genetics. However, not all cardiovascular specialists are completely aware of the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating genetic test results into patient and family care. This statement highlights current best practises in genetic testing and its implications for hereditary cardiovascular disease care.

Cardiomyopathies, arrhythmic disorders, thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, and familial hypercholesterolemia are among the inherited cardiovascular diseases for which genetic testing is instructive and beneficial (FH). This scientific statement highlights current best practises in cardiovascular medicine for genetic testing, while acknowledging that genetic testing methods are advancing and that practises may change.

In some circumstances, heart disease develops when a person inherits certain genetic variations linked to the condition. Multiple family members may be affected by hereditary heart disease.

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