“HELPING CLIENTS MAKE HEART HEALTHY DECISIONS”
The leading cause of death in the United States is due to heart disease. The American Heart Association states that inheriting a mutation from a parent may substantially increase the risk of getting that disease with most genetic cardiovascular diseases. MicroGen Health provides a cardiovascular genomic testing panel that can present clues on genetic factors likely to contribute to disorders like cardiomyopathies, arrhythmic patterns, and thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections to combat this possible prognosis.
Our experts and trained technicians are here to offer a timely and specific diagnosis of heritable cardiovascular disorder information to our clients and their primary care physicians. This empowers medical staff to come to more precise conclusions and helps to prevent sudden Cardiovascular arrests that could result in death. Our goal is to create a roadmap leading to a better prognosis using the modern proactive treatments managed by our client’s physicians.
Family members with the most definitive and severe phenotype histories must be tested first to take full advantage of this diagnostic testing. Once a genetic variant is identified, the immediate family should consider testing and counseling. Asymptomatic individuals and at-risk family members can also be identified through this test, expanding its horizons in saving multiple family members through cascade screening. The best way to fight heart disease is to discover any underlying risks as early as possible for preventative treatments.
The earlier clients can be tested, the better. If a client is concerned about the possibility of a future diagnosis, they should reach out to their primary care provider for guidance. That provider will most likely review certain personal history and background medical information to determine if testing would be appropriate. Some of the reasons for ordering this test include:
Primary physicians should first conduct a pre-test genetic counseling session with their patients before referring them for testing. This is so all the appropriate questions are answered about the potential benefits and limitations of the test. There will then be a trained laboratory technician that will collect a whole blood sample or buccal swab of the client into a specific testing container. That sample will then be sent to our labs in a safe, temperature-controlled setting.
Genomic DNA will be carefully extracted from the collected sample by our expert technicians using the latest technology. Our lab will then assess the quality and quantity of the sample for genetic markers using Next Generation Sequence. Our Bioinformatics tools will be implemented to understand the nature of any possible variants according to the guidelines set out by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP).
The presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants is indicated as a “positive” result. A positive result in a person affected may suggest an inherited mutation. A positive result in an asymptomatic individual suggests the possibility of potential high-risk, which could mean the need for either nutritional, therapeutic, or lifestyle interventions to reduce the risk of future diagnosis.
The presence of benign or likely benign variants is indicated as a “negative” result. This will inform the client’s physician on possible next steps, including evaluating other non-genetic causes for the specified phenotype. Post-test genetic counseling is suggested to help decide whether other members of the client’s family need to undergo this same genetic testing.
At MicroGen Health, we strive to provide only evidence-backed test results using experienced technicians and experts with the latest technology. We protect our client’s privacy according to industry standards and seek to have a professional customer interaction each and every time. If you would like to begin your test or have any other questions, please reach out to our team using our contact page. Thank you for considering MicroGen Health for your health care diagnostics.
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