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Nearly 50% of all cardiomyopathy cases in the United States are inherited, but only 1% of cardiomyopathy patients get genetically tested. Help us save lives!

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Should I Get Genetic Testing for Cardiomyopathy?

Did you know that children have a 50% chance of inheriting the genes that cause cardiomyopathy from a parent who has the condition? While you might not have symptoms, you may still be at risk if cardiomyopathy runs in your family. That’s where genetic testing can help.

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Pros and Cons of Getting Genetically Tested for Cardiomyopathy

Getting genetic testing for cardiomyopathy doesn’t just assist you in everyday treatment. It could also protect your family and future generations. As you think about genetic testing, we encourage you to take into consideration all these important points to help guide your decision.

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Getting Genetically Tested for Cardiomyopathy

It’s easier than you think. We will walk you through the simple steps of getting genetic testing for cardiomyopathy, including how to start the conversation with your primary care provider, cardiologist or genetic counselor.

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Understanding Your Genetic Test Results and Next Steps

You’ve received your genetic test results for cardiomyopathy. You have the genes that could cause cardiomyopathy for you or a family member. Your next steps are very important – from managing your condition to having conversations with family members about whether they should get genetic testing, too.

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Knowledge is Power

That’s what we believe at the Genetic CardioMYopathy Awareness Consortium.

Maybe you’ve just learned that you or a family member has been diagnosed with a genetic (sometimes called inherited) heart condition, like cardiomyopathy. Now, what do you do? How do you talk to your doctor, your family or your loved ones?

Knowing there may be a genetic heart condition that runs in your family, the next steps you take could help save your life and the lives of your family. Early genetic testing and diagnosis create better opportunities for you and your family to manage cardiomyopathy.

How do you know if you are at risk for genetic cardiomyopathy? Genetic testing is a simple and reliable way to find out.


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