An inherited heart condition is passed on through families, and can affect anyone of any age. These conditions are different to having a family history of heart and circulatory disease.
It’s important that people at highest risk of developing an inherited heart condition are seen in a specialist centre for expert assessment. GIS can help to facilitate a referral through your GP for this, which could help to detect and treat an inherited heart condition, potentially saving lives. You are at highest risk if you are:
- Suspected to have an inherited heart condition yourself.
- You are a first degree relative of someone who has been diagnosed with an inherited heart condition. A first degree relative is a parent, sibling or child of someone affected.
The GIS is a unique service where you can speak to a specially trained cardiac nurse trained in practical genetics. The service provides information and support about inherited heart conditions to anyone, and our service is confidential.
Your nearest cardiology centre may not provide genetic services and specialist centres can cover large regions. While some tests, such as ECG, echocardiogram and MRI can be carried out at a local hospital, only a specialist service can provide genetic counselling and carry out genetic testing.
Call the GIS on 0300 456 8383. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (charged at a rate similar to 01 or 02 calls).
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