Abstract / Description: 

Advances in human genetics are improving the understanding of a variety of inherited cardiovascular diseases, including cardiomyopathies, arrhythmic disorders, vascular disorders, and lipid disorders such as familial hypercholesterolemia. However, not all cardiovascular practitioners are fully aware of the utility and potential pitfalls of incorporating genetic test results into the care of patients and their families. This statement summarizes current best practices with respect to genetic testing and its implications for the management of inherited cardiovascular diseases.

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Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, ML, FAHA, Chair; Ray E. Hershberger, MD, FAHA, Vice Chair; Sharlene M. Day, MD; N. Jennifer Klinedinst, PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA; Andrew P. Landstrom, MD, PhD, FAHA; Victoria N. Parikh, MD; Siddharth Prakash, MD, PhD, FAHA; Christopher Semsarian, MBBS, PhD, MPH, FAHA; Amy C. Sturm, MS, LCGC; on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Clinical Cardiology