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What are the limitations of genetic testing concerning heart diseases?

We do know that approximately half of the risk of developing heart disease is genetic and the other half is attributed to environmental concerns. Genetic testing only evaluates the predisposition, or susceptibility, that an individual has for the development of heart disease, but it is not diagnostic. In other words, if somebody has a genetic predisposition or susceptibility that will prompt a physician to be more vigilant in terms of early screening procedures such as cholesterol testing, blood pressure testing or imaging for example using coronary calcium scanning. In some other instances genetic testing may help to identify individuals who may have better or worse response to certain medications. However, in some cases the results of the genetic testing are not straightforward and they can never be taken into account just by themselves. Overall, combining genetic information with all other pieces of information can enhance clinical decision-making..
 

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