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Is a genetic test for heart disease safe?

Genetic testing is not recommended to try to assess risk for coronary artery disease, the acquired adult form of heart disease that leads to heart attack. Your cardiologist can help you determine if you are a good candidate. Another developing areas in genetic testing is that of identifying patients who may not respond well to certain medications, such as antiplatelet drugs.

Having blood drawn by a qualified medical professional for a genetic test for heart disease is very safe. You will experience momentary pain when the needle is inserted, and you may experience bruising at the needle insertion site after the test is complete. If you have an allergy to latex or to any adhesives, let the person know who is drawing the blood, so he or she can make any necessary adjustments.

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