A Simple, Affordable Process
Genetic testing is quickly becoming the standard for helping diagnose inherited cardiomyopathy. Not only is it cost-effective, but it can also help patients find out more about their diagnosis and identify family members who may be at risk of developing the same condition, even if they don’t have any symptoms. In most cases, insurance will cover genetic testing, but we encourage you to check your policy for a full breakdown of your coverage plan before getting genetic testing.
Getting testing for cardiomyopathy is done by a simple saliva sample. In partnership with the Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Foundation, we’ve created a list of genetic counseling and testing companies that make the testing process as simple and affordable as possible. To start the testing process, simply click the link below to connect directly with genetic counseling and testing companies.Get Tested Today
These are the steps you can expect to take in your genetic testing process:
- Order the test.
- Work with your insurance companies to cover the cost.
- A simple saliva test will be sent to your home.
- Spit into the tube provided and mail it back in the enclosed envelope as instructed.
- Test results will be mailed directly to you. (We advise you also share these results with your doctor.)
- Once you receive your test results, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a genetic counselor to help you better understand your results.
Speaking to a genetic counselor is an important part of the testing process. Not only can they help decide which genetic test is best for you, but they can interpret your results and help create a personalized plan for you and your family members. Learn more about genetic counseling.
Types of Genetic Testing
There are many types of genetic testing. Here are just a few:
- Diagnostic testing: You have been diagnosed with or have symptoms that may be associated with a form of cardiomyopathy.
- Predictive testing: You have a family history of cardiomyopathy and want to be tested to determine your risk of developing the same condition.
- Carrier testing: You have a family history of cardiomyopathy and want to get tested before having children.