You Get Your Results. Now What?
A positive or negative test result is not a simple “yes” or “no” when it comes to diagnosing genetic cardiomyopathy. That’s why it’s important to talk to a genetic counselor, so you can best understand how your results may impact you and your family.
Did You Know?
There are many types of genetic mutations that can cause cardiomyopathy. By getting genetic testing, you are helping to advance research into potential treatments and cures for genetic cardiomyopathy.
If you receive a positive genetic test result, it does not guarantee that you will develop symptoms or experience heart problems. It simply means that you have a genetic mutation that is known to cause genetic cardiomyopathy. Regardless, it’s essential, if you test positive, to begin a conversation with your physician or cardiologist. Remember: knowledge is power! Knowing you are at risk for developing genetic cardiomyopathy can help you identify and better manage your condition.
If you receive a negative result, it does not always mean that you are not at risk for genetic cardiomyopathy. That’s because not all genetic cardiomyopathy shows up on current genetic testing. If you suspect cardiomyopathy runs in your family, you should ask your genetic counselor about what to do next. You may need additional testing and family analysis to confirm you are not at risk.
Getting the Support You Need
Many cardiologists may not be heart failure specialists or equipped to treat genetic cardiomyopathy. To find an advanced heart failure center or cardiologist that specializes in treating cardiomyopathy, click the Resources button below.