Penn Offers Genetic Testing for Heart Conditions

Within weeks, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania are planning to start offering some patients a genetic test to predict their heart-disease risk.   The new test will pick up eight potential warning signs written in human DNA.

Most likely, these tests will be offered to adults.  Hopefully, we will start to offer them to children.  If an adult tests positive for a heart condition, wouldn’t she test positive as a child too?  Wouldn’t it be helpful to have that information sooner?  Couldn’t we save more lives? 

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