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My cousin has cardiomyopathy. I don’t have many family members left to know if others had the same condition. I have always had an irregular heart beat but no other symptoms I’m aware of (age 32).

Does anyone know if I can get tested to see if I’m at genetic risk without having the DNA from deceased parents or grandparents available?thanks

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Hi Marie

Cardiomyopathy is a generic term referring to diseases of the heart muscle. There are many causes and symptoms with different treatments. Whereas there is probably genetic screening available for some of the causes, I doubt whether there is any general test that can be done. Speak with your GP if you are concerned and they can give advice on changes to lifestyle and look for other risk factors by questioning you about your relatives.

Hi Marie8475 , I have dilated cardiomyopathy and my four adult children are currently being tested as there is a 50% chance that will be passed on to my offspring. My grandchildren are not being tested until it has been ascertained which, if any, of my children are affected.

The geneticist gave them letters for their GPs to start the process but I’m sure you could arrange it verbally.

Hello Marie. Have you looked at the Cardiomyopathy UK website? They have lots of information about genetic testing and also specialist nurses you can speak with. They’re really helpful.

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