Reveals the risk of cardiovascular disease
The CardioGen® test can detect the risk of cardiovascular disease before the first clinical symptoms appear. Cardiovascular disease, or heart and blood vessel disease, is one of the so-called genetically determined diseases of affluence, the likelihood of which increases with age. Therefore, prevention plays a crucial role here.
IN WHICH SITUATIONS IT IS APPROPRIATE TO TAKE THE TEST
You want to know your risks of developing cardiovascular disease.
FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY
Family history of cardiovascular disease.
You are stressed and living unhealthily.
You've had a heart attack or cerebral stroke.
Cardiovascular diseases are often caused by the interaction of external risk factors and hereditary predispositions. The two main diseases of the cardiovascular system are atherosclerosis, or the corrosion and gradual clogging of blood vessels, and venous thrombosis, or the formation of blood clots. Atherosclerosis is not just the deposition of fat in blood vessels, it is an inflammatory process that impairs their elasticity. These diseases can subsequently lead to hypertension, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, limb ischemia, myocardial infarction, cerebral stroke and many other serious health complications.
External risk factors for cardiovascular disease include smoking, lack of physical inactivity, obesity, prolonged stress and inappropriate diet. Age and gender also play a role: while men's risk of cardiovascular disease increases after the age of 45, women's risk increases after the age of 55, usually after menopause, when atherosclerotic changes accelerate due to a decline in female hormones.
The KardioGen® genetic analysis identifies gene variants that have the greatest influence on the development of different forms of heart and blood vessel disease. Although the genetic predisposition to the disease cannot be changed, the risks associated with the identified hereditary predisposition can be minimised by appropriate preventive measures. Therefore, prevention plays a crucial role here. In addition, the function of all organs in the body, i.e. our overall health, depends on the condition of the heart and blood vessels.
HOW DOES THE WHOLE PROCESS WORK?
After ordering the test, you will receive an email with detailed information. A DNA sample is most often obtained through an oral swab or blood sample. You can perform the oral swab yourself in the comfort of your own home using a collection kit which will be sent to you by mail together with instructions and other documents. You can have your blood drawn at your local physician's office or at our outpatient clinic. The result of the analysis will be sent to you by e-mail or by post as agreed. In the case of a positive result, we recommend an appointment for a genetic consultation.