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Heart Diseases: Screening

Department of Health written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce genetic testing for inherited heart conditions.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

National Health Service genetic testing is already available for a range of inherited cardiac conditions. Further information on the available NHS genetic tests is published by the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) and is available at:

www.ukgtn.nhs.uk

The UKGTN ‘Guide to Specialised Services for Rare Genetic Disorders’ lists those genetic tests that have been evaluated and approved for use in the NHS.

In addition, the 100,000 Genomes Project aims to sequence the whole human genomes of NHS patients with a rare disease or cancer. 193 rare diseases are currently live for recruitment including a number of cardiovascular disorders. Researchers and clinicians have formed the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) to analyse data from the project to better understand disease and develop new diagnostics and treatments. Cardiovascular diseases are one of the research domains the GeCIP is focussing on.

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