Heart Diseases: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd January 2023.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of genetic testing for heart (a) troubles and (b) disease.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England has undertaken an assessment and continues to review evidence for using genetic testing for certain heart troubles and heart disease through the National genomic test directory. A robust and evidence-based process is in place to ensure that genomic testing continues to be available for all patients for whom it would be of clinical benefit. Examples of genomic testing available in the National Health Service for conditions which can affect your heart include, Familial hypercholesterolaemia, cardiomyopathies, Long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and others.

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