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What will the results mean for me?

Knowing your personal cardiac risk can help you make choices above and beyond normal healthy living.

Your personalised action plan

Your Eugene care team reviews your genetic test results and your personal & family history to help you understand your lifetime risk of a heart condition. Based on your results, we also discuss screening and prevention measures that you and your doctor can act on.

These measures can include —

  • Specific lifestyle changes to improve long-term health
  • More frequent screenings to catch heart disease early
  • Medications to lower your long-term risk
  • In some rare cases, more serious options like surgery to consider

Genetic counselling and next steps

Your Eugene counsellor is there to help you understand your results and feel empowered to make choices that are right for you. They can also connect you to a network of healthcare professionals & community groups to make sure you’re always supported.

Frequently asked questions

You can find the full list of conditions screened for here.

The results of Eugene’s proactive heart heath test can help you learn if you are more likely to develop a cardiovascular (heart) condition.

The results of this test may indicate that you carry a genetic variation in one of the 84 screened genes that may increase your chance of developing a genetic heart-related condition, including those that affect:

  • The heart’s rhythm, muscle, size and thickness.
  • The ability for blood to clot.
  • The aorta and blood vessels.
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure.

It’s important to know Eugene’s proactive heart health test cannot diagnose you with a heart condition or guarantee that you will ever develop a heart condition.

This test cannot exclude the chance of developing a heart condition due to other genetic or lifestyle factors.

Suppose your results identify an increased chance of developing heart disease in your lifetime. In that case, your genetic counsellor will explore possible management options with you so that you can take measures to lower your risk.

Eugene’s genetic counsellors can organise referrals to tertiary clinical services to facilitate management. Management may take place in the form of:

  • Reviewing family and personal health history, exercise, diet and lifestyle.
  • Screening to detect the heart-related condition at an early and treatable stage. The specific type and frequency may depend on the identified genetic variation and heart risk. Screening may include testing cholesterol, blood pressure and heart rate. It can also include heart monitoring through an exercise cardiac stress test, electrocardiography (ECG), electrocardiography, cardiac CT and coronary CT angiography.
  • Medication to prevent or reduce the chance of developing heart disease. Depending on the type of heart risk identified, there are medication options to control cholesterol levels, blood clotting, heart rate and blood pressure. In turn, these treatments can lower the risk of developing heart disease.

Eugene offers a proactive heart health test for healthy individuals who would like to be proactive about their heart health by understanding their risk of developing a cardiovascular condition.

This test can help you better understand their genetic risk of developing heart conditions and to create a personalised risk report and action plan.

It’s important to know that this test cannot diagnose you with a heart condition, confirm if you have a heart condition, or tell if you will ever develop a heart condition.

If you have a family history that suggests you’d benefit from seeing a doctor or heart-health specialist, we’ll reach out and let you know prior to testing your sample.