Although heart conditions are common, only a small portion are due to a single inherited genetic risk someone may have. This type of inherited risk for heart conditions is caused by a small change (called a mutation) in someone’s genes, which can be passed from parent to child. When someone inherits this type of gene mutation from a parent, they have an increased risk to get heart problems. Some heart conditions that can be inherited are:

  • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias, like long QT syndrome)
  • Heart muscle problems (cardiomyopathies, like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Some differences to how the heart is formed, often noticed at birth (congenital heart disease, like a ventral septal defect or VSD)
  • A form of high blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
  • Problems with the main artery in the body becoming enlarged or tearing (aortic aneurysms or dissections)

Family members share genes and may, therefore, share gene mutations associated with heart conditions. View More

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