The most common inherited cardiovascular diseases are Hypertrophic
Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), Inherited Arrhythmias,
Marfan Syndrome, and Familial Aortic Aneurysm (FAA). HCM is the
most common inherited cardiovascular disorder and involves an unexplained
muscle thickening in the ventricles. HCM affects one in every thousand
people. DCM is a condition where the heart is enlarged, grows weaker,
and is less able to pump blood throughout the body. Inherited Arrhythmias
are abnormal heart beats or rhythms caused by gene mutations. Marfan
Syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. FAA is
an inherited disorder in which an aneurysm occurs along the aorta
in the abdomen or the chest. The genes responsible for some familial
cardiovascular disorders have been identified. Certain individuals
may be appropriate for directed genetic testing of specific disorders.
Consult your doctor!