Harvard Heart Letter

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Who has an inherited risk?

Genetic testing can help doctors guide care for families with a history of heart disease. Having a family member with heart disease—especially when it shows up at a young age—is a warning sign that you too may be at risk. The more common maladies such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease are influenced by an array of different genes and compounded by lifestyle choices and environmental factors. However, certain relatively…

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