When is genetic testing useful in patients suspected to have inherited cardiac arrhythmias?

Steven J. Fowler, Carlo Napolitano, Silvia G. Priori

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Purpose of Review: In this article, we will review the appropriate use of genetic testing in those patients suspected to have inherited arrhythmogenic diseases, with specific focus on the indications for testing and the expected probability of positive genotyping. Recent Findings: Important advances have been made in the identification of new genes, associated mutations, and polymorphisms that modulate susceptibility of acquired arrhythmias. We will examine the most recent advances relevant to the rational application of genetic analysis, guided by genotype-phenotype correlations derived from disease and patient-specific evaluation, as well as discussing novel technologies and recently published cost-effectiveness data. Summary: Genetic analysis can be performed to identify the molecular substrate in those patients suspected to be affected by an inherited arrhythmogenic disease; however, the clinical usefulness of this information is often not straightforward. We hope to emphasize the concept that there is a significant difference in the impact of genetic testing within the various arrhythmogenic disorders, and the benefit of accessing genetic testing is not the same in all patients. The resultant integration between the expected yield of genetic screening and cost may allow the formation of criteria to prioritize access for those who could derive the most clinical benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cardiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac
  • Channelopathies
  • Genetics
  • Genotyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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