Psychological Stress Associated With Cardiogenetic Conditions

Nadia Hidayatallah; Louise B Silverstein; Marina Stolerman; Thomas McDonald; Christine A Walsh; Esma Paljevic; Lilian L Cohen; Robert W Marion; David Wasserman; Sarah Hreyo; Siobhan M Dolan


Personalized Medicine. 2014;11(7):631-640. 

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Given recent advances in technology and decreasing costs, whole-genome sequencing is likely to become common practice in the near future, facilitating the identification of genetic contributions to a wide variety of complex conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Such information will allow clinicians to offer personalized genomic care. However, the psychological stress associated with identifying and managing genetic susceptibility will be experienced by many more families facing diagnoses that are similar to cardiogenetic conditions. Thus, some of the recommendations that emerged in the context of cardiogenetic conditions are likely to be relevant for individuals and families with other genetic conditions as well.