The Wellness Genescreen represents an extension of the CVD multi-gene test, focused on reduced risk of chronic disorders and improved quality of life following medical treatment.
"Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life."
The finding that genes may overlap between CVD and other complex conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, recurrent pregnancy loss, metabolic syndrome and some forms of cancer, has paved the way to a new approach in healthcare called pathology supported genetic testing. Risk management is based on the current health status of the individual in the context of genetic and lifestyle risk factors identified, irrespective of whether a genetic test was used to make the initial diagnosis of any existing disease. The different categories of genetic risk were carefully considered in relation to insurance issues and other ethical concerns, prior to the implementation of the genetic service in clinical practice.
The low-penetrance mutations included in the Wellness Genescreen (1) affect the function of the relevant gene products (proteins), (2) influence biological processes involved in disease development, and (3) have apparent metabolic/clinical implications, either alone or in combination with other genetic or environmental risk factors.
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