Seq2Know, a consumer-initiated genetic testing service, offers Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) testing. FH is a hereditary form of high cholesterol that increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States, respectively.
Approximately one in six adults have high cholesterol which is caused by FH in about one in every 500 people in the US and 30 million in the world. Many are unaware of the risks and dangers it poses.
The FH Foundations’ Consensus Statement on Genetic Testing for FH recommends testing as a diagnosis and offers the opportunity to prevent FH-related cardiovascular disease. Genetic testing is especially important for those with consistently high cholesterol, have had a heart attack at an early age, or have a family history of high cholesterol or early onset heart disease.
Dr. Mike Chicka, a molecular geneticist at Seq2Know, adds, “Since Seq2Know’s test is accessible, comprehensive, and affordable, it can help identify undiagnosed individuals with FH, thereby mitigating risk.”
Seq2Know’s test includes sequencing of four important genes that cause FH (LDLR, APOB, PCSK9, LDLRAP1). All Seq2Know tests are ordered directly from Seq2Know.com and reviewed by an independent physician network, PWNHealth to ensure the test is appropriate for the individual. Once testing is approved, individuals are sent a saliva kit to provide a specimen for testing. After testing is complete, PWNHealth reviews the results and the individual is notified their results are available. Seq2Know’s FH test also includes access to genetic counseling through PWNHealth.
Seq2Know is a service of PreventionGenetics, LLC, a high-quality, certified DNA testing laboratory offering genetic sequencing services to help people determine their genetic risk for hereditary disorders.