Evenings with Genetics addresses genetic testing and heart disease

Can genetic testing shed light on your risk for cardiovascular disease? A Baylor College of Medicine cardiologist will address this question and more at an upcoming Evenings with Genetics virtual seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

During the hourlong webinar, Dr. Christie Ballantyne, professor of medicine and section chief of cardiology and cardiovascular research at Baylor, will lead a discussion on precision medicine and heart disease. He will cover topics like what genetic tests are available, who should consider genetic testing and how these tests are helpful in assessing risk for heart disease.

“Cardiovascular disease, the most common cause of death for both men and women in the United States, has a very important genetic component,” said Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention at Baylor. “If you have a family history, it is very helpful to know which tests you should get and also what you should do to reduce your risk from cardiovascular disease.”

Evenings with Genetics is a regular speaker series hosted by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital that offers the most current information on care and research advances for many genetic conditions.

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