Monday, 6 April 2009

New Genetic Information Service - helping families

Every year 500 seemingly fit, young people die suddenly with no prior symptoms or warning, from a presumed heart condition.

Our new Genetic Information Service (launched with the Department of Health) helps relatives deal with the consequences of losing a loved one to an inherited heart condition.

This service supports bereaved families get an assessment by experts in an appropriate clinic. This could potentially save hundreds of lives by detecting and treating an inherited heart condition in other family members.

If someone in your family has been diagnosed with or died from an inherited heart condition call GIS on 0300 456 8383. Lines are open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (calls are charged at local rate).

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