In the UK, the estimated number of people having a faulty gene putting them at risks of developing coronary heart diseases or sudden death stands at 620,000. Most of them are unaware. This is as warned by the charity.
It is said that the British Heart Foundation (B.H.F) that the figure was 100,000 more than it had been thought and could be much higher than this, reports The Sun.
Most children with an inherited heart conditions have a chance of having 50% chance of inheriting it themselves.
In the UK, around 12 seemingly healthy people aged 35 or under are victims of sudden cardiac death with no explanations every week. This is because of undiagnosed heart conditions.
After he was diagnosed with serious heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventrircular cardiomyopathy, former England and Nottinghamshire cricketer James Taylor had to retire. He was 26 years old when this happened.
According to what he said, one could see his shirt moving to indicate that was how hard his heart was beating inside his chest.
He added that he went to have some oxygen then later went to the hospital to seek further medical attention. The doctors said that it was a miracle he was able to walk into the hospital unlike many other cases where patients couldn’t.
His heart rate was going at 265 beats every minute.
This was a bit controversial to what the doctors knew. Taylor’s heart rate remained at 265 for six to seven hours. The normal heart rate is usually 60 to 100 beats per minute.
He was fortunate to survive and treats the condition with medication.
Discovery of many of the faulty genes causing heart conditions which are inherited have been discovered by the researchers.
This has triggered development of the structured genetic testing services for those at high risks for some of these condition.
Here are some of the things we need to know about inherited heart conditions.
- Most of those with inherited heart conditions have no symptoms but some can develop alerting signs which include dizzy spells, palpitations and blackouts.
- What could help in identifying the problem is screening and genetic testing.
- If a family member has been dragonized with an inherited heart conditions, doctors will suggest you be tested. There are family histories of premature deaths or an individual is diagonized with angina or had a heart attack at young age, during the early stages.
- Monitoring and treatment can reduce the risk of a sudden heart attack or cardiac arrest if you are diagnosed with an inherited heart condition.
- One is advised to speak to their GP when there is need for concern.
BHF medical director, Prof Sir Nilesh Samani, said the reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK who are unaware that they could be at risk of sudden death.
He also added that if undetected and untreated, inherited heart conditions can be deadly and they continue to devastate families, often by taking away loved ones without warning.
There is need for funding more research to be able to understand these heart conditions, make new discoveries, develop new treatments and save as many lives as possible.