According to a BBC article published on the 1st February this year, approximately 620,000 people in the UK alone have a ‘faulty gene’ that subjects them to a higher risk of heart disease and sudden death.
These findings were released by the British Heart Foundation after conducting extensive research. The figure is 100,000 more than previously predicted and could still be higher. As the Foundation have continued to invest in research regarding the gene and the prevalence of inherited conditions there are clearer statistics to aid in understanding risk. A key finding revealed that the child of a person with a previously inherited heart condition have a 50% chance of inheriting that condition.
In relation to the ‘faulty gene’ the Heart Foundation is continuing to comprehend the complete figure as there are still undiagnosed faulty genes and therefore the figure could likely go up.
As well as this the ‘sudden death’ that occurs among the generation of 35 and under is startlingly high with an estimated 12 people falling victim to it in the UK alone. These people succumb to a sudden cardiac death as mostly they have underlying and undiagnosed heart conditions.
There have been many ‘faulty genes’ that are the cause of inherited heart conditions and The British Heart Foundation has eagerly developed vital genetic testing services for those at risk of having these conditions.
Key factors outlined by the BBC article to be cognisant of regarding inherited heart conditions are:
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
Smoking Cessation Programmes, Carbon Monoxide Lung Analysis, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Alcohol Awareness/Risk Assessment, Spirometry, Celiac Testing, Weight and Stress Management.