According to statistics on the causes of death announced by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan in 2019, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and hypertensive disease ranked second, fourth, and eighth place respectively. The occurrence of cardiovascular disease is mostly sudden, because most cardiovascular diseases do not have any warning signs, but once cardiovascular diseases occur, it will often cause death or irreversible damage, causing a huge burden to the family, and is a silent and dangerous health killer. Although cardiovascular diseases are related to aging, changes in diet and life styles can decrease the occurrence of cardiovascular disease at a young age.
According to research statistics, 90% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by reducing risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Although age, gender, genes and family history cannot be changed, the genes associated with cardiovascular disorders can be screened through genetic testing to be aware of our own physical characteristics and practice early prevention measures to drastically reduce the incidence of the disease.
Leopard Gene applies next-generation sequencing to analyze genes related to inherited heart diseases and screen patients for related pathogenic mutations. It can help physicians determine the diagnosis, evaluate the prognosis, give appropriate treatment, medication, and follow up properly.