- Possible diagnosis of increased risk of thrombosis
- Analysis of the 3 genes relevant for thrombosis
- Analysis of 6+ genetic variations, predicting the effectiveness of at least 4 relevant drugs
- A thrombosis prevention program adapted to your genes
- Increased protection against heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism
- Warning of drugs that can trigger thrombosis
- Better chances of recovery due to optimal medical therapy
- For women: Is hormonal medication dangerous for your health?
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Thrombosis is a disease in which blood clots form in the bloodstream. These clots can clog certain blood vessels and reduce the flow of blood to the heart or to areas in the brain, leading to damage or even the death of the affected tissue. When the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, a stroke occurs. If the blood supply to the heart is affected, it causes a heart attack. The most common form of thrombosis is a reduction of blood circulation in the legs by a blood clot. The danger here is that, if the clots dissolve, they can move and restrict the blood flow to the brain, the heart or the lungs.
Genetic screening tests for the detection of a risk of thrombosis are unfortunately rarely performed, and since there are no noticeable symptoms until the occurrence of thrombosis, most people do not know that they are genetically predisposed.
Therefore, a genetic predisposition is usually not detected until after the occurrence of thrombosis; this, however, may have fatal consequences. Genetic screening tests are still far too rarely performed, although they will allow one to be aware of the increased risk, and take the necessary preemptive measures, in some cases even allowing him to avoid the disease altogether. Several genes prevent the formation of blood clots in the veins. If one of these genes is defective, it cannot perform its task, and the risk of forming a blood clot increases significantly. Everyone has two genes of each type, and about one in twenty people carries a defect in at least one gene, thus being a carrier with an approximately 8- fold higher risk of thrombosis than the general population. About one in 200 people carries an error in both genes of a genotype, and has a 80 -fold higher thrombosis risk. Having defective genes does not necessary mean the patient will suffer from thrombosis, because only a fraction of those affected also develop the disease. Other factors also strongly contribute, such as obesity, bed rest and inactivity, prolonged air travel, contraceptive pill, pregnancy, etc.
This is why this genetic testing is so important; if you know your genetic health risk, you can take preemptive measures, and, in most cases, even prevent the occurrence of thrombosis.