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Can my genetic history be regional?


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  • Can my genetic history be regional?

    My husband and I are very curious about a question our cardiologist asked. He asked if any of my realtives were from Louisiana or anywhere close. I said no and asked him why and he said that there were some studies done and they linked a high percentage of people from this area with this genetic disease.

    When I returned home that night and was discussing it with my husband I realized that I was born in Cleveland Ohio and that my grandfather on my dad's side was from Mississippi. Much closer to Louisiana. Since then, I have been researching genelogy for that reason and many more.

    My cardiologist is connected to "The Heart Center" of Oregon St. Vincent's Medical Center, where they have perfected many heart procedure techiniques and that is where I had my heart cath. I value our relationship and am a little leary about trying to find a specialist. He is very attentive a caring person. But his question makes me wonder?

    What do you think?

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    Well, I don't know anything about that specific region, but it is true that genetic diseases can cluster --usually due to familys staying in the same area. So there is a possibility that there is an HCM cluster in LA --LIsa would probably know the answer to that.

    RE: seeing a specialist. There are many excellent heart centers that do _not_ specialize in HCM or have much experience with it. Your doctor may be fantastic, but that doesn't mean they are HCM-qualified. If your doctor is truly great, he will be happy to have you see an HCM specialist and will help set it up for you. (Doctor-to-Doctor referrals sometimes go more smoothly than others.)

    So if you haven't already talked to Lisa about who to see, now is the time.

    take care,



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