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What is genetic counseling, and can anyone participate if they have certain diseases that run in family? ( example. heart disease )

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Information and yes.: Genetic counseling is an increasingly important part of preconceptional and prenatal care - and may help tremendously whenever a genetic disorder manifests in a family. It provides detailed information about the nature of the genetic disorder, he tests used to detect it and the risk of recurrence in the family. Anyone concerned should get genetic counseling!
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Genetic counselors are highly trained to examine risk factors, assess your family history, & counsel you as to whether these findings have an inherited component. If positive, they would determine if there were a good chance you mighty pass them on to a future son or daughter to come. Even if you don't have plans for children at present, but wonder about your genetic past, a geneticist is great.

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