Question: I practice athletics daily, would it be convenient to do a genetic study? Carmen (Segovia).
Answer: If you are healthy and you have not been diagnosed with any heart disease, in principle, there is no reason to do a genetic study, since it will not provide any information. Genetic studies are carried out when the athlete suffers from a disease (for example, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), in order to study the family and establish the prognosis of said disease. It is enough that you pass the routine controls established for athletes. On the other hand, these controls are increasingly exhaustive, especially as a result of the great social repercussion aroused by the latest cases of sudden death in athletes.