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Eligibility and Risk 

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Am I eligible to participate in GENE-FORECAST®?

You will be able to participate if:
  • You are an African-American man or woman born in the United States
  • You are between the ages of 21 and 65.
You will not be able to participate if:
  • You are pregnant or breast feeding
  • You have had a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure within the past 12 months.
  • You were not born in the United States

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What are the benefits of participating?

If you agree to take part in this study, there may or may not be medical benefit to you. 

Possible benefits to you include:
  • Free clinical testing for your cardiovascular health profile (such as: blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function, diabetes testing)
  • Free CTA to detect blockages in the arteries feeding your heart; a test that provides some predictive value about the risk of future heart attacks.
  • The results from this study will benefit the public by improving our knowledge of the relationship between genes, social factors, the environment and cardiovascular disease in African-Americans.

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What are the risks if I participate in GENE-FORECAST®?

For potential participants meeting the GENE-FORECAST® eligibility criteria, the risks and benefits of the study will be carefully and comprehensively reviewed as part of the informed consent process.  The risks of the study are rare or minor.

The following is a brief overview of the main risks of the study
  • Physical risks, such as pain or bruising as a result of the blood draw.
  • Reaction to medications used for the CT/ultrasound scan.
  • Radiation exposure during the CT/PET scan.
  • Reaction to contrast used for CT and/or MRI scans.
  • Identification of medical conditions that could require further medical treatment/follow up.

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Last Updated: December 29, 2014