Cardiac genetic testing: A single-center pilot study of a dominican population

Kathleen T. Hickey, Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, Robert R. Sciacca, Sally Aboelela, Paul Gonzalez, Carmen Castillo, Nicole Hauser, Ashton Frulla

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The impact of undergoing genetic testing in a Dominican population is not well understood. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the psychological well-being and perceived cardiac risk among Dominicans who underwent genetic testing. Participants completed a qualitative interview and the Short Form-36 (SF-36) questionnaire after cardiac genetic testing. There were 31 subjects evaluated (mean age 42 ± 11 years). Participants revealed three common themes: (a) fear of dying prematurely, (b) guilt of possibly passing on a mutation to their children, and (c) fear of having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shock. Physical components of the SF-36 were within normal limits (46.2 ± 6.6) but elevated for mental components (59.9 ± 5.3). The quality of life and specific themes results determined in this investigation warrant further research in the Dominican population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cardiac genetics
  • Dominican
  • Quality of life
  • Self-reported themes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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