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Jai Heart : India’s first genomics based test for Heart disease risk assessment

India is witnessing an epidemic of heart disease with about 3 million deaths per year and with approximately 12% of the population affected. Conventional health checks (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, ECG) are not detecting heart disease risk adequately with over half of cases admitted to hospital for heart attacks having normal cholesterol and blood pressure. Only 50% of heart disease risk is associated with high cholesterol or any of six additional classic risk factors. Current routine tests on their own are not identifying the many people at risk for heart attacks.jaihealth

Bangalore based Jai Health has launched Jai Heart, genomics?based risk estimation solution for heart disease developed specifically for Indian, South/East Asian and Middle Eastern populations. Jai Heart provides an overall estimate of an individual’s susceptibility to developing heart disease facilitating more targeted screening, earlier intervention and prevention.

Jai Heart analyses DNA from saliva/cheek cells to look for genetic variations associated with heart disease. This is integrated with client’s medical history and conventional risk factors provided online at
registration at www.jaihealth.com. A detailed personalised report is produced that estimates the risk of developing heart disease, highlights individual risk factors and outlines what the client can do to prevent heart disease. Importantly the use of genomics in this test can give a signal of risk long before heart disease becomes symptomatic. This will help clients and their doctors initiate the necessary lifestyle changes, further investigations and medical interventions to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

The process is straightforward and following online registration, you will receive a kit via courier containing a saliva/cheek cell collection tube which is simple, non?invasive and easy to use. The kit is
then posted back to Jai Health for analysis at laboratories. You can check out the report online (on www.jaihealth.com). The service is also provided through doctors, diagnostic laboratories and hospitals.

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