WHAT IS PHARMACOGENOMICS, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The drugs available today to treat cardiovascular disease are powerful agents that work as intended in most patients. Yet, in some people, a particular drug at the standard dose might not work well enough or may even trigger a serious adverse reaction. This can be due to genetic causes, which often play an important role in a patient’s predisposition to experiencing adverse drug reactions or therapeutic failure.
The science of pharmacogenomics studies how a patient’s specific DNA sequences influence his or her response to medications.