A new genetic heart testing service launches in Swansea today, the first of its kind in Wales.
Morriston Hospital is the first in Wales to receive funding to improve genetic screening services testing for a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The condition often has no symptoms but can cause a cardiac arrest without warning.
Former Lions and Welsh international, Roy Bergiers, was diagnosed with HCM six years ago.
Funding from the British Heart Foundation and the Miles Frost Fund has allowed the hospital to appoint a new Inherited Cardiac Conditions Nurse Specialist. Immediate family members of those diagnosed with HCM will have access to the genetic testing.
Approximately 30,000 people in Wales have a faulty gene that can cause an inherited heart-related condition. Immediate family members of those who test positive to having the gene have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene themselves.