Too many broken hearts

This resource highlights the journey of patients and their samples through clinics and laboratories and the various techniques used by pathologists and scientists to make their diagnoses.


Explore the likelihood of family members having heart disease, its risks and treatment. What are the chances that an unborn child will inherit familial hypercholesterolaemia? Determine the possibility by looking at the phenotype and genotype of the parents.

Target audience 

GCSE students

Type of activity

Practical and discussion based

Pathology link 

This activity focuses on genetics, haematology and clinical biochemistry.

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