The Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at Parkview Heart Institute specializes in caring for patients at high risk for, or with a diagnosis of hereditary heart conditions. Research indicates that 1 in 250 people have a genetic change that may lead to early-onset cardiovascular disease.
A collaborative approach to cardiovascular genetics
After patients see a cardiologist in the clinic for an initial assessment, they are referred to a genetic counselor for a phone consultation. Informed DNA, a national provider of genetic counseling services, will contact the patient within a week from the time the referral is received to schedule a telephone appointment.
In addition to translating technical and complicated medical information into practical language, the genetic counselor will indicate if a patient’s family members would benefit from a consult within the clinic, too.
Which heart diseases can be hereditary?
- Brugada Syndrome
- Long QT Syndrome
- Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy (CDM)
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Heart defect at birth
- Aortic aneurysm, dilation or dissection in more than one family member
- Sudden cardiac arrest/death in more than one family member