The Center for Cardiovascular Genetics provides genetic testing to identify an individual's inherited risk of developing a cardiovascular condition.
Based on family history and genetic testing, physicians at the clinic
assess the person’s situation, look at steps to reduce risk and improve
symptoms, and evaluate family members who also may be at risk.
Strong Risk Factor
Family history is considered one of the strongest risk factors for
developing health issues related to cardiovascular disease. Genetic testing,
which is generally done through blood tests, can determine whether you are
at higher risk for a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack.
can also determine the likelihood of developing an inherited heart issue,
like atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
Conditions Appropriate for Genetic Testing
The Center for Cardiovascular Genetics welcomes patients, with or without a
referral, who are concerned about their and their family’s cardiovascular
disease risk. Genetic testing is appropriate for individuals who have:
A family history of early, sudden cardiac death, particularly at age 60 or
An abnormal electrocardiogram (EKG) test
Prior experiences of blackouts or sudden loss of consciousness
A diagnosis or family history of:
Cardiomyopathies (disorders of the heart muscle)
Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome)
Marfan’s syndrome (a disorder of the connective tissue that
may affect the aorta)
Systemic diseases that may affect the heart, such as muscular
dystrophy or skeletal myopathy
If a cardiovascular concern is identified, physicians at the clinic follow
the patient and family members over the long term, recommending preventive
measures and proactive treatments to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and
manage existing heart disease.