A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart.
Specific cardiac histories signal that a cardiac genetic counselor appointment is appropriate. These include a personal and/or family history of:
Personal or family history of heart arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, or aneurysm
Family history of sudden cardiac death or sudden death due to unknown causes
Personal or family history of congenital (present from birth) heart defect or disease
Personal or family history of a chromosome abnormality, genetic condition, or other disease that affects the heart
To discuss available options that may include genetic testing, screening, or referral for management of heart disease