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A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart.

The Minnesota Genetic Counselor Association

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

Find out more about how a genetic counselor could help you or your family.

Helpful Links

  • Cardiology Genetics Clinic Directory

  • Ricky's Story

  • Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

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