What does cardiovascular genetics consultation involve?
In recent years there have been rapid developments identifying the role that genetics plays in a variety of cardiovascular diseases. In addition to lifestyle choices playing a role in the development of heart disease, some individuals are genetically predisposed to develop heart disease.
A visit to the HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Medical Genetics Clinic usually includes time with a genetic counselor that has expertise in inherited cardiovascular syndromes. We educate our patients about cardiac risks and the implications for them and their family members.
An appointment is scheduled for a discussion of medical and family history.
A personal hereditary cardiovascular risk assessment is provided.
Testing options for you and your family are discussed.
Follow-up includes discussion and interpretation of test results.
Medical management recommendations are made when a hereditary cardiovascular condition is diagnosed.