The Heart Institute Genetic Counseling Clinic (HIGCC) is for families and patients, including adults and children, with or at risk for heritable cardiovascular disorders. Our team includes three licensed and board-certified genetic counselors with special interest and expertise in inherited cardiovascular disease.

One of the goals of the HIGCC is to help individuals and their physicians understand and utilize genetic information to make personalized and appropriate screening and medical management decisions. It is important to integrate genetic information as part of a personalized healthcare plan. The HIGCC can make recommendations regarding healthcare management and provide referrals to appropriate specialists, if necessary.

Services at the Heart Institute Genetic Counseling Clinic include:

  • Collection and evaluation of medical and family histories
  • Review of natural history
  • Identification and discussion of genetic testing
  • Discussion and recommendations for the most appropriate, accurate and cost-effective methods of diagnosis
  • Integration of genetic testing and other results tests with individual and family medical histories
  • Pre-test counseling and facilitation of genetic testing
  • Post-test counseling, which includes interpretation and explanation of genetic testing results
  • Counseling and guidance related to the genetic diagnosis and risk for family members
  • Identification and use of community resources that provide medical, educational, financial and psychosocial support and advocacy

Patients and families who may benefit:

  • Individuals with a diagnosis or family history of hereditary cardiovascular disorders including but not limited to:
       Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
       Dilated cardiomyopathy
       Restrictive cardiomyopathy
       Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy
       Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy
       Congenital heart disease (hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tetralogy of fallot, etc.)
       Familial hypercholesterolemia
       Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia
       Brugada syndrome
       Long QT syndrome
  • Individuals who have had prior genetic testing and would like additional interpretation and information about the result and associated implications
  • Individuals who have a family member with a known genetic change or mutation
  • Individuals who have questions about the risk of heart disease based on the family history