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​​​​​​​​Genetic Heart Condition Treatment

The Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Center is led by physicians whose experience and expertise were gained in academic inherited disease centers. The center staff works closely with surgeons on the medical staff when evaluating patients whose conditions may require surgical intervention.

Family medical history plays an important role in the accurate diagnosis of certain heart rhythm abnormalities and thoracic aortic syndromes. Patients are typically referred for suspected or confirmed family-dominant heart conditions, such as:

Cardiomyopathy

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Familial dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD)

Channelopathy

  • Long QT syndrome
  • Short QT syndrome
  • Brugada syndrome

Vasculopathy

  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Loeys/Dietz Syndrome
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Syndrome

The Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Center is the only dedicated inherited cardiovascular disease center in North Texas staffed with a cardiovascular genetics counselor that offers a full range of services for rare genetic heart diseases. This feature is a critical component that differentiates academic cardiovascular genetics programs from general medical genetics centers.

The genetic counselor spends one-on-one time with patients to understand a multigenerational family history. The counselor provides patients with a full explanation of the risks, benefits, and limitations of testing.