About Genetic Testing for Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular genetics is a specialty focused on heart conditions that run in families. At UVA, you’ll find the state’s first comprehensive team of doctors, nurses and genetic counselors devoted to helping you better understand what inherited heart conditions mean for you and your family.

Genetic information is vital. It can help your care team provide the most optimal treatment, as well as identify family members who may be at risk for a heart condition. Early detection of a genetic heart disease may be lifesaving, as the first sign of a problem in some patients is cardiac arrest.

Who benefits from Cardiovascular Genetic Testing?

We see families with known or suspected inherited heart conditions. The most common of these are:

Aortic and vascular diseases, including familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (familial TAAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm and Marfan syndrome

Arrhythmia syndromes, including long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) and Brugada syndrome

Cardiomyopathies, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), familial dilated cardiomyopathy (familial DCM) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C)

We also see people with concerning family histories, such as:

  • A family member with an inherited heart condition
  • A family member who died suddenly at a young age (under age 50)