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Inherited heart diseases can affect more than one person in a single family. The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for Inherited Heart Diseases seeks to identify these familial diseases and slow their progression through preventative care. Established in 2007, our Center has continued the long-standing tradition of pioneering genetic breakthroughs in the field of cardiology at Johns Hopkins. Here you can receive specialized screening and consultation for several forms of genetic heart disease, including hypertrophic, restrictive and dilated cardiomyopathies; inherited heart rhythm disorders such as LongQT and Brugada syndromes; familial cardiac amyloid; and inherited conditions that cause heart or heart-valve malformations. Also, many types of muscular dystrophy involve the heart, and our Center for Inherited Heart Diseases specializes in evaluating the hearts of people with muscular dystrophy.
Following the pattern of a cardiac problem in your family can help your physicians predict the likelihood of you or other family members having the same condition. Some inherited conditions include:
Most inherited heart conditions can affect people at any age. Additional Pediatric cardiology specialists are available through the Helen B. Taussig Pediatric Cardiology Center at Johns Hopkins.
As genetic testing becomes increasingly available for these conditions, the Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Heart Diseases can provide you with appropriate counseling on the risks and benefits of these tests. Genetic counseling is critical for understanding how genetic information may impact your future health, as well as your family. The genetic counselors and physicians at our Center are trained to carefully identify this information and guide you in making a decision about how to use this knowledge, if necessary.
When you first come to the Center for Inherited Heart Disease, we will discuss your family’s medical history and you will meet with a genetic counselor and cardiologist. You may need some tests, such as an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram or cardiac MRI for us to fully evaluate your condition. After counseling and testing, your cardiologist and genetic counselor will share their findings with you and provide recommendations for any follow-up care.
The goal of our Center is to help people find out why they have an inherited heart condition, and to target treatments that are specific for these problems. We also provide counseling to family members, and we work with other members of the cardiology community to better understand inherited forms of cardiovascular disease.
To schedule an appointment with the Center for Inherited Heart Disease, please call 443-997-0270.