Family medical history plays an important role in the accurate diagnosis of certain heart rhythm abnormalities. The Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic – one of a very few in the nation – operates in The Heart Hospital's Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care and provides genetic screening and counseling services and treatment (as needed) for a variety of inherited heart rhythm disorders and other diseases. The Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic is led by specialists on the medical staff whose experience and expertise were gained in academic inherited disease centers. Importantly, the clinic has a dedicated cardiovascular genetics counselor. This feature is a critical component that differentiates academic cardiovascular genetics programs from general medical genetics clinics. The genetics counselor spends one-on-one time with guests to understand a multigenerational family history. The counselor provides guests with a thorough explanation of the risks, benefits, and limitations of testing. There are academic centers in Texas with interests in specific rare cardiovascular diseases that have access to medical genetics clinics. However, the Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic is one of the only dedicated inherited cardiovascular disease clinics in North Texas staffed with a cardiovascular genetics counselor that offers a full range of services for rare inherited diseases.
Guests are typically referred for suspected or confirmed family dominant heart conditions, such as:
The clinic staff works closely with surgeons on the medical staff when evaluating guests whose conditions may require surgical intervention. Physicians may call 469.416.4736 to schedule a patient consult. For a physician referral, call 1.855.853.2679.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.