Cardiovascular (CV) Genetics

About 1.3 million Americans have some form of an inherited heart or vascular disease. Whatever your risk may be, genetic testing or cardiovascular screening is the first step to identify and address that risk or rule it out. 

At UVA, we focus on three types of heart disease known to run in families:

  • Aortic and vascular diseases
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Primary arrhythmias

All initial appointments and screenings should be scheduled through our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic. After your first appointment, you may schedule appointments with our outreach clinics in Bristol, Lynchburg or Winchester. 

Cardiovascular (CV) Genetics

Cardiovascular (CV) Genetics

About 1.3 million Americans have some form of an inherited heart or vascular disease. Whatever your risk may be, genetic testing or cardiovascular screening is the first step to identify and address that risk or rule it out. 

At UVA, we focus on three types of heart disease known to run in families:

  • Aortic and vascular diseases
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Primary arrhythmias

All initial appointments and screenings should be scheduled through our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic. After your first appointment, you may schedule appointments with our outreach clinics in Bristol, Lynchburg or Winchester. 

Genetic Testing & Cardiovascular Screening

  • Watch this video about cardiovascular genetics

    Early detection of a genetic heart disease may be lifesaving, as the first sign of a problem in some patients is cardiac arrest. 

    Genetic Testing

    If you have a relative with a diagnosed heart condition, we'll determine if that condition is due to a gene mutation. If it was, you'll undergo testing for that some mutation so you can effectively manage your risk. 

     

     

    A cardiologist can diagnose you with tests that include: 

    • Echocardiogram
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
    • MRI scan
    • Exercise testing 
    • Holter monitoring 

    You may benefit from genetic testing if you have:

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

    Watch Matt Thomas, ScM, explain genetic testing. 

    Cardiovascular Screening

    If we confirm that your relative's condition is not caused by a mutation or if we're unable to determine the cause, we'll schedule you for a cardiovascular screening. 

    At that appointment, you'll better understand your risk and receive expert advice on how to manage that risk. 

Comprehensive Care

Meet The Team

Our team of specialists includes:

  • Cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Cardiovascular nurses
  • Genetic specialists 

Listen to Matthew Thomas, ScM, and Matthew Wolf, MD, talk about the importance of cardiovascular genetics screening.

Conditions We Test & Manage

Aortic & Vascular Diseases

Get testing or screening instructions for:

Cardiomyopathies

Get testing or screening instructions for:

  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C)
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Familial dilated cardiomyopathy (familial DCM)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC)
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM)

Primary Arrhythmias

Get testing or screening instructions for:

  • Brugada syndrome
  • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
Make An Appointment

Call us at 434.924.3627