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Cardiol Rev. 2016 Mar-Apr;24(2):49-55. doi: 10.1097/CRD.0000000000000081.

A Case for Inclusion of Genetic Counselors in Cardiac Care.

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From the *Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; †Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, Palo Alto, CA; ‡Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; §Department of Medicine-Cardiology, University of Minnesota Physicians, Minneapolis, MN; ¶Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; ‖University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI; **Genomic Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; ††Yale Cardiovascular Genetics Program, Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; ‡‡Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; §§North Memorial, Humphrey Cancer Center, Robbinsdale, MN; ¶¶Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; ‖‖Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; ***Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; and †††Section of Genetics, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.


Recent advances in genetic testing for heritable cardiac diseases have led to an increasing involvement of the genetic counselor in cardiology practice. We present a series of cases collected from a nationwide query of genetics professionals regarding issues related to cost and utilization of genetic testing. Three themes emerged across cases: (1) choosing the most appropriate genetic test, (2) choosing the best person to test, and (3) interpreting results accurately. These cases demonstrate that involvement of a genetic counselor throughout the evaluation, diagnosis, and continuing management of individuals and families with inherited cardiovascular conditions helps to promote the efficient use of healthcare dollars.

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