Unlike conditions tied to aging or lifestyle, inherited heart diseases (sometimes called familial heart diseases) are genetic. That means changes in one or more genes passed from generation to generation cause these diseases.
To diagnose an inherited heart disease, we perform a physical exam and ask about any symptoms you are experiencing. Depending on your symptoms and family history, the diagnostic process may include genetic testing and other tests.
If one person in a family has an inherited heart disease, we treat the condition and offer genetic testing and advanced diagnosis to other relatives. This helps us identify the inherited condition earlier in other family members and potentially helps prevent serious complications from developing.
Aurora Health Care is considered the No. 1 place to receive heart and vascular care in Wisconsin. We are leaders in the region, and in many cases, the nation.
If you are diagnosed with inherited heart disease, we’ll help you understand your risks and what you can do about them. You will also receive excellent care from our knowledgeable doctors who are highly experienced in identifying and treating all types of inherited heart disease.
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The most common inherited heart diseases include:
Symptoms of familial heart disease vary, depending on the particular condition. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor:
We will likely recommend genetic testing for people who have indications of a familial heart disease, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or Marfan syndrome. If we’re able to isolate a gene mutation, then we’ll recommend that your immediate family members also get tested.
Testing family members helps us to identify who might be at risk for developing certain heart conditions. We also may recommend yearly screenings to check the progress of your health. That way we can help prevent potential problems from progressing.
Our genetic counselors will work with you every step of the way and ensure you understand your test results.
Several other tests can help us check your heart function and rule out other conditions. These tests may include:
Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis and testing at Aurora.
If you’re diagnosed with an inherited heart disease, you may be worried about how it will affect you and your loved ones. We’ll help you understand the risks and the available treatments, so that you can get back to living life on your terms.
We may recommend one or more ways to manage an inherited heart disease. Treatments will depend on your symptoms, but may include: