Cardiovascular Genetics

Cardiovascular Genetics

The Cardiovascular Genetics Service specializes in clinical and genetic screening for inherited cardiovascular diseases and counseling of patients with inherited conditions.
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The cardiovascular genetics service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides genetic testing and counseling for patients and their family members. We take a multidisciplinary approach to care, and patients have complete access to the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center's range of cardiac treatments and programs, including an expert cardiac surgical team.

Although lifestyle factors put a person at risk for heart disease, genetic predispositions also play a large role in a person’s risk for a cardiac condition. Together clinical and genetic screenings of patients and their family members, interpretation of the results and preventive advice can help patients live longer, healthier lives.

It is important for patients to speak with a physician about the availability of genetic testing, especially if they have a family history of cardiac conditions.

Cardiovascular Genetics Services

  • Outpatient and inpatient consultation
  • Clinical counseling
  • Genetic counseling for genetic screening
  • Outpatient screening
  • Web-based family history instruments and e-mail consultation
  • Seamless care with referring cardiologists and primary care physicians

Testing for Genetic Heart Conditions

We recommend family screening irrespective of family history for the following conditions:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Brugada Syndrome, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and other sudden death syndromes
  • Marfan, Ehlers-Danlos and other connective tissue diseases
  • Familial dyslipidemias

Our specialists also offer clinical or genetic screening for many forms of the following conditions:

  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Premature conduction system disease
  • Premature coronary disease and heart attack
  • Premature vascular disease

Conditions & Diseases

The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

  • Cardiomyopathy

    Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively.

  • Congenital Heart Defects

    Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.

  • Coronary Heart Disease

    Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.

Patient Education

Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.

  • Patient Guide to Cardiac Surgery (PDF)

    Learn what to expect before, during and after your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.

  • Understanding and Preparing for a Catheterization Procedure (PDF)

    As you prepare for your catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To help you understand what to expect during your visit, this booklet describes key steps of your catheterization procedure.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Anesthesia

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.

  • Visitor's Guide to Cardiac Surgery

    Cardiac nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offer support and guidance during a family member's open-heart surgery or transplantation.


  • Ask the expert: The myths and facts about women and heart disease - 2/4/2014, Mass General

    Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the myths surrounding women and heart disease.

  • In a Heartbeat - 7/16/2012, Mass General

    The team-based approach of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care ensures physicians approach complex situations from all angles, providing cohesive multidisciplinary care.

  • MGH goes red for women’s heart health - 2/18/2011, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 2.18.11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the MGH Heart Center and Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program brought attention to hearts everywhere by celebrating “Go Red for Women” month with a series of events and activities to raise awareness of heart disease in women.


  • An advanced cardiac CT scanner

    An advanced cardiac CT scanner

    Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center use leading-edge technology to identify possible cardiac abnormalities.


Contact Us

Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910

If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-644-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.

Request an appointment Request a second opinion

Call to request an appointment or referral 866-644-8910

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