The Cardiovascular Genetics Program at Riley at IU Health provides comprehensive services for children and adults with cardiovascular disease. Many times, cardiovascular disease is inherited: If one person in your family has a heart condition, there may be other members of your family at risk. Our expert doctors and genetic counselors work with your entire family to provide appropriate evaluations, coordinate screening and provide genetic counseling and testing so you can get the answers you need.
Our services include complete genetic evaluation of all family members, along with coordinated heart screenings such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), when indicated. As cardiovascular genetic counselors and doctors, we are uniquely positioned to evaluate your family’s past medical history in order to determine inherited factors related to a patient’s heart disease.
Children born with a heart defect are cared for and evaluated by the Neonatology Department at Riley at IU Health to determine if genetic testing might benefit the patient and the rest of the family. A special test called a chromosome microarray can be performed to look for small additions or missing DNA in the chromosomes, which would indicate that the heart defect may be hereditary and that other family members may be at risk for heart disease. Some congenital heart defects are considered heritable, meaning that other family members and future children would have a higher chance of also having a heart defect.
In our treatment locations, we see children and adults with a wide variety of heart conditions, including syndromic cardiovascular diseases, which occur when a certain set of signs and symptoms appear together.
Our specialized teams include:
- Cardiomyopathy team. This team treats patients with heart muscle disease, which can be inherited from one generation to the next. The Riley Heart Center has been named an accredited center of care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy, based on consistently providing high-quality cardiac care, dedicated research efforts, and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.
- Electrophysiology team. This team treats patients with electrical or conduction abnormalities in their heart leading to arrhythmia.
- Cardiovascular genetics team. This team treats patients with a wide variety of congenital and syndromic heart disease as well as familial disease of the blood vessels.
We offer the only comprehensive cardiovascular genetics program in Indiana. Our services are available at multiple convenient locations, and we work with providers across our statewide network of offices, so you can receive care close to where you live.
Our doctors are nationally recognized for their work in cardiovascular genetics by the Cardiovascular Malformations Consortium, a highly collaborative alliance of outstanding academic pediatric cardiovascular genetic centers. As a cardiovascular-focused genetics program, we deliver specialized counseling and services, including the most up-to-date information in a rapidly changing and expanding field.
We work hard to collaborate with other doctors and providers throughout Riley at IU Health and provide a multidisciplinary approach in order to deliver the best possible preventive care and treatments for cardiovascular conditions.
Conditions & Services
We treat most Cardiovascular Genetics conditions. Below is more information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Cardiovascular Genetics services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
For Health Professionals
The cardiovascular genetics specialists at Riley at IU Health partner with you to provide the latest information and services to your patients. We offer comprehensive evaluation and genetic screening, along with coordination of heart screening services for a patient’s entire family. Through our research, we are improving care regularly and gaining new advances every day.
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The Medical & Molecular Genetics Department at Riley at IU Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide highly regarded training opportunities for medical students and residents