Cardiogenetics Clinic

The Cardiogenetics Clinic brings together subspecialists in the field of medical Genetics along with a pediatric cardiologist all in one multidisciplinary clinic setting. This clinic meets monthly and is directed by Dr. Martina Brueckner. This clinic provides an organized database that permits participation in a broad range of studies on the genetic etiology of cardiovascular disease in the young. The target patient population includes patients with a known syndrome that has as one of its components cardiovascular involvement such as structural congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies and vascular disease. This includes (but is not limited to) William, Marfan, DiGeorge, Down, Noonan and Turner syndromes. Additionally, the clinic sees patients with diagnosed or suspected cardiovascular disease and additional signs or symptoms suggestive of a syndrome. Examples are associated birth defects, growth failure not explained by the cardiovascular disease, developmental delay or dystrophic features. The clinic provides care for families who are affected by cardiovascular disease and are searching for genetic counseling.