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NOTE: These questions are not for immediate or emergency care related problems.
Frequently asked questions
Please see the FAQ page for answers to common questions about cardiovascular genetic counseling, including why it's important, when and how to be referred to us, what happens at appointments, and more.
Recognizing that many forms of heart disease can be hereditary, Community Health Network launched a comprehensive cardiovascular genetics center at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital. Designed and led by Community Physician Network clinicians specially trained in cardiovascular medical genetics, Community’s program is the first of its kind in Indiana.
Who can be screened?
The program is designed for patients of all ages who may be at risk for a heritable cardiovascular condition. Genetic testing and counseling helps at-risk patients learn how to prevent or proactively manage their heart disease. Who can be screened and "red flags" >>
“Cardiovascular disease runs in my family. Through genetic counseling we were able to identify what, if any, future risks were in front of us. Through early detection we have peace of mind and a care plan that is personalized to meet our needs. It is important to be proactive in taking care of your heart. Don’t wait until symptoms appear because then it might be too late. I am proud to take that first step for my family. Will you?” —Deborah Hill, patient
Counseling evaluation process
The evaluation includes collection of an extensive family medical history from the patient. The genetic counselor carefully analyzes the information to determine the underlying cause of the hereditary disease; identify other family members who could be at risk; and outline personalized treatment based on the patient’s genetic makeup. Learn more about the evaluation >>
Who can I call for questions about my or my family’s health history?
Please call Community Health Network’s Genetics Department Hotline at 317-621-8988. Select option 2 for cardiovascular genetics or option 4 for general genetics questions.