Baylor Medicine physicians work together with Baylor College of Medicine scientists and research teams to discover fundamental insights of known or novel DNA mutations and understanding how these mutations cause a malfunction of heartbeats (arrhythmias) or an abnormality in the heart tissue itself (cardiomyopathy).
Identifying genetic changes will help doctors determine family members that might be “at-risk” for developing genetic heart disease or sudden death. If our team suspects you have a genetic change (mutation) that causes arrhythmia or cardiomyopathy, we will provide a commercial genetic test. If the commercial genetic test is negative, we may be invited to participate in a genetic study for more thorough genetic testing.
We are currently conducting two genetic studies:
- Heart Care
We are testing for genetic changes in a panel of 158 genes known to cause cardiovascular disease. There is no cost for patients participating in this study.
- Collaborative Inherited Arrhythmia and Cardiomyopathy Discovery
We are testing for genetic changes in all human genes. There is no cost for patients participating in this study.