Inherited Heart Disease

Inherited heart disease occurs when changes in one or more genes are passed down from one generation to another.

The Vanderbilt Center for Inherited Heart Disease helps patients of all ages determine and manage their risk of inherited heart disease.

Inherited Heart Disease: Why Choose Vanderbilt

At Vanderbilt, we offer:

  • Collaborative approach: Our cardiologists and genetic counselors work together to evaluate your risk of inherited heart disease.
  • Genetic testing: We may recommend genetic testing to better understand how your condition affects you and your family.
  • Tailored care: We work with you and your primary care doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.
  • Access to specialists: At Vanderbilt, you have access to some of the top specialists in the country. As a patient, we can refer you to cardiac specialists for treatment, if necessary.

Inherited Heart Disease: Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide variety of inherited heart conditions, including:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia
  • Heart rhythm disorder (Long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, CPVT)
  • Marfan syndrome/Familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection
  • Familial congenital heart disease

Inherited Heart Disease: Tests

To determine if you are at risk for, or suffer from, an inherited heart disease, you will be evaluated by both a cardiologist and a genetic counselor. Our specialists may recommend genetic testing. Other diagnostic tests may include:

Inherited Heart Disease: Treatments

Our experts may recommend one or more ways to manage your inherited heart disease and reduce the risk of future disease. Treatments may include:

  • Lifestyle modifications: We can help you make lifestyle changes to help prevent or lessen the effects of your heart disease.
  • Medication: We can treat some inherited heart conditions with medication. We work with you to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of your medication.
  • Implantable devices: We may recommend an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to detect and correct irregular heart rhythms.
  • Surgery, including minimally invasive procedures: If nonsurgical techniques do not relieve your symptoms or if you have a serious condition, we may recommend surgery. Our surgical team includes experts in all types of heart surgery procedures.

Heart and Vascular Institute Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

Byrdstown
8401 Highway 111
Byrdstown, TN 38549
(615) 322-2318
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Columbia
Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 388-8622
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Crossville
1645 S. Main St., Suite 101
Crossville, TN 38555
(615) 322-2318
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Livingston
420 E. Main St., Suite 1
Livingston, TN 38570
(615) 322-2318
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Nashville
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Ln., Suite 22100 

Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-2318
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Shelbyville
2839 Highway 231 N., Suite 209
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 685-4492

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Winchester
1397 S. College St., Suite 1
Winchester, TN 37398
(615) 322-2318

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Kentucky

Franklin
121 Memorial Drive
Franklin, KY 42134
(270) 598-8056
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Powderly
1010 Medical Center Dr.
Powderly, KY 42367
(615) 322-2318
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Inherited Heart Disease Providers