Some people find having a plan and being proactive about their health empowering, while others find it causes them worry or anxiety. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have, so you can work together to find the best next steps forward for you.
If you have learned and/or feel you do not have an increased risk for inherited heart disease, you may not need to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider right away. However, it may be important to discuss this possibility at your next regularly scheduled visit. Also, please come back to this website if anything changes in your personal and/or family health history – it could change your risk for heart disease.
If you have learned and/or feel you do have an increased risk for inherited heart disease, gather important information (see below as a guide) and make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss it in more detail.
Print and share your family pedigree with your current healthcare provider or other family members.
There are a number of “red flags” for inherited heart diseases that you can look for in your family history and discuss with your genetic counselor or doctor at your appointment.
Please click on and print any other topics (see the titles at the top of the page) on this website that you think would be helpful to have for the discussion between you and your healthcare provider.