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Cardiovascular Genetics Center

Unlike heart conditions caused by diet and lifestyle, inherited cardiovascular diseases result from genetic mutations. These mutations can cause several types of cardiovascular disease as well as syndromes that affect many areas of the body, including the heart and blood vessels.

The Pediatric Cardiovascular Genetics Center offers expert testing, diagnosis and treatment for these conditions in a family-oriented setting. Our team includes pediatric specialists in noninvasive and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and genetics. We work with each other and with patients' families to meet each child's needs, addressing symptoms and taking steps to prevent or minimize future heart problems. Because these conditions require lifelong care, we also work closely with our counterparts in UCSF's adult cardiology department, the Cardiovascular Genetics Program, to help our growing patients transition seamlessly to adult care.

Our center's researchers have been at the forefront of discoveries in inherited cardiovascular disease, including the identification of many of the underlying genes. As our patient, your child will receive care from specialists who are leaders in their field and trained in the latest treatment approaches.

For your family's convenience, we offer telehealth visits with our cardiovascular genetic specialists through all of the Pediatric Heart Center's satellite locations.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • Best in Northern California for cardiology & heart surgery

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Child's Care Team

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Spiritual Care

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