The Role of the Cardiac Genetic Counselor:

  • Work with patients and families to figure out if their heart problems have a genetic cause.
  • Teach patients about the biological and genetic causes of their heart condition.
  • Narrow down the possible genes that could cause a particular heart condition and determine the best genetic tests for a patient.
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families.


Ana Morales and Matthew Thomas are both genetic counselors who work in the specialty of cardiology. Click their names to read more about their stories and the work that they do.

Some other specialties genetic counselors work in include:

Prenatal: working with pregnant women

Pediatric: working with children

Cancer: working with families affected by cancer

General Adult: working with adults