Genetic counselors at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease offer the latest genetic testing for families with inherited heart disease.
Colleen Caleshu, lead genetic counselor at the center, talks about Stanford’s family-centered approach to genetic testing for inherited heart disease. She explains how she and her team really get to know patients and their families, so they can provide care tailored to their needs.
At the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, the genetic counselors care for the whole family. When they meet patients, they focus on learning all they can about who that patient is—as a person. That deep level of understanding informs the care that Colleen and her team provide.
The counselors want to know the cardiologist’s thoughts—what is the right diagnosis for each patient? They help people go through the decision process about whether to have genetic testing done. Once the results come back, the counselors talk with patients about what they found in the genes and how the findings affect how they care for each patient and their family.
Every single inherited heart condition that is known, to date, has a treatment. That’s why it’s important for people who have a heart condition in their family to get evaluated—even if they feel healthy. Because there is treatment, and that treatment can be lifesaving.
Genetic testing for inherited heart disease is a new specialty that’s moving very quickly, and Stanford is at the forefront when it comes to advancing the research. For the center’s genetic counseling team, the primary focus is the patients, the families who come to them in need. At Stanford, we want them to really feel that we’re going to take care of them.
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/center-inherited-cardiovascular-disease.html
Colleen Caleshu: https://med.stanford.edu/profiles/colleen-caleshu?tab=bio