Primary Children's Hospital

(801) 662-1000Map100 Mario Capecchi Dr.Salt Lake City, UT 84113

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The Heart Center
Cardiac Genetics Program
Primary Children's Medical Center
100 Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 585-9757

Cardiac Genetics Program Staff

Medical Staff
Steven Bleyl, MD, PhD
Clinical Geneticist
Cammon Arrington, MD, PhD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Genetic Counselor
Lindsay Meyers, MS, CGC
Genetic causes are implicated in 15-25% of children with heart defects.  These causes include whole chromosome abnormalities, or aneuploidy, (e.g. Down syndrome, trisomy 18, Turner syndrome) as well as smaller structural chromosomal abnormalities (e.g. 22q11deletion syndrome).  Congenital heart defects may also be a part of a single gene condition, such as Noonan and William syndromes.
Recent advances in technology are leading to rapid new insights into the causes of a wide array of structural and functional heart diseases.

Our Program

The Heart Center Cardiac Genetics Program at Primary Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary service provided by Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah aimed at bringing evolving genetic knowledge into clinical care.

We specialize in the management of families and patients who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk to develop, a heritable cardiovascular condition.  Our goal is to incorporate patient genetic information into personalized risk, management, and screening guidelines.  We are also available to make referrals to other healthcare specialties, when appropriate.  Our team is comprised of a pediatric cardiologist, clinical geneticist and board certified genetic counselor. 
An evaluation includes:

What to Expect During Your Visit

Your first visit will include appointments with several specialists including a genetic counselor, a clinical geneticist, and a cardiologist. They will review your past medical history, family history, and a targeted physical examination will be performed.
Depending on specific needs, electrocardiogram or cardiac imaging (e.g. echocardiography) may also be requested. Plan on a visit of up to 2 hours.
Because the family history can be an important tool in accessing genetic risk, it is helpful to collect information about other family members with cardiovascular disease before your appointment.  This includes:

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