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To raise awareness for February Heart Month, Amy Sturm, director of cardiovascular genomic counseling and professor at Geisinger’s Genomic Medicine Institute recently spoke with DNA Today podcast host Kira Dineen.

Amy provides leadership for the scaling up of genomic counseling efforts in the MyCode Community Health Initiative. She also serves as the president-elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). Amy works with the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation and the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation on their important advocacy work, research, and medical education programs.

In her DNA Today interview, Amy discusses 

  • Roles of a cardiovascular genetic counselor
  • Inherited cardiovascular diseases
    • Familial Hypercholesterolemia
    • Long QT Syndrome
  • Red flags for an inherited cardiovascular disorder in a family history
  • Genetic testing including the cascade screening method
  • Preventative treatments for patients with a positive testing
  • Importance of testing children
  • Notifying at-risk relatives of patients

Listen here: