Cardiac Genetics Program

Inherited diseases pass from parents to a child through genes—a part of DNA that affects how a person grows and develops. Sibley Heart Center Cardiology Cardiac Genetics Program cares for children and young adults with genetic heart syndromes and diseases. We care for patients with:

  • A diagnosis of, or who are suspected of having, a genetic heart disease, including Long QT syndrome, dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease
  • Family history of heart disease or congenital (at birth) heart defects 
  • Sudden cardiac death of a family member younger than age of 50 


At counseling sessions, we will collect a family and medical history. We will also discuss the benefits of genetic testing. The goal is to help your family understand: 

  • Your child’s diagnosis, the course of his disorder and ways to manage it
  • Hereditary factors
  • The risk of other family members having the same condition
  • Possible treatment options

Team members

Contact Erin Demo, M.S., C.G.C. at 404-256-2593 for more information.

Additional resources

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association