Inherited Heart Disease Program

Inherited heart diseases are rare conditions that need specialized care. You can find it at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Specialists in our Inherited Heart Disease Program care for patients of all ages. We can help determine and manage your risk of developing a genetic heart disease, as well as provide expert treatment.

Conditions We Treat

Inherited Heart Disease Care Team

Inherited Heart Disease: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is the top-ranked heart program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. And Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the state's No. 1 adult hospital.
  • Expert doctors: Our team includes cardiologists who are nationally renowned experts in inherited heart disease. Their specialized training and advanced insights make them uniquely skilled to care for you.  
  • Team approach: Our cardiologists work with genetic counselors, imaging specialists, cardiovascular nurses and other experts to provide complete care that is personalized for you. We will help you and your family understand your treatment options, whether those involve a change in your diet and exercise, medication or surgery. We also work with your primary care doctor to help you follow your best treatment plan.
  • Coordinated care: When heart disease runs in your family, we care for all generations of your loved ones. If children are affected, we coordinate their care with pediatric heart experts at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.
  • Genetic counseling: With one of the only cardiovascular genetic counselors in the region, our team can better determine how a heart condition affects you and your family. Our genetic counselor will evaluate your family tree and identify others at risk. We may recommend genetic testing, as well, which can help decide what treatment is best for you; and screening your family members for their heart-health risks.
  • Access to specialists: If a minimally invasive procedure or surgery is the next step in your treatment, you’re already at the right place. At Vanderbilt, you have access to some of the top heart and vascular specialists in the nation. And because genetic diseases can affect more than just your heart, we can connect you with other relevant specialists.
  • Research and clinical trials: As the largest academic medical center in Middle Tennessee, we investigate new and better ways to care for patients with an inherited heart disease. That means you have access to promising new treatments before they are widely available.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We provide tests, treatments and services tailored to your situation and diagnosis. They may include:

  • Care recommendations for your family members
  • Comprehensive cardiovascular testing
  • Genetic evaluation
  • Medications
  • Minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures
  • Cardiac devices, such as implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cardiac surgery


Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient, call (615) 343-9188.