This clinic is for individuals with known or suspected genetic heart conditions. It provides genetic testing and helps individual’s manage their condition. Inherited heart diseases (IHD) can affect more than one person in a single family. The IHD clinic seeks to identify these familial diseases and slow their progression through preventative care. Here you can receive specialized screening and consultation for several forms of genetic heart disease, including hypertrophic, restrictive and dilated cardiomyopathies; inherited heart rhythm disorders such as ARVC, Long QT, and Brugada syndromes; familial cardiac amyloid; and inherited conditions that cause heart or heart-valve malformations.
When you first come to the Inherited Heart Disease, we will discuss your family’s medical history and you may meet with a genetic counselor. You may need some tests, such as an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram or cardiac MRI for us to fully evaluate your condition. After counseling and testing, your cardiologist and genetic counselor will share their findings with you and provide recommendations for any follow-up care.
Location, hours and contact information
Halifax Infirmary, Level 3, Cardiology Clinic
How do I get an appointment?
Your doctor must refer you to the clinic. When your referral is received, it is reviewed by one of the electrophysiologists on staff. Based on your particular symptoms and test results, a priority, or urgency, level is assigned. The urgency level is used to determine how quickly your appointment needs to be scheduled.
Once you have been referred, expect to receive a letter from the Arrhythmia Clinic confirming your referral. This will include an estimated waiting time for your appointment. Contact your family doctor or cardiologist immediately if your symptoms change before your scheduled appointment or if you have other concerns about your condition.