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Cardiogenetics: The Importance of Genetic Testing and Counseling

Susan O’Donoghue, MD - Speaker Bio
Susan O'Donoghue, MD, is a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She previously served as Associate Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Director of the Combined Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is presently Director of Cardiogenetic Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a new program for the diagnosis and treatment of inherited cardiac disorders, which she developed. Dr. O'Donoghue has been providing care for more than 25 years.

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  • Topic Info:Susan O'Donoghue, MD, discusses the burgeoning field of cardiogenetics, which can help identify various certain inherited cardiovascular disorders, particularly those that are based in the heart's electrical system. Potential candidates include individuals who have fainted due to physical exertion or who have a family history of unexpected cardiac arrest and/or death at young ages.

    Dr. O'Donoghue also explains the importance of genetic counseling pre- and post-screening and guidance on when a molecular autopsy might be in order.