Mayo boosts its heart services

Mayo Clinic Healthcare in Portland Place, London, is adding inherited cardiac condition services including advanced imaging and electrocardiography (ECG) and genetic testing and counseling to its offering. 

Improvements in cardiac imaging and ECG technology and the development of genetic screening and genetic counseling are helping physicians and families work together to identify and manage the conditions. 

Genetic counsellors help families understand genetic testing and its implications. Sometimes family members come to the clinic together for testing and counseling. 

Mayo cardiologist Dr Elijah Behr said: ‘Sometimes there can be a taboo or anxiety around discussing inherited medical conditions within families. 

‘Genetic counsellors help break these barriers by having that conversation.’