Family Screening for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Family Screening for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the Center for Heart Failure recommends that your first-degree adult relatives (parents, siblings and children) be screened by seeing a physician and getting an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram every five years.

The large number of possible genetic mutations means that genetic testing for HCM is not generally practical for everyone, but there are commonly known mutations that can be tested for through a blood sample. The blood sample is sent to an outside genetic testing company, which is responsible for running the test. The cost of the test is billed to your insurance company and you are responsible for paying the cost that is not covered by insurance.

Genetic testing is also available for the children of patients with HCM who are interested in learning whether their children have inherited the condition. For example, if you have HCM and the genetic abnormality is identified, your children can be tested quickly and relatively inexpensively by sending samples of their blood to the genetic testing company to determine if they have the same abnormality.


Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: