Genetics Overview

Cardiovascular complications during pregnancy can have a devastating effect on families, both emotionally and through hereditary DNA. Therefore, to properly serve these patients, we need to educate them on signs and symptoms as well as conduct research to better understand the genetic links. An example research project is seeking an answer to, “Is there an inherited factor in certain families that predisposes women to cardiovascular complications during pregnancy?” Such answers can lead to novel screening techniques, thus saving mothers’ lives. As breakthroughs emerge, we will provide mothers and their families with education on symptoms, risk factors, and disease management. In addition, we will advance the medical knowledge of future physician leaders by instituting resident rotations through the Maternal Fetal Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Focused on expanding their understanding of maternal cardiovascular health, these residents will work closely with clinical physicians to follow cases and help publish findings. We will welcome guest lecturers from around the world to offer a global focus and will encourage our residents to travel outside the United States to partnering institutions to help further the global impact of the work achieved at the Center.


Future Project