What is genetic testing and counseling?

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes.

Genetic tests analyze genes, chromosomes and proteins to:

  • Predict if you are at risk of disease
  • Determine if you are a carrier for a disease
  • Detect or diagnose disease and help to predict how your disease will progress

Recent advances in the field of human genetics have greatly improved our knowledge of genetic conditions. The genetic specialists at UCHealth in metro Denver are experts at diagnosing and evaluating genetic conditions, and then working with you and your primary care physician to manage them.

Common genetic tests

We offer genetic testing and counseling for nearly any condition, including some of the more common:

  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Birth defects
  • Hereditary cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
  • Mental retardation
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Thrombosis (blood clot)
Why choose UCHealth for genetic testing and counseling?

UCHealth features the most advanced adult medical genetics program in the Rocky Mountain region.

Our genetics team works closely with patients and various medical specialists to diagnose and treat diseases that have genetic links. The Adult Medical Genetics Clinic is currently the only general genetics clinic in Colorado staffed by a physician with dual training in internal (adult) medicine and medical genetics.

We’re also home to some of the most respected prenatal genetic specialists and heredity cancer counselors in the country. These experts offer a range of advanced tests to help you make informed decisions about what’s best for you and your family.

Leading-edge genetics research
UCHealth has conducted some of the most advanced genetics research anywhere.

For example, University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora participates in a clinical research trial to understand the origins of lysosomal storage disorder. These rare diseases affect cells and can cause a variety of symptoms.

Other current areas of research include hereditary cardiomyopathies, lysosomal storage disorders, polycystic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, pharmacogenetics (how genetics influence response to medications), adult mental retardation, and rare genetic disorders.

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