Genetics of the Heart: Resources for Families


Researchers at the Ted Rogers Centre are exploring the genetic causes of heart disease. The resources below have been compiled with our partners to help patients and families understand some of the concepts associated with the genetics of the heart. Patients and families participating in our research studies may come across some of the themes below.

Any prospective or current patients and families may reach out to the Cardiac Genome Clinic team anytime at The team oversees two interconnected programs:

Informational videos

I) An introduction to genetics and DNA

What are DNA and genes? [Duration: 01:04]

what are dna and genes







II) Inheritance and heritable traits

What is inheritance? [02:07]

What is inheritance







What are heritable traits? [01:26]

What are traits







III) Genetic variation

An introduction to genetic variation [01:43]

genetic variation







IV) Genetic testing and results

How does genome sequencing work? [05:39]

genome sequencing

Note: Starting at 05:25, the video states CHOP’s commitment to privacy and references three pieces of American legislation: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Affordable Care Act. The relevant Canadian legislation for these Acts are the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act.





V) Pharmacogenetic testing

What is pharmacogenetics testing at SickKids? [04:40]


Thank You

We thank the following institutions for sharing their resources: