About Genetic Counseling at USA Health
Genetic counseling is a process that evaluates a family’s history of an inherited medical condition and helps provide support and information to patients who may be at risk of inheriting or passing on that condition. Patients who seek genetic counseling include:
- Patients with a condition they inherited from their biological parents and who seek to further understand that condition and the likelihood that they’ll pass it on to their own children.
- Patients whose unborn child has been diagnosed as being at risk for a genetic condition through prenatal testing.
- Patients who have already had a child with a genetic disorder.
- Patients who have been diagnosed with a disease or condition with a genetic connection, such as cancer or heart disease, and are concerned about passing that condition on to their children
Genetic counselors provide education, information, support and counseling to families affected by genetic conditions. If you opt for genetic testing, your counselor will make sure that you get the right test based on your family’s medical history. Your counselor is also there to provide emotional support and access to resources you may find helpful.