Aslan Turer, M.D.
As an interventional cardiologist, Aslan Turer, M.D., M.H.S., takes a different approach to evaluating and treating patients with familial types of heart disease – particularly hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM), a condition that affects about one in 500 people.
While many physicians focus on only the symptoms or genetics, Dr. Turer opts for a more comprehensive approach that includes risk assessment, genetic counseling, and symptom management.
“This integrated approach leads to a very personalized plan of care,” he says.
Dr. Turer is helping UT Southwestern Medical Center – an internationally recognized leader in genetics – translate these advancements to the treatment and research of inherited forms of cardiovascular disease. Thanks largely to his efforts, UT Southwestern has opened the region’s only clinic dedicated to both cardiovascular genetics and patient management.
The cardiovascular genetics clinic treats patients with conditions that include hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, left ventricular non-compaction, Marfan syndrome and related disorders, and familial restrictive cardiomyopathies. It offers genetic screening and counseling for these conditions, as well as for congenital electrical disorders such as Long QT syndrome.
"Some patients come in for genetic screening, while others may have known cardiovascular conditions that are being well-managed by their established physicians,” Dr. Turer says. "However, some of these conditions are uncommon enough that both patients and cardiologists feel more comfortable having longitudinal care at a dedicated clinic."
In addition to benefiting patients, the clinic helps UT Southwestern learn more about and better manage these cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Turer is board certified in internal medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular disease. He also sees patients for conditions such as coronary artery disease, angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack) and performs, as needed, coronary stenting and other interventional cardiac procedures.