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An arrhythmia is a heart rate that beats too fast or too slow. Arrhythmias that are passed down from generation to generation are known as inherited arrhythmia disorders.

Why Choose The Ohio State University Medical Center?

Ohio State's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital has an Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic that is dedicated to treating individuals with inherited arrhythmia disorders. Our interdisciplinary team of experts will work with you, or your entire family, to diagnosis and create a treatment plan for your specific disorder. Ohio State’s electrophysiology program is the largest program in Ohio, and one of the top three in the nation, with extensive experience in managing a wide spectrum of heart rhythm problems.

What are Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders?

There are a variety of inherited arrhythmia disorders that are inherited from your mother or father. Symptoms of inherited arrhythmia disorders include losing consciousness or dangerous heart rhythms. You may not have any symptoms but your doctor may discover your condition during a routine physical examination.

There are several types of inherited arrhythmic disorders. The most common types include:

  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Brugada syndrome (BrS)
  • Congenital Long QT (LQT)
  • Congenital Short QT intervals (SQT)
  • Early Repolarization Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation (IVF)

What Causes Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders?

There are two patterns of inherited arrhythmia disorders. In autosomal dominant disorders, your mother or father has a copy of the abnormal gene. There is a 50 percent chance that your parent can transmit this gene to you. The second form of inherited arrhythmia disorders is autosomal recessive. In this type, you inherit one copy of the abnormal gene from both your mother and your father. Having the genes, however, does not confirm that you will have any symptoms of this condition.

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Diagnosis of Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders

For patients without symptoms, the diagnosis may be confirmed by a series of testing including sophisticated genetic testing.

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Treatment of Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders

The Ohio State University has developed the Hereditary Heart Rhythm Disorders Clinic to provide a multi-subspecialty approach to management of patients and their family members who have a confirmed diagnosis or who are seeking an opinion regarding a possible diagnosis of a genetic arrhythmia disorder. The clinic is directed by Dr. Raul Weiss and is staffed by electrophysiologists specializing in inherited arrhythmia disorders, arrhythmia device specialists, genetic counselors, pharmacists specializing in heart drug therapy and, if necessary, psychiatric support.

In addition to a dedicated and specialized staff, the clinic offers unique consultations for large family evaluation and laboratory blood work for genetic screening. These services are part of the larger Cardiovascular Program that incorporates advanced care for other aspects of heart disease, such as invasive catheterization, heart failure management, surgical therapies (including robotics) and advanced imaging with cardiac MRI and three-dimensional echocardiogram. The goal of the clinic is collaborate with your physicians to develop a plan of evaluation and treatment and to provide a long-standing resource for you.

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