The Heart Institute’s Familial Heart Rhythm Clinic provides a robust program for pediatric patients and adults with and at-risk for inherited arrhythmias. We offer a unique depth of expertise in electrophysiology and genetics for patients and their families with arrhythmia disorders and those impacted by sudden cardiac arrest and/or death in a family member.
The Familial Heart Rhythm Clinic treatment team includes electrophysiologists, electrophysiology nurses and board certified genetic counselors. Our electrophysiology expertise combined with a consideration for genetic causes of arrhythmias allows us to investigate these issues from a holistic and family-based approach.
The electrophysiology service is experienced and performs a number of non-invasive and invasive services as indicated including:
- Device implantation including implantable loop recorders, pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
A visit to the Familial Heart Rhythm Clinic includes a thorough review of family history, cardiac testing, and genetic testing that is combined to guide screening and medical management recommendations.
The team’s areas of expertise include:
Sudden cardiac arrest and death (SCA/D) are uncommon in young people, but they have a severe impact on families, care providers and the community. Family members often want to know the underlying cause, not only to experience closure, but to address the potential of heritability and risk of sudden death for surviving relatives.
The Electrophysiology team offers the unique expertise to provide education, support and medical management for these families, including:
- A thorough investigation of the deceased’s medical records, including autopsy reports, and utilizing blood and tissue samples for genetic testing.
- Genetic testing for confirmed SCA/D cases to provide risk stratification.
- Further genetic testing when the cause of SCA/D remains unknown, which can yield helpful information for families.