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Genetic arrhythmia

Modeled after the world-renowned Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the Center for Genetic Arrhythmias focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and research related to five additional life-threatening arrhythmic conditions:

  • Long QT syndrome
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia
  • Brugada’s syndrome
  • Left ventricular noncompaction
  • Catecholamine-induced, polymorphic, ventricular tachycardia

The Genetic Arrhythmias staff can screen, diagnose and care for entire families who have been affected by one of these conditions. Ongoing research—including a comprehensive registry of the family medical history—examines protocols and evaluates treatment plans, giving hope to subsequent generations. We have experts in advanced cardiovascular imaging, electrophysiology, cardiology, genetic counseling and clinical nursing. Team members obtain exhaustive assessments, chart the natural history of these conditions and determine how to most efficiently and effectively care for patients and their families.

The team also works directly with the world renowned Jesse E. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease at United Hospital in St. Paul, part of Allina Health, to diagnose conditions that have resulted in sudden cardiac death. These results then can be used to screen and evaluate surviving family members. Established in 1960, the Registry has examined more than 24,000 cardiac specimens and is a vital repository of knowledge.