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Family & Lifestyle Support for People with Inherited Arrhythmia

After being diagnosed with an inherited arrhythmia, people often wonder whether their family members are at risk. They may also be concerned about how arrhythmia might affect their everyday lives. The team at the Inherited Arrhythmia Program is eager to help you and your family answer these questions.

Genetic Testing for Families

If you have been diagnosed with an inherited arrhythmia such as Brugada syndrome or long QT syndrome, we encourage your parents, siblings, and children to receive genetic screening and counseling. Early detection of an inherited arrhythmia can reduce a person’s risk of developing symptoms, which include heart palpitations, fainting, and heart attack.

Diagnosing an inherited arrhythmia involves genetic testing, electrocardiogram (EKG), and surveillance monitoring with a device such as a Holter monitor. If there is a positive diagnosis, we devise a preventive care plan to help family members manage the condition.

Living with Inherited Arrhythmia

Our team, part of the Heart Rhythm Center, can can connect you with psychological and social work resources if you are experiencing stress or anxiety, which are common reactions to learning you have an inherited arrhythmia.

Our doctors can also provide guidance and care while you receive other medical treatment. For example, if you are on blood thinner medications to treat your arrhythmia, your doctor may need to adjust your dose before surgery, dental care, or childbirth. Please talk with your electrophysiologist before undergoing any elective medical procedure.

We also provide guidance for people who play competitive sports or are in high-stress careers, such as firefighting or police work, to determine ways you can continue to participate while maintaining your heart health.