Inherited cardiac conditions


Inherited Cardiac Conditions Service

Echocardiographer pointing at screenThe aim of our inherited cardiac conditions (ICC) service is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of patients with inherited heart conditions. We offer timely diagnosis, high quality care and psychological support to the patient and their family. Please access our Inherited Cardiac Conditions Leaflet by clicking on ICC Leaflet.

Our team of doctors and other health professionals (multi-disciplinary team) provide treatment and support for a range of conditions.

Inherited cardiac conditions are a group of genetic disorders that can affect the heart muscle and the heart rhythm.

Inherited heart muscle conditions

Examples of inherited heart muscle conditions are:

  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • dilated cardiomyopathy
  • arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy.

These conditions can lead to varying degrees of heart failure.

Inherited heart rhythm conditions

Inherited heart rhythm conditions can cause problems with the heart rate and rhythm and include:

  • long QT syndrome
  • brugada syndrome
  • sudden arrhythmic death syndrome
  • catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.

It is important to have specialist input for the diagnosis of these conditions and the screening of family members because of the complex clinical and psychosocial issues involved.

Other conditions

Other conditions also seen in the ICC service include:

  • cardiomyopathies
  • muscular dystrophies
  • families affected by sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).

Facilities and services

We have access to the following:

  • a dedicated echocardiography service
  • cardiovascular imaging specialists (cardiac magnetic resonance imaging), cardiac CT, echocardiography 
  • exercise ECG testing
  • ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring
  • signal averaged electrocardiograms
  • facilities for non-invasive or minimally invasive electrophysiology investigation
  • genetic testing, including specific blood tests which relate directly to ICCs.

Referrals are accepted for patients with suspected inherited cardiac conditions or relatives of patients with inherited cardiac conditions.


Cardiac Outpatients, Ground Floor, North Wing, St. Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH

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We offer a one-stop clinic for diagnosis, management, clinical screening, genetic counselling and genetic testing for inherited cardiac conditions.

We have very close links with our colleagues at Evelina London Chidren’s Hospital to facilitate appointments for children.


Inherited cardiac conditions clinics

Monday afternoons, 2pm-5pm 
Location: Kings College Hospital
Consultants: Dr Gerry Carr-White, Dr Ronak Rajani, Dr Stam Kapetanakis, Dr Tevfik Ismail, Dr Nabeel Sheikh, Dr Mohammed Albarjas

Inherited heart muscle condition clinics

Every Tuesday afternoon, 2pm to 5pm (Guy's Hospital), Every Friday morning, 9am-1pm, Every Friday afternoon, 2pm-5pm
Location: St Thomas' Hospital
Consultants: Dr Tevfik Ismail, Dr Ronak Rajani, Dr Gerry Carr-White

Inherited cardiac arrhythmias clinics

Every Friday morning, 9am-1pm
Location: St Thomas' Hospital
Consultants: Dr Michael Cooklin, Dr Laurence Nunn

Neuromuscular conditions

Every 4th Thursday, 10am-2pm
Location: St Thomas' Hospital
Consultants: Dr Stam Kapetanakis

Mitochondrial disease

Once every 3 months, Friday 2-5pm
Location: St Thomas' Hospital
Consultants: Dr. Gerry Carr-White, Dr. Radha Ramachandran, Dr Charu Deshpande, Dr Anna Breckenbridge, Dr Matthew Evans

Aortopathy clinics

Thursday afternoons, 1pm-5pm
Location: St Thomas' Hospital
Consultants: Dr Leema Robert, Dr Yaso Emmanuel, Dr Sujeev Mathur


Inherited aortopathies or inherited connective tissue disorder referrals can be made by email to or for the following team members:

Dr Leema Robert, Consultant Clinical Geneticist with special interest in inherited cardiac conditions and aortopathies, Guys Hospital

Dr Yaso Emmanuel, ACHD consultant cardiologist, St Thomas Hospital

Dr Sujeev Mathur, Paediatric consultant cardiologist, Evelina Children's Hospital

  • To access the Inherited Connective Disorder Leaflet please click on CTD Leaflet
  • Inherited heart muscle condition referrals can be made by email to for the following team members

Dr Gerald Carr-White, consultant cardiologist and clinical lead for cardiology, heart failure and inherited cardiac diseases, St Thomas' Hospital

Dr Ronak Rajani, consultant cardiologist, St Thomas' Hospital

Dr Tevfik Ismail, consultant cardiologist, St Thomas' Hospital

Dr Nabeel Sheikh, consultant cardiologist, St Thomas' Hospital

Ms Tootie Bueser, Lead Cardiac Genetics, Nurse Clinical Genetics, Guy's Hospital

Dr Michael Cooklin, consultant electrophysiologist, St Thomas' Hospital 

Staff details

Dr Gerald Carr-White, consultant cardiologist                             

Dr Michael Cooklin, consultant electrophysiologist

Dr Tevfik Ismail, consultant cardiologist

Dr Stam Kapetanakis, consultant cardiologist 

Dr Ronak Rajani, consultant cardiologist

Dr Nabeel Sheikh, consultant cardiologist

Dr Leema Robert, consultant geneticist

Ms Tootie Bueser, lead cardiac genetic nurse

Ms Jacqueline Ah-Fong, cardiac genetic nurse

Mr Colin Evans, cardiac genetic nurse

Miss Anita Chambers, medical secretary

Visiting consultants

Dr Laurence Nunn, consultant cardiologist