Inherited heart (cardiac) conditions
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We aim to improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of patients with inherited heart disease. We provide:
- high-quality care
- psychological support for you and your family
We offer clinics at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals. These clinics combine clinical, familial and genetic assessment. We aim to minimise the number of visits you make to hospital.
We work closely with our children's heart services team at Evelina London to provide a smooth transition of care from childhood, to adolescence through to adulthood.
Our team includes:
- visiting consultants
- specialist nurses
- genetic counsellors
- a specialist cardiac physiologist
- administrative staff
Cardiac conditions we support
Inherited cardiac conditions are family disorders that can affect the heart muscle and the heart rhythm. Our team of doctors and other healthcare professionals provide treatment and support for a range of conditions.
We have access to a number of tests for the heart and genetic tests.
Heart muscle conditions (cardiomyopathies)
Inherited heart muscle conditions are also known as cardiomyopathies. These can lead to heart failure. They include:
- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
- arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
- arrhythmogenic left ventricular cardiomyopathy (ALVC)
- arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM)
- restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM)
- left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC)
Heart rhythm conditions (arrhythmia syndromes)
Inherited heart rhythm conditions are also known as inherited arrhythmia syndromes. These conditions can cause problems with the heart rate and rhythm. They include:
- long QT syndrome (LQTS)
- short QT syndrome (SQTS)
- Brugada syndrome (BrS)
- sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS)
- catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
- some forms of inherited Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome
- idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF) cardiac arrest
- unexplained cardiac arrest
Muscular dystrophies associated with heart involvement:
- myotonic dystrophy
- limb girdle muscular dystrophy
- Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
- Becker muscular dystrophy
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Marfan syndrome (MFS)
- Loeys Dietz syndrome (LDS)
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS)
- Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome (ATS)
- Turner Syndrome (TS)
- non-syndromic thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissection (TAAD)
- bicuspid aortic valve associated aortic aneurysm and dissection
Inherited metabolic disease
We also see people with inherited metabolic disease with heart involvement such as mitochondrial disorders and Anderson-Fabry disease
British Heart Foundation has information and support for people with inherited heart conditions.
Genetic Alliance supports people with genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions in the UK.
Michael Cooklin, consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist
Will Regan, consultant paediatric cardiologist
Hannah Sinclair, consultant cardiologist
Research and clinical trials
We are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. This brings together research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching to deliver advances in healthcare.