Inherited heart (cardiac) conditions

How to get an appointment

We accept referrals from:

  • GPs
  • consultants from other hospitals
  • consultants from other teams at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and King's College Hospital
  • first degree relatives (sibling, child or parent) of people with confirmed inherited heart conditions can self-refer to the service

Changing or cancelling your appointment

New appointments

Follow-up appointments

Before your appointment

Please be prepared with as much family information as possible.

What to expect at your appointment

First appointment

Your first appointment will usually be a video consultation or telephone consultation with one of our specialist nurses. A family pedigree will be constructed during this appointment. This is a diagram of a family tree charting the inheritance of disease. You'll be asked questions about other family members. Please be prepared with as much family information as possible.

Second appointment

Your second appointment will usually be face-to-face in one of our consultant clinics. When you come to the clinic, please bring a list of medicines you are taking and any additional family information. We may carry out some heart tests on the same day (including ECG, echocardiogram and exercise stress test). Please allow at least 2 hours for your appointment.

Follow-up appointments are usually by telephone or video.

After your appointment

We'll send a letter to the person who referred you with a summary of what happened during your appointment and what will happen next. A copy of this letter will be sent to you and your GP.

If you have been told that you need more heart tests you'll receive appointment details for these by letter and/or text message.

If you have been told that you need a follow up appointment this should happen after the additional heart tests and you'll receive appointment details by letter and/or text message.

If you are an exisiting patient and need urgent advice, please email [email protected].

Last updated: December 2023

Contact us

For more information, please contact us.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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