Inherited Cardiac Conditions

Inherited cardiac conditions (ICC) is term covering a wide variety of relatively rare diseases of the heart with a genetic cause. ICCs are caused by a fault – or mutation – in one or more of our genes, resulting either in the muscle abnormality (Cardiomyopathy) or the electrical abnormality predisposing to arrhythmias. A major feature of many inherited heart conditions is a disturbance in heart rhythm lead to palpitations, syncope (blackouts) and sudden cardiac death, often in response to specific triggers.

The effects of these conditions on you and your family can be enormous. These conditions can many cases be completely asymptomatic (not cause any symptoms) but in some cases they can become life-threatening. Sadly, this can sometimes mean that the first time a family is aware of being affected is after a sudden cardiac death (SCD) in a family member. However, great improvements are being made in the detection of ICCs and also how you can live with your condition. There are effective treatments which allow you to lead a normal life.

Dr Gonzalez Corcia provides state-of-the-art care to patients and their families with an inherited arrhythmia syndrome, cardiomyopathies, and a family history of sudden unexpected death or sudden cardiac arrest. The care strategy is tailored to the specific clinical and genetic needs of the individual, which may vary even within families. 

Dr Gonzalez Corcia has extensive experience in the most common specific inherited heart rhythm conditions including:

  • Long QT syndrome (LQTS)
  • Brugada syndrome (BrS)
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM)
  • idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (FV)
  • short QT syndrome (SQTS)