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@odette

My husband was diagnosed with WPW many years ago. Although it doesn't affect him often, it is frightening when it occurs. No treatment has ever been proposed. Should our children or grandchildren be concerned about this condition? Is it a genetic heart disorder? Thank you.

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Hi @odette, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! The etiology/cause of WPW is still unknown in most situations. However, in a few cases, there is a genetic etiology. It may be beneficial for your husband to discuss his diagnosis with his cardiologist or care team and determine if a referral to a genetic provider would be appropriate. You can learn more about Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20354626

You may also be interested in connecting with other people who live with WPW in the Heart Rhythm Conditions group: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/heart-rhythm-conditions/

I hope this helps!

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