Welcome to the Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases page. The Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, with the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in Rochester, MN, is dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and researching all types of genetic heart rhythm diseases that can cause sudden death.
Follow the Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases page and stay up-to-date as we post stories, clinical trials, and useful information regarding your genetic heart rhythm condition.
Do you know the SADS warning signs?
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people. These SADS Conditions include:
Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
Brugada Syndrome (BrS)
Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardiac (CPVT)
Have you ever wondered what exactly long QT syndrome (LQTS) is?
"Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm condition that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats might trigger you to suddenly faint. Some people with the condition have seizures. In some severe cases, LQTS can [...]
This Friday, July 10th, at 11:20 AM CST, Dr. Peter Schwartz will join Dr. Ackerman for SADS Foundation's weekly Facebook Live Q&A session! This will be a generic Q&A session so feel free to ask any of your questions regarding genetic heart rhythm disorders!
Dr. Schwartz is the Director [...]
What is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)?
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small, battery-powered device surgically placed in a patient's chest to monitor and detect irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). If an ICD detects a dangerous heart rhythm, it delivers an electric shock via one or more wires (leads) connected to the [...]
This Friday, June 26th, at 1:20 PM CST, Dr. Charlie Berul will join Dr. Ackerman for a special Facebook Live Q&A session about implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and device therapy! If you've ever wanted to know what an ICD is or how one works, here's your chance to ask [...]