Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases

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.

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Competitive Sport Athletes and Genetic Heart Diseases

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen

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Are you an athlete with a genetic heart condition that has been disqualified from sports? Do you have a child that loves playing sports, but was told they can no longer play due to their genetic heart disease? Know that there are options! After a full cardiac evaluation, careful consideration of all factors of playing competitive sports with a heart condition, and a meaningful and thorough discussion with their family and cardiologist, many athletes with genetic heart conditions are eventually cleared to play the sports that they love.

However, knowing the risks and deciding whether or not to play, or let your child play, sports can be frightening. Lots of factors need to be considered carefully, but there are plenty of resources to help you!

There are five important considerations athletes with genetic heart diseases, their families, and their physicians must consider before deciding to play competitive sports. These considerations are:

  1. One veto and you are out! - The family unit MUST be in complete agreement for the athlete to continue playing.
  2. The Two Os: Optional or Oxygen?
  3. No covert operations! - All appropriate coaches, trainers, officials, etc. must be aware of your condition so the proper safety procedures are understood and in place.
  4. The school, the league, or the institution may not be comfortable with a return-to-play (RTP)
  5. An AED (automatic external defibrillator) is a MUST!

For more information, check out these videos recorded by Dr. Ackerman:

Competitive Sports Athletes and Genetic Heart Diseases

Return to Play Considerations for Athletes with Genetic Heart Diseases

When in Doubt, Kick them Out? Long QT Syndrome Sports Guidelines

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