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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Apr 9, 2020

Dr. Ackerman in National News

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen


Dr. Ackerman is making national news in his fight to make people aware of the possible side-effects of COVID-19 treatments such as hydroxychloroquine.

In a recent press conference, President Trump touted the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine saying, "The side effects are the least of it...You're not going to die from this pill." But despite these reassurances, Dr. Ackerman and his colleagues are raising concerns.  In a recent article from NBC News, Dr. Ackerman is quoted as saying to ignore the side effects of hydroxychloroquine is 'Inexcusable'.

The article states that, "In fact, a small recent study showed that up to 11 percent of coronavirus patients on hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are in the so-called "red zone" for potential cardiac side effects."

Dr. Ackerman was also interviewed on Fox Business about the possible cardiac risks of hydroxychloroquine.

For the latest videos, news articles, and information about COVID-19 and genetic heart rhythm disorders, please visit our:

  • COVID-19 tab, featuring all things COVID-19
  • Video Archive tab, featuring Q&As, interviews, and other informational sessions with Dr. Ackerman
  • Resources tab, featuring news articles, scientific papers, and more

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