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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Feb 21, 2019

Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndromes and Vaccinations

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen

Flu Shot 1February 2019 Question of the Month: Are vaccinations 'okay' if I have a SADS condition*? Should I get my flu shot?

For the Heart of the Matter Ask the Experts series from the SADS Foundation, Dr. Michael J. Ackerman, a genetic cardiologist from Mayo Clinic, discusses how the benefits of immunizations far out way the risks for patients with genetic heart rhythm syndromes.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, nearly 200 children died from influenza while thousands more were hospitalized. The SADS Foundation agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics current recommendation that states that any child over the age of 6 months should get their flu vaccine every year.

Have a question about a SADS condition* that you want answered? Submit it here!

**According to the SADS Foundation website, SADS conditions are defined as Brugada Syndrome, Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), Short QT Syndrome (SQTS), Timothy Syndrome and Wolff Parkinson White (WPW). Related conditions that can also cause sudden cardiac arrest in young people are malformations of the heart muscle such as a dysplasia (misplaced) or cardiomyopathy (thickening). These conditions include Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DM).

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