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.

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.

May 15, 2019

Local Orthodontist Builds 'Johnny Cars' of Hope for Pediatric Heart Patients

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen


This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.

Last summer, John Lawson saw a Facebook post that would soon change his life, and hundreds of others, forever. Featured in the post was a man named Alton Thacker, who'd built more than 800,000 toy cars for children. Thacker's generosity inspired Dr. Lawson to do the same.

Dr. Lawson's first move was to contact Thacker and to his delight, the man was more than happy to help him. Thacker shared his templates and helped Dr. Lawson get the supplies he needed. Before long, Dr. Lawson was making beautiful masterpieces of his own and he knew exactly who to give them to - the pediatric patients of Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon Joseph Dearani, M.D.

Continue reading this story on the In the Loop blog.

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