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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Jul 10, 2019

Post Visit II - Competitive Sport Athletes and Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen

Sports RTP

If you or one of your family members has been diagnosed with a genetic heart rhythm disorder, you already have had to deal with a lot of struggles that come with it. If you or one of your family members is a competitive athlete, these struggles are ten-fold.

Often times, athletes who have been diagnosed with a GHD are disqualified from competitive sports until they can see a specialist that is willing to clear them for play. Dr. Michael Ackerman, the director of the Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and a genetic cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, is one of these specialists. However, there are many important considerations that need to be discussed before an athlete can return to competitive sports.

In the video below, Dr. Ackerman discusses the five most important items to consider as you decide whether or not to remain an athlete and return to the sports.

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