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.

Sep 16, 2019

Return to Play Considerations for Athletes with Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen


Being told that you or a member of your family can no longer participate in sports due to a genetic heart rhythm condition can be devastating. Over the past several years, the idea that patient's with GHDs should be immediately and indefinitely be disqualified from sports is slowly starting to shift.

Dr. Michael Ackerman, the director of the Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, strongly believes that the decision to return to sports should be a shared decision between the athlete, their family, coaches and physicians. Many things need to be discussed and considered before an athlete should return to participation, including the five essential return to play considerations detailed in the Competitive Sport Athletes and Genetic Heart Diseases video on the Video Archive tab.

The 50-minute video lecture below details the evolution from "If in Doubt, Kick them Out" to "Shared Decision Making" when it comes to athletes with a variety of Genetic Heart Diseases and their ability to safely return to or continue in the competitive sports.

Check out the Heart Rhythm Conditions group to join discussions and read other people's opinions with genetic heart rhythm disorders about returning to sports.

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