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.
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes and Vaccinations
Dr. Michael Ackerman, a genetic cardiologist from Mayo Clinic, discusses concerns about vaccinations and flu shots for patients with genetic heart rhythm conditions like Brugada Syndrome (BrS), Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). The benefits of being vaccinated far exceed the low risk the vaccination or potential fever could have on a genetic heart rhythm condition.
Competitive Sport Athletes and Genetic Heart Diseases
This 7 minute video details the 5 Return-To-Play considerations for athletes with genetic heart diseases like LQTS, CPVT, and HCM, that the athlete, their families, coaches and and physicians should consider carefully before returning to play.
Return to Play Considerations for Athletes with Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases
This 50-minute lecture 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 that they love.
In this 35 minute lecture, Mayo Clinic Genetic Cardiologist Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., discusses who should and, more importantly, who should not receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for the management of their cardiac channelopathy, such as Brugada Syndrome (BrS), Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), and Long QT Syndrome.
In this video, Dr. Ackerman, a genetic cardiologist and director of Mayo Clinic's Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic explains how and why he decided to study genetic heart rhythm diseases.
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month - March 2019
Dr. Michael Ackerman talks about sudden unexplained death in childhood. It's the 5th leading category of death in children ages 1 - 4. Dr. Ackerman explains the importance of raising awareness of sudden unexplained deaths in children.