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Inherited Heart Disease and Cardiomyopathies

inherited_heart_diseaseDr Robinson does not see children with cardiac conditions. However, there are some conditions that we are born with which cause problems only in adult life. Important risk factors for coronary heart disease can be inherited including high cholesterol (hypercholesterolaemia) and a tendency to hypertension. Analysis of family history is important in risk assessment. The cardiomyopathies are a group of inherited disorders that affect the muscle of the heart. They include Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM or HOCM), Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Arryhthmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). These conditions may be passed through families and so screening of family members with clinical examination, ECG and echocardiograms is important.

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