An inherited condition means one that runs in families (genetic), rather than being present from birth (congenital). They are caused by a mutation in the genes responsible for the production of the channels that carry the electrical pulses controlling the contractions of the heart, resulting in a heart rhythm disorder.
A child can inherit a heart condition from either of their parents or, in some instances, may be the first in their family to show signs of a heart condition.
Our Cardiorespiratory Unit regularly refers to information published by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) when explaining inherited heart rhythm disturbances to our patients and their families.
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