Inherited heart rhythm disturbances

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. 

Visit the BHF website to download their inherited heart rhythm disturbances factsheet