Familial ventricular tachycardia

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Familial ventricular tachycardia

Familial ventricular tachycardia (familial VT) is a hereditary condition that can cause a seemingly spontaneous rapid heart rate. This condition can cause sudden cardiac death, where the heart suddenly goes into cardiac arrest. Researchers have identified several genes which when changed (mutated) may cause familial ventricular tachycardia, but more genes are expected to be found because familial VT may also be caused by inherited heart defects or conditions. For example, familial VT may be caused by another condition called familial cardiomyopathy.

Symptoms of familial VT may include heart palpitations, light-headedness, sudden drops in blood pressure that cause unconsciousness (syncope), chest pain, and anxiety. Women seem to be affected more often than men.

To diagnose familial ventricular tachycardia, a doctor may look at your family history and use an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG monitors the heart’s electrical impulses. In those with familial VT, the EKG output will look different depending on whether it is due to inherited heart defects or heart condition. If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with familial VT, talk to your cardiologist (heart doctor) about the most current treatment options. To understand how the condition may run in your family or be passed down to your children, talk to a genetic counselor. Support groups are a good resource of information and can help connect you with others affected by familial ventricular tachycardia.

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The terms "Familial ventricular tachycardia" returned 10 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Familial evaluation in catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia: disease penetrance and expression in cardiac ryanodine receptor mutation-carrying relatives.
 

Author(s): Christian van der Werf, Ineke Nederend, Nynke Hofman, Nan van Geloven, Corné Ebink, Ingrid M E Frohn-Mulder, A Marco W Alings, Hans A Bosker, Frank A Bracke, Freek van den Heuvel, Reinier A Waalewijn, Hennie Bikker, J Peter van Tintelen, Zahurul A Bhuiyan, Maarten P van den Berg, Arthur A M Wilde

Journal: Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2012 Aug;5(4):748-56.

 

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is an inherited arrhythmia syndrome associated with mutations in the cardiac ryanodine receptor gene (Ryr2) in the majority of patients. Previous studies of CPVT patients mainly involved probands, so current insight into ...

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2012

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Search for cardiac calcium cycling gene mutations in familial ventricular arrhythmias resembling catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.
 

Author(s): Annukka Marjamaa, Päivi Laitinen-Forsblom, Annukka M Lahtinen, Matti Viitasalo, Lauri Toivonen, Kimmo Kontula, Heikki Swan

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Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a severe inherited cardiac disorder caused by mutations predominantly in the ryanodine receptor (RyR2) gene. We sought to identify mutations in genes affecting cardiac calcium cycling in patients with CPVT and in less ...

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2009

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Familial long QT syndrome presented as ventricular tachycardia during anesthesia.
 

Author(s): Stephanie M Tran, Raissa Q Nobrega, William A Kammerer, Zenaide Quezado

Journal: Paediatr Anaesth. 2009 Jan;19(1):66-8.

 

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2008

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