Inherited Rhythm Disorders
Also known as: IRDs, inherited heart rhythm disorders, inherited arrhythmia disorders
What are inherited rhythm disorders (IRDs)?
Inherited rhythm disorders are arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, that are inherited from family members. There are several different types of inherited rhythm disorders that each cause a different type of irregular heartbeat.
What causes inherited rhythm disorders?
As the name implies, inherited rhythm disorders are passed down from parents to their children through the family genes.
What are the symptoms of inherited rhythm disorders?
Various types of irregular heartbeats are the primary symptoms of inherited rhythm disorders. Many of these disorders can be dangerous if not treated. Fainting, dizziness, heart attack and sudden death are possible complications of untreated inherited rhythm disorders.
What are inherited rhythm disorders care options?
Many inherited rhythm disorders require both medication and the implantation of a medical device to control heart rhythm such as a pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator. Lifestyle changes related to diet and physical activity may also be necessary
Reviewed by: Anthony F. Rossi, MD
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:02 PM
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