Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy


What should I be looking for in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in my body?

Sudden cardiac death is a risk for people who have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Affected individuals may experience arrhythmias, heart palpitations, fainting, and swelling of the legs. Some may have features of other heart defects. Fainting while exercising or exerting effort and specific heart rhythm findings on an electrocardiogram (T wave inversion in right precordial leads V1, V2, and V3 or an epsilon wave - a small positive deflection at the end of the QRS complex) are also frequent signs of ARVC.

Presentations can vary from person to person; someone may exhibit none, all, or few of the above symptoms.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2019-11-15


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