Kath Ashcroft, Genetic Counsellor and ICC coordinator, Gina McGawley, Vice Chair of Take Heart and General Manager, Cardio-respiratory Unit, Dr Stephen Page,Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist and Adult ICC Specialist
The ICC Service are extremely grateful to Take Heart for providing funding and support for our new patient folders. These folders will allow patients to collate all their test results, clinic letters, appointments and patient information in one place and facilitate the sharing of this information with other medical professionals. This will improve patient care and lead to a better clinical service. This sort of initiative would not be possible without the support of Take Heart who have such a strong record of supporting the cardiology unit in Leeds.
Dr Stephen PageConsultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist
Explanation of Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions:Inherited Cardiac Conditions (ICC) are a group of different genetic conditions that mainly affect the heart or main blood vessels.There are 4 main groups of inherited cardiac conditions:Cardiomyopathies – these mainly affect the muscle of the heart. Examples include:•Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (when the heart muscle becomes too thick)•Dilated cardiomyopathy (when the heart enlarges and the muscle becomes weak)•Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (when the muscle of the heart is replaced by fat and scar)•Restrictive cardiomyopathy (a rare condition that can cause heart failure) Ion channel disorders – these mainly affect the electrical system of the heart. Examples include:•Long QT syndrome (when the heart takes too long to relax)•Brugada syndrome (an unusual condition with a characteristic pattern on the ECG i.e. heart tracing)•Catecholaminergic polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (a rare condition that causes heart rhythm problems during times of stress or exercise)Neuromuscular conditions – these affect both the muscles of the body and the muscle or electrical system of the heart. Examples include:•Muscular dystrophy (conditions such as Duchenne and Becker’s muscular dystrophy can cause significant weakness of the muscles of the body and can also cause heart failure)•Lamin (can cause problems with skeletal muscles, rhythm problems and heart failure)•Myotonic dystrophy (this is a condition in which the muscles of the body get tired easily and it can also affect the heart electrical system)Conditions affecting the major blood vessels. Examples include:•Marfan syndrome (a condition that affects many different aspects of the body including the eyes, the joints, the heart and the main artery called the aorta)•Ehler’s Danlos syndrome (a condition that affects the skin and joints and the aorta)The Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary provides a regional ICC service for patients from a wide geographical area covering West, North and East Yorkshire and Humberside. There is a multidisciplinary ICC team which includes a range of different specialists from adult cardiology, clinical genetics, paediatric cardiology, diagnostics, neurology, psychology and pathology to provide a complete patient service.Patient support groups and further patient information is available from the Cardiomyopathy Association and British Heart Foundation. Take Heart provide the ICC patient folders which are given to all patients attending the clinic and also free overnight accommodation for patients/families attending the ICC clinic.