Raise Funds to Study Genetic Arrhythmia Conditions
Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD) is one of many Genetic Arrhythmia Conditions (GAC). The means that a person’s heart disease is caused by a genetic condition, not by a poor diet, lack of exercise or other lifestyle choices. These disorders are a leading cause of sudden death among young athletes. Unfortunately, these conditions are often undetected until a life-threatening event occurs.
As a group, genetic arrhythmia conditions are rare and, due to the relatively low number of patients suffering from these conditions, few research dollars are raised to studying them in greater detail.
Extensive testing and follow-up with families with this known genetic condition is needed in order to improve the ability to diagnose and treat these conditions. We need to know more about what causes GAC and develop screening for it before tragedy occurs. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) is uniquely positioned to further research in this area of heart disease, due to the significant number of patients seen at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Almost 250 patients are enrolled in an ARVD research database but we need more enrolled to fully study the causes, screening and treatment of ARVD. Research funding is needed to study ARVD and make progress against this kind of heart disease.