The role of the genetics service in Sudden Arrhythmic Death syndrome is to try to identify other family members at risk.
Genetic testing can help us to make an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the arrhythmia. If a genetic diagnosis is made then the genetic testing can be offered to other family members so that those who carry the gene mutation can be offered screening and treatment, those who do not carry the mutation can be reassured.
In instances where a genetic diagnosis is not made, family members are referred for clinical screening for arrhythmias under the care of the cardiologists.
For further information please read the attached leaflet for Dominant Inheritance & Genetic Counselling below
http://www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk/www/index.php (Arrhythmia Alliance)
http://www.geneticalliance.org.uk/education1.htm (An introduction to genetics)
http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/mededu/modes-of-inheritance/single-gene-conditions/autosomal-dominant-conditions (Autosomal dominant inheritance)
http://www.geneticalliance.org.uk/docs/eurogentest/English/dominant-pub.pdf (autosomal dominant inheritance leaflet)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1768/ (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1309/ (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1131/ (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1129/ (Long QT syndrome)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1517/ (Brugada syndrome)
http://www.tellingstories.nhs.uk/stories.asp?id=4 Long QT case study
http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/genetic-testing-for-health Information about genetic testing
http://www.bsgm.org.uk/information-education/genetics-centres/ Directory of genetics centres
http://www.phgfoundation.org/reports/4986/ Heart to Heart: inherited cardiovascular conditions services