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Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)

What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)?

"Arrhythmogenic" means causing an arrhythmia. With arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, the muscle of the right ventricle is replaced by fat and fibrous tissue. The electrical signal that keeps the heart beating regularly cannot pass through the abnormal fibrotic tissue, resulting in abnormal heart rhythms.

Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
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With this condition, the muscle of the right ventricle is replaced by fat and fibrous tissue. Abnormal electrical signals may start within this fibrous tissue, resulting in abnormal heart rhythms.
ARVC can be passed through families.

Treatment of ARVC

Treatment often involves medicine and/or placement of a pacemaker or an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) to help control the heart’s rhythm.

Jennifer Russell, MD, FRCPC

1/15/2010




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