Genetic testing to predict sudden cardiac death: Current perspectives and future goals

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It is known that monogenic traits may predispose young and otherwise healthy individuals to die suddenly. Diseases such as Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy are well known causes of arrhythmic death in young individuals. For several years the concept of "genetic predisposition" to sudden cardiac death has been limited to these uncommon diseases. In the last few years clinical data have supported the view that risk of dying suddenly may cluster in families, supporting the hypothesis of a genetic component for sudden cardiac death. In this review I will try to provide an overview of current knowledge about genetics of sudden death. I will approach this topic by discussing first where we stand in the use of genetics for risk stratification and therapy selection in monogenic diseases and I will then move to discuss the contribution of genetics to patient profiling in acquired cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIndian Heart Journal
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Arrhythmias
  • Genetics
  • QT interval
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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