How Does Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy Affect the Heart?

Q:

I have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. I want to know how it affects my heart.

A:

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a heritable heart muscle disorder. Mutations in genes play an important role in the pathogenesis of it.

Cells of the heart muscle are held together by proteins. In ARVC, proteins develop abnormally, so they no longer keep the heart muscle cells together. As a result, the detachment of muscle cells leads to the accumulation of fatty deposits.

Usually the disease weakens the right side of the heart, yet it can affect both sides. As heart muscle cells fall apart, walls of the right ventricle become thin and stretched. Therefore, the heart can’t pump out blood effectively.

Abnormal heart rhythms are a symptom of ARVC. Due to damaged and scarred heart muscle cells, electrical impulses are disrupted, causing irregular heart rhythms. It takes years for the sign to appear, so many people have it diagnosed late.

ARVC is a progressive illness. It means that the disease will become increasingly worse over time.

 

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