What Is Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy?


What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy?


Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which is also called right ventricular cardiomyopathy and right ventricular dysplasia, is a type of inherited heart disease. It is a disorder of the myocardium (the muscular wall of the heart) which often develops in adults. The disease can cause damage in myocardium, and so increase the chance of arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.

In early stages, there may be no apparent signs. Yet still people with ARVC are at the risk of sudden death, particular in intense physical activities. The most common symptoms are pounding or fluttering heartbeat, fainting and lightheadedness. Other signs include shortness of breath and swollen legs and abdomen. Once the myocardium is seriously damaged, signs of heart failure begin to appear.


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