Genetics and arrhythmias: diagnostic and prognostic applications

Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2012 Mar;65(3):278-86. doi: 10.1016/j.recesp.2011.10.008. Epub 2012 Jan 14.
[Article in English, Spanish]


This review article discusses the genetic bases of cardiac arrest with a specific focus on cardiac channelopathies and right ventricular cardiomyopathy. We review the appropriate use of genetic testing in those patients suspected to have inherited cardiac arrhythmias, highlighting the importance of most genotype-phenotype correlations for risk stratification. The article also presents the most recent views on diagnostic criteria and flowcharts for treatment of patients with inherited arrhythmogenic diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / genetics*
  • Brugada Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Brugada Syndrome / genetics
  • Electrocardiography
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Long QT Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Long QT Syndrome / genetics
  • Prognosis
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / diagnosis
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / genetics
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / diagnosis
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / genetics