CPVT | Overview

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What is CPVT?

CPVT (Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia) is an inherited cardiac condition that causes sudden rhythm disturbances, called arrhythmias, in otherwise healthy individuals.

The arrhythmias typically occur during exercise or emotional stress and can lead to a sensation of a rapid heartbeat (palpitations), sudden loss of consciousness (syncope), cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death. 

CPVT is a rare disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1 in 10,000. Untreated, CPVT has a high incidence of major cardiac events early in life.  

How Boston Children's approaches CPVT

The Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Boston Children’s specializes in family-based services for children with CPVT. The program meets with and assesses entire families all at once, usually in one day. Our specialists use clinical and genetic testing to identify if any family member is at risk of developing the condition.

“At Boston Children’s, our family focused approach creates a one-stop shop where we can diagnose problems and come up with a plan for each member of the family. We know that some family members, especially children, may show no or only very subtle evidence of the disease, making accurate clinical diagnosis challenging. Genetic testing is an increasingly useful mechanism to identify ALL family members at risk of developing the condition. Complete medical information is gathered, and genetic testing results, if available, may help identify an underlying inherited heart condition."

Cardiologist Dominic Abrams, MD, director of the Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmia Program 

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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