Watch out for heart failure in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia
Contributor: Chris Sobowale
Natural history is catching up when arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) patients develop heart failure.
ARVC/D is an inherited cardiomyopathy in which myocardium is replaced with fibro-fatty tissue. This is followed by development of right ventricular dysfunction and ventricular arrhythmia.
Why are heart failure specialists seeing more patients with ARVC/D? The patients are living longer. Increased awareness allows timely diagnosis. ICD implantation prevents sudden cardiac death. As a result, ARVC/D patients eventually develop heart failure. Gilotra et al explores the increased prevalence of HF related to ARVC/D and characterizes the evolution to HF.