People with inherited heart conditions need better services, report says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 16 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2461
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Every cardiac network in the United Kingdom should ensure that its population has access to specialised services for inherited cardiovascular conditions, recommends an expert report published this week, after a survey showed that capacity is insufficient to meet current or anticipated future needs.

    The Foundation for Genomics and Population Health worked with a group of NHS cardiologists, geneticists, service commissioners and managers, and representatives from patients’ groups to conduct a detailed assessment of the needs of people with inherited cardiovascular conditions, such as arrhythmia syndrome and cardiomyopathies. The working group also reviewed services for affected people.

    A survey of regional genetics centres showed that the capacity for inherited cardiovascular conditions was inadequate, with huge variations in access to …

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