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[[Image:epsilon_wave.png|thumb|ECG with an epsilon wave in V1]]
[[Image:arvdhart.png|thumb| A section throughout the heart of an ARVC patient. (A) Transmural fatty replacement of the right ventricular free wall. (B) Myocardial atrophy is confined to the right ventricle and substantially spares the interventricular septum as well as the left ventricular free wall. <cite>Corrado</cite> Reproduced with permission from BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. ]]
'''Arrhytmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy''', (ARVC, or ARVD: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Disease) is characterized by fatty replacement and fibrosis of the heart.
Especially the right ventricle apex and outflow tract are involved. However the left ventricle can be affected to.<cite>Corr</cite>
As a result of the fatty replacement and fibrosis, ventricular arrhythmias are common in this disease and can lead to palpitations, syncope and sudden death. At more advanced ages right ventricular pump failure can occur.
The diagnosis is based on major and minor criteria, as published by the European Society of Cardiology.<cite>McKenna1994</cite>
ARVC is a progressive disease. The '''incidence''' is estimated to be 1:3.000-1:10.000. Manifestations are usually seen
during the teens. Although the diagnosis is more often made in athletes, sports are not thought to have a causative relationship with the disease. ARVD can occur in families; more than 9 different chromosomal defects have been described, most often with autosomal dominant inheritance.
One unique form of ARVD, called Naxos disease (after the Greek island where it was first diagnosed), has an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance.