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Friday, May 24, 2013
Genes affect many things in your body. From your eye color, height and even the shape of your nose, you have inherited a large portion of who you are. Did you know that includes your heartbeat?
Rhythm disorders are cardiac diseases that cause the heart to have an irregular beat. There are multiple forms, also known as arrhythmias, that can be inherited from either one or both parents.
With certain genetic conditions that are inherited in a dominant fashion, a 50-50, flip-of-a-coin chance exists that each child of an affected individual will inherit the disease-causing gene change.
Risk factors to recognize in your family history:
Last Reviewed: May 09, 2011
Amy Curry Sturm, MS, CGC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University