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The Cardiac Genetics Clinic at London Bridge Hospital

Appointments & enquiries 

020 7407 0292

St. Olaf House

27 Tooley Street

London  SE1 2PR

London Bridge Hospital’s Cardiac Genetics Clinic

The Cardiac Genetics Clinic at London Bridge Hospital combines comprehensive cardiac genetic screening and advanced treatment for all forms of inherited cardiovascular disease including cardiomyopathies, inherited arrhythmias, sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) and aortic disease.
Unlike more widely known forms of heart disease, inherited cardiovascular disease is normally caused by a gene mutation passed down through families. The results of a faulty gene can present at any age and affect individuals of any level of fitness. If undetected or untreated these disorders can lead to significant cardiac problems.

 


 

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Genetic testing

Using sophisticated genetic testing in our state-of-the-art research laboratories, where appropriate we can try and identify the faulty gene causing an inherited cardiac condition. 


With between 20 – 25,000 different genes our specialist team must define the parameters for specific genetics test through analysis of the patients presenting symptoms, individual history and family history of cardiovascular disease. For those indicating an underlying genetic issue a simple blood test will be carried out and analysed by pathologists in our HCA UK Laboratories.


Our cardiac genetics team will then establish a full diagnosis and devise a personalised treatment plan through in-depth study of the faulty gene combined with appropriate diagnostic tests.

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Family screening

Once revealed in one family member a cardiac genetic mutation has the potential to affect other family members, whatever their age, whether as carrier or manifesting a condition.


We can advise on the best time to screen other family members and whether it should be using genetic testing or other forms of diagnostics. Identifying the condition can help us initiate treatment at the optimal time and help prevent significant episodes.


Relatives often experience similar symptoms or have comparable diagnoses however it’s still important they undergo screening to receive the most appropriate advice for themselves and potential children affected. 

Diagnosis and treatment planning

If a GP or cardiologist suspects an underlying genetic condition due to symptoms such as palpitations, blackouts or chest pain or most commonly if a parent, sibling or child has recently been affected or diagnosed, they will refer for genetic testing.

On visiting London Bridge Hospital’s Cardiac Genetics Clinic, patients will be taken through a thorough assessment programme which includes:

Initial diagnostics

  • 30 minutes with Cardiac Genetics Clinical Nurse Specialist: Over the phone or in person to discuss a patient’s family and medical history
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): To check the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO): To look at the structure of the heart and valves as well as providing information on the function and pumping action of the heart
  • 24 hour tape and exercise test: To be reviewed with the most appropriate specialist
  • Cardiac Consultation: Review of results with Dr Gerry Carr-White, Consultant Cardiologist

Further diagnostics include

  • Stress echo:  To determine how well the heart and blood vessels are working during exercise
  • Cardiac MRI: To understand the heart’s structure and assess how well it’s performing
  • Genetic Test: To help find a genetic explanation for a patient’s condition or determine the risk of an inherited condition
  • Consultation with Dr Leema Robert, Consultant Cardiac Geneticist
  • Ajmaline test: For those suspected of having Brugada syndrome
  • Final Cardiac Consultation: Final review of results with Dr Gerry Carr-White, Consultant Cardiologist
Not all patients with an inherited cardiac condition will require specific treatment. For those that do, some may be prescribed medications to help with minor symptoms whereas others may need to be considered for implantable devices such as Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). 

Common inherited cardiac conditions include:

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Cardiac treatment

London Bridge Hospital’s team of renowned consultants pioneer the latest treatments in cardiovascular disease. They frequently perform groundbreaking procedures, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and exploring how to improve outcomes with less impact to the patient.

 

Interventional treatment of inherited cardiac conditions performed at London Bridge Hospital include:

The Cardiac Genetics team at London Bridge Hospital:

The team has extensive experience managing the complete journey from testing through to diagnosis, risk assessment through to care. Treating complexity on a daily basis patients can be assured they’re in the hands of a foremost team of Consultant Cardiologists, Geneticists, Nurses, and Radiologists. Their knowledge in cardiovascular genetics is second to none with lead Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Carr-White, sitting on the NHS national advisory board for inherited and cardiac diseases.

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Dr Gerry Carr-White

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Leema Robert

Consultant Cardiac Geneticist

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Cardiac Genetics Nurse

Consultant

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Conal Austin

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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Consultant Cardiologist

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Cardiac care

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Simon Redwood

Consultant Cardiologist

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Anthony Wierzbicki

Consultant Pathologist

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HCA UK Laboratories

Using cutting-edge technology the Cardiac Genetics Clinic work alongside HCA UK Laboratories providing routine genetics analysis as well as exploration in more complex inherited cardiac conditions. 


Collectively operating under HCA Healthcare UK we give patients access to multi-disciplinary pathologists and a seamless turnaround of results. Built over years of established relationships and collaborative working we’re able to operate a flexible and efficient pathology service of the highest quality.

Our location

6th Floor, St. Olaf House

27 Tooley Street

London SE1 2PR

Contact us

The Cardiac Genetics Clinic is part of the London Bridge Hospital campus.

020 7407 0292
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