New program to treat inherited heart rhythm conditions

Approximately 7000 people living in BC have an inherited heart rhythm condition, which predisposes them to sudden cardiac arrest and sudden death. The new BC Inherited Arrhythmia Program (BCIAP) is designed to improve patient access to cardiogenetic services and continuity of care for patients and families living with this condition. The program combines the expertise of specialists in adult and pediatric cardiology as well as medical genetics to identify, 
screen, and manage affected families.

In addition to providing patient care, the program will raise awareness and offer educational opportunities for health care providers and the public.

The BCIAP is funded by Cardiac Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the Specialist Services Committee, a joint collaborative committee of Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The program is delivered jointly by Providence Health Care, Island Health, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

. New program to treat inherited heart rhythm conditions. BCMJ, Vol. 56, No. 1, January, February, 2014, Page(s) 41 - News.

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