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Liverpool ICC

Date: 11 September 2014 11:29

A study day for cardiologists, specialist nurses, geneticists, genetic counsellors and cardiac physiologists, was held on November 19th at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The Liverpool Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions (ICC) study day, organised by Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital along with Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Cardiomyopathy Association, was aimed at cardiologists and geneticists of all grades, specialist nurses, genetic counsellors and cardiac physiologists.

The event aimed to provide clinical updates in some of the major components of ICC. The day provided an insight in to the world of clinical genetics for cardiologists, and an understanding of the multi-faceted care of ICC patients in a specialist cardiology centre.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Derick Todd, Consultant Cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Course Director, said: “We will provide an insight into the world of clinical genetics for cardiologists and an understanding of the multi-faceted care of patients in a specialist cardiology centre.”

ICCs are a group of genetic disorders that primarily affect the heart. They are often complex conditions to manage and sometimes the first indication of disease can be the sudden, unexplained death of an apparently healthy young person. Developments in ICC are allowing those involved in their care to offer more accurate diagnosis and improved clinical management, including better risk assessment for families of those affected.

There has been great focus on this group of conditions in the last five years, since the 2009 Foundation for Genomics and Population Health (PHG) document ‘Heart to Heart: Services for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions’ was published. It is no longer acceptable for someone at risk of an ICC not to receive timely and expert attention.

Full programme details are available from the CMA website http://www.cardiomyopathy.org