Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) Treatment
The goals of AVRC treatment are to:
- Control abnormal heart rhythms.
- Prevent or reduce heart failure.
- Avoid sudden cardiac arrest.
At the UPMC Center for Inherited Heart Disease, we have a number of ways to meet the treatment goals.
Medicine to treat ARVC
Your doctor may prescribe drugs to help keep a normal heart rhythm. These include beta blockers or antiarrhythmic agents.
ACE inhibitors treat signs of heart failure and can also slow its progression.
Implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
An implanted ICD the most common treatment for ARVC for people at risk of sudden death.
The device tracks the heart's rhythm. If that rhythm becomes irregular, the ICD sends an electric shock to return the heart to a normal rhythm.
You'll have to see your doctor regularly for imaging and to make sure treatment is working.
In this treatment, a doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into a vein in the leg and threads it to the heart.
The tube has tips that get heated and destroy the tissue causing your irregular heartbeat.
Living with ARVC
After ARVC treatment, you'll need routine follow-up care with a heart specialist.
Why Choose UPMC for Heart Care?
The Center for Inherited Heart Disease at UPMC:
- Takes a complete, family-based approach to caring for people with inherited heart disease.
- Provides a team of heart doctors, children's heart specialists, genetic counselors, surgeons, and others.
- Helps you get answers, whether you have symptoms or suspect ARVC from a genetic testing.