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Q. Is ARVC condition reversible?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 24, 2020 and last reviewed on: Aug 02, 2022

Hi doctor,

I used to play football a few years ago, however, I had to stop playing due to symptoms of immediate fatigue after a maximum of one sprint, wheezing, dizziness and palpitations. They were first attributed to asthma, however, upon having a cardiac MRI, I was told there are no issues with my lungs and the problem lies with my heart.

They took an ECG and I was told I have two slightly impaired valves with some regurgitation and a slightly swollen right side. I might possibly have ARVC, however, I am still waiting to get a Holter strapped.

What I would like to know is, will the Holter definitely let the doctors know if I have ARVC? If it is not the case can the performance of my valves be rectified or will my heart's condition remain permanent?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy) is diagnosed on echocardiography or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Then further risk stratified on past history, family history of ARVC or sudden death in the first degree relatives, or Holter monitoring to detect ventricular tachycardia.

Furthermore, genetic testing can be done, especially if your first degree relatives also have the same disease. Competitive sports are a risk factor for the progression of this disease and also for sudden death. So exertion is contraindicated.

It will be easy for me to guide you better if you share your echocardiography, and MRI reports with me and also send ECG.


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