Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Skeletal muscle disorders including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Becker Muscular Dystrophy, Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Myotonic Dystrophy, Myotonia Congenita, Fabry disease, Danon disease, Pompe disease, and Friedrich’s Ataxia are often associated with underlying disease of the heart muscle (Cardiomyopathy). It is critical for patients with muscular dystrophy to be evaluated for and treated for heart muscle disease. Depending on the type of underlying disease, the form, degree and time-course of heart muscle disease can be mild or severe. Treatment of heart muscle disease can prevent worsening symptoms, prevent arrhythmias including sudden death, and improve quality of life in patients with muscular dystrophy.

Several genes are associated with neuromuscular disease. We believe that understanding how these genes work helps our patients and our patients’ families better understand their disease. The implications for patients’ family members are highly dependent upon the underlying genetics of disease. Our pediatric and adult cardiologists work closely together to ensure that patients moving from pediatric to adult clinics have a smooth transition.

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At Stanford’s Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, we work closely with our colleagues in Pediatric and Adult Neurology, Genetics, Pulmonary, and Physical Medicine in order to optimize care of our muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disease patients. As each patient has unique needs and cardiac problems, we tailor a treatment and monitoring plan to best suit these needs.

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