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Familial Heart Rhythm Program

For over 16 years, we have been following patients and families with familial arrhythmias including long QT syndrome (LQTS), short QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, hereditary cardiomyopathy, and unexplained sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young people.

The FHRP has conducted numerous research studies involving hundreds of patients from multiple families. From this experience, we have been able to advance our understanding of LQTS and other genetic arrhythmia disorders. Our mission is to screen for familial heart rhythm disorders, to provide patients access to research protocols that will advance our understanding of these disorders, and to serve as an educational resource for patients, families, and medical professionals. 

Patient Services

The center cares for patients who have been diagnosed with or are concerned about the following:

  • Long QT syndrome
  • Short QT syndrome
  • Brugada syndrome
  • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia
  • Hereditary cardiomyopathy
  • Families who have experienced sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young individuals

Familial Heart Rhythm Program Newsletters for Patients

Fall 2013 Issue
Winter 2014 Issue

Useful Links and Patient Resources

Center Leadership

Elizabeth S. Kaufman, MD 
Attending Cardiac Electrophysiologist, MetroHealth Heart & Vascular Center
Director of the Familial Heart Rhythm Program
Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Investigator for the International Long QT Registry
Office: 216-778-5253
View her physician profile.

The staff of FHRP consists of several health care professionals and is led by Elizabeth S. Kaufman, MD, founder and director of the FHRP. Dr. Kaufman is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and an Investigator for the International Long QT Registry. Dr. Kaufman has been practicing cardiac electrophysiology since 1991 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She played a significant role in the development of the electrophysiology program at MetroHealth. Along with her clinical practice, Dr. Kaufman has pursued her interests in congenital long QT syndrome and other genetic heart rhythm disorders, the prevention of sudden cardiac death, and noninvasive methods for assessing the risk of sudden cardiac death. Review some of her papers on Long QT syndrome.

Ongoing Studies and Funding

The FHRP is currently involved in continuing research on Long QT Syndrome and other genetic arrhythmia disorders. Recent studies of the FHRP have been funded by various organizations.

  • Can Potassium Channel Blockade Resolve Phenotype/Genotype Discordance in Congenital Long QT Syndrome? Funded by The American Heart Association: Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman.
  • Phenotype/Genotype Discordance in Congenital Long QT Syndrome Part I and II. Funded by The American Heart Association: Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman.
  • Novel Noninvasive and Genetic Techniques to Refine the Diagnosis of the Long QT Syndrome and Related Familial Heart Rhythm Syndromes. Conducted in the General Clinical Research Center. Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman.
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  • © Copyright 2002 - The MetroHealth System
  • 2500 MetroHealth Drive|Cleveland, OH 44109|(216) 778-7800
  • All Rights Reserved.