Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

The disease is characterized by a replacement of cardiac muscle tissue by connective tissue and fat, particularly in the right ventricle. This may lead to dilatation of the right ventricle, dysfunction and aneurysm formation. As a result, malignant arrhythmias may occur. The disease often occurs in men between 20 and 40 years of age and is often inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The estimated prevalence in the general population is 1 in 1000. Often, the first symptoms are seen under ‘physical exercise’ in the form of fainting, heart rhythm disorders and even SCD. If affected, patients should not participate in competitive sports. 

Contact person


Dr. med. Philipp Bohm


Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-70400

Fax: +49 (0)681 302-4296


Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin 

Saarland University

Campus B8 2

66123 Saarbrücken