BC Inherited Arrhythmia Program

Preparing for your visit

Patients must be referred to the BCIAP by a health care provider. Once we receive your referral, we mail each patient a family history questionnaire to complete. Given the importance of the family history, you may be contacted by telephone by the Program Coordinator if additional information or clarification is needed.

Getting ready

Depending on the reason for referral, some heart tests may be arranged prior to the appointment, either at your local hospital, or on the same day as the appointment

In person or videoconference appointments are available to some patients; the reason for referral and location of residence may determine which type of appointment is offered.

What if my children (under 18) also need an appointment? 

If your children are referred to our program, we can arrange for them to be seen at one of our two clinic sites (in Vancouver or in Victoria). Some heart tests for children must be completed at BC Children’s Hospital, so additional appointments may need to be arranged there. Our office can help coordinate this with the staff at BC Children’s Hospital Heart Centre.

For some families, we arrange for both parents and children to be seen together, along with the adult heart rhythm specialist, children’s heart rhythm specialist, genetic counsellor, nurse clinician and research assistant. Other times, only the children’s heart rhythm specialist and genetic counsellor attend the appointment.

Common cardiac medical tests

Learn more about common cardiac medical tests and imaging appointments you might have through the BC Inherited Arrhythmia Program.

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Transportation & parking

Remember to allow time (approximately 30 minutes) before your appointment to get from your car or transit to the clinic area. If you are new to the clinic and need directions when you arrive at St. Paul’s Hospital, ask a volunteer or reception for directions to our front door. Please remember the name of the clinic to get the best assistance.

There is paid street parking in the area and a parking lot at the site.

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