Acceptability at Recruitment
Acceptability at CT / Work-Up
Individual at Risk
Explanation of Condition
Abnormal heart rhythm or electrical activity. Usually picked up using an electrocardiogram (ECG).
Possible procedural risk, particularly with general anaesthetic and insertion of central venous catheters. Discuss with MO.
Benign atrial or ventricular ectopics (extrasystoles)
Sinus tachycardia/bradycardia acceptable, but inform anaesthetist at work-up if for bone marrow harvest.
Beta-blockers prescribed for benign ectopics or sinus tachycardia are acceptable.
Supraventricular tachycardias (SVT), including atrial fibrillation/flutter, acceptable if successfully treated with catheter ablation and off rate/rhythm-control medications (such as beta-blockers) for at least 12 months.
Right bundle branch block in the absence of any other abnormality
Left or right sided axis deviation in the absence of any other abnormality
First degree heart block may be acceptable at work up at the discretion of the assessing physician
In the absence of a family history of heart conditions, or symptoms the donor does not require an echocardiogram for the above conditions at medical assessment.
For BM donation all the above conditions should be discussed with anaesthetist at medical assessment
Uncorrected atrial fibrillation/flutter
Any history of ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation
Wolff-Parkinson-White/Lown-Ganong-Levine syndromes unacceptable unless treated with catheter ablation, and no ECG evidence of accessory pathways.
Second or third degree heart block
All pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD)
Left bundle branch block
Long-QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome or any other known cause of sudden cardiac death
Pseudonyms or Related Conditions
Version 1, Edition 2
Date of Last Update
1 June 2016