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BACKGROUND L-type calcium channel (LTCC) mutations have been associated with Brugada syndrome (BrS), short QT (SQT) syndrome, and Timothy syndrome (LQT8). Little is known about the extent to which LTCC mutations contribute to the J-wave syndromes associated with sudden cardiac death. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to identify mutations in the α1,(More)
  • Gi-Byoung Nam
  • 2012
Current clinical and experimental data demonstrate that the electrocardiographic J wave plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with Brugada syndrome (BS) and early repolarization (ER) syndrome (ERS). This has generated renewed interest in the presence of J waves and ERS in the general population, yet the(More)
BACKGROUND BrS is an inherited sudden cardiac death syndrome. Less than 35% of BrS probands have genetically identified pathogenic variants. Recent evidence has implicated SCN10A, a neuronal sodium channel gene encoding Nav1.8, in the electrical function of the heart. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that SCN10A variants(More)
INTRODUCTION The circadian and seasonal patterns of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTA) in patients with early repolarization syndrome (ERS) have not been determined. We compared the timing of VTAs in patients with ERS and Brugada syndrome (BS). METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled patients with ERS (n = 14) and BS (n = 53) who underwent implantable cardioverter(More)
BACKGROUND Due to the absence of differential guidelines for heart failure with tachyarrhythmia, it is difficult to diagnose tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy (TIC) at the initial visit. Furthermore, clinical outcomes of rate versus rhythm control in TIC are unclear. HYPOTHESIS Because the etiology of TIC is different from dynamic cardiomyoplasty (DCMP),(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or congestive heart failure (CHF) are more vulnerable to inappropriate shocks from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), but the effect of antiarrhythmic drugs in these patients remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 55 patients with AF and/or CHF (New York Heart Association functional(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical features of Korean patients with Brugada syndrome (BS). Between June 1998 and April 2002, 15 consecutive patients with BS (13 men, 2 women; mean age, 44+/-10 years) were identified. Eight patients had experienced at least 1 episode of aborted sudden death, 5 patients had had an episode of syncope(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to identify specific electrocardiogram (ECG) features that predict the development of multiple episodes of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with an early repolarization (ER) pattern and to compare the mode of VF initiation with that observed in typical cases of Brugada syndrome (BrS). METHODS AND RESULTS The(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the ryanodine 2 receptor (RyR2) gene have been identified in patients with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. We examined the cellular basis for the ECG features and arrhythmia mechanisms using low-dose caffeine to mimic the defective calcium homeostasis encountered under these conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS A(More)