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INTRODUCTION Gain-of-function mutations within Scn5a, including the DeltaKPQ 1505-1507 deletion in the inactivation domain compromising myocardial repolarization, are implicated in human long QT 3 syndrome (LQT3), associated with ventricular arrhythmogenesis and sudden death. METHODS AND RESULTS Patch clamp studies on isolated ventricular Scn5a+/Delta(More)
PURPOSE Although consideration of children's art work (usually drawings) in clinical investigations of children referred to psychologists is fairly common, there is little evidence for the reliability and validity of such assessments. We consider a variety of possible mechanisms which could operate to influence the characteristics of children's drawings,(More)
Mutations within KCNE1 encoding a transmembrane protein which coassembles with K+ channels mediating slow K+, I(Ks), currents are implicated in cardiac action potential prolongation and ventricular arrhythmogenicity in long QT syndrome 5. We demonstrate the following potentially arrhythmogenic features in simultaneously recorded, left ventricular,(More)
Ventricular arrhythmogenesis in long QT 3 syndrome (LQT3) involves both triggered activity and re-entrant excitation arising from delayed ventricular repolarization. Effects of specific L-type Ca2+ channel antagonism were explored in a gain-of-function murine LQT3 model produced by a DeltaKPQ 1505-1507 deletion in the SCN5A gene. Monophasic action(More)
BACKGROUND Arrhythmia recurrence after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is often associated with pulmonary vein reconnection (PVR). We prospectively examined anatomical sites of both acute and chronic PVR. METHODS One hundred and fifty AF patients underwent PV wide encirclement and sites where immediate electrical isolation (EI) occurred were tagged(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) reduces stroke rate or mortality. METHODS An international multicentre registry was compiled from seven centres in the U.K. and Australia for consecutive patients undergoing catheter ablation of AF. Long-term outcomes were compared with (1) a cohort with AF treated medically in(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether reported childhood sexual abuse is related to the severity of symptoms in patients who experience auditory hallucinations. METHOD A sample of 26 adult male and females with psychotic disorders involving auditory hallucinations were interviewed and were asked to complete three self-report measures:(More)
Long QT3 (LQT3) syndrome is associated with incomplete Na+ channel inactivation, abnormal repolarization kinetics and prolonged cardiac action potential duration (APD). Electrophysiological effects of flecainide and quinidine were compared in Langendorff-perfused wild-type (WT), and genetically modified (Scn5a+/Delta) murine hearts modelling LQT3. Extra(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate long-term efficacy of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) and the impact of ablating complex or fractionated electrograms (CFEs) in addition to pulmonary vein isolation and linear lesions in persistent AF (PeAF). METHODS Consecutive cases from 2002-2007 were analysed. All the patients underwent a wide-area(More)
BACKGROUND Implantable loop recorders (ILR) allow prolonged cardiac rhythm monitoring and improved diagnostic yield in syncope patients. Predictive factors for pacemaker (PM) implantation in the ILR population with unexplained syncope have not been adequately investigated. In this single center, retrospective, observational study we investigated factors(More)