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Atrial fibrillation is a highly prevalent arrhythmia and a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure and death. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in individuals of European ancestry, including 6,707 with and 52,426 without atrial fibrillation. Six new atrial fibrillation susceptibility loci were identified and replicated in an additional(More)
The early repolarization (ER) pattern has historically been regarded as a benign ECG variant. However, in recent years this view has been challenged based on multiple reports linking the ER pattern with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. The mechanistic basis of ventricular arrhythmogenesis in ER syndrome is presently incompletely understood.(More)
BACKGROUND Nonischemic cardiomyopathy is a heterogeneous condition providing a favorable substrate for ventricular tachycardia (VT). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to further characterize the substrate in a subset of postmyocarditis patients with epicardial-only scar. METHODS Twelve postmyocarditis patients (11 male, 49 ± 14 years, left(More)
BACKGROUND During the past years, many innovations have been introduced to facilitate catheter ablation of post-myocardial infarction ventricular tachycardia. However, the predictors of outcome after ablation were not thoroughly studied. METHODS AND RESULTS From 2009 to 2013, consecutive patients referred for post-myocardial infarction ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND nMARQ is a multipolar catheter designed to simultaneously ablate at multiple sites around the pulmonary vein (PV) circumference with a single radiofrequency application. We sought to define the safety and efficacy of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation with the nMARQ catheter. METHODS In a multicenter study, patients with drug-refractory AF were(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to identify nonredundant atrial fibrillation (AF) genetic susceptibility signals and examine their cumulative relations with AF risk. BACKGROUND AF-associated loci span broad genomic regions that may contain multiple susceptibility signals. Whether multiple signals exist at AF loci has not been systematically explored. (More)
The long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a condition characterized by abnormal prolongation of the QT interval with an associated risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Congenital forms of LQTS arise due to rare and highly penetrant mutations that segregate in a Mendelian fashion. Over the years, multiple mutations in genes encoding ion channels(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm abnormality and represents a major burden, both to patients and to health-care systems. In recent years, increasing evidence from population-based studies has demonstrated that AF is a heritable condition. Although familial forms of AF have been recognized for many years, they represent a rare(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a prevalent cardiac arrhythmia with a significant genetic component. In recent years, familial and population-based genetic studies in AF have led to the emergence of transcription factors as potentially important contributors to arrhythmia susceptibility. Further evidence to implicate transcription factors in AF has come from(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, and a recent genome-wide association study identified the hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4) as a novel AF susceptibility locus. HCN4 encodes for the cardiac pacemaker channel, and HCN4 mutations are associated with familial sinus bradycardia and AF. (More)