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Nationwide experience of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia caused by RyR2 mutations
  1. Anders Krogh Broendberg1,
  2. Jens Cosedis Nielsen1,
  3. Jesper Bjerre2,
  4. Lisbeth Noerum Pedersen3,
  5. Jens Kristensen1,
  6. Finn Lund Henriksen4,
  7. Henning Bundgaard5,
  8. Henrik Kjaerulf Jensen1
  1. 1 Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
  2. 2 Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
  3. 3 Department of Molecular Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
  4. 4 Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark
  5. 5 Department of Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Unit for Inherited Cardiac Diseases, Rigshospitalet, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Anders Krogh Broendberg, Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark; anders.kragh{at}


Objective The aim of this study was to characterise disease penetrance, course of disease and use of antiarrhythmic medication and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy in a Danish nationwide cohort of patients with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) due to mutations in the ryanodine receptor-2 (RyR2) gene.

Methods The study population was identified through the national hereditary heart disease database (Progeny). The study population was divided into three groups: probands, symptomatic and asymptomatic relatives.

Results We identified 23 symptomatic probands, 18 symptomatic and 10 asymptomatic relatives with a RyR2 mutation. Twenty (87%) probands and 10 (36%) relatives had severe presenting symptoms (sudden cardiac death (SCD), aborted SCD (ASCD) or syncope).

As compared with symptomatic relatives, probands had lower age at onset of symptoms (16 years (IQR, 10–33) vs 43 years (IQR, 25–54), p<0.0001) and were more prone to fatal or near-fatal events (ASCD, SCD) (16vs5, p<0.0001). Twenty-eight patients had an ICD implanted, and eight experienced appropriate ICD therapy during follow-up (65 months (IQR, 43–175)). Electrical storm was seen in two of the 28 ICD treated patients (7%). No patients receiving treatment died during follow-up (57 months (IQR, 32–139)). Multifocal atrial tachycardia was the predominant symptom in five patients.

Conclusions In a national cohort of RyR2 mutation-positive CPVT patients, SCD, ASCD and syncope were presenting events in the majority of probands and also occurred in 36% of relatives identified through family screening. Probands were younger at disease onset and more prone to fatal or near-fatal events than relatives.

  • Arrhythmias
  • CPVT
  • genetics
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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  • Ole Eschen, MD, PhD, Aalborg University Hospital (†Dead November 8, 2015).

  • Competing interests AKB has received a research grants from the Department of Clinical Institute, Aarhus University; Snedkermester Sophus Jacobsen & Hustru Astrid Jacobsens Fond; Fonden til Lægevidenskabens Fremme; Familien Hede Nielsens Fond; Kong Christian Den Tiendes Fond; and Grosserer A.V. Lykfeldts & Hustrus legat.

    HKJ has received a research grant from Medtronic.

    JCN has received a speakers fee from Biotronik and a consultants fee from Boston Scientific. JCN is supported by a research grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF16OC0018658).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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