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Foreword Erik Wissner is Director of the Electrophysiology/Magnetic Navigation Laboratory and Senior Consultant Cardiology/ Electrophysiology at the Department of Cardiology, Asklepios Klinik St Georg, Hamburg, Germany. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and a member of the European Heart Rhythm Association, the German Cardiology Society and of the Working Group Electrophysiology within the German Cardiac Society. He is also Co-chair of the Training Fellowship Committee of the European Heart Rhythm Association. He is an invited reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed publications including European Heart Journal, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology and Heart Rhythm. Dr Wissner has co-authored over 70 research and review articles, and contributed chapters to several books. He has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific meetings across the world and chaired sessions at major meetings including Heart Rhythm and Cardiostim. T hese are exciting times to be involved in cardiac electrophysiology! The field has surged due to tremendous advances in device therapy and catheter ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. With the increasing new knowledge comes the responsibility of every physician to digest the most important facts to offer best practice medicine to their patients. The European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, aims to support the busy physician by publishing, on a bi-annual basis, carefully selected original research articles, case reports and expert review articles, all chosen based on topics that matter most to physicians caring for patients with rhythm disorders. Information will be provided in a succinct and clinically useful format with the aim to aid physicians in the day-to-day clinical setting. This inaugural issue of the European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology includes articles spanning the full breadth of cardiac rhythm disorders. We begin with an overview of the recent trials for atrial fibrillation therapy by Gorenek et al. and an introduction to the new clinical entity of OSAFED syndrome by Filipiak et al. Choudhury et al. discuss the recent updates in Brugada syndrome and Ali et al. present an interesting case report to highlight the crucial role of a carefully conducted electrophysiological study in order to fully understand the tachycardia mechanism. Barwad et al. discuss an approach to difficult left ventricular lead placement and Karpawich et al. evaluate the time, efficacy, cost and safety of limited fluoroscopic imaging plus three-dimensional imaging for supraventricular tachycardia ablation in the paediatric population. The journal welcomes submissions for future editions focusing on major topics such as inherited/genetic arrhythmias, device therapies, management of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, anticoagulation in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Thank you to the authors who have contributed to the first edition. We would also like to thank our newly appointed Editorial Board for their help so far, and look forward to working with them in the future. n © To u ch MEd ica l MEdiA 9