Welcome to the summer 2020 edition of the European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology.
This issue is introduced by Dr Norbert Guettler from our editorial board who has also contributed a review article discussing the association between atrial fibrillation and dementia (Guettler et al.). This edition features a collection of free-to-access reviews covering a range of topics in arrhythmia and electrophysiology, from sex differences in outcomes after cardiac resynchronisation therapy (Zweerink et al.) to electrocardiography in athletes (Gray et al.). We also feature a case report on the identification of the retrograde circuit as a target for ablation in left posterior fascicular ventricular tachycardia (Mahmood et al.).
We hope you enjoy this issue, and would like to thank all contributing authors and reviewers. We appreciate that 2020 has been a difficult year for many, but we welcome all colleagues in the field to submit their work to our 2021 issues. Please contact us or visit our journals page for more details.
Foreword – European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. 2020;6(1):8
Welcome to the summer edition of European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. The COVID-19 pandemic is proving extremely challenging for patients with arrhythmia, as well as cardiologists and electrophysiologists. As new data continue to emerge on the impact of COVID-19 on arrhythmias, new management strategies are evolving. This edition begins with a review by Guettler, […]
Atrial Fibrillation and Dementia
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common arrhythmias. It affected 33.5 million people worldwide in 2010, a number that is expected to double by 2050.1 AF prevalence increases with age, and approximately 25% of individuals aged 40 years or older will develop AF during their lifetime.2,3 Irrespective of age, AF incidence also increases with diabetes […]
Explaining Sex Differences in Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy Outcome
Over the past years, several reports have drawn attention to the need to consider sex-specific differences in cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). Most importantly, there is growing concern on the underrepresentation of women in CRT landmark trials which laid the foundation for present guidelines. Patients with symptomatic heart failure, reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% […]
Electrocardiography in Athletes – How to Identify High-risk Subjects?
Athletes represent the fittest individuals in our society, yet paradoxically carry an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) when compared to sedentary individuals with the same cardiac disease.1,2 Two recent studies have provided a realistic prevalence of young SCD in both the general population and in elite athletes. A population-based study from Australia and […]
Electrophysiological Substrates in Papillary Muscle Arrhythmias – Implications for Catheter Ablation
Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) can cause significant left ventricular (LV) dysfunction leading to debilitating symptoms.1 Multiple single-centre studies have shown that the catheter ablation is effective in curing these PVCs.2,3 However, catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from papillary muscles can be challenging.2 This is because of the heterogenous electrophysiological substrate which is characteristically […]
Identification of the Retrograde Circuit in Left Posterior Fascicular Ventricular Tachycardia as a Target for Ablation
Idiopathic left posterior fascicular ventricular tachycardia (ILPFVT) is rare form of ventricular tachycardia (VT) that is characterised by right bundle‐branch block (RBBB) morphology and superior axis in the presence of a structurally normal heart.1–3 The tachycardia is exquisitely sensitive to intravenous verapamil,1 and predominantly affects young adults.2,3,5 The most common symptoms include palpitations, presyncope, syncope […]
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