Mortality of Inherited Arrhythmia Syndromes Insight Into Their Natural History

EA Nannenberg, E.J.G. Sijbrands, LM Dijksman, M Alders, JP Tintelen, M Birnie, IM van Langen, AAM Wilde

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Background-For most arrhythmia syndromes, the risk of sudden cardiac death for asymptomatic mutation carriers is ill defined. Data on the natural history of these diseases, therefore, are essential. The family tree mortality ratio method offers the unique possibility to study the natural history at a time when the disease was not known and patients received no treatment. Methods and Results-In 6 inherited arrhythmia syndromes caused by specific mutations, we analyzed all-cause mortality with the family tree mortality ratio method (main outcome measure, standardized mortality ratio [SMR]). In long-QT syndrome (LQTS) type 1, severely increased mortality risk during all years of childhood was observed (1-19 years), in particular during the first 10 years of life (SMR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.5-5.1). In LQTS type 2, we observed increasing SMRs starting from age 15 years, whi Conclusions-We identified age ranges during which the mortality risk manifests in an unselected and untreated population, which can guide screening in these families. (Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2012;5:183-189.)
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)183-189
Number of pages7
JournalCirculation-cardiovascular genetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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