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Delay to diagnosis amongst patients with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a highly lethal, inherited arrhythmogenic disorder first described in 1975 [1]. CPVT is characterised by polymorphic and/or bidirectional ventricular tachycardia in a structurally normal heart and is precipitated by the physiological release of catecholamines. CPVT has an estimated prevalence of 1 in 10,000 and is an important cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young [2,3]. The mean age at first symptom is 10 years [2,4–7] and SCD can be the first sign of disease [8,9]. 

Kozlovski J, Ingles J, Connell V, Hunt L, McGaughran J, Turner C, Davis A, Sy R, Semsarian C

International Journal of Cardiology, 2014, 176 (3): 1402-1404. IF: 6.175

Date: 2014