Gender-specific differences in major cardiac events and mortality in lamin A/C mutation carriers.

Ingrid A W van Rijsingen, Eline A. Nannenberg, Eloisa Arbustini, Perry M. Elliott, Jens Mogensen, Johanna F. Hermans-van Ast, Anneke J. van der Kooi, J. Peter van Tintelen, Maarten P. van den Berg, Maurizia Grasso, Alessandra Serio, Sharon Jenkins, Camilla Rowland, Pascale Richard, Arthur A M Wilde, Andreas Perrot, Sabine Pankuweit, Aeilko H. Zwinderman, Philippe Charron, Imke ChristiaansYigal M. Pinto

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Mutations in the lamin A/C gene (LMNA) cause a variety of clinical phenotypes, including dilated cardiomyopathy. LMNA is one of the most prevalent mutated genes in dilated cardiomyopathy, and is associated with a high risk of arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and heart failure. There are few data on the impact of age and gender on cardiac disease penetrance and mortality. In a multicentre cohort of 269 LMNA mutation carriers, we evaluated gender-specific penetrance of cardiac involvement and major cardiac events. All-cause mortality of mutation carriers [standardized mortality ratio (SMR)] was determined. Cardiac disease penetrance was age dependent and almost complete at the age of 70 years. The presence of an LVEF ≤45% was significantly higher in men (P <0.001). However, there was no difference between genders in the prevalence of atrioventricular block, atrial tachyarrhythmias, and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia. Malignant ventricular arrhythmias (26% vs. 8%) and end-stage heart failure (28% vs. 14%) were more common in men than in women (P <0.001 and P = 0.006, respectively). All-cause mortality of mutation carriers was significantly increased [SMR 4.0, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.8-5.2] between the ages of 15 and 75 years. Mortality in men was higher than in women (hazard ratio 2.2, 95% CI 1.2-4.3). This large cohort of LMNA mutation carriers demonstrates a high cardiac disease penetrance and a high mortality in mutation carriers. Male mutation carriers have a worse prognosis due to a higher prevalence of malignant ventricular arrhythmias and end-stage heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Heart Failure
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Gender-specific differences in major cardiac events and mortality in lamin A/C mutation carriers.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    van Rijsingen, I. A. W., Nannenberg, E. A., Arbustini, E., Elliott, P. M., Mogensen, J., Hermans-van Ast, J. F., van der Kooi, A. J., van Tintelen, J. P., van den Berg, M. P., Grasso, M., Serio, A., Jenkins, S., Rowland, C., Richard, P., Wilde, A. A. M., Perrot, A., Pankuweit, S., Zwinderman, A. H., Charron, P., ... Pinto, Y. M. (2013). Gender-specific differences in major cardiac events and mortality in lamin A/C mutation carriers. European Journal of Heart Failure, 15(4), 376-384.