Jørg Saberniak

Jørg Saberniak, MD, PhD, Certified Cpecialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Doctor and researcher Saberniak defended his PhD thesis "Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) - Impact of exercise on cardiac outcome, differential diagnoses and risk stratification of arrhythmic events" in October 2017.

He focused on investigating arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and  right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia (RVOT-VT), together with his fellow researchers with main results:

- Too much exercise may accelerate and aggravate cardiac dysfunction in patients and mutation-positive family members with ARVC.
- Electric parameters, echocardiography and cardiac MR are useful tools to improve the diagnosis of early ARVC, distinguishing ARVC from the benign condition RVOT-VT.
- Identification of early ARVC patients with severe arrhythmias can be improved by combining electrical and echocardiographic parameters.

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Photo: Øystein Horgmo, UiO


Dr. Saberniak won the Oslo University Hospital prize for an outstanding research article in 2014 for this publication of the first study which was also featured on unikard.org. Dr. Saberniak has also been interviewed by Unikard  in regards  ARVC and RVOT-VT and the research around these diseases. He won two prizes for high quality poster presentations at EuroEcho-Imaging congress in Istanbul in 2013 and in Wien in 2014. Furthermore he had oral presentations at the Heart Rhythm congress in Denver, USA in 2013, at the ACC congress in Washington, USA in 2014 and at the EuroEcho-Imaging congress in Sevilla, Spain in 2015.

His supervisors were Associate Professor Kristina Hermann Haugaa, MD, PhD and Professor Thor Edvardsen, MD, PhD.

Papers:

Vigorous physical activity impairs myocardial function in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and in mutation positive family members. Eur J Heart Fail 2014 Dec; 16(12):1337-44

Comparison of patients with early- phase arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Jan;18(1):62-69

Combination of ECG and Echocardiography for Identification of Arrhythmic Events in Early ARVC. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 May;10(5):503-513


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