a 1600km journey for inherited cardiac failure.

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group of nine cardiologists and fellows from the Netherlands have completed a cycling journey to ESC in Barcelona. The five men and four women from four hospitals cycled 1,600km in eight days—they left the Netherlands on Saturday 19 August and arrived in Barcelona on Saturday 26 August.

According to Yolande Appelman and Pieter Doevendans, it was a tough ride with about 200km each day, going through the mountains in variable weather conditions. The group started the tour to raise money for inherited cardiac failure caused by a mutation in the phospholamban (PLN) gene. The founder mutation has been identified in the Netherlands, and half of the carriers become symptomatic requiring ICD, mechanical support or cardiac transplantation. The cyclists were supported by the Heart Foundation of the Netherlands, PLN Foundation and Netherlands Heart Institute.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11
JournalESC Congress News
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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