Diagnosis and clinical management of long-QT syndromeSteinberg, ChristianCurrent Opinion in Cardiology: January 2018 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 31–41 doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000465 ARRHYTHMIAS: Edited by David Birnie Buy SDC Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Purpose of review To give an overview over the substantial advances in the diagnosis and management of Long-QT syndrome since its first description 60 years ago. Recent findings LQT syndrome remains the most common inherited arrhythmia and is a leading cause for sudden unexplained death accounting for up to 20–25% of cases. Rapid progress of genetic technology over the past 2 decades has significantly improved our understanding of molecular and genetic mechanisms of LQT. Despite all those novel insights, phenotype assessment and appropriate risk stratification in LQT remains challenging – even for the expert. Summary This review outlines our current understanding and approach to the clinical diagnosis and management of LQT as well as recent insights into genotype–phenotype correlations. Genetic testing has evolved beyond a pure diagnostic tool and is in addition increasingly integrated as complementary prognostic marker. With regard to the management of LQT, there is now evidence that the protective effect of beta-blockers is rather substance-specific than a class effect. Novel approaches – in conjunction with standard beta-blockers – are emerging including gene-specific treatment for certain subtypes of LQT. A specialized inherited arrhythmia clinic is the preferred resource for the complex risk stratification and individualized management of individuals with LQT. Quebec Heart and Lung Center, Laval University, 2725, chemin Sainte-Foy, Quebec, QC G1V 4G5, Canada Correspondence to Dr Christian Steinberg, MD, FRCPC, Quebec Heart and Lung Center, Laval University, 2725, chemin Sainte-Foy, Quebec, QC G1V 4G5, Canada. Tel: +418 656 8711 #4598; fax: +418 656 4581; e-mail: email@example.com Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Website (www.co-cardiology.com). Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.