STOPSTORM is a European study on the use of radiotherapy for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. In particular, it focuses on patients who suffer from “ventricular tachycardia”, i.e. fibrillation of the ventricles. Currently, these patients are first treated with medication or an implanted defibrillator. If their symptoms persist, invasive catheter ablation is used to locally damage heart tissue in order to remove the disorder.

Treatment with radiation, that does not require surgery, can be a breakthrough for patients with ventricular tachycardia, by improving quality of life and extending survival. The treatment consists of a single high dose of radiation and has already been offered by several institutions since 2014. However, unfortunately the outcomes of these treatments have not been well documented and this hampers further and wider application. Therefore, in the STOPSTORM project a large dataset of treatment results is being compiled, which enables detailed investigation into the efficacy, safety, and required dosage of the treatment.


  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht


  • Universiteit Maastricht
  • Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden
  • Amsterdam UMC – locatie AMC
  • Maastro Clinic
  • Catharina Ziekenhuis
  • Harteraad
  • Fakultní nemocnice Ostrava
  • Institut klinické a experimentální mediciny
  • Nemocnice AGEL Třinec-Podlesí
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Universität Heidelberg
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Universität zu Lübeck
  • Herzzentrum Leipzig
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois
  • Insel Gruppe
  • Universität Zürich
  • Narodowy Instytut Onkologii
  • Górnośląskie Centrum Medyczne
  • Aarhus Universitet
  • Aarhus Universitetshospital
  • Consorcio MAR Parc de Salut de Barcelona
  • Servicio Madrileño de Salud
  • La Fundación de Investigación del Hospital General Universitario de Valencia
  • Azienda Unita’ Sanitaria Locale di Reggio Emilia
  • Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica
  • Istituto Don Calabria
  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo


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