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Catheter Ablation of Stable Ventricular Tachycardia Before Defibrillator Implantation in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease (VTACH): An On-Treatment Analysis.
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PMID:  23350967     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: In the Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation in Coronary Heart Disease (VTACH) study, an intention-to-treat approach was used and may have diminished the observed degree of treatment effect. We present a subanalysis of the VTACH study by treatment actually received. METHODS AND RESULTS: The VTACH study was a prospective, open, randomized controlled trial, undertaken in 16 European centers, comparing defibrillator implantation with and without ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation in patients with stable VT, previous myocardial infarction, and reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction. Of the 52 patients in the ablation group, 7 (13%) did not receive VT ablation and 19% of patients assigned to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) only treatment group crossed over and had an ablation. The primary endpoint (first recurrence of any documented VT or ventricular fibrillation [VF]) was reached after a median of 19.5 months in the ablation group and 5.9 months in the ICD only group (P = 0.01). Overall, 685 VT/VF events occurred per year of follow-up in 22 patients of the ablation group and 4,986 events in 43 patients of the control group (P = 0.024). In the ICD only group, median numbers of VT/VF episodes were 25 (IQR 5.8-45.3) and 1.5 (IQR 0-24.8) per patient and year before and after crossover (n = 12), respectively. CONCLUSION: On-treatment analysis of the VTACH study emphasizes the effectiveness of VT ablation in patients receiving ICD treatment because of monomorphic VT post myocardial infarction. VT ablation clearly prolonged time to recurrence of VT/VF episodes and markedly decreased VT/VF burden.
Etienne Delacrétaz; Roman Brenner; Anselm Schaumann; Lars Eckardt; Stephan Willems; Heinz-Friedrich Pitschner; Josef Kautzner; Burghard Schumacher; Peter S Hansen; Karl-Heinz Kuck;
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1540-8167     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cardiovasc. Electrophysiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010756     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland.
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