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Rate responsive pacing using cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with chronotropic incompetence and chronic heart failure.
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PMID:  21551475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Aims Chronotropic incompetence (CI) is a common finding in patients with advanced chronic heart failure (CHF) and is associated with a worse functional capacity. Whether rate responsive pacing with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) would acutely improve exercise performance in patients with advanced CHF and severe CI (<70% age-predicted maximum heart rate) is unknown. Methods and results Patients (n = 13) with CHF, a CRT device, and severe CI were randomized in a double-blind crossover pilot study to either DDD (control) or DDDR (rate responsive) pacing. Six minutes walk test (6MWT) distance, oxygen consumption at anaerobic threshold (VO(2) @ AT), and maximal oxygen consumption (VO(2) max) were measured. One week later, testing was repeated in the alternate pacing mode. Rate responsive pacing commenced with standard settings in only 9 of 13 (69%) patients. In these 9 subjects, 6MWT distance improved acutely from 358.5 ± 40.7 to 376.8 ± 24.5 m with DDDR pacing (P< 0.05). VO(2) max did not improve with DDDR pacing (14.0 ± 3.2 mL/kg/min) compared with DDD pacing (13.9 ± 3.0 mL/kg/min; P= 0.69). VO(2) @ AT tended towards improvement with DDDR pacing (10.8 ± 2.9 mL/kg/min) compared with DDD pacing (9.6 ± 1.8 mL/kg/min; P= 0.29). There was a linear relationship between the increase in heart rate at minute 3 during rate responsive pacing and improvement in VO(2) @ AT (r = 0.83, P< 0.05). Conclusion When rate responsive pacing using a CRT device is achieved in patients with advanced CHF and severe CI, parameters of aerobic exercise performance improve acutely. Routine exercise testing to ensure successful restoration of heart rate response may be beneficial to optimize CRT settings in this patient population.
Daniel B Sims; Andrea Mignatti; Paolo C Colombo; Nir Uriel; Luis I Garcia; Frederick A Ehlert; Ulrich P Jorde
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA.
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