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Safety of antitachycardia pacing in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and severely depressed left ventricular function.
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PMID:  7724387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of antitachycardia pacing (ATP) in third-generation implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for terminating spontaneously occurring ventricular tachycardias (VTs) in patients with severely depressed left ventricular (LV) function. Ninety-one patients with active ATP were followed for 16 +/- 13 months. During this period, 775 VT episodes occurring in 36 patients were treated by ATP. The patients were divided into two groups according to their LV ejection fraction (LVEF): group A with LVEF < or = 30% (n = 20), and group B with LVEF > 30% (n = 16). There were no differences between both groups in age, gender, underlying heart disease, indication for ICD therapy, or drug therapy. The VT rates were comparable (group A: 183 +/- 16 beats/min; group B: 180 +/- 21 beats/min; P = NS). Eighty-three percent of all episodes (n = 332) in group A and 93% of the VTs (n = 443) in group B were ATP terminated (P < 0.01). Ten percent of VTs in group A were accelerated by ATP into the ventricular fibrillation zone versus 2% in group B (P < 0.01). The individual termination rate and acceleration rate per patient were comparable in both groups. All VT episodes unresponsive to ATP were converted by backup shocks. The efficacy of first-shock therapy was similar in both groups (group A: 89%; group B: 97%; P = NS). The proportion of patients who needed at least one backup shock for unsuccessful ATP was comparable in both groups (group A: 65%; group B: 56%; P = NS).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
A Heisel; J Neuzner; E Himmrich; H F Pitschner; A Liebrich; J Jung; S Sen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  1995 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-19     Completed Date:  1995-05-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Defibrillators, Implantable*
Equipment Design
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Pacemaker, Artificial*
Retrospective Studies
Stroke Volume / physiology
Tachycardia, Ventricular / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Time Factors
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology*
Ventricular Function, Left / physiology

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