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Sudden death during follow-up after new-onset ventricular tachycardia in vascular surgery patients.
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PMID:  21106322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Vascular surgery patients are at increased risk for late sudden cardiac death. Identification of patients at risk during surgery offers the opportunity for focused therapy.
METHODS: We monitored 483 vascular surgery patients who had no documented history of arrhythmias to identify perioperative new-onset ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT) and myocardial ischemia using a continuous electrocardiographic (ECG) device for 72 hours. Cardiac risk factors, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), medical therapy, inflammation status, and perioperative ischemia in relation to arrhythmia were noted in all patients. During follow-up, event-based outcomes analysis was used to describe survival.
RESULTS: New-onset perioperative VT was detected in 33 patients (6.8%). A higher percentage of patients experiencing perioperative VT had reduced LVEF preoperatively than those without VT (24% vs 12%; P = .04). Additionally, fewer patients experiencing VT were receiving statins than those without (70% vs 85%; P = .02). Patients experiencing VT had a higher incidence of myocardial ischemia (30% vs 18%; P = .10). Perioperative VT was preceded by ischemia in only 60% of the cases. The overall cohort survival was 83% at 24-month follow-up (interquartile range [IQR], 1.1-1.3). Sudden cardiac death free survival among patients experiencing VT was less than in those without (79% vs 92%; P = .02). After adjusting for gender, cardiac risk factors, and type of surgery, new-onset perioperative VT was associated with sudden cardiac death (hazard ratio [HR], 2.6; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1-5.8).
CONCLUSION: Perioperative VT is likely to be associated with late sudden cardiac death and decreased survival. Continuous perioperative ECG is an effective method to identify VT and may allow improved management of these patients.
Tamara A Winkel; Michiel T Voute; Mirko de Melis; Sanne E Hoeks; Olaf Schouten; Roger Kessels; Hence J M Verhagen; Don Poldermans
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-22     Completed Date:  2011-04-08     Revised Date:  2012-10-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  732-7; discussion 737     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Vascular Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Chi-Square Distribution
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology*,  prevention & control
Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Middle Aged
Myocardial Ischemia / etiology,  mortality
Odds Ratio
Proportional Hazards Models
Prospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Stroke Volume
Survival Rate
Tachycardia, Ventricular / diagnosis,  etiology,  mortality*,  physiopathology,  therapy
Time Factors
Vascular Surgical Procedures / mortality*
Ventricular Function, Left

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