Dec 3, 2014

Characteristics of ventricular fibrillation in relation to cardiac aetiology and shock success: A waveform analysis study in ICD-patients

Judith L BonnesJoep L R M Smeets


Ventricular fibrillation (VF) waveform characteristics are associated with cardiac arrest duration and defibrillation success. Recent animal studies found that VF characteristics and shock success also depend on the presence of myocardial infarction (MI). In patients, VF induction after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation offers a unique setting to study early VF characteristics: we studied the relation with cardiac disease--either presence or absence of a previous MI--and with shock success. Retrospective cohort study of ICD-patients who underwent defibrillation testing, 117 (63%) with and 69 (37%) without a previous MI. Intracardiac recordings of induced VF were analysed using Fourier analysis. In previous MI-patients, the fundamental frequency and organisation index of the VF signal were significantly lower as compared with patients without a previous MI: 4.9 Hz ± 0.6 vs. 5.2 Hz ± 0.6 (p = 0.005) and 56% ± 10 vs. 60% ± 9 (p = 0.001), respectively. The median frequency was not different (p = 0.25). We found no association between VF characteristics and ICD shock success. In analogy with observations in animals, we found that a history of a previous MI was associated with slower and less organised VF. In ...Continue Reading

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Ventricular Fibrillation
Cardiac Chamber Structure
Myocardial Infarction
Blastocyst Implantation, Natural

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