Biventricular pacing in patients candidate to an ICD

M. Bocchiardo, L. Padeletti, M. Gasparini, J. A. Salerno, M. Lunati, L. Vivalda, P. Di Donna, F. Gaita

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Abstract

Biventricular pacing can improve cardiac performance in patients with congestive heart failure and interventricular conduction delay. Despite haemodynamic improvement, the mortality rate in these patients is still high and sudden deaths account for up to half of the total mortality. Biventricular pacing with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) back-up is now being evaluated clinically to estimate the improvement in cardiac performance and decrease of mortality due to ventricular tachyarrhythmias. After the first implantable cardioverter defibrillator implant with biventricular pacing performed in August 1998 in Asti, 48 patients with congestive heart failure (NYHA II-IV) and sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation underwent implant of biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator in five Italian centres over a 22-month period. The mean age (± SD) was 63 ± 7 years, QRS width was ≥ 140 ms and left ventricular ejection fraction

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Heart Journal, Supplement
Volume2
Issue numberJ
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Biventricular pacing
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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