Continuous optimization of cardiac resynchronization therapy reduces atrial fibrillation in heart failure patients: Results of the Adaptive Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Trial

David Birnie, Harrison Hudnall, Bernd Lemke, Kazutaka Aonuma, Kathy Lai Fun Lee, Maurizio Gasparini, John Gorcsan, Jeffrey Cerkvenik, David O. Martin

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Abstract

Background Data from randomized trials have suggested a modest or no effect of conventional cardiac resynchronization therapy (convCRT) on the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF). AdaptivCRT (aCRT, Medtronic, Mounds View, MN) is a recently described algorithm for synchronized left ventricular (LV) pacing and continuous optimization of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Objective We compared the long-term effects of aCRT with convCRT pacing on the incidence of AF. Methods The Adaptive CRT trial randomized CRT-defibrillator (CRT-D)–indicated patients (2:1) to receive either aCRT or convCRT pacing. The aCRT algorithm evaluates intrinsic conduction every minute, providing LV-only pacing during normal atrioventricular (AV) conduction and AV and ventriculoventricular timing adjustments during prolonged AV conduction. The primary outcome of this subanalysis was an episode of AF >48 consecutive hours as detected by device diagnostics. Results Over a follow-up period with a mean and standard deviation of 20.2 ± 5.9 months, 8.7% of patients with aCRT and 16.2% with convCRT experienced the primary outcome (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.54; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.31–0.93; P =.03). In patients with prolonged baseline AV, the incidence of the primary outcome was 12.8% in patients randomized to aCRT compared with 27.4% in convCRT patients (HR = 0.45; 95% CI = 0.24–0.85; P =.01). Also, patients with AF episodes adjudicated as clinical adverse events were less common with aCRT (4.3%) than with convCRT (12.7%) (HR = 0.39; 95% CI = 0.19–0.79; P =.01). Conclusion Patients receiving aCRT had a reduced risk of AF compared with those receiving convCRT. Most of the reduction in AF occurred in subgroups with prolonged AV conduction at baseline and with significant left atrial reverse remodeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1820-1825
Number of pages6
JournalHeart Rhythm
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • AV conduction
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Clinical outcome
  • Heart failure
  • LV pacing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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