Long-Term Outcome after Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy: Late Potential Abolition and VT Noninducibility

Kenji Okubo, Lorenzo Gigli, Nicola Trevisi, Luca Foppoli, Andrea Radinovic, Caterina Bisceglia, Antonio Frontera, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Manuela Cireddu, Gabriele Paglino, Patrizio Mazzone, Paolo Della Bella

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Background: In patients with an ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), the combination of late potential (LP) abolition and postprocedural ventricular tachycardia (VT) noninducibility is known to be the desirable end point for a successful long-term outcome after VT ablation. We investigated whether LP abolition and VT noninducibilty have a similar impact on the outcomes of patients with non-ICMs (NICM) undergoing VT ablation. Methods: A total of 403 patients with NICM (523 procedures) who underwent a VT ablation from 2010 to 2016 were included. The procedure end points were the LP abolition (if the LPs were absent, other ablation strategies were undertaken) and the VT noninducibilty. Results: The underlying structural heart disease consisted of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, 49%), arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD, 17%), postmyocarditis (14%), valvular heart disease (8%), congenital heart disease (2%), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (2%), and others (5%). The epicardial access was performed in 57% of the patients. At baseline, the LPs were present in 60% of the patients and a VT was either inducible or sustained/incessant in 85% of the cases. At the end of the procedure, the LP abolition was achieved in 79% of the cases and VT noninducibility in 80%. After a multivariable analysis, the combination of LP abolition and VT noninducibilty was independently associated with free survival from VT (hazard ratio, 0.45 [95% CI, 0.29-0.69], P=0.0002) and cardiac death (hazard ratio, 0.38 [95% CI, 0.18-0.74], P=0.005). The benefit of the LP abolition on preventing the VT recurrence in patients with ARVD and postmyocarditis appeared superior to that observed for those with DCM. Conclusions: In patients with NICM undergoing VT ablation, the strategy of LP abolition and VT noninducibilty were associated with better outcomes in terms of long-term VT recurrences and cardiac survival.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCirculation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia
  • catheter ablation
  • dilated cardiomyopathy
  • late potential
  • myocarditis
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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