Left ventricular activation-recovery interval variability predicts spontaneous ventricular tachyarrhythmia in patients with heart failure

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      Enhanced beat-to-beat variability of repolarization is strongly linked to arrhythmogenesis and is largely due to variation in ventricular action potential duration (APD). Previous studies in humans have relied on QT interval measurements; however, a direct relationship between beat-to-beat variability of APD and arrhythmogenesis in humans has yet to be demonstrated.


      This study aimed to explore the beat-to-beat repolarization dynamics in patients with heart failure at the level of ventricular APD.


      Forty-three patients with heart failure and implanted cardiac resynchronization therapy – defibrillator devices were studied. Activation-recovery intervals as a surrogate for APD were recorded from the left ventricular epicardial lead while pacing from the right ventricular lead to maintain a constant cycle length.


      During a mean follow-up of 23.6±13.6 months, 11 patients sustained ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VT/VF) and received appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapies (antitachycardia pacing or shock therapy). Activation-recovery interval variability (ARIV) was significantly greater in patients with subsequent VT/VF than in those without VT/VF (3.55±1.3 ms vs 2.77±1.09 ms; P=.047). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis (area under the curve 0.71; P=.046) suggested high- and low-risk ARIV groups for VT/VF. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis demonstrated that the time until first appropriate therapy for VT/VF was significantly shorter in the high-risk ARIV group (P=.028). ARIV was a predictor for VT/VF in the multivariate Cox model (hazard ratio 1.623; 95% confidence interval 1.1–2.393; P=.015).


      Increased left ventricular ARIV is associated with an increased risk of VT/VF in patients with heart failure.


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