Incidence of myopotential induction in subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patients: Is the oversensing issue really solved?


      The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) has established its role in the prevention of sudden cardiac death in a defined population. Inappropriate shocks and device malfunction in S-ICD therapy may be caused by myopotential (MP) oversensing.


      The purpose of this study was to systematically evaluate a cohort of consecutive S-ICD patients for MP inducibility.


      After S-ICD implantation, all vectors (primary [PrimV], secondary [SecV], alternative [AltV]) were analyzed during isometric chest press (ICP), lifting and holding a 20-kg weight, and side plank exercise (SPE), supporting the body weight on the left arm. When MPs were induced, signal classification was assessed: adequate noise detection, induced undersensing (R waves classified as noise), and oversensing (noise annotated as R waves). In case of noise induction in the current vector, device reprogramming to a noise-free vector was done.


      We systematically assessed 41 patients. In nearly all patients (90.2%), MPs were inducible. ICP was the most potent inductor of MPs. Whereas SecV (70.7%) and AltV (75.6%) were most vulnerable during ICP, PrimV was most affected during SPE (51.2%). In only a few cases did the S-ICD software distinguish correctly between MPs and QRS. MPs predominantly led to undersensing (up to 65.9%), but in up to 22% of patients MP-induced oversensing occurred but did not lead to tachycardia detection. No relation was seen between S-ICD lead and generator position and MP inducibility.


      Induction of MPs during physical exercise was observed frequently. Although in most cases MP noise led to undersensing, oversensing events were commonly observed.


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