Epicardial adipose tissue thickness as an independent predictor of ventricular tachycardia recurrence following ablation


      Although several investigations have shown a relationship between increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and atrial fibrillation (AF), the association between EAT and ventricular tachycardia (VT) has not been evaluated.


      We investigated the association between EAT and postablation VT recurrence.


      Sixty-one consecutive patients (mean age = 62.0 ± 13.9 years) undergoing VT ablation with preprocedural cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) were recruited. EAT thickness was measured using CMR in the right and left atrioventricular grooves (AVGs), right ventricular free wall, and anterior, inferior, and superior interventricular grooves.


      During a mean follow-up period of 392.9 ± 180.2 days, postablation VT recurrence occurred in 15 (24.6%) patients. EAT thickness was significantly higher in the VT recurrence group than in the nonrecurrent VT group at the right (18.7 ± 5.7 mm vs 14.1 ± 4.4 mm; P = .012) and left (13.3 ± 3.9 mm vs 10.4 ± 4.1 mm; P = .020) AVGs. The best cut-off points for predicting VT recurrence were calculated as 15.5 mm for the right AVG (area under receiver operating characteristic [ROC] curve = 0.74) and 11.5 mm for the left AVG (area under ROC curve = 0.72). Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that preprocedural right AVG-EAT (hazard ratio: 1.2; 95% confidence interval: [1.06–1.39], P = .004) was the only independent predictor of VT recurrence after adjustment for covariates. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed a difference for postablation VT recurrence between the 2 groups, with right AVG-EAT thickness cut-off value of <15.5 mm vs ≥15.5 mm (log-rank, P = .003).


      We suggested a new possible imaging marker for risk stratification of postablation VT recurrence. A higher EAT may be associated with VT recurrence after catheter ablation of VTs.


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