Renal denervation as adjunctive therapy to cardiac sympathetic denervation for ablation refractory ventricular tachycardia

Published:September 17, 2019DOI:


      Autonomic modulation is finding an increasing role in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. Renal denervation (RDN) has been described as a treatment modality for refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) in case series.


      The purpose of this study was to evaluate RDN as an adjunctive therapy to cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) for ablation refractory VT.


      Patients who underwent RDN after radiofrequency ablation and CSD procedures at our center from 2012 to 2019 were evaluated.


      Ten patients underwent RDN after CSD (9 bilateral and 1 left-sided only) with a median follow-up of 23 months. The mean age was 59.9 ± 10.4 years, and 9/10 (90%) were men. All had cardiomyopathy with a mean ejection fraction of 33% ± 11% (20% ischemic). Four (40%) underwent CSD during the same hospitalization as that for RDN. Patients who underwent RDN as adjunctive therapy to CSD had a decrease in all implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapies (shocks + antitachycardia pacing [ATP]) from 29.5 ± 25.2 to 7.1 ± 10.1 comparing 6 months pre-RDN to 6 months post-RDN (P = .028). Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks were significantly decreased from 7.0 ± 6.1 to 1.7 ± 2.5 comparing 6 months pre-RDN to 6 months post-RDN (P = .026). This benefit was driven by a decrease in therapies for 6 patients who had a staged procedure, not performed during the same hospitalization (28.5 ± 24.3 to 1.0 ± 1.2; P = .043).


      RDN demonstrates the potential benefit when VT recurs after radiofrequency ablation and CSD. The benefit is seen in patients who undergo a staged procedure. The need for acute RDN after CSD portends a poor prognosis.


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