The ventricular tachycardia (VT) circuit is often assumed to be located in the endocardium or epicardium. The plateauing success rate of VT ablation warrants reevaluation of this mapping paradigm.
The purpose of this study was to resolve the intramural components of VT circuits by mapping in human hearts.
Panoramic simultaneous endocardial–epicardial mapping (SEEM) during intraoperative mapping (IOM) was performed in human subjects. In explanted hearts (EH), SEEM and intramural multielectrode plunge needle mapping (NM) of the left ventricle were performed. Overall, 37 VTs (26 ischemic cardiomyopathy [ICM], 11 nonischemic cardiomyopathy [NICM]) were studied in 32 patients. Intraoperative SEEM was performed in 16 patients (16 ICM). Additionally, 16 explanted myopathic human hearts (9 NICM, 7 ICM) were studied in a Langendorff setup. Predominant intramural location of the VT was imputed by the absence of significant endocardial–epicardial activation during IOM (using SEEM and no NM) or by the presence of intramural activation spanning the entire cycle length (including mid-diastole) in EH (SEEM and NM).
By IOM (SEEM), predominant endocardial activation (entire tachycardia cycle length including mid-diastolic activation) was present in 10 of 18 VTs (55%). In 8 of 18 VTs (44%), the VT circuit was presumed to be intramural due to incomplete diastolic activation in endocardium and epicardium. In EH (SEEM and NM), VT location was predominantly intramural, endocardial, and epicardial in 8 of 19 (42%), 5 of 19 (26%), and 1 of 19 VTs (5%), respectively.
In a significant proportion of both ischemic and nonischemic ventricular tachycardias, the predominant activation was located in the intramural space.
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Published online: October 15, 2019
This work was funded by CIHR MOP: 142272. Dr Bhaskaran is a Burnett fellow. Dr Nanthakumar is an investigator at TGHRI and HSF. All other authors have reported that they have no conflicts relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
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