Objectives: This study evaluated the temporal association between atrial high-rate episodes (AHREs) and sustained ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in a remotely monitored cohort with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) with and/or without cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D). Background: Clinical relevance of AHREs in terms of VA rate and survival has not been outlined yet. Methods: This study analyzed data of patients with ICDs and CRT-Ds from the nationwide Home Monitoring Expert Alliance network. The cohort included 2,435 patients with a median follow-up of 25 months (interquartile range: 13 to 42 months) and age 70 years (range 61 to 77 years); 19.7% were women, 51.4% had coronary artery disease, and 45.2% had a CRT-D. There were 3,410 appropriate VA episodes; 498 (14.6%) were preceded by AHREs within 48 h; in 85.5% of this group, AHREs were still ongoing at episode onset. Results: In a longitudinal analysis, the odds ratios (ORs) of experiencing any VA in a 30-day interval with AHREs versus intervals without AHREs were 2.35 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.86 to 2.97; p < 0.001) for ventricular tachycardia (VT), 3.06 (95% CI: 2.35 to 3.99; p < 0.001) for fast VT, 1.84 (95% CI: 1.36 to 2.48; p < 0.001) for self-extinguishing ventricular fibrillation (VF), and 2.31 (95% CI: 1.17 to 4.57; p = 0.01) for VF. ORs decreased with increasing AHRE burden. Patients with AHREs 48 h before VAs were more likely to experience VA recurrences (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.78; 95% CI: 1.41 to 2.24; p < 0.001) and had higher overall mortality (HR: 2.67; 95% CI: 1.68 to 4.23; p < 0.001). Conclusions: AHREs were not uncommon 48 h before VAs, which tended to be distributed around intervals with AHREs. Temporal connection between AHREs and VAs was a marker of increased risk of VA recurrence and a poorer prognosis.
|Titolo:||Are Atrial High-Rate Episodes Associated With Increased Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmias and Mortality?|
CALVI, Valeria Ilia [Investigation]
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|