Journal Article

15. Ventricular Arrhythmias

P. Rossi, A. Casaleggio, T. Guidotto, V. Malavasi, G. Musso and G. Sartori

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Volume 7, issue s3, pages S23-S23
Published in print October 2005 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI:
15. Ventricular Arrhythmias

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We considered 51 patients with St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in secondary prevention. The average follow-up was 25 months. 34 subjects had coronary artery disease (CAD group), average ejection fraction (EF) = 35%; 17 had dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM group), average EF = 32%.


35 patients did not have sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTs), while 16 of them had 79 spontaneous VTs: 7 from CAD group (21%) had 19 VTs, and 9 from DCM group (53%) had 60 VTs. We observed 3 modes of VT onset: (i) premature ventricular contraction consisting of 13 episodes from CAD group and 35 from DCM group; (ii) PVC preceded by a short-long-short cycle with 5 VTs from CAD group and 15 from DCM group; (iii) paced beats immediately after PVC pause with 1 VT from CAD group and 10 from DCM group. Finally 4 patients, all of them from DCM group, had more than 1 mode of VT onset.


DCM patients present more VTs, and CAD patients have more homogeneous modes of onset.

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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