Ingela Schnittger, MD

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  • LONG-TERM RESULTS OF ANTITACHYCARDIA PACING IN PATIENTS WITH SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA PACE-PACING AND CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Schnittger, I., Lee, J. T., Hargis, J., Wyndham, C. R., ECHT, D. S., Swerdlow, C. D., Griffin, J. C. 1989; 12 (6): 936-941

    Abstract:

    Between 1979 and 1984 the Cybertach-60, (Intermedics, Inc. Model 262-01), a programmable, automatic antitachycardia pacemaker was implanted in 11 patients who had drug-refractory supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The patients have been followed for a total of 64-108 (mean 84 months). All patients were symptomatic and had failed two or more drugs and six patients had required prior DC cardioversion. The mechanism of supraventricular tachycardia was atrioventricular (AV) nodal reentry in six patients, AV reentry in four patients, and atrial tachycardia in one patient. Preoperatively all patients had reliable termination of the tachycardia without induction of atrial fibrillation by pacing methods available to Cybertach-60. Postimplant, Cybertach-60 reliably terminated all episodes of tachycardia without ancillary drug therapy. Nevertheless, at long-term follow-up antitachycardia pacing was effective and safe in the minority (36%), with only four patients out of eleven still using a pacemaker for supraventricular tachycardia. One of these four patients required additional drug therapy. In one of the patients, the Cybertach-60 was replaced after 78 months by a more advanced device, (Intertach, Intermedics, Inc.) because of a depleted Cybertach-60 battery. In seven patients who no longer use antitachycardia pacing for termination of tachycardia, one patient developed atrial fibrillation during tachycardia termination (at 58 months postimplant). Three patients experienced induction of tachycardia or atrial fibrillation by the pacemaker due to undersensing of sinus P waves (at 36, 48, and 51 months).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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    View details for PubMedID 2472621

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