Impact of ventricular arrhythmia management on suboptimal biventricular pacing in cardiac resynchronization therapy

Jan Hendrik van den Bruck, Melissa Middeldorp, Arian Sultan, Cornelia Scheurlen, Katharina Seuthe, Jonas Wörmann, Karlo Filipovic, Kadhim Kadhim, Prashanthan Sanders, Daniel Steven, Jakob Lüker

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Background: Reduced biventricular pacing (BiVP) is a common phenomenon in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with impact on CRT-response and patients’ prognosis. Data on treatment strategies for patients with ventricular arrhythmia and BiVP reduction is sparse. We sought to assess the effects of ventricular arrhythmia treatment on BiVP. Methods: In this retrospective analysis, the data of CRT patients with a reduced BiVP ≤ 97% due to ventricular arrhythmia were analyzed. Catheter ablation or intensified medical therapy was performed to optimize BiVP. Results: We included 64 consecutive patients (73 ± 10 years, 89% male, LVEF 30 ± 7%). Of those, 22/64 patients (34%) underwent ablation of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) and 15/64 patients (23%) underwent ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation while 27/64 patients (42%) received intensified medical treatment. Baseline BiVP was 88.1% ± 10.9%. An overall increase in BiVP percentage points of 8.8% (range − 5 to + 47.6%) at 6-month follow-up was achieved. No changes in left ventricular function were observed but improvement in BiVP led to an improvement in NYHA class in 24/64 patients (38%). PVC ablation led to a significantly better improvement in BiVP [9.9% (range 4 to 22%) vs. 3.2% (range − 5 to + 10.7%); p = < 0.001] and NYHA class (12/22 patients vs. 4/27 patients; p = 0.003) than intensified medical therapy. All patients with VT and reduced BiVP underwent VT ablation with an increase of BiVP of 16.3 ± 13.4%. Conclusion: In this evaluation of ventricular arrhythmia treatment aiming for CRT optimization, both medical therapy and catheter ablation were shown to be effective. Compared to medical therapy, a higher increase in BiVP was observed after PVC ablation, and more patients improved in NYHA class. Clinical Trial Registration: The study was registered at clinical in August 2019: NCT04065893.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-361
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Catheter ablation for Optimization of biventricular pacing
  • Catheter ablation of ventricular ectopy
  • Optimization of Cardiac resynchronization therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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