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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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RINCON, Oscar S; SAENZ, Luis C; SALAZAR, Gabriel  and  HERNANDEZ, Edgar. Effect of right ventricular electrode location (outflow tract vs. apex) on mechanical ventricular synchrony in patients that underwent pacemaker implant therapy. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2008, vol.15, n.6, pp.263-281. ISSN 0120-5633.

Objective: to assess in depth the effect of ventricular stimulation from the right ventricular outflow tract and the apex on mechanical ventricular synchrony. Materials and Methods: cohort analytical study. 20 patients with indication of definitive pacemaker indication underwent transthoracic echocardiogram before and after pacemaker implant with electrode implantation in the right ventricular outflow tract and in the apex (10 patients in each group). There was no structural cardiopathy, ejection fraction was > 50%, QRS and AV conduction were normal. Mechanical ventricular asynchrony (M mode and tissue doppler) and implant and device parameters were evaluated. Statistical Analysis: results are given as mean values, standard deviation or percentages. Continuous variables were compared using Chi-square test and ANOVA. A p <0.05 value was considered statistically significant. Results: in five patients (25%) a pre-implant ventricular asynchrony was found; in seven (70%) ventricular asynchrony post-implant in the right ventricle outflow tract and in 5 (50%) in the apex. Mean interventricular pot-implant delay was 21,6 ms in the right ventricular outflow tract and 11,5 ms in the apex (p = 0,8); mean septal to lateral wall delay was 73 ms in the right ventricular outflow tract and 26 ms in the apex (p = 0,8). QRS post-implant delay was 134 ms in the right ventricular outflow tract and 140 ms in the apex (p = 0,1). No differences between implant parameters and device programming were found. Conclusions: presence of ventricular asynchrony was evidenced in patients with normal QRS and structurally healthy heart. Ventricular stimulation with pacemaker from the apex or the right ventricular outflow tract suggests acute ventricular asynchrony at least in 60% of the cases, without statistically significant difference between both groups.

Keywords : pacemaker cardiac resynchronization therapy; mechanical ventricular asynchrony; echocardiography.

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