Background Tissue Doppler cross-correlation analysis has been shown to be associated with long-term survival after cardiac resynchronization defibrillator therapy (CRT-D). Its association with ventricular arrhythmia (VA) is unknown. Methods From two centers 151 CRT-D patients (New York Heart Association functional classes II-IV, ejection fraction ≤ 35%, and QRS duration ≥ 120 msec) were prospectively included. Tissue Doppler cross-correlation analysis of myocardial acceleration curves from the basal segments in the apical views both at baseline and 6 months after CRT-D implantation was performed. Patients were divided into four subgroups on the basis of dyssynchrony at baseline and follow-up after CRT-D. Outcome events were predefined as appropriate antitachycardia pacing, shock, or death over 2 years. Results Mechanical dyssynchrony was present in 97 patients (64%) at baseline. At follow-up, 42 of these 97 patients (43%) had persistent dyssynchrony. Furthermore, among 54 patients with no dyssynchrony at baseline, 15 (28%) had onset of new dyssynchrony after CRT-D. In comparison with the group with reduced dyssynchrony, patients with persistent dyssynchrony after CRT-D were associated with a substantially increased risk for VA (hazard ratio [HR], 4.4; 95% CI, 1.2-16.3; P =.03) and VA or death (HR, 4.0; 95% CI, 1.7-9.6; P =.002) after adjusting for other covariates. Similarly, patients with new dyssynchrony had increased risk for VA (HR, 10.6; 95% CI, 2.8-40.4; P =.001) and VA or death (HR, 5.0; 95% CI, 1.8-13.5; P =.002). Conclusions Persistent and new mechanical dyssynchrony after CRT-D was associated with subsequent complex VA. Dyssynchrony after CRT-D is a marker of poor prognosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine