01.03.2012 | Original Article | Ausgabe 2/2012
Atrioventricular nodal ablation versus antiarrhythmic drugs after permanent pacemaker implantation for bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome
Heart and Vessels
- Yasutsugu Nagamoto, Tomohito Inage, Teruhisa Yoshida, Tomohiro Takeuchi, Takeki Gondo, Yujiro Fukuda, Eiichi Takii, Kenta Murotani, Tsutomu Imaizumi
Patients often require antiarrhythmic drugs to control tachycardia after permanent pacemaker implantation (PMI) for bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome. We compared atrioventricular nodal ablation (AVNA) to antiarrhythmic drugs after PMI for bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome. Twenty-eight symptomatic patients with bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome, all of which had a long pause after termination of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, underwent PMI with RV lead placement at the mid-septum site. Among these patients, 14 underwent PMI and AVNA (AVNA group). The remaining 14 patients underwent PMI only, and continued to take anti-arrhythmic drugs (drug group). We compared cardiac function (cardio-thoracic ratio on chest X-ray, left atrial diameter, left ventricular end-diastolic dimension, and left ventricular-ejection fraction by echocardiography), exercise tolerance (6-min walking distance), symptoms, and the number of antiarrhythmic drugs just before and 6 months after PMI. Baseline characteristics were similar between the two groups, except for the number of antiarrhythmic drugs. Six months after PMI, cardiac function, exercise tolerance, and symptoms did not differ significantly between the two groups. Compared to the drug group (p < 0.01), the number of antiarrhythmic drugs was significantly smaller in the AVNA group 6 months after PMI. Patients who underwent AVNA concurrently with PMI with RV lead placement at the mid-septum site for bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome were able to reduce the intake of drugs and improve their tachycardia-related symptoms while maintaining cardiac function and exercise tolerance.