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Risk Markers and Appropriate Implantable Defibrillator Therapy in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
2016 (English)In: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, ISSN 0147-8389, E-ISSN 1540-8159, Vol. 39, no 3, 291-301 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background Risk stratification of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is mainly based on evaluations from patients at highly specialized centers.

Aim To evaluate risk markers for appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in an unselected, nationwide cohort of HCM. MethodsPatients with an ICD due to HCM were identified from the Swedish ICD Registry since its start in 1995, merged with Patient Register data, and medical records were retrieved. Risk markers for ventricular arrhythmias leading to appropriate ICD therapy were analyzed using Cox proportional hazard ratio (HR).

Results Of 321 patients (70.1% males), at least one appropriate therapy occurred in 77 (24.0%) during a mean follow-up of 5.4 years (5.3% per year; primary prevention 4.5%, secondary prevention 7.0%). Cumulative incidences at 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years were 8.1%, 15.3%, and 21.3%, respectively. Cardioversion effectively restored rhythm in 52% of the first episode and antitachycardia pacing was sufficient in the remaining. For the whole cohort, ejection fraction (EF) <50% (HR 2.63; P < 0.001) was associated with appropriate ICD therapy. In primary prevention, patients with established risk markers experienced appropriate therapy; atrial fibrillation (AF; HR 2.54; P = 0.010), EF < 50% (HR 2.78; P = 0.004), and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (HR 1.80; P = 0.109) had the highest HR, and wall thickness 30 mm, syncope, exercise blood pressure response, or family history of SCD had weaker associations.

Conclusion ICD therapy successfully terminates ventricular arrhythmias in HCM. In addition to conventional risk markers, a history of AF or EF < 50% may be considered in risk stratification.

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2016. Vol. 39, no 3, 291-301 p.
Keyword [en]
implantable cardioverter defibrillator, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden death, risk stratification, epidemiology
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119293DOI: 10.1111/pace.12801ISI: 000372408200013PubMedID: 26681505OAI: diva2:922980
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-15 Last updated: 2016-04-25Bibliographically approved

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