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Clin Res Cardiol. 2010 Jan;99(1):37-44. doi: 10.1007/s00392-009-0075-4. Epub 2009 Sep 16.

Prevention of inappropriate ICD shocks in patients with Brugada syndrome.

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1st Department of Medicine-Cardiology, University Medical Centre Mannheim, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, 68167, Mannheim, Germany.



In Brugada syndrome implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is associated with a high rate of inappropriate therapies, mainly due to supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVT) (2.7-14.1%/year). Aim of the present study was to evaluate a single ventricular fibrillation (VF) detection zone with a high cut-off rate with respect to prevention of inappropriate ICD shock due to SVT and safety of this programming.


Sixty-one consecutive patients (mean age 42.6 +/- 12.9 years; 41 males) diagnosed with Brugada syndrome and implanted with an ICD were included. ICDs were prospectively programmed with a single VF detection zone and a cut-off rate of 222 beats/minute (bpm). A maximum of six shocks with the maximal shock energy were programmed. The minimal follow-up was 1 year.


During a follow-up of 47.6 +/- 23.1 months seven patients (2.91%/year) received appropriate ICD shocks. No patient suffered from syncope or died. Five patients (2.07%/year) received inappropriate ICD shocks: four patients due to T-wave oversensing and only one patient (0.4%/year) due to SVT (atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate of >222 bpm).


Programming of a single, high-rate VF zone in patients with Brugada syndrome and an implanted defibrillator is safe. Such programming may be associated with reduced inappropriate defibrillator discharges. A single detection zone with a high VF cut-off rate can be recommended in patients with Brugada syndrome.

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