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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2010 Nov;33(11):1312-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2010.02818.x. Epub 2010 Aug 17.

Catheter ablation of scar-related ventricular tachycardia in patients with electrical storm using remote magnetic catheter navigation.

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  • 1Department of Electrophysiology, University of Leipzig, Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany.



A remote magnetic navigation system (MNS) has been used for ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. However, irrigated tip catheter has not been evaluated in large series of patients.


To evaluate acute and long-term efficiency of the newly available irrigated tip magnetic catheter for radiofrequency (RF) ablation of scar-related ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with ischemic heart disease.


Between January 2008 and October 2009, a total of 30 consecutive patients with ischemic heart disease (26 men, age 70.1 ± 8.7 years, left ventricular ejection fraction: 30 ± 9%) and electrical storm due to monomorphic VT underwent RF ablation using a remote MNS and a magnetic irrigated tip catheter.


Acute success was defined as noninducibility of any monomorphic VT during programmed right and left ventricular stimulation, and obtained in 24 (80%) patients. A total of 1-6 VTs (mean 2.3 ± 1.2, 394 ± 108 ms, 210-660 ms) were inducible during each procedure. The duration of RF energy application was 41.2 ± 23.3 minutes, with total procedure and fluoroscopy times of 158 ± 47 minutes and 9.8 ± 5.3 minutes, respectively. No acute complications were observed during the procedures. During mean follow-up of 7.8 months, 21 patients (70%) had no recurrence of VT and received no implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. Among patients who were noninducible during programmed right ventricular stimulation (n = 25), ≥1 monomorphic VT was inducible during programmed left ventricular stimulation in four (16%) that was ablated successfully in three of them.


Irrigated ablation of scar-related VT using remote MNS is an effective modality for management of the monomorphic VT in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy with minimal radiation exposure. Programmed left (in addition to right) ventricular stimulation might be necessary to assess acute outcome of the ablation procedure.

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