Characterization of Ventricular Tachycardia After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation as Destination Therapy: A Single-Center Ablation Experience

Joshua D. Moss, Erin E. Flatley, Andrew D. Beaser, John H. Shin, Hemal M. Nayak, Gaurav A. Upadhyay, Martin C. Burke, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Nir Uriel, Roderick Tung

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Objectives This study sought to report mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia (VT) and outcomes of VT ablation in patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy. Background Continuous flow LVAD implantation plays a growing role in the management of end-stage heart failure, and VT is common. There are limited reports of VT ablation in patients with a destination LVAD. Methods Patients with a continuous-flow LVAD referred for VT ablation from 2010 to 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Baseline patient characteristics, procedural data, and clinical follow-up were evaluated. Arrhythmia-free survival was assessed. Results Twenty-one patients (90% male, 62 ± 10 years) underwent catheter ablation of VT at a median of 191 days (interquartile range: 55 to 403 days) after LVAD implantation (15 HeartMate II, 6 HeartWare HVAD). Five patients (24%) had termination (n = 4) or slowing (n = 1) of VT with ablation near the apical inflow cannula, and 3 (14%) had bundle-branch re-entry. Freedom from recurrent VT among surviving patients was 64% at 1 year, with overall survival 67% at 1 year for patients without arrhythmia recurrence and 29% for patients with recurrence (p = 0.049). One patient had suspected pump thrombosis within 30 days of the ablation procedure, with no other major acute complications. Conclusions In this relatively large, single-center experience of VT ablation in destination LVAD, freedom from recurrent VT and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks was associated with improved 1-year survival. Bundle branch re-entry was more prevalent than anticipated, and cannula-adjacent VT was less common. This challenging population remains at risk for late pump thrombosis and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1412-1424
Number of pages13
JournalJACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 11 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • ablation
  • left ventricular assist device
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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