Stellate Ganglion Blockade: an Intervention for the Management of Ventricular Arrhythmias.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To highlight the indications, procedural considerations, and data supporting the use of stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) for management of refractory ventricular arrhythmias. RECENT FINDINGS: In patients with refractory ventricular arrhythmias, unilateral or bilateral SGB can reduce arrhythmia burden and defibrillation events for 24-72 h, allowing time for use of other therapies like catheter ablation, surgical sympathectomy, or heart transplantation. The efficacy of SGB appears to be consistent despite the type (monomorphic vs polymorphic) or etiology (ischemic vs non-ischemic cardiomyopathy) of the ventricular arrhythmia. Ultrasound-guided SGB is safe with low risk for complications, even when performed on anticoagulation. SGB is effective and safe and could be considered for patients with refractory ventricular arrhythmias.

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Cited Authors

  • Ganesh, A; Qadri, YJ; Boortz-Marx, RL; Al-Khatib, SM; Harpole, DH; Katz, JN; Koontz, JI; Mathew, JP; Ray, ND; Sun, AY; Tong, BC; Ulloa, L; Piccini, JP; Fudim, M

Published Date

  • October 23, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 100 -

PubMed ID

  • 33097982

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7646199

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-3111

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11906-020-01111-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States