Ventricular arrhythmia storms in postinfarction patients with implantable defibrillators for primary prevention indications: a MADIT-II substudy.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Much of prognostic implications of ventricular arrhythmia storms remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the risk associated with electrical storm in patients with defibrillators in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial II (MADIT-II) study. METHODS: Electrical storm was defined as > or =3 episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) in 24 hours. RESULTS: Of the 719 patients who received internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implants and had follow-up in the MADIT-II, 27 patients (4%) had electrical storm, 142 (20%) had isolated episodes of VT/VF, and the remaining 550 patients had no ICD-recorded VT events. Baseline clinical characteristics among the groups were similar. Patients who experienced electrical storm had a significantly higher risk of death. After adjustments for relevant clinical covariates, the hazard ratio (HR) for death in the first 3 months after the storm event was 17.8 (95% confidence interval [CI] 8.0 to 39.5, P <.01) in comparison with those with no VT/VF. This risk continued even after 3 months for those with electrical storm (HR of 3.5, 95% CI 1.2 to 9.8, P = .02). Study patients with isolated VT/VF episodes also were at an increased risk of dying (HR = 2.5, 95% CI 1.5 to 4.0, P <.01) when compared with patients without VT/VF episodes. Statistically significant predictors of electrical storm were interim postenrollment coronary events (myocardial infarction or angina) HR 3.1 (95% CI 1.2 to 8.1, P = .02) and isolated VT or VF HR 9.2 (95% CI 4.0 to 20.9, P <.01). CONCLUSION: Postinfarction patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction in whom electrical storm developed have significantly higher mortality than patients with only isolated VT/VF as well as those without any episodes of VT/VF. Patients who experienced postenrollment ventricular arrhythmias and/or interim coronary events during follow-up were at higher risk for VT/VF storms.

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Cited Authors

  • Sesselberg, HW; Moss, AJ; McNitt, S; Zareba, W; Daubert, JP; Andrews, ML; Hall, WJ; McClinitic, B; Huang, DT; MADIT-II Research Group,

Published Date

  • November 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1395 - 1402

PubMed ID

  • 17954398

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17954398

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1547-5271

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.hrthm.2007.07.013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States