Effect of Ventricular Arrhythmia Ablation in Patients With Heart Mate II Left Ventricular Assist Devices: An Evaluation of Ablation Therapy

David Snipelisky, Yogesh N.V. Reddy, Kevin Manocha, Aalok Patel, Shannon M. Dunlay, Paul A. Friedman, Thomas M. Munger, Samuel J. Asirvatham, Douglas L. Packer, Yong Mei Cha, Suraj Kapa, Peter A. Brady, Peter A. Noseworthy, Joseph J. Maleszewski, Siva K. Mulpuru

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Background: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) are predisposed to ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), particularly following implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). There is minimal evidence for appropriate management strategies. Objectives: This study aimed to compare the burden of VA and response to ablation performed either before or following LVAD implantation. Methods: We created a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent both VA ablation and Heart Mate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA, USA) LVAD implantation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA). Patients were stratified based on whether they underwent VA ablation before (pre-LVAD) or after LVAD (post-LVAD) implantation. Descriptive analyses assessed 6-month arrhythmia burden in relation to LVAD implantation and VA ablation. Results: A total of 9 patients underwent both LVAD implantation and VA ablation. There were 3 and 6 patients, respectively, in the pre-LVAD and post-LVAD cohorts. Among patients in the pre-LVAD cohort, the median number of VAs tended to increase after ablation (9 vs. 72) and decreased after LVAD implantation (72 vs. 63). Similarly among patients in the post-LVAD cohort, the median burden of VAs increased after LVAD implantation (1 vs. 22) and the median burden decreased after ablation (22 vs. 13). Two of 6 patients had substrate related to the LVAD inflow cannula site, while other substrate was not related directly to the cannula. Conclusions: In patients with progressive HF and LVAD implantation, ablation is associated with reduced VA rates. In LVAD patients, most VAs arise from substrate unrelated to the inflow cannula site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Heart Mate II
  • catheter ablation
  • heart failure
  • left ventricular assist device
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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