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Ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a patient with a left ventricular assist device [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2020; 48(1): 58-63 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2019.06624

Ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a patient with a left ventricular assist device

Evrim Şimşek1, Emin Evren Özcan2, Emre Demir1, Pelin Öztürk3, Sanem Nalbatgil1
1Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey
3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

The use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a bridge to heart transplantation (HTx) or as a destination therapy in patients with a contraindication for HTx is increasing. However, nearly half of the patients with LVAD support experience a ventricular arrhythmia (VA) in the first year. The history of a pre-LVAD VA is one of the most powerful predictors of VA after LVAD implantation. The clinical experience and data about ablation of a VA in patients with an LVAD are limited. There are important issues to be considered before and during the procedure in LVAD patients compared to other VA ablation patients. This is a report of ablation of intractable ventricular tachycardia in a patient with a LVAD.

Keywords: Heart failure, left ventricular assist device, ventricular tachycardia.

How to cite this article
Evrim Şimşek, Emin Evren Özcan, Emre Demir, Pelin Öztürk, Sanem Nalbatgil. Ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a patient with a left ventricular assist device. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2020; 48(1): 58-63

Corresponding Author: Evrim Şimşek, Türkiye
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