Modification of Late Potentials by Intracoronary Ethanol Infusion

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  • Antiarrhythmic drugs have no consistent effects on the signal‐averaged electrocardiogram (ECG) while successful surgical ablation of ventricular tachycardia is known to abolish late potentials. Ten patients with prior myocardial infarction had successful ablation of recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia by selective ethanol infusion into a small coronary vessel supplying the tachycardia origin. Signal‐averaged ECGs were performed before and after initially successful ablation in patients without pacemaker dependence or infra‐ventricular conduction delay to assess the effects on late potentials and to determine if the signal‐averaged EGG could predict ventricular tachycardia recurrence. Only four of ten patients were eligible for study and all four had late potentials prior to ethanol ablation. Late potentials were abolished in one patient who has not had an arrhythmia recurrence in 25 months. One patient with sudden death and another patient with ventricular tachycardia recurrence had persistent late potentials post procedure that were modified by a reduction in terminal voltage and lengthening of terminal low amplitude signal. The fourth patient who receives chronic amiodarone had no arrhythmia recurrence in spite of persistent but modified late potentials. Thus, the abolition of late potentials after ethanol ablation may predict freedom from arrhythmia recurrence. Copyright © 1992, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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  • 1646
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  • 1650
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  • 15
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  • 11