Catheter ablation of fatal ventricular tachyarrhythmias storm in acute coronary syndrome--role of Purkinje fiber network.

Research paper by Yoshihisa Y Enjoji, Masahiro M Mizobuchi, Hiromi H Muranishi, Chinae C Miyamoto, Makoto M Utsunomiya, Atsushi A Funatsu, Tomoko T Kobayashi, Shigeru S Nakamura

Indexed on: 24 Apr '09Published on: 24 Apr '09Published in: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology


Ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT) storm is a life-threatening arrhythmia. Antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) are not necessarily effective to rescue life from such conditions. Catheter ablation (CA) targeting triggering premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) of VF or VT that originates from Purkinje fiber network (PFN) is reported to be effective, especially in idiopathic patients. However, in condition of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), the efficacy of CA is not well understood. To clarify the usefulness of CA as an alternative way to AADs, we performed CA in four patients with VF or VT storm. The Purkinje potential was seen just before the myocardial ventricular wave during sinus rhythm that became more prominent and double components during the initiating PVC at the targeted area. Following CA, spontaneous episodes of VF or VT were no longer observed. CA is an efficacious way to bail out PFN-related VF or VT storm even in ACS.