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Prevalence of HF reaches 1-2% of developed populations, and consequently a significant problem becomes more frequent occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias (VA) - sustained ventricular tachycardia (sVT) and electrical storm (ES) requiring radiofrequency ablation.

The aim of the study is to create a model of risk stratification to identify patients with increased risk of occurrence of composite (cardiovascular death or rehospitalization, arrhythmia recurrence) and secondary (inadequate device therapy, all-cause death or rehospitalization, intensification of atrial arrhythmia) endpoints after ablation of ES or sustained VT. Model will be based on additional measurements of N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), Galectin-3, suppressor of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2), high sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT), high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), iron deficiency to clinical-, electrocardiographic- and echocardiographic assessment.


Clinical Trial Description

Patients with ischemic heart failure (HF) and reduced left ventricle ejection fraction are at high risk for recurrence of VA, ultimately leading to death. Such patients often require ablation. On the other hand, ablation of the VA in patients with post-infarction scar is a technically difficult procedure and often is associated with short-term efficacy.

Risk factors for recurrence of VA are difficult to identify, although there are mentioned e.g. reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, exacerbation of chronic HF and electrolyte abnormalities.

VA is triggered by ongoing inflammation and fibrosis, which are reflected by a level of biomarkers. Thus, it is worth searching for biomarkers that increase the possibility of effective stratification of risk of arrhythmia recurrence in patients undergoing ablation of sVT or ES.

The hypothesis of this study is that biomarker-related risk stratification may be beneficial for patients with ES or sVT.

Sample size assessment was made to specify the number of participants necessary to demonstrate an effect.

The study will include at least 50 patients (who meet the inclusion/exclusion criteria) with ischemic heart failure, with reduced left ventricle ejection fraction admitted to hospital and qualified for ablation due to ES or sVT.

For every patient will be provided case report forms (CRFs) including their clinical status at admission and at discharge, laboratory findings, management during index hospitalization, data from ablation procedure, pharmacotherapy, as well as in-hospital and one-year outcome.

Serum will be collected before ablation and 1-month after discharge from hospital for biomarkers measurements. Patients will be tele-monitored for ≥12-months. There will be carried out two control visits (including assessment of clinical, echocardiographic, electrocardiographic and Holter-ECG parameters) on 1- and 3 months after discharge. ;


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NCT number NCT02784912
Study type Observational [Patient Registry]
Source Medical University of Warsaw
Contact Krzysztof Ozieranski, MD
Phone 509 996 947
Email krzysztof.ozieranski@gmail.com
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 2017
Completion date June 2018

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