Comparative Effectiveness of Pacing Techniques for Termination of Well‐Tolerated Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia


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Ventricular tachycardias can be terminated by a variety of pacemaker techniques, including rapid and slow stimulation. Fast tachycardias are typically poorly tolerated, and require prompt intervention, usually with rapid pacing. Termination of ventricular tachycardia by slow or single capture pacemaker stimulation techniques is attractive, because of its presumed safety and the possibility of using simple implantable pacers. To identify factors favoring termination, single capture stimulation was used in 390 episodes of ventricular tachycardia in 21 patients, 16 with coronary artery disease, able to tolerate ventricular tachycardia forseveral minutes. Single capture stimulation terminated 223 episodes (57%) in 18 patients, and two were accelerated. Of 157 episodes exposed to 2–3 programmed extrastimuli or rapid pacing 149 (94%) were terminated and 7 were accelerated. Direct current cardioversion was needed in 12 episodes. Without medications, only two patients tolerated VT. Only one patient had reliable termination with single capture stimulation over several days. Systolic blood pressure was similar in episodes terminated and not terminated by single capture stimulation, but the ventricular rate was significantly lower in episodes terminated, 116 ± 19 vs. 133 ±24 (p<0.001). Termination of ventricular tachycardia was not affected by QRS morphology. Single capture termination of ventricular tachycardia is largely unpredictable, with limited reproducibility over a period of time. Although comparatively safe, single capture techniques are not likely toprove useful in the long‐term treatment of many patients with recurrent ventricular tachycardia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)915-922
Number of pages8
JournalPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1983


  • antitachycardia pacing
  • pacing
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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