Atrial fibrillation before and after pacemaker implantation (VVI and DDD) in patients with complete atrioventricular block

Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Collegium Medicum, Studenckie Koło Naukowe przy Klinice Elektrokardiologii.
Polski merkuriusz lekarski: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego 05/2010; 28(167):345-9.
Source: PubMed


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent problem of patients with pacemakers, and depends not only on disease but also on stimulation method. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of AF before and after pacemaker implantation as well as to assess the influence of VVI and DDD cardiac pacing on onset of AF in patients with complete atrioventricularblock (AVB).
We included 155 patients controlled between 2000 and 2008 in Pacemaker Clinic because of AVB III degree, treated with VVI or DDD pacemaker implantation. Information about the health status of the patients was gathered from medical documentation and analysis of clinical ambulatory electrocardiograms.
The study group comprised of 68 women and 87 men, mean age 68.7 +/- 13.9 years during implantation. 69% of patients had VVI pacemaker. There were 72.3% of patients with sinus rhythm before pacemaker implantation. During follow-up 4 +/- 2.8 years in 19.6% cases onset of atrial fibrillation de novo was diagnosed (in 31.3% in VVI mode vs. 2.2% in DDD mode; p = 0.00014). Mean time to AF since implantation was approximately 2.5 years. In VVI group (21 persons) amounted 32.1 months, while in 1 patient with DDD pacemaker 18 months. Between group with AF after implantation and with sinus rhythm preserved there was no statistically significant difference in age or gender (p = 0.89512 and p = 0.1253, respectively). Prevalence of atrial fibrillation after pacemaker implantation increased to 40%.
Atrial fibrillation is frequent in patients before and after pacemaker implantation, especially in patients stimulated in VVI mode. Major possibility of atrial fibrillation onset after pacemaker implantation should result in more attention during routine ECG examination.

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