Objectives: The aim of the current study was to evaluate echocardiographic parameters after 6 months of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as well as long-term outcome in patients with the left ventricular (LV) lead positioned at the site of latest activation (concordant LV lead position) as compared with that seen in patients with a discordant LV lead position. Background: A nonoptimal LV pacing lead position may be a potential cause for nonresponse to CRT. Methods: The site of latest mechanical activation was determined by speckle tracking radial strain analysis and related to the LV lead position on chest X-ray in 244 CRT candidates. Echocardiographic evaluation was performed after 6 months. Long-term follow-up included all-cause mortality and hospitalizations for heart failure. Results: Significant LV reverse remodeling (reduction in LV end-systolic volume from 189 ± 83 ml to 134 ± 71 ml, p < 0.001) was noted in the group of patients with a concordant LV lead position (n = 153, 63%), whereas patients with a discordant lead position showed no significant improvements. In addition, during long-term follow-up (32 ± 16 months), less events (combined for heart failure hospitalizations and death) were reported in patients with a concordant LV lead position. Moreover, a concordant LV lead position appeared to be an independent predictor of hospitalization-free survival after long-term CRT (hazard ratio: 0.22, p = 0.004). Conclusions: Pacing at the site of latest mechanical activation, as determined by speckle tracking radial strain analysis, resulted in superior echocardiographic response after 6 months of CRT and better prognosis during long-term follow-up.

echocardiography, heart failure, lead position, resynchronization therapy
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2008.06.046, hdl.handle.net/1765/14657
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Ypenburg, C, van Bommel, R.J, Delgado, V, Mollema, S.A, Bleeker, G.B, Boersma, H, … Bax, J.J. (2008). Optimal Left Ventricular Lead Position Predicts Reverse Remodeling and Survival After Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 52(17), 1402–1409. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2008.06.046