Post-operative arrhythmias in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and anatomic variants: incidence, type, and course.

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DOI: 10.1017/S1047951121000299


BACKGROUND: Arrhythmias are common in the post-operative course of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. We sought to determine the types, incidence, risk factors, and impact of arrhythmias in patients with HLHS and anatomic variants.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 120 consecutive patients with HLHS and anatomical variants, who had single-ventricle palliation at our institution from January, 2006 to December, 2016.

RESULTS: A total of thirty-one patients (26%) had 37 episodes of arrhythmias over a median follow-up period of 3.5 years. Of the 37 episodes, 12 (32.4%) were ectopic atrial tachycardia, 9 (24.3%) were paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, 4 (10.8%) were junctional ectopic tachycardia, 5 (13.6%) were sinus node dysfunction, 3 (8.1%) were heart block, 2 (5.4%) were atrial flutter, and 2 (5.4%) were ventricular tachycardia. Twenty-four (65%) of the arrhythmias occurred at post-stage 1 surgery. Most (64.8%) of the arrhythmias were resolved. Arrhythmias that occurred at post-stage 1 surgery were more likely to resolve compared to post-stages 2 or 3 (p = 0.006). No anatomical, surgical, or clinical variables were associated with arrhythmia except for age (OR per unit decrease in age at stage 1 palliation: 1.12 (95% CI 1.003, 1.250); p = 0.0439). Arrhythmias were not associated with length of hospital stay or mortality.

CONCLUSION: Arrhythmias are common in patients with HLHS and anatomic variants, with EAT and PSVT being the most common types. Arrhythmias were associated with younger age at surgery, but did not affect mortality or length of hospital stay.

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Cardiology in the young





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Arrhythmias, Cardiac; Atrial Flutter; Humans; Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome; Incidence; Retrospective Studies


Post-operative arrhythmias; arrhythmias; ectopic atrial tachycardia; hypoplastic left heart syndrome; single-ventricle palliation; supraventricular tachycardia

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