Treatment of ventricular tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy by transcatheter radiofrequency ablation

You Ho Kim, Jeffrey Goldberger, Alan Kadish

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Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia was successfully performed in a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy (ejection fraction 38%) and a long history of repetitive palpitations. Holter monitoring showed ventriculartachycardia that had a left bundle branch block QRS configuration with inferior axis deviation and was present for about one third of the daytime hours. At electrophysiological testing, ventricular tachycardia was reproduced by isoprenaline infusion. Radiofrequency energy delivered to the right ventricular outflow tract was successful at preventing the induction of ventricular tachycardia. Left ventricular ejection fraction had improved from 38% to 48% one month after ablation. During the follow up period of one year the patient remained free from arrhythmia on no medication. The ejection fraction was 61% one year after ablation. This report confirms that dilated cardiomyopathy can be induced by ventricular tachycardia and demonstrates that dilated cardiomyopathy can be reversed if the tachycardia is abolished by radiofrequency catheter ablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-552
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • ablation
  • cardiomyopathy
  • radiofrequency
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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