Twenty years after the introduction of alcohol septal ablation (ASA) for the treatment of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the arrhythmogenicity of the ablation scar appears to be overemphasized. When systematically reviewing all studies comparing ASA with myectomy with long-term follow-up, (aborted) sudden cardiac death and mortality rates were found to be similarly low. The focus should instead shift toward lowering the rate of reinterventions and pacemaker implantations following ASA because, in this area, ASA still seems inferior to myectomy. Part of the reason for this difference is that ASA is limited by the route of the septal perforators, whereas myectomy is not. Improvement may be achieved by: 1) confining ASA to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy centers of excellence with high operator volumes; 2) improving patient selection using multidisciplinary heart teams; 3) use of (3-dimensional) myocardial contrast echocardiography for selecting the correct septal (sub)branch; and 4) use of appropriate amounts of alcohol for ASA.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Elsevier
Published: Jul 25, 2017
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud