Sympathectomy for Stabilization of Heart Failure Due to Drug-Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia

Aravind Krishnan, Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Todd C. Crawford, Xun Zhou, Stuart D. Russell, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, William A Baumgartner, Harikrishna Tandri, Kaushik Mandal

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We describe the novel use of bilateral cardiac sympathectomy in a woman with end-stage heart failure caused by ventricular tachycardia refractory to standard medical therapy who was under consideration for heart transplantation. Postoperatively, our patient has not experienced any symptoms of ventricular tachycardia, has returned to normal physical activity, and is no longer under consideration for transplantation as a result of the improvement in her cardiac function. Bilateral sympathectomy can be more effective than unilateral sympathectomy or percutaneous stellate ganglion blockade in patients with refractory ventricular tachycardia. Careful patient selection is necessary to identify patients who will benefit most from the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e51-e53
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume105
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Sympathectomy
Ventricular Tachycardia
Heart Failure
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Stellate Ganglion
Heart Transplantation
Patient Selection
Transplantation
Exercise
Therapeutics

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  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Sympathectomy for Stabilization of Heart Failure Due to Drug-Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia. / Krishnan, Aravind; Suarez-Pierre, Alejandro; Crawford, Todd C.; Zhou, Xun; Russell, Stuart D.; Berger, Ronald D; Calkins, Hugh; Baumgartner, William A; Tandri, Harikrishna; Mandal, Kaushik.

In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 105, No. 2, 01.02.2018, p. e51-e53.

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Krishnan, Aravind ; Suarez-Pierre, Alejandro ; Crawford, Todd C. ; Zhou, Xun ; Russell, Stuart D. ; Berger, Ronald D ; Calkins, Hugh ; Baumgartner, William A ; Tandri, Harikrishna ; Mandal, Kaushik. / Sympathectomy for Stabilization of Heart Failure Due to Drug-Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia. In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018 ; Vol. 105, No. 2. pp. e51-e53.
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