Background: Compared to screening ECG before implantation of a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD), selectable vectors without T-wave oversensing increase after S-ICD implantation. Newer algorithms have recently become available to reduce T-wave oversensing, such as SMART pass (SP). With this function, more selectable vectors are identified after S-ICD implantation. However, this improvement in eligibility utilizing SP has not yet been well validated. We aimed to clarify S-ICD eligibility before and after S-ICD implantation with and without SP. Methods: Participants comprised 34 patients implanted with an S-ICD at Okayama University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals between February 2016 and August 2017. A total of 102 S-ICD vectors were assessed for eligibility before and after S-ICD implantation, at rest and during exercise testing. Vector availability was evaluated in the presence and absence of SP after S-ICD implantation. Results: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator eligibility was significantly better after implantation even without SP than S-ICD screening before S-ICD implantation, both at rest (before 65.7% vs after 95.1%, P < 0.01) and during exercise (before 59.3% vs after 90.6%, P < 0.01). SP improved S-ICD eligibility during exercise (SP on 97.9% vs off 90.6%, P = 0.03). Multivariate analysis showed the prevalence of S-ICD eligibility increased significantly after S-ICD implantation compared to screening before implantation. SP further increased selectable vectors in multivariate analysis. Conclusion: Available vectors increased significantly after S-ICD implantation compared to preoperative vectors as assessed by S-ICD screening ECG. T-wave oversensing during exercise has been an unresolved issue for S-ICD, but SP will help prevent inappropriate operation with S-ICD.
- SMART Pass
- T-wave oversensing
- implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
- inappropriate shock
- subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine