Efficacy of a Pacemaker Algorithm in Promotion of the Intrinsic Heart Activity.
The purpose of this study is to provide evidence that the Refined Ventricular Pacing Algorithm leads to clinically relevant reduction (at least 50% reduction) of the incidence of ventricular pacing.
Electrical stimulation in the apex of the right ventricle ( ventricular pacing) usually improves the heart function of patients with a pacemaker and can even be life-saving. However, evidence is accumulating that ventricular pacing may also have undesired long-term cardiac effects. Therefore, it makes sense to limit ventricular pacing to the absolute required minimum. The functionality RVP (Refined Ventricular Pacing) in the C-series 2nd generation pacemakers of Vitatron B.V. Arnhem, the Netherlands is designed to reduce ventricular pacing.
After implantation of the Vitatron C50 D model C50A2 (pacemaker) or Vitatron C60 DR model C60A2 (pacemaker) and a 4-6 weeks stabilization period, proper functioning of pacemaker and leads (stimulation- and sensing parameters) is checked. The pacemakers will be programmed according to predefined settings.
In the following 4-weeks Baseline period diagnostic data (atrial fibrillation burden and percentage of ventricular pacing (% VP)) are collected in the pacemaker memory. Based on these data, patients will be excluded from further participation (patients with more than 15% atrial fibrillation) or subdivided into three groups: (a) < 30% VP (30- VP group), (b) >30% VP, Sick Sinus Syndrome and normal conductivity (SSS group), (c) >30% VP, 1st or 2nd degree AV block. Patients in these three groups will be treated for 4 weeks alternatively with the RVP functionality switched ON or OFF. The order will be determined by randomization. At the end of these two cross-over periods the % VP and the judgment of the patients of the last period will be assessed. Adverse events will be recorded from the moment of study enrolment.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Bradycardia; Sick Sinus Syndrome, AV Block
Vitatron C50 D Model C50A2 of Vitatron C60 DR model C60A2, Required pacemaker setting
A.ö. Krankenhaus der Elisabethinen Linz
Active, not recruiting
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00156741
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
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