Spontaneous Atrio Ventricular Conduction Preservation

2014-07-24 14:18:08 | BioPortfolio


In case of sinus node dysfunction, it is often necessary to choose the safer option provided by a DDD pacemaker even though the most appropriate mode of pacing is AAI mode.

In addition to saving energy, the latter mode allows spontaneous ventricular activation, the haemodynamic consequences of which are, in most cases, better than those obtained with dual chamber pacing.

Recent studies as the MOST study suggest also that ventricular desynchronization imposed by right ventricular apical pacing even when AV synchrony is preserved increases the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with SND. Similar results were already given by anterior studies (PIPAF) which, taking into account the percentage of ventricular pacing, suggested that AF prevention algorithm in combination with a preserved native conduction are efficient in reducing AF burden.

However, current practice is to implant a dual chamber pacemaker to prevent the risk of atrioventricular block (AVB) even if DDDR pacing with a fixed long AV delay was found inefficient in reducing ventricular pacing and was associated with a high risk of arrhythmias.

The Symphony 2550 cardiac pacemaker offers pacing modes that automatically switch from AAI(R) mode to DDD(R) or DDI(R) in event of severe atrioventricular conduction disorder, irrespective of whether or not these are accompanied by an atrial arrhythmia, returning spontaneously to AAI(R) mode as soon as the spontaneous AV conduction has resumed. These 2 particular modes are called the AAI SafeR and DDD/AMC (R) mode.

The main differences between both modes are that (i) AAI SafeR does not trigger any AV Delay after a sensed or paced atrial event which allows long PR intervals or even limited ventricular pauses with no switch to DDD(R), while (ii) DDD/AMC (R) is able to optimize AV Delay after switching to DDD(R) according to measured spontaneous conduction times and to provide an acceleration in case of vaso-vagal syndrome. This pacing mode has previously been assessed in clinical studies.

This study intends to demonstrate that the automatic modes switching significantly reduce the percentage of ventricular pacing in patients implanted with a spontaneous AV conduction and reduce the occurrence of atrial arrhythmias, on a mid-term follow-up period, in comparison to standard DDD pacing with long AVDelay.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Sinus Node Dysfunction


Symphony D 2450, Symphony DR 2550


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Sorin Group

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:18:08-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

The omission of atrial activation that is caused by transient cessation of impulse generation at the SINOATRIAL NODE. It is characterized by a prolonged pause without P wave in an ELECTROCARDIOGRAM. Sinus arrest has been associated with sleep apnea (REM SLEEP-RELATED SINUS ARREST).

Irregular HEART RATE caused by abnormal function of the SINOATRIAL NODE. It is characterized by a greater than 10% change between the maximum and the minimum sinus cycle length or 120 milliseconds.

A condition caused by dysfunctions related to the SINOATRIAL NODE including impulse generation (CARDIAC SINUS ARREST) and impulse conduction (SINOATRIAL EXIT BLOCK). It is characterized by persistent BRADYCARDIA, chronic ATRIAL FIBRILLATION, and failure to resume sinus rhythm following CARDIOVERSION. This syndrome can be congenital or acquired, particularly after surgical correction for heart defects.

Simple rapid heartbeats caused by rapid discharge of impulses from the SINOATRIAL NODE, usually between 100 and 180 beats/min in adults. It is characterized by a gradual onset and termination. Sinus tachycardia is common in infants, young children, and adults during strenuous physical activities.

A cardiac arrhythmia that is caused by interaction of two independently initiated cardiac impulses of different rates from two separate foci. Generally one focus is the SINOATRIAL NODE, the normal pacemaker. The ectopic focus is usually in the HEART VENTRICLE but can be in the HEART ATRIUM or the ATRIOVENTRICULAR NODE. Modulation of the parasystolic rhythm by the sinus rhythm depends on the completeness of entrance block surrounding the parasystolic focus.

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