Outcome of ventricular fibrillation developing during percutaneous coronary interventions in 19,497 patients without cardiogenic shock

Am J Cardiol. 2005 Sep 15;96(6):764-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2005.04.057.


Ventricular fibrillation (VF) developing out of hospital or even in hospital has a reported prognosis for survival that is <50%. We examined the prognosis for VF in 19,497 patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention and identified 164 who had VF (0.84%). The time to defibrillation was <1 minute and was successful in all without sequelae. Thus, VF developing in the catheterization laboratory is unique in terms of prognosis.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / etiology*