Electrical Substrates Driving Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Combined Clinical-Computational Evaluation

Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2018 Apr;11(4):e005647. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.117.005647.


Background: The predictive value of interventricular versus intraventricular dyssynchrony for response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) remains unclear. We investigated the relative importance of both ventricular electrical substrate components for left ventricular (LV) hemodynamic function.

Methods and results: First, we used the cardiovascular computational model CircAdapt to characterize the isolated effect of intrinsic interventricular and intraventricular activation on CRT response (ΔLVdP/dtmax). Simulated ΔLVdP/dtmax (range: 1.3%-26.5%) increased considerably with increasing interventricular dyssynchrony. In contrast, the isolated effect of intraventricular dyssynchrony in either the LV or right ventricle was limited (ΔLVdP/dtmax range: 12.3%-18.3% and 14.1%-15.7%, respectively). Effects of activation during biventricular pacing on ΔLVdP/dtmax were small. Second, electrocardiographic imaging-derived activation characteristics of 51 CRT candidates were used to personalize ventricular activation in CircAdapt. The individualized models were subsequently used to assess the accuracy of ΔLVdP/dtmax prediction based on the electrical data. The model-predicted ΔLVdP/dtmax was close to the actual value in patients with left bundle branch block (measured-simulated: 2.7±9.0%) when only intrinsic interventricular dyssynchrony was personalized. Among patients without left bundle branch block, ΔLVdP/dtmax was systematically overpredicted by CircAdapt (measured-simulated: 9.2±7.1%). Adding intraventricular activation to the model did not improve the accuracy of the response prediction.

Conclusions: Computer simulations revealed that intrinsic interventricular dyssynchrony is the dominant component of the electrical substrate driving the response to CRT. Intrinsic intraventricular dyssynchrony and any dyssynchrony during biventricular pacing play a minor role in this respect. This may facilitate patient-specific modeling for prediction of CRT response.

Clinical trial registration: URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01270646.

Keywords: bundle branch block; cardiac resynchronization therapy; computer simulation; hemodynamics; patient-specific modeling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Heart Block / diagnosis
  • Heart Block / physiopathology
  • Heart Block / therapy*
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Heart Rate
  • Hemodynamics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Cardiovascular*
  • Patient-Specific Modeling*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnosis
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / therapy*
  • Ventricular Function, Left*
  • Ventricular Function, Right
  • Ventricular Pressure

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01270646