Background: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an ion channelopathy that predisposes affected subjects to ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VT/VF) and sudden cardiac death. Restitution analysis has been examined in BrS patients but not all studies have reported significant differences between BrS patients and controls. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the different restitution indices used in BrS.
Methods: PubMed and Embase were searched until April 7, 2019, identifying 20 and 27 studies.
Results: A total of ten studies involving 178 BrS (mean age 38 years old, 63% male) and 102 controls (mean age 31 years old, 42% male) were included in this systematic review. Pacing was carried out at the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT)/right ventricular apex (RPA) (n = 4), RPA (n = 4), or right atrium (RA) (n = 1). Basic cycle lengths of 400 (n = 4), 500 (n = 2), 600 (n = 6) and 750 ms (n = 1) were used. Recording methods include electrograms (n = 4), monophasic action potentials (n = 5), and electrocardiograms (n = 1). Signals were obtained from the RVOT (n = 8), RVA (n = 3), RA (n = 1), or the body surface (n = 1). The maximum restitution slope for endocardial repolarization at the RVOT was 0.87 for BrS patients (n = 5; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.68-1.07) compared with 0.74 in control subjects (n = 4; 95% CI 0.42-1.06), with a significant mean difference of 0.40 (n = 4; 95% CI 0.11-0.69; P = 0.007).
Conclusions: Steeper endocardial repolarization restitution slopes are found in BrS patients compared with controls at baseline. Restitution analysis can provide important information for risk stratification in BrS.
Keywords: Brugada syndrome; Conduction; Repolarization; Restitution.