The Value of Programmed Ventricular Extrastimuli From the Right Ventricular Basal Septum During Supraventricular Tachycardia

JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2023 Feb;9(2):219-228. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2022.09.005. Epub 2022 Oct 26.


Background: The difference between the right ventricular (RV) apical stimulus-atrial electrogram (SA) interval during resetting of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) versus the ventriculoatrial (VA) interval during SVT (ΔSA-VAapex) is an established technique for discerning SVT mechanisms but is limited by a significant diagnostic overlap.

Objectives: This study hypothesized that the difference between the RV SA interval during resetting of SVTs versus the VA interval during SVTs (ΔSA-VA) would yield a more robust differentiation of atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT) from atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT) when using the RV basal septal stimulation (ΔSA-VAbase) as compared to the RV apical stimulation (ΔSA-VAapex). Moreover, it was predicted that the ΔSA-VAbase might distinguish septal from free wall accessory pathways (APs) effectively.

Methods: In this prospective study, 105 patients with AVNRTs (age 48 ± 20 years, 44% male) and 130 with AVRTs (age 26 ± 18 years, 54% male) underwent programmed ventricular extrastimuli delivered from both the RV basal septum and RV apex. The ΔSA-VA values were compared between the 2 sites.

Results: The ΔSA-VAbase was shorter than the ΔSA-VAapex during AVRT (44 ± 30 ms vs 58 ± 29 ms; P < 0.001), and the opposite occurred during AVNRT (133 ± 31 ms vs 125 ± 25 ms; P = 0.03). A ΔSA-VAbase of ≧85 milliseconds had a sensitivity of 97% and specificity of 96% for identifying AVNRT. Furthermore, a ΔSA-VAbase of 45-85 milliseconds identified AVRT with left free wall APs (sensitivity 86%, specificity 95%), 20-45 milliseconds for posterior septal APs (sensitivity 72%, specificity 96%), and <20 milliseconds for right free wall or anterior/mid septal APs (sensitivity 86%, specificity 98%).

Conclusions: The ΔSA-VAbase during programmed ventricular extrastimuli produced a robust differentiation between AVNRT and AVRT regardless of the AP location with ≧85 milliseconds as an excellent cutoff point. This straightforward technique further allowed localizing 4 general AP sites.

Keywords: accessory pathway; premature ventricular extrastimulus; right ventricular base; supraventricular tachycardia; ventriculoatrial interval.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Heart Ventricles
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry*
  • Tachycardia, Supraventricular*
  • Ventricular Septum*
  • Young Adult