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Journal Articles JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Year : 2018

Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances in Hemodialysis Patients

Frédéric Sacher
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Laurence Jesel
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Claire Borni-Duval
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Valerie de Precigout
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Jean-Philippe Bourdenx
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Atman Haddj-Elmrabet
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Adrien Keller
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Dorothée Bazin-Kara
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Nicolas Klotz
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Sébastien Buffler
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Sylvain Reuter
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Michel Haïssaguerre
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Christian Combe


Objectives - The aim of this study was to identify using implantable loop recorder (ILR) monitoring the mechanisms leading to sudden death (SD) in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD). Background - SD accounts for 11% to 25% of death in HD patients. Methods - Continuous rhythm monitoring was performed using the remote monitoring capability of the ILR device in patients undergoing HD at 8 centers. Clinical, biological, and technical HD parameters were recorded and analyzed. Results - Seventy-one patients (mean age 65 ± 9 years, 73% men) were included. Left ventricular ejection fraction was <50% in 16%. Twelve patients (17%) had histories of atrial fibrillation or flutter at inclusion. During a mean follow-up period of 21.3 ± 6.9 months, 16 patients died (14% patient-years), 7 (44%) of cardiovascular causes. Four SDs occurred, with progressive bradycardia followed by asystole. The incidence of patients presenting with significant conduction disorder and with ventricular arrhythmia was 14% and 9% patient-years, respectively. In multivariate survival frailty analyses, a higher risk for conduction disorder was associated with plasma potassium >5.0 mmol/l, bicarbonate <22 mmol/l, hemoglobin >11.5 g/dl, pre-HD systolic blood pressure >140 mm Hg, the longer interdialytic period, history of coronary artery disease, previous other arrhythmias, and diabetes mellitus. A higher risk for ventricular arrhythmia was associated with potassium <4.0 mmol/l, no antiarrhythmic drugs, and previous other arrhythmias. With ILR monitoring, de novo atrial fibrillation or flutter was diagnosed in 14 patients (20%). Conclusions - ILR may be considered in HD patients prone to significant conduction disorders, ventricular arrhythmia, or atrial fibrillation or flutter to allow early identification and initiation of adequate treatment. Therapeutic strategies reducing serum potassium variability could decrease the rate of SD in these patients. (Implantable Loop Recorder in Hemodialysis Patients [RYTHMODIAL]; NCT01252823).

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Frédéric Sacher, Laurence Jesel, Claire Borni-Duval, Valerie de Precigout, Frédéric Lavainne, et al.. Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances in Hemodialysis Patients. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 2018, 4 (3), pp.397-408. ⟨10.1016/j.jacep.2017.08.002⟩. ⟨hal-02445406⟩
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