Malignant ventricular arrhythmias after off-pump coronary artery bypass

Jeng Wei Chen, Cheng Hsin Lin, Ron Bin Hsu

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Background/Purpose: Sustained ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF) are rare complications after coronary surgery. Off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) was developed to decrease postoperative complications. No studies to date have specifically addressed VT/VF after OPCAB. We sought to assess the incidence, risk factors, and outcome of VT/VF after OPCAB. Methods: The study included a retrospective review of 1010 patients undergoing OPCAB between 2000 and 2012. Data were compared between the VT/VF patients and control patients who were the first cases of OPCAB in each month during the study period and did not have VT/VF. Results: Twenty-three patients (2.3%) developed VT/VF after OPCAB. The hospital mortality rate was 17.4%. In univariate analysis, the risk factors for VT/VF were old age, rapid heart rate, prolonged corrected QT interval, severe congestive heart failure, poor left ventricular ejection fraction, large left ventricular end-diastolic diameter, chronic kidney disease, preoperative dialysis, low blood hemoglobin level, preoperative intubation, recent myocardial infarction, high European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation, urgent/emergent operation, use of intra-aortic balloon pump, conversion to on-pump beating heart, postoperative dialysis, and no use of beta-blockers after operation. Multivariate analysis identified preoperative corrected QT interval > 426 milliseconds [odds ratio (OR) = 4.501; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.153-17.570] and estimated glomerular filtration rate < 30 mL/minute/1.73 m2 (OR = 4.876; 95% CI = 1.112-21.374) as independent risk factors. Conclusion: Postoperative VT/VF was rare after OPCAB but was associated with high mortality. Prolonged corrected QT interval and chronic kidney disease were independent risk factors. Recognition of these risk factors, proper prevention, and early intervention may improve survival.

Original languageEnglish
Article number863
Pages (from-to)936-942
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass
  • Ventricular arrhythmia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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