[Efficacy of surgical left ventricular restoration for the patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy; comparison with the surgical treatments for ischemic heart failure (STICH) trial].

Kiyokazu Kokaji, Mikihiko Kudo, Ryohei Yozu

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The efficacy of surgical left ventricular restoration (LVR) for the patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy was denied by the surgical treatments for ischemic heart failure (STICH) trial. But the conclusion of the STICH trial is wrong and real message of the STICH trial is as follows. LVR is not effective procedure for the patients with poor left ventricular function and small left ventricular dilatation. In the STICH trial, volume reduction rate of the patients with LVR is too little. Based on the low of Laplace, little volume reduction rate do not contribute the improvement of the ventricular function. In our 33 cases of LVR, the survival rates at 5, 7, and 10 years after LVR were 80%, 76% and 76%. On the other hand, the corresponding cardiac event-free rates were 55%. 44%, and 44%. These discrepancies of the value suggest the importance of both the preoperative strategy and the intensive therapy during the postoperative period. We observed some cases that re-enlarged left ventricle after LVR induced heart failure or ventricular arrhythmia. The timing of operation, left ventricular reconstruction of appropriate size and shape considering the function of residual myocardium has significant effect on prognosis. Postoperative ventricular tachycardia (VT) was the major factor influenced the survival rate. After preoperative or intraoperative three-dimensional electrical mapping by CARTO system to detect focus of VT, endocardiectomy combined with cryoablation at the VT focus is performed and postoperative antiarrhythmic medication is added routinely. If LVR will be performed after appreciation of its concept, indication and method, excellent long term prognosis will be expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1002-1006
Number of pages5
JournalKyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct


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