Electrical storm in idiopathic ventricular fibrillation is associated with early repolarization

Yoshifusa Aizawa, Masaomi Chinushi, Kanae Hasegawa, Nobu Naiki, Minoru Horie, Yoshiaki Kaneko, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Shogo Ito, Tsutomu Imaizumi, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Seiji Takatsuki, Kunitake Joo, Masahito Sato, Katsuya Ebe, Yukio Hosaka, Michel Haissaguerre, Keiichi Fukuda

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Objectives This study sought to characterize patients with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) who develop electrical storms. Background Some IVF patients develop ventricular fibrillation (VF) storms, but the characteristics of these patients are poorly known. Methods Ninety-one IVF patients (86% male) were selected after the exclusion of structural heart diseases, primary electrical diseases, and coronary spasm. Electrocardiogram features were compared between the patients with and without electrical storms. A VF storm was defined as VF occurring ≥3 times in 24 h and J waves >0.1 mV above the isoelectric line in contiguous leads. Results Fourteen (15.4%) patients had VF storms occurring out-of-hospital at night or in the early morning. J waves were more closely associated with VF storms compared to patients without VF storms: 92.9% versus 36.4% (p < 0.0001). VF storms were controlled by intravenous isoproterenol, which attenuated the J-wave amplitude. After the subsidence of VF storms, the J waves decreased to the nondiagnostic level during the entire follow-up period. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy was administered to all patients during follow-up. Quinidine therapy was limited, but the patients on disopyramide (n = 3), bepridil (n = 1), or isoprenaline (n = 1) were free from VF recurrence, while VF recurred in 5 of the 9 patients who were not given antiarrhythmic drugs. Conclusions The VF storms in the IVF patients were highly associated with J waves that showed augmentation prior to the VF onset. Isoproterenol was effective in controlling VF and attenuated the J waves, which diminished to below the diagnostic level during follow-up. VF recurred in patients followed up without antiarrhythmic agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1019
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept 10


  • early repolarization
  • electrical storm
  • idiopathic ventricular fibrillation
  • isoproterenol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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