The V-Tachogram:Decreasing Ventricular Arrythmias When Injecting Contrast in the Left Ventricle
Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Defined Population
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Study Start Date:||July 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2006|
The LV angiogram is performed frequently as part of the cardiac catheterization procedure. It is done by injecting a bolus of x-ray contrast into the ventricle through a pigtail catheter over a short period of time and observing the heart as it is pumped out. This provides information on regional wall motion abnormalities, ejection fraction, and mitral regurgitation. A common occurrence when performing a LV angio is frequent PVC’s or V-tach during the injection, it has been suggested that ectopic's occurs about 54% of the time and that interpretability was limited 30% of the time(3) This is rarely serious and subsides at the end of the injection but the irregularity of the contractions does affect the diagnostic quality of the exam.
In an attempt to decrease the incidence of ventricular ectopic's during the LV angiogram Contrast injections with a greater linear rise increasing the injection duration to at least ½ the flow rate, greater than previous settings should decrease the tension and the contrast jets coming out of the catheter, decreasing the fling of the catheter at the initiation of the injection. Whether this affects the quality of the angiogram with a pig tail vs. a straight catheter will also need to be considered?
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00288756
|Trillium Health Centre|
|Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5B 1B8|
|Principal Investigator:||Peter Vandermyden, RN||staff RN Trillium Health Centre|