Sympathetic Blockade for the Management of Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia: A Case Report

Kavin Bains, David Janfaza, Devon Flaherty, Jose Zeballos, Ahmad Halawa, Usha Tedrow, Kamen Vlassakov

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Abstract

A 64-year-old man with a history of nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) presented with electrical storm (ES). Episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) persisted despite endocardial catheter ablations and exhaustive pharmacotherapy. We used alternating regional anesthesia techniques, left stellate ganglion block, and proximal intercostal block to reduce sympathetic input to the heart, resulting in a significant decrease in VT burden. By using alternating catheter locations, we were able to maintain continuous sympathetic blockade for 31 days and bridge the patient to a successful orthotopic heart transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e01456
JournalA&A practice
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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