Canadian Registry of Implantable Electronic Device Outcomes: Surveillance of High-Voltage Leads Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Cardiac implantable electrical devices (CIEDs) are subject to advisories and complications that can result in morbidity and mortality for patients; there is currently no system in Canada to track these. METHODS: This was a multicenter, prospective cohort study conducted at 5 centers to determine feasibility. Patients with a de novo high-voltage (HV) lead implantation were included and followed for a minimum of 1 year. RESULTS: There were 611 leads enrolled into the registry over 18 months. The mean age was 62.4 ± 12.8 years; 144 (23.6%) women were enrolled. The indication for lead implantation was for primary prevention in 65.5%. There were 497 (82.1%) de novo devices (single chamber: 54.5%, dual chamber: 20.5%, cardiac resynchronization therapy [CRT] 25.0%); the remainder of the procedures was a system revision for either upgrade (8.1%) or lead revision (9.8%). The lead revision rate at 1 year was 3.4%, with the primary reason being lead dislodgements. Mortality rate was 3.8% at 1 year. The rate of any device-related complication was 2.0% at 30 days, with the highest rate in CRT implants (4.9%, P = 0.0105). At 1 year, the complication rate was 4.5%, with no significant difference among device types. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that device surveillance is feasible and highlights (1) the need for CIED surveillance to track device-related complications, (2) the scope of this should be larger, and (3) mandatory participation should be considered. This system could predict CIEDs that may be susceptible to higher than usual rates of failure, mitigating adverse outcomes in patients.


  • Parkash, Ratika
  • Thibault, Bernard
  • Philippon, Francois
  • Yee, Raymond
  • Stephenson, Elizabeth
  • Healey, Jeffrey Sean
  • Krahn, Andrew
  • Exner, Derek
  • Simpson, Christopher
  • Crystal, Eugene
  • Nery, Pablo
  • Essebag, Vidal
  • Sterns, Laurence
  • Tang, Anthony
  • Wells, George

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  • June 2018

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