BACKGROUND Ventricular arrhythmias play an important role in cardiovascular mortality especially in patients with impaired cardiac and autonomic function. The aim of this experimental study was to determine, if renal denervation (RDN) could decrease the inducibility of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in a healthy porcine biomodel. METHODS Controlled electrophysiological study was performed in 6 biomodels 40 days after RDN (RDN group) and in 6 healthy animals (control group). The inducibility of VF was tested by programmed ventricular stimulation from the apex of right ventricle (8 basal stimuli coupled with up to 4 extrastimuli) always three times in each biomodel using peripheral extracorporeal oxygenation for hemodynamic support. Further, basal heart rate (HR), PQ and QT intervals and effective refractory period of ventricles (ERP) were measured. Technical success of RDN was evaluated by histological examination. RESULTS According to histological findings, RDN procedure was successfully performed in all biomodels. Comparing the groups, basal HR was lower in RDN group: 79 (IQR 58; 88) vs. 93 (72; 95) beats per minute (p = 0.003); PQ interval was longer in RDN group: 145 (133; 153) vs. 115 (113; 120) ms (p < 0.0001) and QTc intervals were comparable: 402 (382; 422) ms in RDN vs. 386 (356; 437) ms in control group (p = 0.1). ERP was prolonged significantly in RDN group: 159 (150; 169) vs. 140 (133; 150) ms (p = 0.001), but VF inducibility was the same (18/18 vs. 18/18 attempts). CONCLUSIONS RDN decreased the influence of sympathetic nerve system on the heart conduction system in healthy porcine biomodel. However, the electrophysiological study was not associated with a decrease of VF inducibility after RDN.
Lubanda, J. C., Kudlicka, J., Mlcek, M., Chochola, M., Neuzil, P., Linhart, A., & Kittnar, O. (2015). Renal denervation decreases effective refractory period but not inducibility of ventricular fibrillation in a healthy porcine biomodel: A case control study. Journal of Translational Medicine, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12967-014-0367-y