: Implantable loop recorders (ILRs) are effective tools for detecting arrhythmias by long-term continuous heart rhythm monitoring. Benefits have been demonstrated even in pediatric patients. ILR with a long sensing vector has recently been designed to improve signal quality in terms of P wave visibility and R wave amplitude. However, there are no data on its use in pediatric patients. We considered a series of pediatric patients implanted with a long sensing vector ILR. Sensing performance, including R wave amplitude and P wave visibility, device-related complications, and diagnostic yield were collected. During follow-up, each patient guided by his/her parents/guardians was also asked to complete a brief questionnaire to assess patient acceptability of the device. Twenty-five consecutive pediatric patients (mean age 11.3 ± 3.5 years, 72% male) were enrolled. The insertion success rate was 100% on the first attempt with no complications. The median amplitude of the R wave was 1.15 mV (interquartile range, 1.01-1.42) with no significant differences between patients aged ≤ or > 10 years (p = 0.726) and between female and male (p = 0.483). P wave was classified as 'always visible' in 24/25 patients (96%). ILR was generally well accepted and tolerated by all involved patients. During a median follow-up of 297 days (117-317), we achieved in 5 patients a correlation between symptoms and rhythm disorders (20%) and ruled out significant arrhythmias in 6 symptomatic children (24%). Long sensing vector ILR showed to be well accepted, with good signal quality and an excellent safety profile even in pediatric patients.

Implantable Loop Recorder with Long Sensing Vector: Safety, Acceptability, and Sensing Performance in Pediatric Patients

Russo, Vincenzo;Russo, Maria Giovanna;
2022

Abstract

: Implantable loop recorders (ILRs) are effective tools for detecting arrhythmias by long-term continuous heart rhythm monitoring. Benefits have been demonstrated even in pediatric patients. ILR with a long sensing vector has recently been designed to improve signal quality in terms of P wave visibility and R wave amplitude. However, there are no data on its use in pediatric patients. We considered a series of pediatric patients implanted with a long sensing vector ILR. Sensing performance, including R wave amplitude and P wave visibility, device-related complications, and diagnostic yield were collected. During follow-up, each patient guided by his/her parents/guardians was also asked to complete a brief questionnaire to assess patient acceptability of the device. Twenty-five consecutive pediatric patients (mean age 11.3 ± 3.5 years, 72% male) were enrolled. The insertion success rate was 100% on the first attempt with no complications. The median amplitude of the R wave was 1.15 mV (interquartile range, 1.01-1.42) with no significant differences between patients aged ≤ or > 10 years (p = 0.726) and between female and male (p = 0.483). P wave was classified as 'always visible' in 24/25 patients (96%). ILR was generally well accepted and tolerated by all involved patients. During a median follow-up of 297 days (117-317), we achieved in 5 patients a correlation between symptoms and rhythm disorders (20%) and ruled out significant arrhythmias in 6 symptomatic children (24%). Long sensing vector ILR showed to be well accepted, with good signal quality and an excellent safety profile even in pediatric patients.
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