2020 Volume 2 Issue 8 Pages 433-439
Background:Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a most devastating complication of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical features of HCM in patients who experienced SCD-relevant events in an aged Japanese community.
Methods and Results:In 2004, we established a cardiomyopathy registration network in Kochi Prefecture, and herein report on 293 patients with HCM who are followed as part of the registry. The mean (±SD) age at registration and diagnosis was 63±14 and 56±16 years, respectively. SCD-relevant events occurred in 19 patients during a mean follow-up period of 6.1±3.2 years (incidence rate 1.0%/year): sudden death in 9 patients, successful recovery from cardiopulmonary arrest in 4 patients, and appropriate implantable cardioverter–defibrillator discharge in 6 patients. At registration, 13 patients were in the dilated phase of HCM (D-HCM). During the follow-up period, HCM developed to D-HCM in 21 patients; thus, 34 patients in total had D-HCM. Multivariate analysis revealed that D-HCM at registration or during follow-up and detection of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) during follow-up were significant predictors of SCD-relevant events.
Conclusions:In this HCM population in an aged Japanese community, the annual rate of SCD-relevant events was 1.0%. HCM developed to D-HCM in a considerable number of patients, and D-HCM and NSVT were shown to be independently associated with an increased risk of SCD-relevant events.