Antiarrhythmic and hemodynamic evaluation of indecainide and procainamide in nonsustained ventricular tachycardia Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Drug Utilization Review
  • Heart Failure
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Registries
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left


  • The present trial was a placebo-controlled, randomized, parallel study comparing indecainide to procainamide. A 24-hour intravenous phase measured and compared invasive hemodynamics, followed by oral administration for assessment of arrhythmia suppression. Thirty-two patients (mean age 61 years) with asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) were evaluated, 15 while receiving indecainide and 17 while receiving procainamide. A total of 8 patients had serious toxicity during the intravenous phase; 6 receiving indecainide experienced increased left ventricular dysfunction or worsening arrhythmia (sustained VT, arrhythmic death) while 2 receiving procainamide developed serious hypotension. Proarrhythmia developed in 3 of 15 (20%) of the indecainide patients, but in no procainamide patient. In those tolerating indecainide, long-term suppression of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) and of runs of VT was more consistent than with procainamide. While indecainide was a potent suppressor of spontaneous VPCs and VT, patients with significant left ventricular dysfunction could not tolerate it. The indecainide patients developing serious toxicity had a common hemodynamic profile: ejection fraction less than 25%, elevated left ventricular filling pressures, low cardiac and stroke volume index and minimal cardiac reserve. Indecainide has a poor risk-benefit ratio in patients similar to the current population, who have potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias and severe left ventricular dysfunction.

publication date

  • July 1990



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0002-9149(90)90738-M

PubMed ID

  • 2193498

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 68

end page

  • 74


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