Relationship Between Successful Ablation Sites and the Scar Border Zone Defined by Substrate Mapping for Ventricular Tachycardia Post-Myocardial Infarction


  • Atul Verma is supported by a fellowship award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

  • No financial support was received for this study. No potential conflicts of interest arise from the publication of this manuscript.

  • Manuscript received 8 June 2004; Revised manuscript received 16 November 2004; Accepted for publication 22 November 2004.

Andrea Natale, M.D., Department of Cardiology/Desk F15, Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA. Fax: (216)444-4428; E-mail:


Introduction: It is unknown if identification of scar border zones by electroanatomical mapping correlates with successful ablation sites determined from mapping during ventricular tachycardia (VT) post-myocardial infarction (MI). We sought to assess the relationship between successful ablation sites of hemodynamically stable post-MI VTs determined by mapping during VT with the scar border zone defined in sinus rhythm.

Methods and Results: Forty-six patients presenting with hemodynamically stable, mappable monomorphic VT post-MI and who had at least one such VT successfully ablated were prospectively included in the study. In each patient, VT was ablated by targeting regions during VT that exhibited early activation, ± isolated mid-diastolic potentials, and concealed entrainment suggesting a critical isthmus site. Prior to ablation, a detailed sinus-rhythm CARTO voltage map of the left ventricle was obtained. A voltage <0.5 mV defined dense scar. Successful VT ablation sites were registered on the sinus voltage map to assess their relationship to the scar border zone. Of the 86 VTs, 68% were successfully ablated at sites in the endocardial border zone. The remaining VTs had ablation sites within the scar in (18%), in normal myocardium (4%), and on the epicardial surface (10%). There were no significant differences in VT recurrence amongst the different groups.

Conclusion: Successful ablation sites of hemodynamically stable, monomorphic VTs post-MI are often located in the scar border zone as defined by substrate voltage mapping. However, in a sizable minority, ablation sites are located within endocardial scar, epicardially, and even in normal myocardium.