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    Sudden cardiac death and late arrhythmias after the Fontan operation

    Kavitha N. Pundi1, Krishna N. Pundi2, Jonathan N. Johnson1,3, Joseph A. Dearani4, Zhuo Li, BS5, David J. Driscoll1, Philip L. Wackel1, Christopher J. McLeod3, Frank Cetta1,3, Bryan C. Cannon1,3

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.12, No.1, pp. 17-23, 2017

    Abstract Objectives: We sought to examine the incidence and predictors of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD) after Fontan operation.
    Background: Arrhythmias and SCD have been reported following operations for congenital heart disease, but the incidence and risk factors have not been well defined in patients after a Fontan operation.
    Methods: We reviewed records of all patients who had a Fontan operation from 1973 to 2012 (n 5 1052) at our institution. A questionnaire was mailed to patients who were not known to be deceased at the initiation of the study. Late arrhythmias were classified as bradyarrhythmias or tachyarrhythmias requiring treatment… More >

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