Manual vs. automatic capture management in implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators Academic Article uri icon


  • The Secura ICD and Consulta CRT-D are the first defibrillators to have automatic right atrial (RA), right ventricular (RV), and left ventricular (LV) capture management (CM). Complete CM was evaluated in an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) population. Two prospective clinical studies were conducted in 28 centres in Europe and Israel. Automatic CM data were compared with manual threshold measurements, the CM applicability was determined, and adjustments to pacing outputs were analysed. In total, 160 patients [age 64.6 +/- 10.4 years, 77% male, 80 ICD and 80 cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D)] were included. The differences between automatic and manual measurements were 2.5 V) due to raised RA threshold in seven (4.4%), high RV threshold in nine (5.6%), and high LV threshold in three patients (3.8%). All high threshold detections and all automatic modulations of pacing output were adjudicated appropriate. Complete CM adjusts pacing output appropriately, permitting a reduction in office visits while it may maximize device longevity. The study was registered at identifiers: NCT00526227 and NCT00526162.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010