Use of cardiac implantable devices and catheter ablation is steadily increasing in Western countries following the positive results of clinical trials. Despite the advances in scientific knowledge, tools development, and techniques improvement we still have some grey area in the field of electrical therapies for the heart. In particular, several reports highlighted differences both in medical behaviour and procedural outcomes between female and male candidates. Women are referred later for catheter ablation of supraventricular arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, leading to suboptimal results.
On the opposite females present greater response to cardiac resynchronization, while the benefit of implantable defibrillator in primary prevention seems to be less pronounced. Differences on aetiology, clinical profile, and development of myocardial scarring are the more plausible causes. This review discusses all these aspects together with gender-related differences in terms of acute/late complications. The Authorsw also provide useful hints on plausible mechanisms and practical procedural aspects.
Diemberger I, Marazzi R, Casella M, Vassanelli F, Galimberti P, Luzi M, Borrelli A, Soldati E, Golzio PG, Fumagalli S, Francia P, Padeletti L, Botto G, Boriani G. The effects of gender on electrical therapies for the heart: procedural considerations, results and complications: A report from the XII Congress of the Italian Association on Arrhythmology and Cardiostimulation (AIAC). Europace 2017 May 17. doi: 10.1093/europace/eux034. [Epub ahead of print]. Go to PubMed