Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio predicts appropriate therapy in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy patients with primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Fatih M. Uçar, Burak Açar


Objectives: To investigate whether an inflammatory marker of neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) predicts appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy (shock or anti tachycardia pacing) in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) patients.Methods: We retrospectively examined IDC patients (mean age: 58.3 ± 11.8 years, 81.5% male) with ICD who admitted to outpatient clinic for pacemaker control at 2 tertiary care hospitals in Ankara and Edirne, Turkey from January 2013-2015. All ICDs were implanted for primary prevention. Hematological and biochemical parameters were measured prior procedure.


Results: Over a median follow-up period of 43 months (Range 7-125), 68 (33.1%) patients experienced appropriate ICD therapy. The NLR was increased in patients that received appropriate therapy (4.39 ± 2.94 versus 2.96 ± 1.97, p less than 0.001).To identify independent risk factors for appropriate therapy, a multivariate linear regression model was conducted and age (β=0.163, p=0.013), fasting glucose (β=0.158, p=0.017), C-reactive protein (CRP) (β=0.289, p less than 0.001) and NLR (β=0.212, p less than 0.008) were found to be independent risk factors for appropriate ICD therapy.


Conclusions: Before ICD implantation by using NLR and CRP, arrhythmic episodes may be predictable and better antiarrhythmic medical therapy optimization may protect these IDC patients from unwanted events.

Saudi Med J 2017; Vol. 38 (2): 143-148

doi: 10.15537/smj.2017.2.15929

How to cite this article:

Uçar FM, Açar B. Saudi Med J. 2017 Feb;38(2):143-148.

doi: 10.15537/smj.2017.2.15929.


appropriate therapy; implantable cardioverter defibrillator; neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio; inflammation; idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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