Predictors of atrial mechanical sensing and atrioventricular synchrony with a leadless ventricular pacemaker: Results from the MARVEL 2 Study

C. Garweg
S. K. Khelae
C. Steinwender
J. Y. Chan
P. Ritter
J. B. Johansen
V. Sagi
L. M. Epstein, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
J. P. Piccini
M. Pascual
L. Mont
R. Willems
T. Sheldon
V. Splett
K. Stromberg
N. Wood
L. Chinitz


© 2020 The Authors Background: The MARVEL (Micra Atrial TRacking Using a Ventricular AccELerometer) 2 study assessed the efficacy of atrioventricular (AV) synchronous pacing with a Micra leadless pacemaker. Average atrioventricular synchrony (AVS) was 89.2%. Previously, low amplitude of the Micra-sensed atrial signal (A4) was observed to be a factor of low AVS. Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of A4 amplitude and high AVS. Methods: We analyzed 64 patients enrolled in MARVEL 2 who had visible P waves on electrocardiogram for assessing A4 amplitude and 40 patients with third-degree AV block for assessing AVS at rest. High AVS was defined as >90% correct atrial-triggered ventricular pacing. The association between clinical factors and echocardiographic parameters with A4 amplitude was investigated using a multivariable model with lasso variable selection. Variables associated with A4 amplitude together with premature ventricular contraction burden, sinus rate, and sinus rate variability (standard deviation of successive differences of P-P intervals [SDSD]) were assessed for association with AVS. Results: In univariate analysis, low A4 amplitude was inversely related to atrial function assessed by E/A ratio and eʹ/aʹ ratio, and was directly related to atrial contraction excursion (ACE) and atrial strain (Ɛa) on echocardiography (all P ≤.05). The multivariable lasso regression model found coronary artery bypass graft history, E/A ratio, ACE, and Ɛa were associated with low A4 amplitude. E/A ratio and SDSD were multivariable predictors of high AVS, with >90% probability if E/A <0.94 and SDSD <5 bpm. Conclusion: Clinical parameters and echocardiographic markers of atrial function are associated with A4 signal amplitude. High AVS can be predicted by E/A ratio <0.94 and low sinus rate variability at rest.