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Catheter ablation

Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Teresa Oloriz, Francesca Baratto, Nicola Trevisi, Melania Barbaro, Caterina Bisceglia, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Miki Yamase, Gabriele Paglino, Andrea Radinovic, Paolo Della Bella
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is effective to prevent arrhythmia episode-related implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks. However, recurrences in noninducible patients at programmed ventricular stimulation (PVS) are substantial. METHODS AND RESULTS: From May 2013 to September 2015, 218 PVSs were performed 6 days (5-7) after ablation (186 noninvasive programmed stimulations and 32 invasive PVS) in 210 consecutive patients (ischemic, 48%; median left ventricular ejection fraction, 37%; syncope, 35% with trauma associated 6%), while patients were awake and under β-blocker therapy...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Philippa R P Krahn, Sheldon M Singh, Venkat Ramanan, Labonny Biswas, Nicolas Yak, Kevan J T Anderson, Jennifer Barry, Mihaela Pop, Graham A Wright
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation has become a mainstay of treatment for ventricular tachycardia, yet adequate lesion formation remains challenging. This study aims to comprehensively describe the composition and evolution of acute left ventricular (LV) lesions using native-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) during CMR-guided ablation procedures. METHODS: RF ablation was performed using an actively-tracked CMR-enabled catheter guided into the LV of 12 healthy swine to create 14 RF ablation lesions...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Dominik Linz, R Doug McEvoy, Martin R Cowie, Virend K Somers, Stanley Nattel, Patrick Lévy, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders
Importance: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common clinically significant breathing abnormality during sleep. It is highly prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and it promotes arrhythmogenesis and impairs treatment efficacy. Observations: The prevalence of OSA ranges from 3% to 49% in population-based studies and from 21% to 74% in patients with AF. Diagnosis and treatment of OSA in patients with AF requires a close interdisciplinary collaboration between electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and sleep specialists...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Sophinese Iskander-Rizk, Pieter Kruizinga, Antonius F W van der Steen, Gijs van Soest
Catheter-based radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation has long-term success in 60-70% of cases. A better assessment of lesion quality, depth, and continuity could improve the procedure's outcome. We investigate here photoacoustic contrast between ablated and healthy atrial-wall tissue in vitro in wavelengths spanning from 410 nm to 1000 nm. We studied single- and multi-wavelength imaging of ablation lesions and we demonstrate that a two-wavelength technique yields precise detection of lesions, achieving a diagnostic accuracy of 97%...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Taihei Itoh, Takumi Yamada
INTRODUCTION: Preferential conduction from an origin to breakout sites can occur during ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular papillary muscles (LVPMs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence, electrophysiological characteristics, and relevance to radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of such a preferential conduction demonstrated by pace mapping. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 34 consecutive patients undergoing RFCA of 40 LVPM VAs...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Anne-Céline Martin, Sarah Lessire, Isabelle Leblanc, Anne-Sophie Dincq, Ivan Philip, Isabelle Gouin-Thibault, Anne Godier
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend to perform atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation without interruption of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) and to administer unfractionated heparin (UFH) for an activated clotting time (ACT) ≥300 seconds, by analogy with vitamin K antagonist (VKA). Nevertheless, pharmacological differences between DOAC and VKA, especially regarding ACT sensitivity and UFH response, prevent extrapolation from VKA to DOAC. HYPOTHESIS: The level of anticoagulation at the time of the procedure in uninterrupted DOAC-treated patients is unpredictable, and would complicate intra-procedural UFH administration and monitoring...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Naoko Yamaguchi, Kentaro Yamakawa, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tatsuo Takamiya, Marmar Vaseghi
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial modulation with cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) can potentially reduce burden of ventricular tachy-arryhthmias (VT). Despite catheter ablation and CSD, however, VT can recur in patients with cardiomyopathy and the role of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in this setting is unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate electrophysiological effects of VNS after CSD in normal and infarcted hearts. METHODS: In 10 normal and 6 infarcted pigs, electrophysiological and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated before and during intermittent VNS pre-CSD (bilateral stellectomy and T2-T4 thoracic ganglia removal) as well as post-CSD...
March 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Dennis W den Uijl, Nuno Cabanelas, Eva M Benito, Rosa Figueras, Francisco Alarcón, Roger Borràs, Susanna Prat, Eduard Guasch, Rosario Perea, Marta Sitges, Josep Brugada, Antonio Berruezo, Lluís Mont
INTRODUCTION: To investigate the relation between left atrial (LA) volume, sphericity and fibrotic content derived from contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CE-CMR) and their impact on the outcome of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS: In 83 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF, CE-CMR was used to assess LA volume, sphericity and fibrosis. There was a significant correlation between LA volume and sphericity (R = 0...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Patrycja Pruszkowska, Radosław Lenarczyk, Jakub Gumprecht, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Michał Mazurek, Oskar Kowalski, Adam Sokal, Tomasz Podolecki, Stanisław Morawski, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation with cryobaloon catheter ablation (CCB) is an effective method oftreatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but in patients with heart failure (HF) therole of CCB remains unknown. AIMS: To assess feasibility, effectiveness and safety of CCB in patients with HF and cardiac electronic devices (CIED), the impact of the procedure on symptoms and echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Thirty consecutive HF patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (EF)≤40% and CIED, referred for CCB of AF were included...
March 12, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Yoshinari Enomoto, Go Hashimoto, Naohiko Sahara, Hikari Hashimoto, Hiroki Niikura, Keijiro Nakamura, Raisuke Iijima, Hidehiko Hara, Makoto Suzuki, Mahito Noro, Masao Moroi, Kaoru Sugi, Masato Nakamura
A 70-years-old male with a history of hypertension and drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented to our hospital for catheter ablation to his symptomatic AF. He had no prior surgical or percutaneous procedure to close or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA). A transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to rule out intra-cardiac thrombus prior to the ablation procedure. Although the TEE imaging at multiple acquisition angles was obtained, the LAA could not be visualized and an absence of the LAA was suspected...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Serdar Demir, Abdulkadir Uslu, Ahmet Guner, Sabahattin Gunduz, Muzaffer Kahyaoglu, Ayhan Kup, Mehmet Celik, Ozge Akgun, Munevver Sarı, Taylan Akgun
Malignant ventricular arrhythmias are challenging to manage, requiring a multidisciplinary approach. The mechanism, which triggers ventricular fibrillation (VF) associated with ventricular extrasystoles has not been clarified yet, however, abolishing ventricular extrasystoles may stop ventricular fibrillation in these patients. By this case presentation, we aimed to present a successful treatment of an electrical storm (ES), which developed after an acute myocardial infarction, by catheter ablation.
February 24, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Paul B Sparks, Joseph B Morton, Geoffrey Lee, Stephen A Joseph, Joshua J Hawson, Peter M Kistler, Jonathan M Kalman
BACKGROUND: Despite technological advances, studies continue to report high complication rates for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. We sought to review complication rates for AF ablation at a high-volume centre over a 14-year period and identify predictors of complications. METHODS: We reviewed prospectively collected data from 2750 consecutive AF ablation procedures at our institution using radiofrequency energy (RF) between January 2004 and May 2017. All cases were performed under general anaesthetic with transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), 3D-mapping and an irrigated ablation catheter...
February 3, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Cristiano F Pisani, Maria Antonieta Albanez de Medeiros Lopes, Hugo Bellotti, Liliane Kopel, Silvia G Lage, Mauricio I Scanavacca
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March 7, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tarek Zghaib, Ali Keramati, Jonathan Chrispin, Dong Huang, Muhammad A Balouch, Luisa Ciuffo, Ronald D Berger, Joseph E Marine, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian, David D Spragg
Background: Bipolar voltage mapping, as part of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, is traditionally performed in a point-by-point (PBP) approach using single-tip ablation catheters. Alternative techniques for fibrosis-delineation include fast-anatomical mapping (FAM) with multi-electrode circular catheters, and late gadolinium-enhanced magnetic-resonance imaging (LGE-MRI). The correlation between PBP, FAM, and LGE-MRI fibrosis assessment is unknown. Objective: In this study, we examined AF substrate using different modalities (PBP, FAM, and LGE-MRI mapping) in patients presenting for an AF ablation...
January 2018: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
Zhong-Wu Chen, Zheng-Yu Lin, Yi-Ping Chen, Jian Chen, Jin Chen
Objective: The objective of this study is to investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of Habib™ VesOpen, a new intravascular radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter in percutaneous puncture of portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) in patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Materials and Methods: Collected data of patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma with portal vein trunk or main branch who were treated by the RFA of portal vein tumor ablation with Habib™ VesOpen, a new intravascular RFA catheter...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Khola Tahir, Andy Kiser, Thomas Caranasos, J Paul Mounsey, Anil Gehi
WHO SHOULD UNDERGO HYBRID AF ABLATION?: Patients with symptomatic persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation refractory to pharmacological or routine catheter ablation can be considered for hybrid epicardial-endocardial AF ablation. Although it seems clear that patient selection should be important when considering hybrid AF ablation for optimal results, unfortunately, available data on the outcomes of hybrid epicardial-endocardial ablation is limited. Hybrid ablation is rarely compared to stand-alone catheter ablation, the surgical approach (access site, lesion set, ablation tool) is inconsistent, and the patient population studied is often suitable for a catheter ablation approach (paroxysmal AF, minimal structural heart disease)...
March 8, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Kiyoshi Tamura, Toshiyuki Maruyama
Objective : Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a relatively new technique for treating great saphenous varicose veins, is less invasive compared with stripping surgery. This study examined the mid-term safety and effectiveness of RFA for varicose veins. Materials and Methods : We enrolled 104 patients (147 limbs) who underwent RFA for varicose veins of the lower extremities (females, 67; 64.4%). The mean age was 68.9±9.2 years (39-85 years). In 121 limbs (82.3%), there were great saphenous veins. All patients were observed as outpatients for 12 months after the procedure...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Jackson J Liang, Melissa A Elafros, Michael T Mullen, Daniele Muser, Tatsuya Hayashi, Andres Enriquez, Rajeev K Pathak, Erica S Zado, Pasquale Santangeli, Jeffrey S Arkles, Robert D Schaller, Gregory E Supple, David S Frankel, Fermin C Garcia, Rajat Deo, David Lin, Michael P Riley, Saman Nazarian, Sanjay Dixit, Francis E Marchlinski, David J Callans
INTRODUCTION: Whether successful catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) reduces risk of cerebrovascular events (CVEs) remains controversial and whether oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) can be safely discontinued in patients rendered free of AF recurrences remains unknown. We evaluated OAT use patterns and examined long-term rates of CVEs (stroke/TIA) and major bleeding episodes (MBEs) in patients with nonparoxysmal AF treated with catheter ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four hundred patients with nonparoxysmal AF (200 persistent, 200 longstanding persistent; mean age 60...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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