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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331355/contemporary-procedural-complications-hospitalizations-and-emergency-visits-after-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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James V Freeman, Grace H Tabada, Kristi Reynolds, Sue Hee Sung, Taylor I Liu, Nigel Gupta, Alan S Go
Contemporary data on complications and resource utilization after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation are limited. We evaluated rates and risk factors for procedural complication, rehospitalization, and emergency department visits after AF ablation. We identified all adult patients who underwent isolated AF ablation between 2010 and June 2014 in 2 large integrated health-care delivery systems and evaluated rates of acute inpatient complication, 30-day, and 1-year readmission and emergency evaluation. We used multivariable logistic regression to identify predictors of procedural complications, 30-day readmission, or 30-day emergency department evaluation...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330332/identification-and-characterization-of-sites-where-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-terminated-by-localized-ablation
#2
Junaid A B Zaman, William H Sauer, Mahmood I Alhusseini, Tina Baykaner, Ryan T Borne, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Sonia Busch, Paul C Zei, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Johannes Brachmann, David E Krummen, John M Miller, Wouter Jan Rappel, Sanjiv M Narayan, Nicholas S Peters
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms by which persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) terminates via localized ablation are not well understood. To address the hypothesis that sites where localized ablation terminates persistent AF have characteristics identifiable with activation mapping during AF, we systematically examined activation patterns acquired only in cases of unequivocal termination by ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 57 patients with persistent AF undergoing ablation, in whom localized ablation terminated AF to sinus rhythm or organized tachycardia...
January 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327638/hybrid-and-surgical-procedures-for-the-treatment-of-persistent-and-longstanding-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Jose M Sanchez, Ghannam Al-Dosari, Sherman Chu, Ramin Beygui, Tobias Deuse, Nitish Badhwar, Randall J Lee
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. The incidence of AF increases with age and is associated with increased stroke, heart failure and mortality. Persistent and long standing persistent AF is difficult to treat and often refractory to medical therapy and catheter ablation. Areas covered: This article reviews the historical development of the surgical Cox-MAZE procedure and current hybrid and minimally invasive surgical approaches for the treatment of persistent and long standing persistent AF...
January 12, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326836/minimally-invasive-epicardial-surgical-ablation-alone-versus-hybrid-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Charles M Pearman, Shi S Poon, Laura J Bonnett, Shouvik Haldar, Tom Wong, Neeraj Mediratta, Dhiraj Gupta
Maintaining sinus rhythm in patients with non-paroxysmal AF is an elusive goal. Some suggest that hybrid ablation, combining minimally invasive epicardial surgical ablation with endocardial catheter ablation, may be more effective than either modality alone. However, randomised trials are lacking. We investigated whether hybrid ablation is more effective than epicardial ablation alone at preventing recurrent AF by performing a systematic review and meta-analysis. The review was prospectively registered with PROSPERO (CRD42016043389)...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326835/ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-drivers
#5
Tina Baykaner, Junaid A B Zaman, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan
Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is central to ablation approaches for atrial fibrillation (AF), yet many patients still have arrhythmia recurrence after one or more procedures, despite evolving technologies for PVI. Ablation of localised AF drivers, which lie outside the pulmonary veins in many patients, is a practical approach that has been shown to improve success by many groups. Such localised drivers lie in atrial regions shown mechanistically to sustain AF in optical mapping and clinical studies of human AF, as well as computational and animal studies...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326834/ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
#6
Marwan M Refaat, Jad Ballout, Moussa Mansour
With improved surgical techniques and medical management for patients with congenital heart diseases, more patients are living longer and well into adulthood. This improved survival comes with a price of increased morbidity, mainly secondary to increased risk of tachyarrhythmias. One of the major arrhythmias commonly encountered in this subset of cardiac patients is AF. Similar to the general population, the risk of AF increases with advancing age, and is mainly secondary to the abnormal anatomy, abnormal pressure and volume parameters in the hearts of these patients and to the increased scarring and inflammation seen in the left atrium following multiple surgical procedures...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325697/early-stable-sinus-rhythm-associated-with-greater-success-five-years-following-surgical-ablation
#7
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes
BACKGROUND: An important challenge in surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is the scarcity of publications on credible predictors of long-term success in procedures performed with ablation tools that produce consistently reliable transmural lesions. We examined factors associated with 1-year success and no atrial arrhythmia (AA) recurrence during 1-5 years after surgical ablation for AF. METHODS: Surgical ablation patients with complete rhythm follow-up at 12 months after surgery were followed prospectively (N=743)...
January 8, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324261/platelet-toll-like-receptor-and-its-ligand-hmgb-1-expression-is-increased-in-the-left-atrium-of-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#8
Kadri Murat Gurses, Duygu Kocyigit, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Banu Evranos, Ugur Canpolat, Hikmet Yorgun, Levent Sahiner, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation(AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Its most feared sequelae are stroke and peripheral thromboembolism due to atrial thrombi formation. Mechanisms underlying the relationship between platelet activation and left atrial thrombi have not been clearly elucidated yet. We aimed to investigate whether immune-mediated platelet activation occurred in AF patients in this cross-sectional study. METHODS: Persistent and paroxysmal AF patients who underwent cryoballoon-based AF ablation between March 2015 and July 2016 were included as the patient group...
January 8, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315991/efficacy-of-catheter-ablation-of-focal-sources-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Yoshihide Takahashi, Syu Yamashita, Masahito Suzuki, Kento Yabe, Kenzo Hirao
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest that atrial fibrillation (AF) is maintained by electrical activity arising from focal sources. We sought to test whether catheter ablation that targets focal sources can improve on current ablation protocols for persistent AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In patients with persistent AF whose AF did not terminate with pulmonary vein isolation, the left atrium was mapped with a 20-pole high-density mapping catheter using CARTO®3 navigation...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315665/effect-of-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-on-left-atrial-remodeling-and-prothrombotic-response-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Ruijuan Han, Xiaoqing Liu, Meili Zheng, RuiPing Zhao, XiaoYan Liu, Xiandong Yin, Xingpeng Liu, Ying Tian, Liang Shi, Kai Sun, Xinchun Yang
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to induce left atrial remodeling and prothrombotic response. AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) on left atrial remodeling and prothrombotic response induced by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Forty-four patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF undergoing RFCA were randomized into RIPC (4 short episodes of forearm ischemia) and control groups before the procedure...
January 5, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315411/improving-procedural-and-one-year-outcome-after-contact-force-guided-pulmonary-vein-isolation-the-role-of-interlesion-distance-ablation-index-and-contact-force-variability-in-the-close-protocol
#11
Thomas Phlips, Philippe Taghji, Milad El Haddad, Michael Wolf, Sébastien Knecht, Yves Vandekerckhove, René Tavernier, Mattias Duytschaever
Aims: We have recently shown that a contact force (CF)-guided ablation protocol respecting region-specific criteria of lesion contiguity and lesion depth ('CLOSE' protocol) is associated with high incidence of acute durable pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) and a high single-procedure arrhythmia-free survival at 1 year. In the present study, we compared efficiency, safety, and efficacy of 'CLOSE'-guided PVI to conventional CF-guided PVI (CONV-CF). Methods and results: Fifty consecutive paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) patients underwent PV encircling using a CF-sensing catheter targeting an interlesion distance (ILD) ≤6 mm and ablation index (AI) ≥400 and ≥550 at posterior and anterior wall ('CLOSE' group)...
January 4, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315382/safety-and-long-term-effectiveness-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-a-contact-force-sensing-catheter-real-world-experience-from-a-prospective-multicentre-observational-cohort-registry
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Tom De Potter, Hugo Van Herendael, Richard Balasubramaniam, Matthew Wright, Sharad C Agarwal, Prashanthan Sanders, Yaariv Khaykin, Decebal-Gabriel Latcu, Philippe Maury, Antonio Pani, John Hayes, Jonathan Kalman, Pablo Nery, Edward Duncan
Aims: Real-time contact force (CF)-sensing radiofrequency ablation catheter for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) allows optimization of electrode-tissue contact, which correlates with long-term success. This prospective, multicentre observational registry assessed the real-world clinical effectiveness of a CF-sensing catheter for ablation of drug-refractory PAF. Methods and results: Patients were followed-up at 3, 6, and 12 months after ablation...
January 4, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312704/the-absence-of-effect-of-ganglionated-plexi-ablation-on-heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-patients-after-thoracoscopic-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#13
Jana Zdarska, Pavel Osmancik, Petr Budera, Dalibor Herman, Radka Prochazkova, David Talavera, Zbynek Straka
Background: Hybrid ablation [thoracoscopic ablation (TA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) followed by catheter ablation (CA)] is an increasingly common method of the treatment for patients with AF. The aim of this study was to assess the response to ganglionated plexi (GP) ablation in patients with a previous TA (i.e., to assess whether TA had resulted in damage to the GP. Heart rate variability (HRV) was used as a marker of the autonomic response. Methods: Twenty AF patients underwent pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) plus GP ablation (GP group) and 18 AF patients underwent CA including GP ablation as a part of hybrid ablation (i...
December 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310330/can-catheter-ablation-reduce-the-incidence-of-thromboembolic-events-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Menghui Liu, Yuanping Wang, Xiaohong Chen, Xiaohui Li, Xiaodong Zhuang, Lichun Wang
Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is a major risk factor for thromboembolic events, especially ischemic stroke. Catheter ablation is an effective method to maintain sinus rhythm in patients with AF. Although some observational studies have shown a relatively lower stroke rate after catheter ablation, whether catheter ablation can reduce the thromboembolic risk in patients with AF remains unclear. We aim to perform a systematic review to determine whether catheter ablation can prevent thromboembolism in patients with AF...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309557/management-and-prognosis-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-diabetic-patients-an-eorp-af-general-pilot-registry-report
#15
Stefano Fumagalli, Salah A Said, Cecile Laroche, Debbie Gabbai, Serena Boni, Niccolò Marchionni, Giuseppe Boriani, Aldo P Maggioni, Agata Musialik-Lydka, Adam Sokal, Jens Petersen, Harry J G M Crijns, Gregory Y H Lip
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical correlates of DM, including management and outcomes, in the EURObservational Research Programme (EORP) - Atrial Fibrillation (AF) General Pilot (EORP-AF) Registry of the European Society of Cardiology. Methods and Results: We studied consecutive patients (N = 3101) enrolled in 70 centers of 9 European countries between February 2012 and March 2013, and compared diabetics with non-diabetics during a one-year follow-up...
December 22, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308608/effect-of-corticosteroids-on-atrial-fibrillation-after-catheter-ablation-a-meta-analysis
#16
Sanjay Jaiswal, Xian-Bao Liu, Qu-Cheng Wei, Ying-Hao Sun, Li-Han Wang, Liu-Guang Song, Dan-Dan Yang, Jian-An Wang
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this meta-analysis was to explore the effect of corticosteroids on atrial fibrillation (AF) following catheter ablation. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for published articles describing the effect of corticosteroids in preventing AF recurrence after catheter ablation. Data on study and patient were extracted. Risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by use of a random-effect model, and P values of <0...
2018: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305676/impact-of-3d-mapping-on-procedural-characteristics-and-outcomes-in-cryoballoon-pulmonary-vein-isolation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Emily N Guhl, Evan Adelstein, Andrew Voigt, Norman C Wang, Samir Saba, Sandeep K Jain
PURPOSE: The use of 3D mapping during cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is optional with added cost but potential benefit in aiding vein identification, reducing fluoroscopy, and post-ablation testing. Data are limited evaluating procedural characteristics and outcomes in patients undergoing cryoballoon PVI with mapping vs. no mapping. In the present study, we compare procedural characteristics and recurrence-free rates in patients undergoing cryoballoon PVI among patients using CARTO®, NavX™, or no mapping system...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297907/-combined-left-atrial-appendage-percutaneous-closure-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-a-single-center-experience
#18
Elisa Pelissero, Marco Giuggia, Maria Chiara Todaro, Giuseppe Trapani, Benedetta Giordano, Gaetano Senatore
BACKGROUND: We evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of concomitant left atrial appendage (LAA) closure and atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS: From February 2013 to June 2017, all patients referred for AF ablation and LAA closure (group 1) were enrolled in the study and compared with a matched control group undergoing AF ablation only (group 2). Pulmonary vein isolation was achieved in all cases with radiofrequency or cryoballoon. LAA was occluded with Watchman or Amplatzer Cardiac Plug or Amulet (ACP) devices...
December 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297705/use-of-the-thermocool-smarttouch-catheter-for-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-relationship-between-hospital-procedure-volume-readmissions-and-economic-outcomes
#19
Andrea Barnow, Laura Goldstein, Iftekhar Kalsekar, Ray Liao, Rahul Khanna
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between hospital volume of prior THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH Catheter use and health and economic outcomes among hospitalized patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing ablation using this device. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients aged ≥18 years with a primary diagnosis of AF undergoing ablation treatment using the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH Catheter between January 2014 and June 2016 were identified from the Premier hospital database with the first date of such procedure being defined as the index date...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289258/identification-and-ablation-of-dormant-conduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-using-adenosine
#20
Faraz Khan Luni, Abdur Rahman Khan, Hemindermeet Singh, Haris Riaz, Sonia Ali Malik, Owais Khawaja, Talha Farid, Jennifer Cummings, Mohammed Taleb
BACKGROUND: Ablation is used for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) but recurrence is common. Dormant conduction is hypothesized to be responsible for these recurrences, and the role of adenosine in identification and ablation of these pathways is controversial with conflicting results on AF recurrence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a meta-analysis for studies evaluating AF ablation and adenosine use. Included in the meta-analysis were human studies that compared ablation using adenosine or adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and reported freedom from AF in patients beyond a minimum follow-up of 6 months...
January 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
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