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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340160/safety-of-fluoroscopy-guided-transseptal-approach-for-ablation-of-left-sided-arrhythmias
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Zviad Matoshvili, Hamid Bastani, Tara Bourke, Frieder Braunschweig, Nikola Drca, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Per Insulander, Anette Jemtrén, Göran Kennebäck, Ott Saluveer, Jonas Schwieler, Jari Tapanainen, Christer Wredlert, Mats Jensen-Urstad
Aims: The transseptal approach is used for left atrial access during the ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other left-sided arrhythmia substrates. Transseptal puncture (TP) is commonly performed with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring. In many centres, additional techniques [intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), radiofrequency needle] are used to facilitate TP but its use adds costs. In this retrospective study, we studied the safety and complication rate when TP was routinely done with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring using ICE or TEE only in selected cases...
March 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340103/diagnosis-to-ablation-time-as-a-predictor-of-success-early-choice-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-and-long-term-outcome-in-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-middelheim-pvi-registry
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Y De Greef, B Schwagten, G B Chierchia, C de Asmundis, D Stockman, I Buysschaert
Aims: The aim of the study is to define long-term outcome of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine whether time window between AF diagnosis and PVI affects outcome. Methods and results: Consecutive AF patients undergoing PVI (2006-14) were followed for 5 years. Primary outcome was clinical success, defined as freedom of documented AF without anti-arrhythmic drugs respecting a 1-month blanking period. A 1000 patients were included (age 60 ± 10 years, CHA2DS2-VASc score 1 ± 1)...
March 2, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340073/left-atrial-appendage-isolation-in-addition-to-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-one-year-clinical-outcome-after-cryoballoon-based-ablation
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Hikmet Yorgun, Ugur Canpolat, Duygu Kocyigit, Cem Çöteli, Banu Evranos, Kudret Aytemir
Aims: In this study, we sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cryoballoon (CB) based empirical left atrial appendage (LAA) isolation as an adjunct to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) compared to the PVI-only strategy in patients with persistent AF. Objectives: Clinical outcomes of catheter ablation were less beneficial for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) than paroxysmal AF. Methods and results: A total of 100 consecutive patients with persistent AF underwent both PVI and additional LAA isolation using CB (Group II)...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340057/long-term-outcome-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-and-brugada-syndrome
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Giacomo Mugnai, Burak Hünük, Erwin Ströker, Diego Ruggiero, Hugo Enrique Coutino-Moreno, Ken Takarada, Valentina De Regibus, Rajin Choudhury, Juan Pablo Abugattas de Torres, Darragh Moran, Saverio Iacopino, Pasquale Filannino, Giulio Conte, Juan Sieira, Jan Poelaert, Stefan Beckers, Pedro Brugada, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
Aims: The therapeutical management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the setting of Brugada syndrome (BS) might be challenging as many antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) with sodium channel blocking properties might lead to to the development of ventricular arrhythmias. This study sought to evaluate the clinical outcome in a consecutive series of patients with BS having undergone pulmonary vein (PV) isolation by means of radiofrequency (RF) or cryoballoon (CB) ablation and the efficacy of catheter ablation for preventing inappropriate interventions delivered by implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) on a 3-year follow up...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340043/very-long-term-outcome-following-transcatheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-are-results-maintained-after-10-years-of-follow-up
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Fiorenzo Gaita, Marco Scaglione, Alberto Battaglia, Mario Matta, Cristina Gallo, Michela Galatà, Domenico Caponi, Paolo Di Donna, Matteo Anselmino
Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) transcatheter ablation is a safe and effective procedure. However, outcome over 10 years of follow-up has never been reported. The aim of this study is to assess outcome, describe predictors of recurrences, and report on quality of life (QoL) the decade after an AF ablation. Methods and results: Patients referred for AF ablation in a single high volume centre from June 2004 to June 2006 were enrolled and followed in a prospective fashion by yearly clinical assessment and Holter monitoring...
February 28, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339804/intra-cardiac-and-peripheral-levels-of-biochemical-markers-of-fibrosis-in-patients-undergoing-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Gordon A Begg, Rashed Karim, Tobias Oesterlein, Lee N Graham, Andrew J Hogarth, Stephen P Page, Christopher B Pepper, Kawal Rhode, Gregory Y H Lip, Arun V Holden, Sven Plein, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Aims: Measurement of circulating biomarkers of fibrosis may have a role in selecting patients and treatment strategy for catheter ablation. Pro-collagen type III N-terminal pro-peptide (PIIINP), C-telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), and galectin 3 (gal-3) have all been suggested as possible biomarkers for this indication, but studies assessing whether peripheral levels reflect intra-cardiac levels are scarce. Methods and results: We studied 93 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) (n = 63) or non-paroxysmal AF (n = 30)...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339750/downstream-overdrive-pacing-and-intracardiac-concealed-fusion-to-guide-rapid-identification-of-atrial-tachycardia-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Chirag R Barbhaiya, Samuel H Baldinger, Saurabh Kumar, Jason S Chinitz, Alan D Enriquez, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
Aims: Atrial tachycardia (AT) related to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation frequently poses a diagnostic challenge. Downstream overdrive pacing (DOP) can be used to rapidly detect reentry and assess proximity of a pacing site to an AT circuit or focus. We hypothesized that systematic DOP using multielectrode catheters would facilitate AT mapping. Methods and results: DOP identified constant fusion when the post-pacing interval (PPI)-tachycardia cycle length (TCL) <40 ms and stimulus to adjacent upstream atrial electrogram interval >75% of TCL...
February 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339601/characterization-and-consistency-of-interactions-of-triggers-and-substrate-at-the-onset-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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David G Jones, Vias Markides, Anthony W C Chow, Richard J Schilling, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Tom Wong, D Wyn Davies, Nicholas S Peters
Aims: Initiating mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) remain poorly understood, involving complex interaction between triggers and the atrial substrate. This study sought to classify the transitional phenomena, hypothesizing that there is consistency within and between patients in trigger-substrate interaction during transition to AF. Methods and results: Non-contact left atrial (LA) mapping was performed in 17 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal AF. All had spontaneous ectopy...
January 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339546/multicentre-safety-of-adding-focal-impulse-and-rotor-modulation-firm-to-conventional-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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David E Krummen, Tina Baykaner, Amir A Schricker, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Vijay Swarup, John M Miller, Gery F Tomassoni, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan
Aims: Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) uses 64-electrode basket catheters to identify atrial fibrillation (AF)-sustaining sites for ablation, with promising results in many studies. Accordingly, new basket designs are being tested by several groups. We set out to determine the procedural safety of adding basket mapping and map-guided ablation to conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Methods and results: We collected 30 day procedural safety data in five US centres for consecutive patients undergoing FIRM plus PVI (FIRM-PVI) compared with contemporaneous controls undergoing PVI without FIRM...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339545/left-atrial-anatomy-atrial-fibrillation-burden-and-p-wave-duration-relationships-and-predictors-for-single-procedure-success-after-pulmonary-vein-isolation
#10
Sven Knecht, Maurice Pradella, Tobias Reichlin, Aline Mühl, Matthias Bossard, Bram Stieltjes, David Conen, Jens Bremerich, Stefan Osswald, Michael Kühne, Christian Sticherling
Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with changes in left atrial (LA) volume, but the relationship between LA size, AF burden, and electrical conduction behaviour is still uncertain. The aim of this study was to quantify the association and impact of these parameters on the single-procedure outcome after circumferential antral ablation for pulmonary vein isolation. Methods and results: Left atrial assessment was performed in 129 consecutive patients using pre-procedural imaging in three dimensions (sphericity, indexed volume), two dimensions (diameters), and from echocardiography in one dimension (long axis)...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329210/right-atrium-positioning-for-exposure-of-right-pulmonary-veins-during-off-pump-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#11
Grzegorz Suwalski, Robert Emery, Jakub Mróz, Kamil Kaczejko, Leszek Gryszko, Andrzej Cwetsch, Andrzej Skrobowski
OBJECTIVES: Concomitant surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is recommended for patients undergoing off-pump coronary revascularization in the presence of this arrhythmia. Achievement of optimal visualization of pulmonary veins while maintaining stable haemodynamic conditions is crucial for proper completion of the ablation procedure. This study evaluates the safety and feasibility of right atrial positioning using a suction-based cardiac positioner as opposed to compressive manoeuvres for exposure during off-pump surgical ablation for AF...
March 3, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329110/mid-term-outcomes-of-concomitant-surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-for-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy%C3%A2
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Elisabetta Lapenna, Alberto Pozzoli, Michele De Bonis, Giovanni La Canna, Teodora Nisi, Simona Nascimbene, Luca Vicentini, Stefania Di Sanzo, Benedetto Del Forno, Davide Schiavi, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and it is often poorly tolerated because of loss of atrial contraction and reduced filling time with rapid ventricular rates. Restoring sinus rhythm is of great clinical benefit to HCM patients. Very few data exist regarding surgical ablation of concomitant AF in this setting. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mid-term outcome of surgical AF ablation in patients who underwent cardiac surgery due to HCM...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322038/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-on-the-impact-of-pre-operative-atrial-fibrillation-on-short-and-long-term-outcomes-after-aortic-valve-replacement
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Akshat Saxena, Sohaib A Virk, Sebastian Bowman, Paul G Bannon
BACKGROUND: This systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the impact of preoperative atrial fibrillation (preAF) on early and late outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, and CENTRAL were systematically searched for studies that reported AVR outcomes according to the presence or absence of preAF. Data were independently extracted by two investigators; a meta-analysis was conducted according to predefined clinical endpoints...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321025/one-year-success-rate-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-using-a-novel-irrigated-multipolar-mapping-and-ablation-catheter-with-reduced-power-settings
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Dong-In Shin, Jan-Erik Guelker, Christian Blockhaus, Jan Schmidt, Muhammed Kurt, Lukas Clasen, Patrick Mueller, Lars Bansemir, Christoph Brinkmeyer, Alexander Bufe, Malte Kelm, Hisaki Makimoto
The use of a novel irrigated multipolar ablation and mapping catheter for pulmonary vein isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has demonstrated reasonable acute success rates and short procedure times, however, long-term outcome data are limited. The aim of this study was to analyze the long-term efficacy of this novel ablation system utilizing a reduced power setting for safety purposes.A total of 89 patients with paroxysmal (63 of 89 patients; 71%) or persistent AF underwent PVI with a reduced power setting of maximum 20 Watts (W) unipolar radiofrequency energy and 30 seconds in duration...
March 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316148/ablation-of-complex-fractionated-electrograms-with-or-without-additional-linear-lesions-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-the-adline-trial
#15
Sonia Ammar-Busch, Felix Bourier, Tilko Reents, Verena Semmler, Marta Telishevska, Susanne Kathan, Monika Hofmann, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer
BACKGROUND: For persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, different strategies including complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) ablation and linear lesions (LL) have been used in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). However, it is still a matter of debate if extended substrate modification improves long-term outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the benefit of LL in addition to PVI and CFAE ablation regarding freedom from arrhythmia recurrence in patients with persistent AF...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315135/repeat-procedures-using-the-second-generation-cryoballoon-for-recurrence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-initial-ablation-with-conventional-radiofrequency
#16
Valentina De Regibus, Saverio Iacopino, Juan-Pablo Abugattas, Giacomo Mugnai, Darragh Moran, Erwin Ströker, Hugo-Enrique Coutino, Ken Takarada, Rajin Choudhury, Gaetano Paparella, Vincent Umbrain, Pedro Brugada, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
PURPOSE: Pulmonary vein isolation is now widely accepted for the treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. However, multiple procedures are often required to significantly reduce atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. In the present study, we analyzed the acute results and the midterm clinical outcome of a second-generation cryoballoon ablation (CB-A) performed during repeat procedures for recurrence of AF after an initial procedure performed with conventional radiofrequency (RF)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314875/safety-of-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-intracranial-hemorrhage
#17
H Lin, S-N Li, R Bai, S-N Wen, N Liu, D-Y Long, R-H Yu, R-B Tang, C-H Sang, X Du, J-Z Dong, C-S Ma
BACKGROUND: The safety of anticoagulation and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and a history of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) remains unclear. We investigated the risks and benefits of this approach in AF patients with a history of ICH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The ICH group included 45 AF patients with a history of ICH who underwent RFCA. Five of these patients were excluded because ICH occurred spontaneously after cerebral infarction...
March 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301685/conventional-versus-3d-echocardiography-to-predict-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#18
Matthias Bossard, Sven Knecht, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Ronny R Buechel, Thomas Hochgruber, Andreas J Zimmermann, Arnheid Kessel-Schaefer, Frank-Peter Stephan, Gian Völlmin, Maurice Pradella, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, Beat A Kaufmann, David Conen, Michael Kühne
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmia recurrence after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation remains high and requires repeat interventions in a substantial number of patients. We assessed the value of conventional and 3D-echocardiography to predict AF recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing AF ablation by means of pulmonary vein isolation were included in a prospective registry. Echocardiograms were obtained prior to the ablation procedure, and analyzed offline in a standardized manner, including 3D-left atrial (LA) volumetry and determination of LA function and sphericity...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297123/embolization-of-watchman-device-following-a-hybrid-radiofrequency-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-watchman-implantation-procedure
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James Gabriels, Stuart Beldner, Mohammad Khan, Jonah Zeitlin, Ram Jadonath, Apoor Patel
A 24-year-old man with a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus, an ischemic left middle cerebral artery stroke and atrial flutter with a prior ablation was found to have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) on an implantable loop recorder. He was encouraged to continue anticoagulation with apixaban (CHA2 DS2 -VASc: 3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295609/serum-galectin-3-level-as-a-marker-of-thrombogenicity-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Ugur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Hikmet Yorgun, Necla Ozer, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV) and presence of spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) have been reported to be predictors of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Galectin-3 is a biomarker reflecting pro-inflammatory status, whose role in AF has recently drawn attention, particularly in persistent AF population. AIM: In this study we aimed to investigate the association between serum galectin-3 levels and echocardiographic predictors of thromboembolism in persistent AF patients...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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