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Pulmonary vein isolation

P Gal, T J Buist, J J J Smit, A Adiyaman, A R Ramdat Misier, P P H M Delnoy, A Elvan
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection is frequently the cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. The second-generation gold multi-electrode ablation (Gold-MEA) catheter has a new design possibly resulting in improved lesion formation compared with its predecessor. We aimed to determine the association between effective radiofrequency applications with the Gold-MEA catheter and outcome after AF ablation. METHODS: 50 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF underwent Gold-MEA (PVAC GOLD(TM), Medtronic Inc...
October 17, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Jeremiah Wasserlauf, Bradley P Knight, Zhi Li, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Rishi Arora, Alexandru B Chicos, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Susan S Kim, Albert C Lin, Nishant Verma, Martha M Bohn, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) can be performed under general anesthesia (GA) or moderate sedation (MS). Our objective was to compare the effectiveness, safety, procedure duration, and time spent in the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory for CBA performed under GA and MS. METHODS: . Patients undergoing a first CBA for pAF were identified. Patients received either GA administered by an anesthesiologist or MS with midazolam and fentanyl administered by EP laboratory staff...
October 17, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Sharan Prakash Sharma, Rajbir S Sangha, Khagendra Dahal, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy
BACKGROUND: It is not clear whether additional empiric superior vena cava isolation (SVCI) to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) results in low recurrences of atrial fibrillation. We aimed to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated role of empiric SVCI in atrial fibrillation ablation. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, Scopus, and relevant references for RCTs (inception April 15, 2016 without language restrictions) and performed meta-analysis using random effects model...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Melanie A Gunawardene, Boris A Hoffmann, Benjamin Schaeffer, Da-Un Chung, Julia Moser, Ruken Oezge Akbulak, Mario Jularic, Christian Eickholt, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
INTRODUCTION: Comparative data of early recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation (ERAF) following second-generation cryoballoon (CB-G2) and radiofrequency current (RFC) ablation for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in paroxysmal AF (PAF) are rare. We randomized PAF patients into either PVI with CB-G2 (group 1) or PVI with a combined RFC-approach applying contact force (CF) with the endpoint of unexcitability (group 2) to investigate ERAF. METHODS: In group 1 (n = 30), CB-G2-PVI was performed...
October 14, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yi-He Chen, Hui Lin, Cheng-Long Xie, Jian-Wen Hou, Yi-Gang Li
AIMS: Adenosine had been reported to unmask dormant conduction and thus identify pulmonary vein at risk of reconnection. However, the role of adjunctive adenosine infusion after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) on long-term arrhythmia-free survival was still contentious. The purpose of the present meta-analysis was to assess the association of adenosine testing with long-term ablation success in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) (i.e. freedom from AF recurrence). METHODS AND RESULTS: We systematically searched the electronic databases and finally included 10 studies, with 1771 patients undergoing adenosine-guided PVI and 1787 patients undergoing conventional PVI...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Malte Kuniss, Harald Greiß, Dmitri Pajitnev, Ersan Akkaya, Nikolas Deubner, Andreas Hain, Lars Bodammer, Alexander Berkowitsch, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Christian W Hamm, Thomas Neumann
AIMS: Although the generation of linear lesions by ablation improves success rates in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), the procedure has been considered unsuitable for cryoablation balloon catheter technologies. We developed a technique for linear ablations, using second-generation cryoballoon technology. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a single-arm, prospective study in 76 patients with persistent AF treated consecutively at our centre. Cryoablation was performed using a 28 mm second-generation cryoballoon...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Martin Huemer, Daniel Qaiyumi, Philipp Attanasio, Abdul Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Alexander Wutzler
AIMS: In persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial low-voltage areas and complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) have been thoroughly discussed as critical substrate points for AF perpetuation. Thus, in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation, these sites are often considered additional ablation targets. Currently, mapping techniques for these substrate indicators are still under discussion. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of different mapping catheters on the detection of low-voltage areas and CFAE...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Christian Pfluecke, Lina Plichta, Daniel Tarnowski, Mathias Forkmann, Stefan Ulbrich, Silvio Quick, Felix M Heidrich, Stephan Wiedemann, Marian Christoph, David M Poitz, Carsten Wunderlich, Ruth H Strasser, Karim Ibrahim
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to cause platelet activation. AF and its degree of thrombogenesis could be associated with monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs). We investigated on whether the content of MPAs or other platelet activation markers is associated with the recurrence of AF after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). A total of 73 patients with symptomatic AF underwent PVI. After 6 months, all patients were evaluated for episodes of AF recurrence. At the same time, flow-cytometric quantification analyses were performed to determine the content of MPAs...
October 13, 2016: Platelets
Michele Brunelli, Tanja Dähne, Anna Cima, J Christoph Geller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tahir Bezgin, Cihangir Kaymaz, Özgür Akbal, Fatih Yılmaz, Hacer Ceren Tokgöz, Nihal Özdemir
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially lethal disorder that manifests mainly as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the extremities or pulmonary embolism (PE) and occurs as a consequence of genetic and environmental risk factors. We aimed to assess the role of inherited thrombophilia as a causative or additive factor in the development of VTE. METHODS: The study included 310 patients (female: 154; mean age: 52.3 ± 16.9 years) with a first episode of VTE and 289 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
October 11, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Yasunori Kanzaki, Yasuya Inden, Monami Ando, Yosuke Kamikubo, Tadahiro Ito, Yoshiaki Mizutani, Hiroyuki Kato, Aya Fujii, Satoshi Yanagisawa, Makoto Hirai, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUNDS: Although several prognostic factors of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) have been investigated, the accurate prediction of AF recurrence remains difficult. We propose an ECG index, the P-wave force (PWF), which is the product of the amplitude of the negative terminal phase of the P-wave in the V1 electrode and the filtered P-wave duration (FPD), obtained by a signal-averaged P-wave analysis. This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of the PWF on the recurrence of AF after PVI...
October 10, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Ru-Hong Jiang, Gen-Sheng Hu, Qiang Liu, Xia Sheng, Ya-Xun Sun, L U Yu, Pei Zhang, Zu-Wen Zhang, Shi-Quan Chen, Yang Ye, Jun Zhu, Guo-Sheng Fu, Chen-Yang Jiang
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation (AF) initiation and pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) effectiveness remain unclear. Ganglionated plexus (GPs) have been implicated in AF initiation and maintenance. In this study, we evaluated the impact of GP ablation in patients with PV firing after PVI. METHODS: Patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation therapy with PVI were screened. Amongst 840 cases over a 3...
October 10, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Giuseppe Stabile, Matteo Anselmino, Ezio Soldati, Ermengildo De Ruvo, Francesco Solimene, Assunta Iuliano, Luigi Sciarra, Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Leonardo Calò, Fiorenzo Gaita
PURPOSE: Left atrial volume (LA) and pulmonary vein (PV) anatomy may potentially relate to technical challenges in achieving stable and effective catheter position in case of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation by means of "one-shot" catheters. The aim of this study was to investigate whether LA volume and PV anatomy, evaluated by computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) prior to ablation, predict acute and midterm outcome of AF ablation by nMARQ™. METHODS: We included 75 patients (mean age 58 ± 11 years, 67 % male) with symptomatic paroxysmal AF...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Masateru Takigawa, Arnaud Denis, Antonio Frontera, Nicolas Derval, Frédéric Sacher, Pierre Jaïs, Michel Haïssaguerre
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 5, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Márcio Galindo Kiuchi, Shaojie Chen, Gustavo Ramalho E Silva, Luis Marcelo Rodrigues Paz, Tetsuaki Kiuchi, Ary Getulio de Paula Filho, Gladyston Luiz Lima Souto
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently complicates chronic kidney disease (CKD). AF treatment is challenging and requires complete pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Recently, renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) has been reported to reduce AF recurrence when performed alongside PVI. METHODS: A prospective therapeutic study of patients with controlled hypertension and paroxysmal AF was undertaken. Renal function was evaluated using estimated glomerular filtration rate...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Xinhua Wang, Zheng Li, Jialiang Mao, Ben He
AIMS: Frequent premature atrial contractions (PACs) are associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke, and death. This study aimed to explore the electrophysiological features of PACs with and without inducing AF and to evaluate the effectiveness of catheter ablation for PACs. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-five consecutive patients with symptomatic, frequent, and drug-refractory PACs in the absence of AF (group A) and 35 patients with PACs-induced AF (group B) were enrolled...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Alessandra Buiatti, Gesa von Olshausen, Petra Barthel, Simon Schneider, Armin Luik, Bernhard Kaess, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Petra Hoppmann
AIMS: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation represents a standard of care for pulmonary vein isolation in patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). In this setting, cryoballoon (CB) ablation has emerged as alternative therapy. However, the efficacy and safety of CB vs. RF ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF remain a matter of debate. METHODS AND RESULTS: We searched electronic scientific databases for studies of CB vs. RF ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Nikolas Deubner, Harald Greiss, Ersan Akkaya, Sergey Zaltsberg, Andreas Hain, Alexander Berkowitsch, Norbert Güttler, Malte Kuniss, Thomas Neumann
AIMS: There is no objective, early indicator of occlusion quality, and efficacy of cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation. As previous experience suggests that the initial cooling rate correlates with these parameters, we investigated the slope of the initial temperature drop as an objective measure. METHODS AND RESULTS: A systematic evaluation of 523 cryoapplications in 105 patients using a serial ROC-AUC analysis was performed. We found the slope of a linear regression of the temperature-time function to be a good predictor (PPV 0...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tomofumi Nakamura, Kaoru Okishige, Toshiro Kanazawa, Mitsumi Yamashita, Naohiko Kawaguchi, Nobutaka Kato, Hideshi Aoyagi, Yasuteru Yamauchi, Tetsuo Sasano, Kenzo Hirao
AIMS: Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) utilizing a cryoballoon (CB) has become one of the standard therapeutic options for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it connotes a potential risk of cerebral ischaemic events (CIEs). This study aimed to clarify the prevalence of CIEs after PVI using second-generation CBs assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. METHODS: This prospective observational study consisted of 160 patients that underwent PVI with second-generation CBs for drug-refractory AF...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cas Teunissen, Nick Clappers, Wil Kassenberg, Rutger J Hassink, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Peter Loh
AIMS: Adenosine testing can reveal dormant pulmonary vein (PV) conduction after PV antrum isolation (PVAI). However, the optimal timing for adenosine administration is unknown. We hypothesized that adenosine testing immediately after PVAI reliably reveals PV reconnection and thereby eliminates the need for an observation period. METHODS: Fifty patients underwent PVAI. Immediately after isolation of a PV pair, adenosine was administered. Both PV pairs were separately tested...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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