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cryoablation in persistent atrial fibrillation

Jiří Bárta, Radim Brát
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to investigate, whether enhancement of left atrial cryoablation by ablation of the autonomic nervous system of left atrium leads to influencing the outcomes of surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with structural heart disease undergoing open-heart surgery. METHODS: The observed patient file consisted of 100 patients, who have undergone a combined open-heart surgery at our department between July 2012 and December 2014...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dong Seop Jeong, Ji Hoon You, Chang-Seok Jeon, Pyo Won Park, Kiick Sung, Wook Sung Kim, Young Tak Lee
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of ablation duration during a maze procedure using a nitrous oxide-based cryosurgical system. METHODS: From May 2001 to December 2006, 256 consecutive patients who underwent a concomitant maze procedure using nitrous oxide-based cryoablation for chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) during cardiac surgery were enrolled. The ablation duration for each lesion was between 120 s at -60 °C in 140 patients (control group) and 160 s in 116 patients (long duration group)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Klaus Kettering, Felix Gramley, Stephan von Bardeleben
AIM: To evaluate the long-term outcome of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) facilitated by preprocedural three-dimensional (3-D) transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: In 50 patients, 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) was performed immediately prior to an ablation procedure (paroxysmal AF: 30 patients, persistent AF: 20 patients). The images were available throughout the ablation procedure. Two different ablation strategies were used. In most of the patients with paroxysmal AF, the cryoablation technique was used (Arctic Front Balloon, CryoCath Technologies/Medtronic; group A2)...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
Arash Aryana, David N Kenigsberg, Marcin Kowalski, Charles H Koo, Hae W Lim, Padraig Gearoid O'Neill, Mark R Bowers, Robert B Hokanson, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
BACKGROUND: There are no recommendations on the optimal dosing for cryoablation of atrial fibrillation (Cryo-AF). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop and prospectively test a Cryo-AF dosing protocol guided exclusively by time-to-pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (TT-PVI) in patients undergoing a first-time Cryo-AF. METHODS: In this multicenter study, we examined the acute/long-term safety/efficacy of Cryo-AF using the proposed dosing algorithm (Cryo-AFDosing; n = 355) against a conventional, nonstandardized approach (Cryo-AFConventional; n = 400) in a nonrandomized fashion...
September 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Klaus Kettering, Felix Gramley
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has become the first line of therapy in patients with symptomatic, recurrent, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Cryoablation has been shown to be a safe and effective technique for pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. However, the arrhythmia recurrence rate is high after cryoablation procedures. Radiofrequency catheter ablation has been shown to be an effective strategy for redo procedures in these patients and to provide a favourable outcome during midterm follow-up...
February 27, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
Hacı Murat Güneş, Gamze Babur Güler, Ekrem Güler, Gültekin Günhan Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak Yılmaz, Mehmet Onur Omaygenç, Ayşe İstanbullu Tosun, Taylan Akgün, Bilal Boztosun, Fethi Kılıçarslan
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrosis augments recurrence rate following AF catheter ablation. Osteopontin is a multifunctional molecule involved in several pathophysiological pathways, including fibrosis. Presently described is investigation of relationship between serum osteopontin level and AF recurrence after AF cryoablation. METHODS: The study was designed to be prospective and observational; 60 patients with paroxysmal (n=47) and persistent (n=13) AF were included...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Faisal Habib Cheema, Muhammad Amir Younus, Osama T Siddiqui, Muhammad Jabran Younus, Muhammad Arif Mahmood, Mohammad Bin Pervez, Harold G Roberts
OBJECTIVE: The standard right atrial lesion (RAL) set, as originally outlined in the Cox-Maze III procedure, can be technically challenging when using a cryoprobe to create the lesions. We report our initial experience with an alternative set of RALs for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Between September 2011 and January 2015, a total of 112 patients underwent a CryoMaze procedure with biatrial lesions using argon-based cryoablation (cryoprobe temperature, -160°C)...
September 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
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...
July 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Arash Aryana, Marcin Kowalski, Padraig Gearoid O'Neill, Charles H Koo, Hae W Lim, Asif Khan, Robert B Hokanson, Mark R Bowers, David N Kenigsberg, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on cryoablation of atrial fibrillation (Cryo-AF) using the newly available third-generation (Arctic Front Advance-Short Tip [AFA-ST]) cryoballoon. OBJECTIVE: In this multicenter study, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of Cryo-AF using the AFA-ST vs the second-generation (Arctic Front Advance [AFA]) cryoballoon. METHODS: We examined the procedural safety and efficacy and the short- and long-term clinical outcomes associated with a first-time Cryo-AF performed in 355 consecutive patients (254/355 [72%] with paroxysmal AF), using either the AFA-ST (n = 102) or the AFA (n = 253) cryoballoon catheters...
December 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Shinsuke Miyazaki, Hiroshi Taniguchi, Hitoshi Hachiya, Hiroaki Nakamura, Takamitsu Takagi, Kenzo Hirao, Yoshito Iesaka
BACKGROUND: Electrical reconnections after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) are common in catheter ablation. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the ablation method on the durability of cryothermal PVI. METHODS: One hundred thirty-two consecutive paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients undergoing cryothermal PVI were enrolled. PVI was performed with one 28-mm second-generation balloon using 3-minute freeze techniques, and touch-up lesions were created by focal cryothermal applications...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
İsmail Erden, Emine Çakcak Erden, Ebru Golcuk, Tolga Aksu, Kıvanç Yalin, Tümer Erdem Güler, Kazım Serhan Özcan, Burak Turan
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to demonstrate the added value of routine transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for correctly positioning the transseptal system in the fossa ovalis (FO), thus potentially preventing complications during fluoroscopy-guided transseptal puncture (TP), and for assessing the optimal puncture site within the FO according to the expected procedure type. METHODS: Ninety-one patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) procedures by cryoballoon technique for drug-resistant paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) were prospectively included...
June 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
S Tzeis, S Pastromas, A Sikiotis, G Andrikopoulos
Ablation of atrial fibrillation is an established treatment for the management of patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation. The complex pathophysiology of persistent atrial fibrillation has fuelled the concept of adjunctive substrate modification on top of pulmonary vein isolation. However, recent studies have failed to demonstrate additive benefit from complex ablation approaches, thus supporting that standalone pulmonary vein isolation may prove sufficient, at least as the initial ablation strategy in persistent atrial fibrillation...
September 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Tolga Aksu, Kıvanç Yalın, Ebru Gölcük, Tümer Erdem Güler
A case of long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPAF) that underwent hybrid treatment combining transvenous cryothermal and radiofrequency (RF) energy is described in the present report. Complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) maps before and after cryoablation revealed not only pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), but also a large antral ablation of CFAEs. Following cryoablation, a severe reduction in remote left atrial CFAE area was observed.
March 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Tuan Nguyen, Umjeet Jolly, Kiran Sidhu, Raymond Yee, Peter Leong-Sit
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an increasing global issue leading to increased hospitalizations, adverse health related events and mortality. This review focuses on the management of atrial fibrillation, in particular in the past decade, comparing two major strategies, rate or rhythm control. We evaluate the evidence for each strategy, pharmacological options and the increasing utilization of invasive techniques, in particular catheter ablation and use of implantable cardiac pacing devices. Pharmacological comparative trials evaluating both strategies have shown rate control being non-inferior to rhythm control for clinical outcomes of mortality and other cardiovascular events (including stroke)...
June 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Martin Schmidt, Uwe Dorwarth, Dietrich Andresen, Johannes Brachmann, Karlheinz Kuck, Malte Kuniss, Stephan Willems, Thomas Deneke, Jürgen Tebbenjohanns, Jin-Hong Gerds-Li, Stefan Spitzer, Jochen Senges, Matthias Hochadel, Ellen Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Although radiofrequency (RF) ablation has long been the standard of care for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, cryoballoon technology has emerged as a feasible approach with promising results. Prospective multicenter registry data referring to both ablation technologies in AF ablation are lacking so far. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to report data from the German ablation registry with respect to efficacy and safety in pulmonary vein ablation with different energy sources for paroxysmal AF after 1-year follow-up...
April 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Giacomo Mugnai, Carlo de Asmundis, Vedran Velagic, Burak Hünük, Erwin Ströker, Kristel Wauters, Ghazala Irfan, Ingrid Overeinder, Ebru Hacioglu, Jaime Hernandez-Ojeda, Jan Poelaert, Christian Verborgh, Gaetano Paparella, Pedro Brugada, Gian-Battista Chierchia
AIMS: The present study sought to analyse the relationship between the temperature drop during the cryoenergy application and the occurrence of phrenic nerve injury (PNI) in a large cohort of patients having undergone second-generation cryoballoon ablation (CB-A). METHODS AND RESULTS: The first 550 consecutive patients having undergone CB-A for atrial fibrillation were enrolled. Attained temperatures at 20, 30, 40, and 60 s during cryoablation in the right-sided pulmonary veins (PVs) were collected...
May 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Javier Gualis, Mario Castaño, Jose Manuel Martínez-Comendador, Jose Miguel Marcos, Carlos Martín, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Jesús Gómez-Plana, Elio Martín, Javier Otero
UNLABELLED: The long-term results of cryomaze in patients with longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation during concomitant surgical procedures are still uncertain. METHODS: Between 2006 and 2011, 150 consecutive patients with associated long-lasting permanent atrial fibrillation and associated heart disease underwent heart surgery were treated by biatrial Cox-Maze (63 patients) or by isolated endocardial or epicardial left atrial cryoablation (83 patients) concomitantly...
April 2016: Archivos de Cardiología de México
Efstratios I Charitos, Paul D Ziegler, Ulrich Stierle, Bernhard Graf, Hans-Hinrich Sievers, Thorsten Hanke
OBJECTIVES: Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is an established therapy for the treatment of concomitant AF in cardiac surgery patients. We aim to present our prospective experience with 99 continuously monitored patients and investigate whether enhanced monitoring can identify patterns and factors influencing AF recurrence after surgical AF ablation. METHODS: Ninety-nine patients (73 males; age: 68.0 ± 9.2 years) with documented preoperative AF (paroxysmal: 29; persistent: 18; long-lasting persistent: 52, mean preoperative duration: 46 ± 53 months) underwent concomitant biatrial surgical ablation (Cox Maze III: 29), full set left atrial cryoablation (n = 22), high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) box lesion (n = 46) or right-sided ablation (n = 2)...
December 2015: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Deborah J Shuman, Graciela Pritchard
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) duration is one of the most consistent predictors of Cox maze (CM) procedure failure. We examined the impact of AF duration on CM success in patients having first-time concomitant surgery. METHODS: First-time concomitant CM was performed in 505 patients. Freedom from atrial arrhythmia (AA) and class I/III antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) data were collected prospectively. Patients with longer AF duration (≥ 5 years; n = 113) were compared with shorter duration (<5 years; n = 392) in primary analyses...
November 2015: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Martin Eisenberger, Alan Bulava, Ales Mokracek, Jiri Hanis, Vojtech Kurfirst, Ladislav Dusek
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate whether the sequential hybrid approach combining surgical CryoMaze followed by the radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation can improve freedom from atrial arrhythmias. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with persistent atrial fibrillation underwent a CryoMaze procedure in conjunction with cardiac surgery for structural heart disease. Three months after surgery, all patients underwent a 7-day electrocardiogram Holter followed by an electrophysiological study and mapping of the left and right atria...
December 2015: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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