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  1. Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Abu Saleh, Walid K

    2015-01-01

    The Cox-maze procedure for the restoration of normal sinus rhythm, initially developed by Dr. James Cox, underwent several iterations over the years. The main concept consists of creating a series of transmural lesions in the right and left atria that disrupt re-entrant circuits responsible for propagating the abnormal atrial fibrillation rhythm. The left atrial appendage is excluded as a component of the Maze procedure. For the first three iterations of the Cox- maze procedure, these lesions were performed using a surgical cut-and-sew approach that ensured transmurality. The Cox-Maze IV is the most currently accepted iteration. It achieves the same lesion set of the Cox- maze III but uses alternative energy sources to create the transmural lesions, potentially in a minimally invasive approach on the beating heart. High-frequency ultrasound, microwave, and laser energy have all been used with varying success in the past. Today, bipolar radiofrequency heat or cryotherapy cooling are the most accepted sources for creating linear lesions with consistent safety and transmurality. The robust and reliable nature of these energy delivery methods has yielded a success rate reaching 90% freedom from atrial fibrillation at 12 months. Such approaches offer a significant long-term advantage over catheter-based ablation, especially in patients having longstanding, persistent atrial fibrillation with characteristics such as dilated left atrial dimensions, poor ejection fraction, and failed catheter ablation. Based on these improved results, there currently is significant interest in developing a hybrid ablation strategy that incorporates the superior transmural robust lesions of surgical ablation, the reliable stroke prevention potential of epicardial left atrial appendage exclusion, and sophisticated mapping and confirmatory catheter-based ablation technology. Such a minimally invasive hybrid strategy for ablation may lead to the development of multidisciplinary "Afib teams" to

  2. The Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study

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    Arbelo, Elena; Brugada, Josep; Hindricks, Gerhard;

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study is a prospective registry designed to describe the clinical epidemiology of patients undergoing an atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation, and the diagnostic/therapeutic processes applied across Europe. The aims of the 1-year follow-up were to analyse...... left atrial tachycardia, and 4 patients died (1 haemorrhagic stroke, 1 ventricular fibrillation in a patient with ischaemic heart disease, 1 cancer, and 1 of unknown cause). CONCLUSION: The AFib Ablation Pilot Study provided crucial information on the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of catheter...

  3. Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Abu Saleh, Walid K.

    2015-01-01

    The Cox-maze procedure for the restoration of normal sinus rhythm, initially developed by Dr. James Cox, underwent several iterations over the years. The main concept consists of creating a series of transmural lesions in the right and left atria that disrupt re-entrant circuits responsible for propagating the abnormal atrial fibrillation rhythm. The left atrial appendage is excluded as a component of the Maze procedure. For the first three iterations of the Cox- maze procedure, these lesions...

  4. Attitudes Towards Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Vadmann, Henrik; Pedersen, Susanne S; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important but expensive procedure that is the subject of some debate. Physicians´ attitudes towards catheter ablation may influence promotion and patient acceptance. This is the first study to examine the attitudes of Danish...

  5. Cardiac Remodeling After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Li-Wei Lo, MD; Shih-Ann Chen, MD

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures are considered a reasonable option for patients with symptomatic, drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF. Ablation procedures have been reported to effectively restore sinus rhythm and provide long-term relief of symptoms. Both electrical and structural remodeling occurs with AF. A reversal of the electrical remodeling develops within 1 week after restoration to sinus rhythm following the catheter ablation. The recovery rate is faster in the right atrium than the left atrium. Reverse structural remodeling takes longer and is still present 2 to 4 months after restoration of sinus rhythm. The left atrial transport function also improves after successful catheter ablation of AF. Left atrial strain surveys from echocardiography are able to identify patients who respond to catheter ablation with significant reverse remodeling after ablation. Pre-procedural delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging is also able to determine the degree of atrial fibrosis and is another tool to predict the reverse remodeling after ablation. The remodeling process is complex if recurrence develops after ablation. Recent evidence shows that a combined reverse electrical and structural remodeling occurs after ablation of chronic AF when recurrence is paroxysmal AF. Progressive electrical remodeling without any structural remodeling develops in those with recurrence involving chronic AF. Whether progressive atrial remodeling is the cause or consequence during the recurrence of AF remains obscure and requires further study.

  6. Atrioventricular Junction Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Patel, Dilesh; Daoud, Emile G

    2016-04-01

    Atrioventricular junction (AVJ) ablation is an effective therapy in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation who are intolerant to or unsuccessfully managed with rhythm control or medical rate control strategies. A drawback is that the procedure mandates a pacing system. Overall, the safety and efficacy of AVJ ablation is high with a majority of the patients reporting significant improvement in symptoms and quality-of-life measures. Risk of sudden cardiac death after device implantation is low, especially with an appropriate postprocedure pacing rate. Mortality benefit with AVJ ablation has been shown in patients with heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. PMID:26968669

  7. Nonfluoroscopic Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Using Cryoballoon

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    Mansour Razminia, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Hany Demo, M.D.; Carlos Arrieta-Garcia, M.D.;

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The conventional method of cryoballoon ablation of atrial fibrillation involves the use of fluoroscopy for visual guidance. The use of fluoroscopy is accompanied by significant radiation risks to the patient and the medical staff. Herein, we report our experience in performing successful nonfluoroscopic pulmonary vein isolation using cryoballoon ablation in 5 consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation Methods and Results: Five consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent cryoballoon ablation for pulmonary vein isolation using a nonfluoroscopic approach. Pre-procedural cardiac computed tomography or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was not performed in any patient. A total of twenty pulmonary veins were identified and successfully isolated (100% with the guidance of intracardiac echocardiography and 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping. No fluoroscopy was used for the procedures. There were no major procedural adverse events. Conclusion: In an unselected group of patients undergoing cryoballoon ablation, a nonfluoroscopic approach is feasible and can be performed safely and effectively while eliminating the risks associated with radiation to both the patient and the medical staff.

  8. New Technologies in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    John Rickard, MD, MPH; Saman Nazarian MD, PhD

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a major public health issue worldwide the incidence of which is likely to continue to rise. With the birth of pulmonary vein isolation(PVI, cardiac ablation has emerged as key strategy for the treatment of AF. PVI using traditional point by point radiofrequency ablation is time consuming and technically challenging. Refining patient selection for PVI also remains an important goal. New ablative strategies using catheter-based balloon technologies, such as cryothermy and laser-based systems, may simplify PVI. In addition, new MRI-based techniques offer the hope of refining patient selection prior to ablation. Lastly, FIRM mapping represents an entirely new approach to AF ablation via the targeting of mechanisms that perpetuate AF rather than simply targeting triggers alone.

  9. Galectin-3 in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nicolas Clementy; Eric Piver; Nazih Benhenda; Anne Bernard; Bertrand Pierre; Edouard Siméon; Laurent Fauchier; Jean-Christophe Pagès; Dominique Babuty

    2014-01-01

    Background: Mechanisms of maintenance of atrial fibrillation are known to include fibrosis. Galectin-3, as a biomarker of fibrosis, may be a valuable marker of atrial remodeling. We sought to find whether there was a link between clinical features and higher galectin-3 levels in patients with atrial fibrillation. Methods: Serum concentrations of Galectin-3 were determined in a consecutive series of patients addressed for ablation of atrial fibrillation. Results: One-hundred-and-eighty-s...

  10. Advances in Imaging for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Over the last fifteen years, our understanding of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) has paved the way for ablation to be utilized as an effective treatment option. With the aim of gaining more detailed anatomical representation, advances have been made using various imaging modalities, both before and during the ablation procedure, in planning and execution. Options have flourished from procedural fluoroscopy, electro anatomic mapping systems, pre procedural computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and combinations of these technologies. Exciting work is underway in an effort to allow the electro physiologist to assess scar formation in real time. One advantage would be to lessen the learning curve for what are very complex procedures. The hope of these developments is to improve the likelihood of a successful ablation procedure and to allow more patients access to this treatment

  11. Incidence and predictive factors of atrial fibrillation after ablation of typical atrial flutter.

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    Laurent, Valérie; Fauchier, Laurent; Pierre, Bertrand; Grimard, Caroline; Babuty, Dominique

    2009-03-01

    Although cavotricuspid isthmus radiofrequency catheter ablation is considered curative therapy for typical atrial flutter, many patients develop an atrial fibrillation after ablation. The purpose of our study was to determine the incidence and the predictive factors of post-ablation atrial fibrillation. One hundred and forty eight consecutive patients underwent cavotricuspid isthmus ablation for the treatment of typical atrial flutter between January 2004 and December 2005 in our electrophysiological department. Complete cavotricuspid isthmus block was successfully obtained in 96.6% of the patients. At the end of the electrophysiological study a sustained atrial fibrillation was inducible in 20 patients (13.5%). During an average follow-up of 21.3 +/- 8.2 months, atrial fibrillation occurred in 27% of the patients. Univariate analysis identified four parameters correlated with post-ablation atrial fibrillation among the 21 parameters tested: the young age of the patients, a prior history of atrial fibrillation, an inducible atrial fibrillation, and a paroxysmal atrial flutter. Only inducible atrial fibrillation and paroxysmal atrial flutter were independent factors linked to atrial fibrillation after ablation. In our study the incidence of atrial fibrillation after cavotricuspid isthmus radiofrequency catheter ablation is 152 per 1,000 patient-years, i.e. 25 times higher than the incidence of atrial fibrillation in the general population of the same age. Twenty five percent of the patients who had neither prior history of atrial fibrillation nor structural heart disease suffered from atrial fibrillation during a mean follow-up of 21.3 +/- 8.2 months. All these results suggest that atrial flutter and fibrillation could be manifestations of a more general electrophysiologic disease. They emphasize the need for all these patients to benefit from regular, long-term cardiological follow-up after cavotricuspid isthmus ablation because of the high incidence of atrial

  12. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, GD Rotterdam (Netherlands); Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia); Dill, Thorsten [Kerckhoff-Heart Center, Department of Cardiology, Bad Nauheim (Germany); Ristic, Arsen D.; Seferovic, Petar M. [Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia)

    2006-11-15

    Percutaneous ablation for electrical disconnection of the arrhythmogenic foci using various forms of energy has become a well-established technique for treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Success rate in preventing recurrence of AF episodes is high although associated with a significant incidence of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis and other rare complications. Clinical workup of AF patients includes imaging before and after ablative treatment using different noninvasive and invasive techniques such as conventional angiography, transoesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which offer different information with variable diagnostic accuracy. Evaluation before percutaneous ablation involves assessment of PVs (PV pattern, branching pattern, orientation and ostial size) to facilitate position and size of catheters and reduce procedure time as well as examining the left atrium (presence of thrombi, dimensions and volumes). Imaging after the percutaneous ablation is important for assessment of overall success of the procedure and revealing potential complications. Therefore, imaging methods enable depiction of PVs and the anatomy of surrounding structures essential for preprocedural management and early detection of PV stenosis and other ablation-related procedures, as well as long-term follow-up of these patients. (orig.)

  13. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Percutaneous ablation for electrical disconnection of the arrhythmogenic foci using various forms of energy has become a well-established technique for treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Success rate in preventing recurrence of AF episodes is high although associated with a significant incidence of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis and other rare complications. Clinical workup of AF patients includes imaging before and after ablative treatment using different noninvasive and invasive techniques such as conventional angiography, transoesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which offer different information with variable diagnostic accuracy. Evaluation before percutaneous ablation involves assessment of PVs (PV pattern, branching pattern, orientation and ostial size) to facilitate position and size of catheters and reduce procedure time as well as examining the left atrium (presence of thrombi, dimensions and volumes). Imaging after the percutaneous ablation is important for assessment of overall success of the procedure and revealing potential complications. Therefore, imaging methods enable depiction of PVs and the anatomy of surrounding structures essential for preprocedural management and early detection of PV stenosis and other ablation-related procedures, as well as long-term follow-up of these patients. (orig.)

  14. Ablate and pace revisited: long term survival and predictors of permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Queiroga, A; Marshall, H J; Clune, M; Gammage, M. D.

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To assess long term mortality and identify factors associated with the development of permanent atrial fibrillation after atrioventricular (AV) node ablation for drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

  15. Atrial fibrillation: Is ablation the way of the future?

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    Brian Olshansky

    2004-01-01

    @@ This issue of the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology features a manuscript entitled "A three-pulmonary vein isolation approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation".Dr. Lexin Wang addresses an important issue, and is to be congratulated for taking a new look at an approach to ablate atrial fibrillation.

  16. Monitoring Atrial Fibrillation After Catheter Ablation

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    Giovanni B Forleo, MD PhD; MAssimo Moltrasio, MD; Michela Casella MD, PhD; Antonio Dello Russo MD, PhD; Getano Fassini, MD; Manfredi Tesauro, MD, PhD; Claudio Tondo, MD, PhD.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Although catheter ablation is an effective treatment for recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF, there is no consensus on the definition of success or follow-up strategies. Symptoms are the major motivation for undergoing catheter ablation in patients with AF, however it is well known that reliance on perception of AF by patients after AF ablation results in an underestimation of recurrence of the arrhythmia. Because symptoms of AF occurrence may be misleading, a reliable assessment of rhythm outcome is essential for the definition of success in both clinical care and research trials. Continuous rhythm monitoring over long periods of time is superior to intermittent recording using external monitors to detect the presence of AF episodes and to quantify the AF burden. Today, new devices implanted subcutaneously using a minimally invasive technique have been developed for continuous AF monitoring. Implantable devices keep detailed information about arrhythmia recurrences and might allow identification of very brief episodes of AF, the significance of which is still uncertain. In particular, it is not known whether there is any critical value of daily AF burden that has a prognostic significance. This issue remains an area of active discussion, debate and investigation. Further investigation is required to determine if continuous AF monitoring with implantable devices is effective in reducing stroke risk and facilitating maintenance of sinus rhythm after AF ablation.

  17. 78 FR 11207 - Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation...

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    2013-02-15

    ... Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability... Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.'' This guidance provides FDA's recommendations on clinical trial designs for surgical ablation devices intended for the treatment of atrial...

  18. Surgical ablation devices for atrial fibrillation.

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    Lall, Shelly C; Damiano, Ralph J

    2007-12-01

    The introduction of ablation technology has revolutionized the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). It has greatly simplified surgical approaches and has significantly increased the number of procedures being performed. Various energy sources have been used clinically, including cryoablation, radiofrequency, microwave, laser, and high-frequency ultrasound. The goal of these devices is to create conduction block to either block activation wavefronts or to isolate the triggers of AF. All present devices have been shown to have clinical efficacy in some patients. The devices each have their unique advantages and disadvantages. It is important that surgeons develop accurate dose-response curves for new devices in clinically relevant models on both the arrested and beating heart. This will allow the appropriate use of technology to facilitate AF surgery. PMID:18175210

  19. The Role of Intracardiac Echocardiography in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Elad Anter, MD

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Radiofrequency catheter ablation of pulmonary veins has emerged as an effective therapy for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Advances in real-time intracardiac echocardiography with 2D and Doppler color flow imaging have led to it integration in atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. It allows imaging of the left atrium and pulmonary veins, including identification of anatomic variations. It has an important role in guiding transseptal catheterization, imaging the pulmonary vein ostia, assisting in accurate placement of mapping and ablation catheters, monitoring lesion morphology and flow changes in the ablated pulmonary veins, hence allowing titration of energy delivery. Importantly, it allows instant detection of procedural complications.

  20. The Role of Intracardiac Echocardiography in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Elad Anter

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Radiofrequency catheter ablation of pulmonary veins has emerged as an effective therapy for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Advances in real-time intracardiac echocardiography with 2D and Doppler color flow imaging have led to its integration in atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. It allows imaging of the left atrium and pulmonary veins, including identification of anatomic variations. It has an important role in guiding transseptal catheterization, imaging the pulmonary vein ostia, assisting in accurate placement of mapping and ablation catheters, monitoring lesion morphology and flow changes in the ablated pulmonary veins, hence allowing titration of energy delivery. Importantly, it allows instant detection of procedural complications.

  1. What have we learned of ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation?

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    Maurer, T; Lundqvist, C B; Tilz, R; Mont, L; Chierchia, G-B; Malmborg, H; Metzner, A; Kuck, K-H

    2016-05-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a widespread disease of growing clinical, economic and social importance. Interventional therapy for atrial fibrillation offers encouraging results, with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) as the established cornerstone. Yet, the challenge to create durable transmural lesions remains, leading to recurrence of atrial fibrillation in long-term follow-up even after multiple ablation procedures in 20% of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and approximately 50% with persistent atrial fibrillation. To overcome these limitations, innovative tools such as the cryoballoon and contact force catheters have been introduced and have demonstrated their potential for safe and effective PVI. Furthermore, advanced pharmacological and pacing manoeuvres enhance evaluation of conduction block in PVI. PMID:26940476

  2. Atrial Tachycardias Occurring After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Strategies for Mapping and Ablation

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    Stavros Mountantonakis, MD

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The occurrence of left atrial tachycardias (AT after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF is common, especially after more extensive ablation of persistent AF. These AT are invariably symptomatic and often do not respond to medical therapy. The initial strategy involves ventricular rate control, cardioversion, and observation as some tachycardias may resolve with time. For persistent ATs, effective management frequently requires catheter intervention. Careful characterization of the tachycardia mechanism is essential in designing an effective ablation strategy that would also avoid further creation of pro-arrhythmic substrate. With this review, we summarize the incidence, mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of ATs occurring after AF ablation.

  3. Atrial fibrillation and its determinants after radiofrequency ablation of chronic common atrial flutter

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    2005-01-01

    Aim. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a major clinical issue and its occurrence is the main problem after catheter ablation of atrial flutter. The long-term occurrence of AFib after common atrial flutter ablation is still matter of debate as it may influence the therapeutic approach. So, the aim of our study was to analyze the determinants and the time course of AFib after radiofrequency catheter ablation of chronic common atrial flutter. Methods and Results. 89 consecutive patients (67.5 ± ...

  4. Typical flutter ablation as an adjunct to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Dipen Shah

    2008-01-01

    Typical atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are frequently observed to coexist(1) .  In the current context of interventional electrophysiology, curative or at least definitive ablation is available for both arrhythmias. Despite their coexistence, it is not clear whether typical flutter ablation is necessary in all patients undergoing catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. The following review explores the pathophysiology of both arrhythmias, their interrelationships and the availa...

  5. Typical flutter ablation as an adjunct to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Dipen Shah

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Typical atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are frequently observed to coexist(1 .  In the current context of interventional electrophysiology, curative or at least definitive ablation is available for both arrhythmias. Despite their coexistence, it is not clear whether typical flutter ablation is necessary in all patients undergoing catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. The following review explores the pathophysiology of both arrhythmias, their interrelationships and the available data pertaining to this theme.

  6. Laser Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation: Mid-term Clinical Experience

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    Li Poa, MD

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atrial Fibrillation is known to account for one third of all the strokes caused in the US in the population above the age of 70. Patients treated with the surgical Cox MAZE operation have been shown to have a 150 fold decrease in the incidence of stroke over an 18 year period. However, the original Cox MAZE although extremely successful in treating atrial fibrillation and decreasing the incidence of strokes was not performed widely because of complexity and invasiveness of the procedure. A variety of alternative energy based curative ablation strategies are now available for more minimally invasive therapeutic management of atrial fibrillation (AF. In this communication, we report our clinical experience in AF therapy utilizing laser energy ablation technology. Methods: Fifty two consecutive AF patients underwent concomitant or isolated ablation prior to any coexisting cardiac procedures that included CABG (coronary artery bypass surgery, MV (mitral valve or AV (aortic valve repairs. All patients had an epicardially based ablation pattern with basic lesions being en bloc box type pulmonary vein isolation which included the antral surface of the left atrium, directed ganglionectomies of the the right anterior and inferior ganglions, posteriomedial ablation of the IVC ( inferior vena cava, and a right isthmus ablation. Twenty seven patients had ligation of their left atrial appendage, 14 patients had resection of the ligament of Marshall, and three patients had endocardial placed lesions of a mitral annular connecting type lesion. In order to maintain the patients in normal sinus rhythm (NSR, electrical cardioversion and anti-arrhythmic drugs were employed as required. Results: At a median follow-up of 250 days, 44 of the total 52 patients (84.6% exhibited NSR.. No complications or mortality were reported due to the laser procedure. Conclusion: Laser ablation was successfully and safely used for endocardial and epicardial AF ablation

  7. Ablation of atrial fibrillation using CT image integration

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    In our case report we describe a catheter ablation in a patient with symptomatic, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation using the new CT image integrating mapping technology. Using image integration an arrhythmogenic right inferior pulmonary vein was revealed which was not found during conventional 3-dimensional mapping. Thereby we want to demonstrate potential impacts on safety and effectiveness of ablation strategies using an image integration technology, especially in cases of difficult anatomic variations. (author)

  8. Contact Force and Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Waqas Ullah; Richard Schilling; Tom Wong

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Catheters able to measure the force and vector of contact between the catheter tip and myocardium are now available. Pre-clinical work has established that the degree of contact between the radiofrequency ablation catheter and myocardium correlates with the size of the delivered lesion. Excess contact is associated with steam pops and perforation. Catheter contact varies within the left atrium secondary to factors including respiration, location, atrial rhythm and the trans-septal catheter delivery technology used. Compared with procedures performed without contact force (CF-sensing, the use of this technology has, in some studies, been found to improve complication rates, procedure and fluoroscopy times, and success rates. However, for each of these parameters there are also studies suggesting a lack of difference from the availability of CF data. Nevertheless, CF-sensing technology has been adopted as a standard of care in many institutions. It is likely that use of CF-sensing technology will allow for the optimization of each individual radiofrequency application to maximize efficacy and procedural safety. Recent work has attempted to define what these optimal targets should be, and approaches to do this include assessing for sites of pulmonary vein reconnection after ablation, or comparing the impedance response to ablation. Based on such work, it is apparent that factors including mean CF, force time integral (the area under the force-time curve and contact stability are important determinants of ablation efficacy. Multicenter prospective randomized data are lacking in this field and required to define the CF parameters required to produce optimal ablation.

  9. Phrenic Nerve Injury After Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    2007-01-01

    Phrenic Nerve Injury (PNI) has been well studied by cardiac surgeons. More recently it has been recognized as a potential complication of catheter ablation with a prevalence of 0.11 to 0.48 % after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. This review will focus on PNI after AF ablation Anatomical studies have shown a close relationship between the right phrenic nerve and it's proximity to the superior vena cava (SVC), and the antero-inferior part of the right superior pulmonary vein (RSPV). In addi...

  10. CT imaging of complications of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    The complication rate following radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is low (<5%). Complications include pericardial effusion, cardiac tamponade, pulmonary vein stenosis, oesophageal ulceration or perforation, atrio-oesophageal fistula formation, stroke/transient ischaemic attack, phrenic nerve injury, haematoma at the puncture site, and femoral arteriovenous fistula. Among available imaging tools, computed tomography (CT) can be very useful in diagnosing complications of the procedure, particularly in the subacute and delayed stages after ablation. This review illustrates CT imaging of several of the common and uncommon complications of radiofrequency catheter ablation

  11. Galectin-3 in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nicolas Clementy

    2014-11-01

    Conclusions: Persistent type of atrial fibrillation is an independent predictor of higher Galectin-3 concentration. This biomarker of fibrosis may be implied in the mechanisms of atrial remodeling and maintenance of atrial fibrillation, and thus be helpful for the design of therapeutic strategy in patients with atrial fibrillation.

  12. Pre-Procedural Imaging to Direct Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Anatomy and Ablation Strategy.

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    Moussa Mansour; Ruskin, Jeremy N; Suhny Abbara; Godtfred Holmvang; E. Kevin Heist

    2008-01-01

    Successful catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) requires a detailed understanding of left atrial anatomy in order to maximize the safety and efficacy of the procedure. Common and rare variants of left atrial and pulmonary venous anatomy have been described which can affect the optimal ablation strategy for each individual patient. These variants include the presence of a right or left middle pulmonary vein, a left or right common pulmonary vein, a common inferior pulmonary vein, a ri...

  13. Pre-Procedural Imaging to Direct Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Anatomy and Ablation Strategy

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    E. Kevin Heist MD PhD; Godtfred Holmvang MD; Suhny Abbara MD; Jeremy N. Ruskin MD; Moussa Mansour MD

    2008-01-01

    Successful catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) requires a detailed understanding of left atrial anatomy in order to maximize the safety and efficacy of the procedure. Common and rare variants of left atrial and pulmonary venous anatomy have been described which can affect the optimal ablation strategy for each individual patient. These variants include the presence of a right or left middle pulmonary vein, a left or right common pulmonary vein, a common inferior pulmonary vein, a ri...

  14. Intra-atrial endothelial lesion resulting from transseptal puncture for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Samir M. Said

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Thromboembolic events are known complications of left atrial ablation therapy. We describe a complication which may also lead to systemic thromboembolism that has not been reported so far: the formation of a moving structure attached to the fossa ovalis after an attempted transseptal puncture in a 66-year old patient with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

  15. Role of Intracardiac echocardiography in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Antonio Dello Russo, MD PhD

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In the recent years, several new evidences support catheter-based ablation as a treatment modality of atrial fibrillation (AF. Based on a plenty of different applications, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE is now a well-established technology in complex electrophysiological procedures, in particular in AF ablation. ICE contributes to improve the efficacy and safety of such procedures defining the anatomical structures involved in ablation procedures and monitoring in real time possible complications. In particular ICE allows: a correct identification of the endocardial structures; a guidance of transseptal puncture; an assessment of accurate placement of the circular mapping catheter; an indirect evaluation of evolving lesions during radiofrequency (RF energy delivery via visualization of micro and macrobubbles tissue heating; assessment of catheter contact with cardiac tissues. Recently, also the feasibility of the integration of electroanatomical mapping (EAM and intracardiac echocardiography has been demonstrated, combining accurate real time anatomical information with electroanatomical data. As a matter of fact, different techniques and ablation strategies have been developed throughout the years. In the setting of balloon-based ablation systems, recently adopted by an increasing number of centers, ICE might have a role in the choice of appropriate balloon size and to confirm accurate occlusion of pulmonary veins. Furthermore, in the era of minimally fluoroscopic ablation, ICE has successfully provided a contribute in reducing fluoroscopy time. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current applications of ICE in catheter based ablation strategies of atrial fibrillation, focusing-on electronically phased-array ICE.

  16. Atrium-atrioventricular node block: an unusual complication during catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation

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    MIAO Cheng-long; SANG Cai-hua; DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng

    2011-01-01

    Ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation is still a challenge for the ablationist. Extensive ablation is required under some conditions and could lead to some unintended complications. Here we report a case of atrium-atrioventricular node block complicating multiple catheter ablation procedures for persistent atrial fibrillation. After extensive ablation, including circumferential pulmonary vein ablation, linear ablation at the left atrial roof, mitral isthmus, atrial septum, cavotricuspid isthmus, and complex fractionated atrial electrogram ablation, conduction obstacle was found, and sinus impulse could not travel from the right atrium, atrial septum and left atrium to atrioventricular node. The case indicated that intensive ablation at some key sites, especially the interatrial septum, should be careful during ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  17. The definition of success in atrial fibrillation ablation surgery

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    Hunter, Steven

    2014-01-01

    In spite of recent attempts to define and clarify the treatment endpoints in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation surgery, the definition of success has remained blurred. It is of importance to address the burden of AF in the non-symptomatic population. Thromboembolic events invariably blight the outcomes, therefore freedom from stroke must be incorporated into any definition of success and guidelines. It is essential to meticulously study the long-term outcomes of an unsuccessful treatment as a...

  18. Body Mass Index, Quality of Life, and Catheter Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ethan R. Ellis, M.D

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation and obesity are interlinked epidemics and both impair quality of life. As the prevalence of both conditions in the US continues to rise, so will the number of obese patients with atrial fibrillation referred for catheter ablation. Catheter ablation has already been shown to significantly improve quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation. Until recently, there has been little attention to the effects of catheter ablation on quality of life specifically in obese patients with atrial fibrillation. This paper will review what is known about the effects of atrial fibrillation and obesity on quality of life and how quality of life is affected by catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation in obese patients.

  19. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Systolic Dysfunction: Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

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    Tasso Julio Lobo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AF often coexist in a deleterious cycle. Objective: To evaluate the clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction and AF treated with radiofrequency (RF ablation. Methods: Patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction [ejection fraction (EF <50%] and AF refractory to drug therapy underwent stepwise RF ablation in the same session with pulmonary vein isolation, ablation of AF nests and of residual atrial tachycardia, named "background tachycardia". Clinical (NYHA functional class and echocardiographic (EF, left atrial diameter data were compared (McNemar test and t test before and after ablation. Results: 31 patients (6 women, 25 men, aged 37 to 77 years (mean, 59.8±10.6, underwent RF ablation. The etiology was mainly idiopathic (19 p, 61%. During a mean follow-up of 20.3±17 months, 24 patients (77% were in sinus rhythm, 11 (35% being on amiodarone. Eight patients (26% underwent more than one procedure (6 underwent 2 procedures, and 2 underwent 3 procedures. Significant NYHA functional class improvement was observed (pre-ablation: 2.23±0.56; postablation: 1.13±0.35; p<0.0001. The echocardiographic outcome also showed significant ventricular function improvement (EF pre: 44.68%±6.02%, post: 59%±13.2%, p=0.0005 and a significant left atrial diameter reduction (pre: 46.61±7.3 mm; post: 43.59±6.6 mm; p=0.026. No major complications occurred. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that AF ablation in patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction is a safe and highly effective procedure. Arrhythmia control has a great impact on ventricular function recovery and functional class improvement.

  20. Collateral damage from Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Wanwarang Wongcharoen, MD

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia, contributing to a significant morbidity and mortality. Catheter ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs and left atrium (LA has been shown to be an effective strategy for the treatment of symptomatic AF. Regardless of technological advances and technique improvement, catheter ablation for AF remains a highly complex procedure and the risk of procedural complications is not negligible. The major complications have been reported to occur in up to 5.2% of procedures. A systematic investigation among 32,569 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF has demonstrated that mortality is around 0.1%. Nevertheless, the true prevalence of complications is possibly underestimated in retrospective surveys because of recollection bias and other factors. This article will focus on the management of serious complications of catheter AF ablation including PV stenosis, atrioesophageal fistula, cardiac tamponade, stroke and thromboembolic complication

  1. Temporal changes in patient characteristics and prior pharmacotherapy in patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Karasoy, Deniz; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar; Hansen, Jim; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Johannessen, Arne; Hansen, Morten Lock

    2013-01-01

    Trends in patient selection and pharmacotherapy before radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of atrial fibrillation are not well studied. We examined temporal trends in RFA utilization on a nationwide scale in Denmark.......Trends in patient selection and pharmacotherapy before radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of atrial fibrillation are not well studied. We examined temporal trends in RFA utilization on a nationwide scale in Denmark....

  2. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in the elderly

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    Louiza Lioni; Konstantinos P Letsas; Michael Efremidis; Konstantinos Vlachos; Georgios Giannopoulos; Vasileios Kareliotis; Spyridon Deftereos; Antonios Sideris

    2014-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation has emerged as a promising treatment strategy for AF, but has not been widely adopted in the elderly population. The present study aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of AF catheter ablation in the elderly popula-tion. Methods and Results The study population consisted of 316 patients with paroxysmal AF who underwent left atrial ablation. Ninety-five patients were≥65 years (48 males, mean age 68.9 ± 3.0 years old) and 221 patients were<65 years old (130 males, mean age 52.5 ± 10.4 years old). After a mean follow-up period of 34.0 ± 15.1 months, 55 (57.9%) patients in the elderly group were free from ar-rhythmia recurrence compared with 149 (67.4%) patients in the younger group (P=0.169). Procedural complications were uncommon in both study groups. In logistic regression analysis, left atrial diameter (P=0.003), hypertension (P=0.001), dyslipidemia (P=0.039), and coronary artery disease (P=0.018) were independent predictors of AF recurrence in the elderly population. Conclusions Catheter ablation of AF is safe and effective in older patients. Invasive strategies should be considered as an alternative choice in symptomatic elderly patients with AF.

  3. Automated planning of ablation targets in atrial fibrillation treatment

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    Keustermans, Johannes; De Buck, Stijn; Heidbüchel, Hein; Suetens, Paul

    2011-03-01

    Catheter based radio-frequency ablation is used as an invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation. This procedure is often guided by the use of 3D anatomical models obtained from CT, MRI or rotational angiography. During the intervention the operator accurately guides the catheter to prespecified target ablation lines. The planning stage, however, can be time consuming and operator dependent which is suboptimal both from a cost and health perspective. Therefore, we present a novel statistical model-based algorithm for locating ablation targets from 3D rotational angiography images. Based on a training data set of 20 patients, consisting of 3D rotational angiography images with 30 manually indicated ablation points, a statistical local appearance and shape model is built. The local appearance model is based on local image descriptors to capture the intensity patterns around each ablation point. The local shape model is constructed by embedding the ablation points in an undirected graph and imposing that each ablation point only interacts with its neighbors. Identifying the ablation points on a new 3D rotational angiography image is performed by proposing a set of possible candidate locations for each ablation point, as such, converting the problem into a labeling problem. The algorithm is validated using a leave-one-out-approach on the training data set, by computing the distance between the ablation lines obtained by the algorithm and the manually identified ablation points. The distance error is equal to 3.8+/-2.9 mm. As ablation lesion size is around 5-7 mm, automated planning of ablation targets by the presented approach is sufficiently accurate.

  4. Selective Versus Total Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Sonia Ammar, MD; Tilko Reents, MD; Stephanie Fichtner, MD; Gabriele Hessling, MD; Isabel Deisenhofer, MD

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the greatest discoveries in cardiac electrophysiology was the recognition of the crucial role of pulmonary vein (PV myocardial sleeves for atrial fibrillation (AF initiation. Based on this concept, catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI has become a routine approach for this arrhythmia. An attractive concept implies the selective isolation of the arrhythmogenic PVs only. Based on the most important studies regarding this approach, we describe pros and cons of a selective PVI compared to a complete PVI and try to illustrate why selective PVI did not find widespread acceptance in the electrophysiologic community.

  5. Radiofrequency ablation as initial therapy in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Walfridsson, H; Walfridsson, U; Nielsen, J Cosedis;

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: The Medical ANtiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (MANTRA-PAF) trial assessed the long-term efficacy of an initial strategy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) vs. antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) as first-line treatment for patients with PAF. In...... made on an intention-to-treat basis. Both randomization groups showed significant improvements in assessments with both SF-36 and EQ-5D, at 24 months. Patients randomized to RFA showed significantly greater improvement in four physically related scales of the SF-36. The three most frequently reported...... improvement of HRQoL and symptom burden in patients with PAF. Patients randomized to RFA showed greater improvement in physical scales (SF-36) and the EQ-visual analogue scale. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00133211....

  6. Left Atrial Linear Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Guided by Three-dimensional Electroanatomical System

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    Zhang, Dai-Fu; Li, Ying; Qi, Wei-Gang;

    2005-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and efficacy of Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system. Methods 29 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in this study. A nonfluoroscopic mapping system was used to generate a 3D...... electroanatomic LA mapping, and all pulmonary vein ostia were marked under the help of pulmonary veins angiography on the 3D map. Radiofrequency (RF) energy was delivered to create continuous linear lesions encircling the pulmonary veins, it was delivered with a target temperature of 43¿, a maximal power limit of...... 30W and applied for =20 seconds until the maximal local electrogram amplitude decreased by =50%. The ablation was completed by finishing the circular line. Results The mean procedure duration was 180±18 minutes, with mean fluoroscopy time of 80±20 minutes. The average number of RE pulses was 120...

  7. Outcomes after ablation for typical atrial flutter (from the Loire Valley Atrial Fibrillation Project).

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    Clementy, Nicolas; Desprets, Laurent; Pierre, Bertrand; Lallemand, Bénédicte; Simeon, Edouard; Brunet-Bernard, Anne; Babuty, Dominique; Fauchier, Laurent

    2014-11-01

    Similar predisposing factors are found in most types of atrial arrhythmias. The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with atrial flutter is high, suggesting similar outcomes in patients with those arrhythmias. We sought to investigate the long-term outcomes and prognostic factors of patients with AF and/or atrial flutter with contemporary management using radiofrequency ablation. In an academic institution, we retrospectively examined the clinical course of 8,962 consecutive patients admitted to our department with a diagnosis of AF and/or atrial flutter. After a median follow-up of 934 ± 1,134 days, 1,155 deaths and 715 stroke and/thromboembolic (TE) events were recorded. Patients with atrial flutter undergoing cavotricuspid isthmus ablation (n = 875, 37% with a history of AF) had a better survival rate than other patients (hazard ratio [HR] 0.35, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.25 to 0.49, p <0.0001). Using Cox proportional hazards model and propensity score model, after adjustment for main other confounders, ablation for atrial flutter was significantly associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality (HR 0.55, 95% CI 0.36 to 0.84, p = 0.006) and stroke and/or TE events (HR 0.53, 95% CI 0.30 to 0.92, p = 0.02). After ablation, there was no significant difference in the risk of TE between patients with a history of AF and those with atrial flutter alone (HR 0.83, 95% CI 0.41 to 1.67, p = 0.59). In conclusion, in patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias, those with atrial flutter with contemporary management who undergo cavotricuspid isthmus radiofrequency ablation independently have a lower risk of stroke and/or TE events and death of any cause, whether a history of AF is present or not. PMID:25200340

  8. Clinical efficacy and safety of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation in elderly patients

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    董静

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safty of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation in elderly patients.Methods From September 2008 to October 2011,a total of 420 consecutive patients undergoing cathete rablation

  9. Efficacy of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation beyond HATCH score

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    TANG Ri-bo; DONG Jian-zeng; LONG De-yong; YU Rong-hui; NING Man; JIANG Chen-xi; SANG Cai-hua; LIU Xiao-hui; MA Chang-sheng

    2012-01-01

    Background HATCH score is an established predictor of progression from paroxysmal to persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).The purpose of this study was to determine if HATCH score could predict recurrence after catheter ablation of AF.Methods The data of 488 consecutive paroxysmal AF patients who underwent an index circumferential pulmonary veins (PV) ablation were retrospectively analyzed.Of these patients,250 (51.2%) patients had HATCH score=0,185(37.9%) patients had HATCH score=1,and 53 (10.9%) patients had HATCH score >2 (28 patients had HATCH score=2,23 patients had HATCH score=3,and 2 patients had HATCH score=4).Results The patients with HATCH score >2 had significantly larger left atrium size,the largest left ventricular end systolic diameter,and the lowest ejection fraction.After a mean follow-up of (823±532) days,the recurrence rates were 36.4%,37.8% and 28.3% from the HATCH score=0,HATCH score=1 to HATCH score >2 categories (P=0.498).Univariate analysis revealed that left atrium size,body mass index,and failure of PV isolation were predictors of AF recurrence.After adjustment for body mass index,left atrial size and PV isolation,the HATCH score was not an independent predictor of recurrence (HR=0.92,95% confidence interval=0.76-1.12,P=0.406) in multivariate analysis.Conclusion HATCH score has no value in prediction of AF recurrence after catheter ablation.

  10. Neuropsychological Decline After Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Schwarz, N

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The article “Neuropsychological decline after cath- eter ablation of atrial fibrillation” by Schwarz et al. is the first publication that focused on cognitive side effects of elective circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI.1 Adverse neuropsychological changes after left atrial catheter ablation, as report- ed in this paper, were found in verbal memory and the result, conjoined with ischemic brain lesions, might represent cerebral side-effects of the ablation procedure.

  11. Results of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Patients With or Without a History of Atrial Flutter

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    Lu chunshan; Liu Xingpeng; Dong Jianzeng; Ma Changsheng

    2006-01-01

    Objectives There are two kind of atrial flutter during circumferential ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF): new onset left atrial flutter (LAFL), with a history of atrial flutter (AFL). What is the relationship of AFL and AF? Whether there are some differences in clinical course and mechanism between the new onset LAFL and the with a history of AFL remained unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the impacts of circumferential ablation on the occurrence of arrhythmias in follow-up in 2 groups:( 1 ) patients with a history of AFL and AF, and (2)patients with new onset LAFL. Methods Data from 465 patients who had circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) or segmental pulmonary vein ablation (SPVA) were analyzed. Patients with a history of AFL ablation and patients who had concomitant AFL ablation were included from analysis. Forty-one patients constituted the history of AFL group (group 1, aged 57±13 years, 7 females) and twenty-eight patients constituted the new onset LAFL group (group 2, aged 55±12 years, 6 females). bipolar recordings were obtained from the tricuspid annulus, coronary sinus,interatrial septum and left atrium. Target sites were identified by early, fragmented or double potentials and by concealed entrainment. Linear lesions were created between target sites and nearby anatomical barriers (1) typical atrial flutter (cycle length, 242±39 ms). cavotricuspid isthmus ablation was performed.(2) new onset LAFL (cycle length, 282±153 ms). 20 episodes of AAFs were documented in 20/28 (71.4%)patients. Target sites were identified around pulmonary veins (n=10), gap in linear lesion (n=7), left atrial roof lines (1 case). For those cases the ablation line between PV and mitral annulus was performed.Patients in Group 2 had larger left atria, higher incidence of AFL pre-CPVA, and lower ejection fraction. Results There was no significant difference in post-CPVA AF recurrence between Groups 1 and 2, but AFL incidence after CPVA was higher in Group

  12. Atrium-Atrioventricular Node Conduction Block during Catheter Ablation of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

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    Yoshihide Takahashi, MD

    2011-01-01

    Previous studies have suggested that fibrillatory substrates are widely distributed in both atria in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. Extensive bi-atrial ablation has been increasingly performed to improve the clinical outcomes; however, this may adversely affect the intra-atrial conduction during sinus rhythm. The worst con- sequence of an intra-atrial conduction disturbance is conduction block between the atrium and atrioventricular node. There have been a few case reports on t...

  13. Surgical Radiofrequency MAZE III Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation During Open Heart Surgery

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    Fariborz Akbarzadeh

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic mitral and other valve diseases who are candidates for valve repair surgeries. Conversion of rhythm to sinus has positive effects on quality of life and lower use of medications. The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the radiofrequency ablation Maze III procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease. Methods: We applied a modified Cox III Maze procedure using radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease and evaluated the outcome of 20 patients of atrial fibrillation associated rheumatic valve disease who underwent radiofrequency ablation Maze III procedure plus heart valve surgery. Demographic, echocardiographic, Electrocardiographic and Doppler study data were calculated before surgery, six month and one year after surgery.. Results: No perioperative deaths occurred in the study group. Duration of additional time for doing radiofrequency ablation was about 22 minutes. Freedom from atrial fibrillation was 85% and 75% at six months and one year follow-up respectively... Conclusions: The addition of the radiofrequency ablation Maze procedure to heart valve surgery is safe and effective in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease.

  14. The Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation: Ablation Technology and Surgical Approaches

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    Linda Henry

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The Cox maze procedure developed originally in 1987 by Dr James Cox has evolved from a “cut and sew” surgical procedure, where the maze was applied using multiple surgical cuts, to an extensive use of surgical ablation technology where ablation lesions are placed with alternative energy sources (radiofrequency, cryothermy, microwave, and high-frequency ultrasound. Furthermore, the procedure has changed from a median sternotomy approach only to one that can be performed minimally invasively and robotically. The purpose of this paper is to review the current available technology for the ablation of atrial fibrillation as well as the different procedural approaches for the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  15. Association between CHADS2 score and long-term atrial fibrillation recurrence rate after catheter ablation

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    胡晓锋

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association between CHADS2score and long-term(≥3 years)outcomes post catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation(AF).Methods AF patients who received single catheter ablation in our hospital from January 2004 to March 2009 in our department were included and patients received regular follow-up.AF recurrence was defined as the occurrence of atrial arrhythmias(AF,atrial flutter and atrial tachycardia)recorded by electrocardiogram monitor(≥30 seconds)after ablation during follow-up period(after

  16. Atrial Ectopics Precipitating Atrial Fibrillation

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    Johnson Francis

    2015-01-01

    Holter monitor tracing showing blocked atrial ectopics and atrial ectopic precipitating atrial fibrillation is being demonstrated. Initially it was coarse atrial fibrillation, which rapidly degenerated into fine atrial fibrillation.

  17. Surgical Radiofrequency MAZE III Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation During Open Heart Surgery

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    Fariborz Akbarzadeh; Rezayat Parvizi

    2006-01-01

    Background: Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic mitral and other valve diseases who are candidates for valve repair surgeries. Conversion of rhythm to sinus has positive effects on quality of life and lower use of medications. The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the radiofrequency ablation Maze III procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease. Methods: We applied a modified Cox...

  18. The role of catheter ablation in the management of atrial fibrillation.

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    Ang, Richard; Earley, Mark J

    2016-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation is driven by spontaneous electrical activation emerging from the pulmonary veins. Catheter ablation using either radiofrequency or cryothermal energy electrically isolates these veins from the left atrium, both reducing the burden of atrial fibrillation episodes and improving the patient's symptoms. Catheter ablation is superior to antiarryhthmic drugs when patients are carefully selected. Underlying medical problems - including obesity, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea - should be optimally treated before considering ablation. Although this treatment has the potential to cure patients of their symptoms, they should be aware of the important associated procedural complications. PMID:27251918

  19. Pericardial effusion in atrial fibrillation ablation: a comparison between cryoballoon and radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Capulzini, L.; Droogmans, S.; Sorgente, A.; Sarkozy, A.; Muller-Burri, A.; Paparella, G.; Asmundis, C. de; Yazaki, Y.; Kerkhove, D.; Camp, G. van; Brugada, P.

    2010-01-01

    AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is increasingly being performed in electrophysiology laboratories. Pericardial effusion (PE) is certainly one of the most frequently observed complications during AF ablation. The aim of our study was to investigate the incidence and outcome of PE following cr

  20. Reversal of pulmonary vein remodeling after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Wu, Jia-hui; Li, Hung-Kei; Couri, Daniel M; Araoz, Philip A; Lee, Ying-Hsiang; Ma, Chang-Sheng; Packer, Douglas L.; Cha, Yong-Mei

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    Background Pulmonary veins (PV) and the atria undergo electrical and structural remodeling in atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to determine PV and left atrial (LA) reverse remodeling after catheter ablation for AF assessed by chest computed tomography (CT). Methods PV electrophysiologic studies and catheter ablation were performed in 63 patients (68% male; mean ± SD age: 56 ± 10 years) with symptomatic AF (49% paroxysmal, 51% persistent). Chest CT was performed before and 3 months a...

  1. Radiofrequency catheter ablation maintains its efficacy better than antiarrhythmic medication in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Raatikainen, M J Pekka; Hakalahti, Antti; Uusimaa, Paavo; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Johannessen, Arne; Hindricks, Gerhard; Walfridsson, Håkan; Pehrson, Steen; Englund, Anders; Hartikainen, Juha; Kongstad, Ole; Mortensen, Leif Spange; Hansen, Peter Steen

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The Medical ANtiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (MANTRA-PAF) is a randomized trial comparing radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) to antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) as first-line treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). In order...... events between the RFA, AAD and crossover groups (19% vs. 8% vs. 23%) (P=0.10). CONCLUSIONS: In the treatment of antiarrhythmic therapy naïve patients with PAF long-term efficacy of RFA was superior to AAD therapy. Thus, it is reasonable to offer RFA as first-line treatment for highly symptomatic...

  2. Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: results from the first European Snapshot Survey on Procedural Routines for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (ESS-PRAFA) Part II.

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    Chen, Jian; Dagres, Nikolaos; Hocini, Melece; Fauchier, Laurent; Bongiorni, Maria Grazia; Defaye, Pascal; Hernandez-Madrid, Antonio; Estner, Heidi; Sciaraffia, Elena; Blomström-Lundqvist, Carina

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    The European Snapshot Survey on Procedural Routines in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (ESS-PRAFA) is a prospective, multicentre snapshot survey collecting patient-based data on current clinical practices during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. The participating centres were asked to prospectively enrol consecutive patients during a 6-week period (from September to October 2014). A web-based case report form was employed to collect information of patients and data of procedures. A total of 455 eligible consecutive patients from 13 countries were enrolled (mean age 59 ± 10.8 years, 28.8% women). Distinct strategies and endpoints were collected for AF ablation procedures. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was performed in 96.7% and served as the endpoint in 91.3% of procedures. A total of 52 (11.5%) patients underwent ablation as first-line therapy. The cryoballoon technique was employed in 31.4% of procedures. Procedure, ablation, and fluoroscopy times differed among various types of AF ablation. Divergences in patient selection and complications were observed among low-, medium-, and high-volume centres. Adverse events were observed in 4.6% of AF ablation procedures. In conclusion, PVI was still the main strategy for AF ablation. Procedure-related complications seemed not to have declined. The centre volume played an important role in patient selection, strategy choice, and had impact on the rate of periprocedural complication. PMID:26462700

  3. Safety of pulmonary vein isolation and left atrial complex fractionated atrial electrograms ablation for atrial fibrillation with phased radiofrequency energy and multi-electrode catheters

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    Mulder, A.A.W.; Balt, J.C.; Wijffels, M.C.; Wever, E.F.; Boersma, L.V.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Recently, a multi-electrode catheter system using phased radiofrequency (RF) energy was developed specifically for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation: the pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC), the multi-array septal catheter (MASC), and the multi-array ablation catheter (MAAC). Initial resul

  4. Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents ... of your body's cells and organs. Read More "Atrial Fibrillation" Articles Atrial Fibrillation / Who Is at Risk for ...

  5. Catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation in a patient with dextrocardia

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    XUE Zeng-ming; SANG Cai-hua; DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng

    2012-01-01

    The technique of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has advanced rapidly over the last ten years.Catheter ablation of AF with special anatomy like dextrocardia was seldomly reported,1,2 which may be difficult for its complex anatomy.Three-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system and image integration system may be helpful during the procedure.We report a case with drug refractory persistent AF and dextrocardia,who underwent an ablation procedure.%Dextrocardia is a rare anomaly where the heart is located on the right side of the chest instead of the normal left side.Ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) with such an inverted anatomy may be challenging for the manipulation of the catheters.Here we report a case of dextrocardia who underwent ablation for persistent AF guided by image integration system.

  6. Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Patient Selection, Periprocedural Anticoagulation, Techniques, and Preventive Measures After Ablation.

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    Link, Mark S; Haïssaguerre, Michel; Natale, Andrea

    2016-07-26

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered by cardiologists and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for AF include age, male sex, genetic predisposition, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, obesity, excessive alcohol, smoking, hyperthyroidism, pulmonary disease, air pollution, heart failure, and possibly excessive exercise. The management of AF involves decisions about rate versus rhythm control. Asymptomatic patients are generally managed with rate control and anticoagulation. Symptomatic patients will desire rhythm control. Rhythm control options are either antiarrhythmic agents or ablation, with each having its own risks and benefits. Ablation of AF has evolved from a rare and complex procedure to a common electrophysiological technique. Selection of patients to undergo ablation is an important aspect of AF care. Patients with the highest success rates of ablation are those with normal structural hearts and paroxysmal AF, although those with congestive heart failure have the greatest potential benefit of the procedure. Although pulmonary vein isolation of any means/energy source is the approach generally agreed on for those with paroxysmal AF, optimal techniques for the ablation of nonparoxysmal AF are not yet clear. Anticoagulation reduces thromboembolic complications; the newer anticoagulants have eased management for both the patient and the cardiologist. Aggressive management of modifiable risk factors (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, obesity, excessive alcohol, smoking, hyperthyroidism, pulmonary disease, air pollution, and possibly excessive exercise) after ablation reduces the odds of recurrent AF and is an important element of care. PMID:27462054

  7. Comparison of the Outcomes of Monopolar and Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation in Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Wei-zhao Huang; Ying-meng Wu; Hong-yu Ye; Hai-ming Jiang

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare the therapeutic effects and safety of monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation used during cardiac surgery to treat atrial fibrillation. Methods We retrospectively studied a total of 81 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation who underwent open cardiac surgery with concomitant RF ablation between January 2007 and March 2011. Fifty-eight patients received bipolar RF ablation and 23 received monopolar RF ablation, respectively. The sinus rhythm restoration rate, the procedural duration, the frequency of severe perioperative complications, and mortality were compared between the two groups. Results The sinus rhythm restoration rate did not differ significantly between the two groups after follow-up of 15.1 ± 12.6 months (P=0.199). The frequencies of severe perioperative complications and mortality were also similar in the two groups. The total procedural time using bipolar RF ablation was significantly shorter than that using monopolar ablation (19.7±4.6 minutes vs. 28.1±8.5 minutes, P Conclusions Both monopolar and bipolar RF ablation are safe and effective in treating chronic atrial fibrillation patients during open cardiac surgery, but bipolar RF ablation is more convenient in practice.

  8. Plasma YKL-40 is elevated in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation

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    Henningsen, Kristoffer Mads; Nilsson, Brian; Johansen, Julia S;

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To study plasma YKL-40 in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation and to assess the predictive role of plasma YKL-40 and its changes after restoration of sinus rhythm (SR). METHODS: Forty-six patients (mean age 55 years, range 31-81) with...... paroxysmal/persistent AF were treated with RF catheter ablation; Holter monitoring for 14 days was performed before ablation and after 3 months. Recurrent symptomatic AF or atrial tachycardia >10 min was considered failure, and the patients were offered a second ablation session. YKL-40 was determined in...... plasma samples taken prior to ablation and at follow-up visits up to 12 months after ablation. RESULTS: After a maximum of two ablations, 19 patients (41%) had SR without recurrence of AF after 12 months. The patients with no recurrence of AF had significantly lower baseline plasma levels of YKL-40 prior...

  9. Completely thoracoscopic pulmonary vein isolation with ganglionic plexus ablation and left atrial appendage amputation for treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    A. Yilmaz; G.S.C. Geuzebroek; B.P. van Putte; L.V.A. Boersma; U. Sonker; J.M.T. de Bakker; W.J. van Boven

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Percutaneous catheter pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been the preferred choice for invasive treatment of symptomatic, drug-refractory lone atrial fibrillation (AF). Incomplete ablation lines, procedure-related morbidity and long-term success remain, however, a problem. A minimally inv

  10. Treatment of atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation and simultaneous multipolar mapping of the pulmonary veins

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    Rocha Neto Almino C.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous catheterization and mapping of the 4 pulmonary veins for ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Ten patients, 8 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 with persistent atrial fibrillation, refractory to at least 2 antiarrhythmic drugs and without structural cardiopathy, were consecutively studied. Through the transseptal insertion of 2 long sheaths, 4 pulmonary veins were simultaneously catheterized with octapolar microcatheters. After identification of arrhythmogenic foci radiofrequency was applied under angiographic or ultrasonographic control. RESULTS: During 17 procedures, 40 pulmonary veins were mapped, 16 of which had local ectopic activity, related or not with the triggering of atrial fibrillation paroxysms. At the end of each procedure, suppression of arrhythmias was obtained in 8 patients, and elimination of pulmonary vein potentials was accomplished in 4. During the clinical follow-up of 9.6±3 months, 7 patients remained in sinus rhythm, 5 of whom were using antiarrhythmic drugs that had previously been ineffective. None of the patients had pulmonary hypertension or evidence of stenosis in the pulmonary veins. CONCLUSION: Selective and simultaneous catheterization of the 4 pulmonary veins with microcatheters for simultaneous recording of their electrical activity is a feasible and safe procedure that may help ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  11. Thickening of the left atrial wall shortly after radiofrequency ablation predicts early recurrence of atrial fibrillation

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    Inflammatory responses following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation may aggravate arrhythmogenic activity and cause an early recurrence of AF (ERAF). In 56 patients who underwent circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) for paroxysmal AF, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) was evaluated in 5 subdivided left atrial (LA) regions before the CPVA and at 1 day and 1 month after. At a mean of 7±10 days after the CPVA, 23 patients (41%) developed 1 or more episodes of AF (ERAF group), while 33 patients (59%) remained free from AF during the first month of follow up (no-ERAF group). LA wall thickness increased 1 day after the CPVA in both groups, as demonstrated by high T2-weighted signal. The LA roof thickness and its increase, however, were greater in the ERAF group than in the no-ERAF group (P<0.05). Regions of delayed enhancement (DE) were also frequently detected in both groups, but the total number of DE regions did not differ between the 2 groups. The thickening of the LA wall associated with a high T2-weighted signal resolved within 1 month. No significant difference between the 2 groups was found in any of the CMRI parameters before or 1 month after CPVA. Thickening of the LA roof shortly after CPVA may predict an ERAF. (author)

  12. Complications of atrial fibrillation ablation: when prevention is better than cure

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    Sorgente, A.; Chierchia, G.B.; Asmundis, C. de; Sarkozy, A.; Capulzini, L.; Brugada, P.

    2011-01-01

    As atrial fibrillation ablation is becoming increasingly popular in many cardiac electrophysiological laboratories around the world, preventing, avoiding, or treating procedure-related complications is of utmost importance. In our review of the literature regarding this issue, we addressed in detail

  13. Cryoballoon ablation of atrial fibrillation: state of the art 10 years after its invention.

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    Sorgente, A.; Chierchia, G.B.; Asmundis, C. de; Capulzini, L.; Sarkozy, A.; Brugada, P.

    2010-01-01

    The present review will discuss the technical aspects of a new patent invented in 1999 which allows cryoballoon ablation, an emerging technology used for the non pharmacological treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. A general evaluation of the safety and the reliability of the technique will

  14. Predictive value of HATCH score on atrial fibrillation recurrence post radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    缪丹丹

    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine the predictive value of HATCH score on recurrence of atrial fibrillation(AF) after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Methods The data of 123 consecutive AF patients(74 paroxysmal and 49 persistent AF) who underwent RFCA between April 2009 and December 2010 in our department were retrospectively

  15. Durable Pulmonary Vein Isolation: The Holy Grail of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Duy Thai Nguyen; William H. Sauer

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The inability to achieve durable pulmonary vein isolation remains a major limitation to catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF. In this review, we discuss the research performed over the past decade investigating methods to improve lesion permanence for the goal of durable pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. Investigations evaluating procedural techniques, adjunctive pharmacologic therapy, and newer energy sources designed to improve ablation lesion permanence are discussed.

  16. Freedom from atrial fibrillation after cox maze III ablation during follow-up

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    Fariborz Akbarzadeh; Rezayat Parvizi; Naser Safaie; Mohammad-Mahdi Karbalaei; Bita Hazhir-Karzar; Babak Bagheri

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nearly 60% of patients undergoing mitral valve (MV) operations are affected by atrial fibrillation (AF). Cox Maze III ablation is one of the effective ways for restoring sinus rhythm for patients undergoing open heart surgery. The aim of present study was to evaluate efficacy of Maze III ablation procedure for restoring sinus rhythm among patients who had underwent open heart surgery. Materials and Methods: During present descriptive-analytic prospective study 114 patients with ch...

  17. Durable Pulmonary Vein Isolation: The Holy Grail of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Darrat Y; Morales G; Shah J; Di Biase L; Natale A; Elayi CS

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The inability to achieve durable pulmonary vein isolation (PVI remains a major limitation to catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF, potentially resulting in AF recurrence. In this review, we discuss the research performed investigating methods to improve lesion permanence for the goal of durable PVI. Investigations evaluating procedural techniques, various catheters utilized, adjunctive pharmacologic therapy, and novel energy sources designed to improve ablation lesion permanence are discussed.

  18. Recurrence of arrhythmia following short-term oral AMIOdarone after CATheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Darkner, Stine; Chen, Xu; Hansen, Jim;

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) often experience recurrent arrhythmias within the first few months post-ablation. We aimed to investigate whether short-term use of amiodarone to prevent early arrhythmias following radiofrequency ablation for AF could reduce...... history of previous ablation], 206 patients were available for analysis of the primary end-point which was any documented atrial tachyarrhythmia lasting >30 s following a blanking period of 3 months. This was observed in 42/107 (39%) in the amiodarone group vs. 48/99 (48%) in the placebo group (P = 0.......18). Among the secondary end-points, the amiodarone group showed significantly lower rate of atrial tachyarrhythmia-related hospitalizations [rate ratio = 0.43; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.23-0.77, P = 0.006] and cardioversions (rate ratio = 0.36; 95% CI = 0.20-0.62, P = 0.0004) within the blanking...

  19. Concomitant surgical removal of left atrial myxoma and ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Revishvili A. Sh.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This article describes a clinical case of a patient with left atrial myxoma combined with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. General practitioner considered symptoms of left ventricular insufficiency (shortness of breath, cough, palpitation, dizziness, blood spitting as lung pathology. When paroxysms of atrial fibrillation became more frequent the patient was send to cardiologist. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a tumor (55 × 52 mm arising from the middle third of interatrial septum, floating and partially obstructing left atrioventricular orifice. Patient underwent Maze IV procedure combined with tumor resection. Histological study of the tumor showed typical for heart myxoma structure and cells. This case shows on-time diagnostics and successful surgical treatment of the patient with left atrial myxoma combined with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

  20. An Update on the Energy Sources and Catheter Technology for the Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Pawan K. Arora

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF is an area of intense research in cardiac electrophysiology. In this review, we discuss the development of catheter-based interventions for AF ablation. We outline the pathophysiologic and anatomic bases for ablative lesion sets and the evolution of various catheter designs for the delivery of radiofrequency (RF, cryothermal, and other ablative energy sources. The strengths and weaknesses of various specialized RF catheters and alternative energy systems are delineated, with respect to efficacy and patient safety.

  1. Impact of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation on Left Ventricular Filling Pressure and Left Atrial Remodeling

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    Simone Nascimento dos Santos

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Left ventricular (LV diastolic dysfunction is associated with new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF, and the estimation of elevated LV filling pressures by E/e' ratio is related to worse outcomes in patients with AF. However, it is unknown if restoring sinus rhythm reverses this process. Objective: To evaluate the impact of AF ablation on estimated LV filling pressure. Methods: A total of 141 patients underwent radiofrequency (RF ablation to treat drug-refractory AF. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed 30 days before and 12 months after ablation. LV functional parameters, left atrial volume index (LAVind, and transmitral pulsed and mitral annulus tissue Doppler (e' and E/e' were assessed. Paroxysmal AF was present in 18 patients, persistent AF was present in 102 patients, and long-standing persistent AF in 21 patients. Follow-up included electrocardiographic examination and 24-h Holter monitoring at 3, 6, and 12 months after ablation. Results: One hundred seventeen patients (82.9% were free of AF during the follow-up (average, 18 ± 5 months. LAVind reduced in the successful group (30.2 mL/m2 ± 10.6 mL/m2 to 22.6 mL/m2 ± 1.1 mL/m2, p < 0.001 compared to the non-successful group (37.7 mL/m2 ± 14.3 mL/m2 to 37.5 mL/m2 ± 14.5 mL/m2, p = ns. Improvement of LV filling pressure assessed by a reduction in the E/e' ratio was observed only after successful ablation (11.5 ± 4.5 vs. 7.1 ± 3.7, p < 0.001 but not in patients with recurrent AF (12.7 ± 4.4 vs. 12 ± 3.3, p = ns. The success rate was lower in the long-standing persistent AF patient group (57% vs. 87%, p = 0.001. Conclusion: Successful AF ablation is associated with LA reverse remodeling and an improvement in LV filling pressure.

  2. Impact of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation on Left Ventricular Filling Pressure and Left Atrial Remodeling

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    Santos, Simone Nascimento dos, E-mail: simonens@cardiol.br [Instituto Brasília de Arritmia- Universidade de Brasília, DF (Brazil); Faculdade de Medicina (UnB), Brasília, DF (Brazil); Henz, Benhur Davi; Zanatta, André Rodrigues; Barreto, José Roberto; Loureiro, Kelly Bianca; Novakoski, Clarissa; Santos, Marcus Vinícius Nascimento dos; Giuseppin, Fabio F.; Oliveira, Edna Maria; Leite, Luiz Roberto [Instituto Brasília de Arritmia- Universidade de Brasília, DF (Brazil)

    2014-12-15

    Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction is associated with new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF), and the estimation of elevated LV filling pressures by E/e' ratio is related to worse outcomes in patients with AF. However, it is unknown if restoring sinus rhythm reverses this process. To evaluate the impact of AF ablation on estimated LV filling pressure. A total of 141 patients underwent radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat drug-refractory AF. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed 30 days before and 12 months after ablation. LV functional parameters, left atrial volume index (LAVind), and transmitral pulsed and mitral annulus tissue Doppler (e' and E/e') were assessed. Paroxysmal AF was present in 18 patients, persistent AF was present in 102 patients, and long-standing persistent AF in 21 patients. Follow-up included electrocardiographic examination and 24-h Holter monitoring at 3, 6, and 12 months after ablation. One hundred seventeen patients (82.9%) were free of AF during the follow-up (average, 18 ± 5 months). LAVind reduced in the successful group (30.2 mL/m{sup 2} ± 10.6 mL/m{sup 2} to 22.6 mL/m{sup 2} ± 1.1 mL/m{sup 2}, p < 0.001) compared to the non-successful group (37.7 mL/m{sup 2} ± 14.3 mL/m{sup 2} to 37.5 mL/m{sup 2} ± 14.5 mL/m{sup 2}, p = ns). Improvement of LV filling pressure assessed by a reduction in the E/e' ratio was observed only after successful ablation (11.5 ± 4.5 vs. 7.1 ± 3.7, p < 0.001) but not in patients with recurrent AF (12.7 ± 4.4 vs. 12 ± 3.3, p = ns). The success rate was lower in the long-standing persistent AF patient group (57% vs. 87%, p = 0.001). Successful AF ablation is associated with LA reverse remodeling and an improvement in LV filling pressure.

  3. Impact of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation on Left Ventricular Filling Pressure and Left Atrial Remodeling

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    Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction is associated with new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF), and the estimation of elevated LV filling pressures by E/e' ratio is related to worse outcomes in patients with AF. However, it is unknown if restoring sinus rhythm reverses this process. To evaluate the impact of AF ablation on estimated LV filling pressure. A total of 141 patients underwent radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat drug-refractory AF. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed 30 days before and 12 months after ablation. LV functional parameters, left atrial volume index (LAVind), and transmitral pulsed and mitral annulus tissue Doppler (e' and E/e') were assessed. Paroxysmal AF was present in 18 patients, persistent AF was present in 102 patients, and long-standing persistent AF in 21 patients. Follow-up included electrocardiographic examination and 24-h Holter monitoring at 3, 6, and 12 months after ablation. One hundred seventeen patients (82.9%) were free of AF during the follow-up (average, 18 ± 5 months). LAVind reduced in the successful group (30.2 mL/m2 ± 10.6 mL/m2 to 22.6 mL/m2 ± 1.1 mL/m2, p < 0.001) compared to the non-successful group (37.7 mL/m2 ± 14.3 mL/m2 to 37.5 mL/m2 ± 14.5 mL/m2, p = ns). Improvement of LV filling pressure assessed by a reduction in the E/e' ratio was observed only after successful ablation (11.5 ± 4.5 vs. 7.1 ± 3.7, p < 0.001) but not in patients with recurrent AF (12.7 ± 4.4 vs. 12 ± 3.3, p = ns). The success rate was lower in the long-standing persistent AF patient group (57% vs. 87%, p = 0.001). Successful AF ablation is associated with LA reverse remodeling and an improvement in LV filling pressure

  4. Effect of catheter ablation on quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation and its correlation with arrhythmia outcome

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    Raine, Daniel; Langley, Philip; Shepherd, Ewen; Lord, Stephen; Murray, Stephen; Murray, Alan; Bourke, John P

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the effect of catheter ablation on atrial fibrillation (AF) symptoms and quality of life (QoL). Methods Patients with AF scheduled for ablation were recruited. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was performed and complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE)±linear ablation undertaken in patients in AF despite PVI. QoL and AF symptoms were assessed using SF-36 V2 and Atrial Fibrillation Effect on Quality-of-Life (AFEQT) questionnaires before and 3 months after ablation. Chang...

  5. Contact force sensing during atrial fibrillation ablation: clinical experience and effects on outcomes.

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    Liang, Jackson J; Santangeli, Pasquale

    2016-06-01

    Catheter ablation is an effective treatment option for atrial fibrillation (AF), and pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of AF ablation. When AF recurs after ablation, PV reconnection is frequently seen during repeat ablation. As such, achieving durable chronic PVI by delivering effective, transmural lesions during the index ablation is key to optimize long-term outcomes. The development of contact force (CF) sensing technologies integrated into ablation catheters now allow for real-time visualization of applied CF during PVI and have been shown to improve ablation efficacy and safety. The aim of this review is to describe the CF technology, summarize the literature on the outcomes of CF-guided ablation, and to discuss procedural aspects that are crucial when using CF. PMID:26998886

  6. Optimizing contact force during ablation of atrial fibrillation: available technologies and a look to the future.

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    de Vries, Lennart J; Szili-Torok, Tamas

    2016-03-01

    In a select atrial fibrillation population, catheter ablation is considered first-line therapy. Prevention of early reconnection of the isolated pulmonary veins is an important goal for a successful treatment. Here, adequate catheter-tissue contact is crucial. One of the most promising new advances, therefore, is contact force (CF) sensing technology. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of innovations regarding catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation with a special focus on CF optimization. Both experimental and human studies show how CF sensing catheters lead to a reduction of fluoroscopy time, increased procedural safety and a better clinical outcome. Possible future developments include new parameters combining real-time ablation data, direct visualization of lesion formation and incorporation of robotics. PMID:26916025

  7. Atrial fibrillation

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Fauchier, Laurent; Freedman, Saul B; Van Gelder, Isabelle; Natale, Andrea; Gianni, Carola; Nattel, Stanley; Potpara, Tatjana; Rienstra, Michiel; Tse, Hung-Fat; Lane, Deirdre A

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disorder, and increases in prevalence with increasing age and the number of cardiovascular comorbidities. AF is characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat that can be asymptomatic or lead to symptoms such as palpitations, dys

  8. Atrial fibrillation

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    Olesen, Morten S; Nielsen, Morten W; Haunsø, Stig;

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1-2% of the general population. A number of studies have demonstrated that AF, and in particular lone AF, has a substantial genetic component. Monogenic mutations in lone and familial AF, although rare, have been recognized...

  9. Visualization and Attentive Behavior for Pain Reduction during Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Nørgaard, Marianne W; Werner, Anette; Abrahamsen, Randi;

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be accompanied by pain and anxiety when light conscious sedation is used. We sought to determine how visualization and structured attentive behavior during ablation of AF could reduce pain intensity, spontaneously expressed...... anxiety, mean anxiety: CG (0.10-1.84), IG (0.9-2.03)(NS), and the number of adverse events (P = 0.241). CONCLUSION: Visualization and structured attentive behavior was shown to reduce the amount of analgesics during the RF ablation of AF. There was no difference in perception of pain intensity, but the...

  10. The Role of Contact Force in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Hiroshi Nakagawa; Warren M. Jackman

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available During radiofrequency (RF ablation, low electrode-tissue contact force (CF is associated with ineffective RF lesion formation, whereas excessive CF may increase the risk of steam pop and perforation. Recently, ablation catheters using two technologies have been developed to measure real-time catheter-tissue CF. One catheter uses three optical fibers to measure microdeformation of a deformable body in the catheter tip. The other catheter uses a small spring connecting the ablation tip electrode to the catheter shaft with a magnetic transmitter and sensors to measure microdeflection of the spring. Pre-clinical experimental studies have shown that 1 at constant RF power and application time, RF lesion size significantly increases with increasing CF; 2 the incidence of steam pop and thrombus also increase with increasing CF; 3 modulating RF power based on CF (i.e, high RF power at low CF and lower RF power at high CF results in a similar and predictable RF lesion size. In clinical studies in patients undergoing pulmonary vein (PV isolation, CF during mapping in the left atrium and PVs showed a wide range of CF and transient high CF. The most common high CF site was located at the anterior/rightward left atrial roof, directly beneath the ascending aorta. There was a poor relationship between CF and previously used surrogate parameters for CF (unipolar or bipolar atrial potential amplitude and impedance. Patients who underwent PV isolation with an average CF of 20g had lower AF recurrence. AF recurred within 12 months in 6 of 8 patients (75% who had a mean Force-Time Integral (FTI, area under the curve for contact force vs. time 1000 gs. In another study, controlling RF power based on CF prevented steam pop and impedance rise without loss of lesion effectiveness. These studies confirm that CF is a major determinant of RF lesion size and future systems combining CF, RF power and application time may provide real-time assessment of lesion formation

  11. [Catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation: what will change in daily practice?].

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    van der Voort, Pepijn H

    2013-01-01

    A recent publication compared catheter ablation and antiarrhythmic drugs as initial therapy for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. No difference was seen in the primary endpoint of the cumulative AF burden over two years. The burden of AF was documented objectively by a series of 7-day continuous ECG recordings; a method that will evolve as a gold standard for measuring the AF burden. The major shortcoming of the study was an obsolete ablation endpoint, lacking verification of pulmonary vein isolation. Other drawbacks were the fact that ablations were not exclusively carried out in high-volume centres and a high cross-over rate in the drug group. Also, although the primary endpoint was not significantly different, several secondary outcomes obviously favoured ablation. Outcomes in both the ablation and drug groups were relatively good, and this study will not change the current practice for the majority of paroxysmal AF patients, although catheter ablation could be performed as the initial therapy. PMID:23548191

  12. Necessity of Repeat Ablations to Eliminate Atrial Fibrillation

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    Stephanie Fichtner

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common human arrhythmia and leads to increased morbidity and mortality. Because of demographic changes, the prevalence of AF will increase in the next decades, requiring better primary prevention strategies and better treatment options. In 1998, Haissaguerre et al. described triggering foci in the pulmonary veins (PV as the prevailing pathophysiological initiator of paroxysmal AF. Since then, multiple studies have been conducted using the technique of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI to eliminate AF. In short term follow-up, success rates of 60-75% in patients with paroxysmal AF are reached, with significantly worse results in persistent AF of approximately 50%. Due to arrhythmia recurrence, multiple procedures are often necessary, especially in patients with persistent AF, to achieve these results. It is supposed that the cause of arrhythmia recurrence is pulmonary vein reconnection in patients with paroxysmal AF, and insufficient substrate modification or new substrate development in patients with persistent AF. Future techniques like contact force control might improve lesion formation leading to improved PVI and substrate modification.

  13. The Use of Cryoballoon Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation: Simplifying Pulmonary Vein Isolation?

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    Gian Battista Chierchia, MD

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    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is certainly the most common arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, reaching epidemic proportions in occidental society. Nowadays, transcatheter ablation using radiofrequency (RF has become a popular technique in the treatment of drug-resistant AF. Since ectopic beats originating from the pulmonary veins (PVs have been shown to be the main trigger initiating AF, electrical isolation of these venous structures has become the goal when performing this procedure.

  14. Ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    王建安; 孙勇; 何红

    2003-01-01

    Objective: to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Methods: The study population consisted of 9 patients with 5 males and 4 females enrolled consecutively who had idiopathic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(AF). The ultrasound balloon was positioned through a special sheath to the orifice of the target vein by a transseptal procedure. The balloon was inflated with contrast-mixed saline (contrast: saline = 1:4) whose volume was decided by the diameter of the target pulmonary vein. The ablation energy was usually set up at 35 to 40 watts with temperature controlled at 60℃. The duration of each ablation was about 120 seconds which was repeated not over 10 times. Results: The average duration of the total procedure was 132±68 min for our patients. The average fluoroscopy time was 33±17 min. With a mean follow-up of 16±8 months after the procedure, AF was completely eliminated in 4 patients without antiarrhythmic drugs. The episodes of atrial fibrillation were eliminated in 2 patients with low dosage of oral amiodarone (0.1, once daily) which was ineffective before the procedure. The frequency of episodes was similar to that before the procedure in 3 patients. There were no complications such as hemopericardium, air embolism and stenosis of the pulmonary veins by angiography, related to the procedure. Conclusion: Ultrasound ablation of the pulmonary veins is a new approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Before we determined its value, we need to do more researches with bigger sample, randomization and comparison design.

  15. Ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    王建安; 孙勇; 何红

    2003-01-01

    Objective : to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Methods : The study population consisted of 9 patients with 5 males and 4 females enrolled consecutively who had idiopathic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(AF) . The ultrasound balloon was positioned through a special sheath to the orifice of the target vein by a transseptal procedure. The balloon was inflated with contrast-mixed saline (contrast: saline = 1:4) whose volume was decided by the diameter of the target pulmonary vein. The ablation energy was usually set up at 35 to 40 watts with temperature controlled at 60℃ . The duration of each ablation was about 120 seconds which was repeated not over 10 times. Results: The average duration of the total procedure was 132± 68 min for our patients. The average fluoroscopy time was 33 ±17 min. With a mean follow-up of 16 ±8 months after the procedure, AF was completely eliminated in 4 patients without antiarrhythmic drugs. The episodes of atrial fibrillation were eliminated in 2 patients with low dosage of oral amiodarone (0.1, once daily) which was ineffective before the procedure. The frequency of episodes was similar to that before the procedure in 3 patients. There were no complications such as hemopericardium, air embolism and stenosis of the pulmonary veins by angiography, related to the procedure. Conclusion : Ultrasound ablation of the pulmonary veins is a new approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Before we determined its value, we need to do more researches with bigger sample, randomization and comparison design.

  16. Left-sided approach of AV junction ablation for drug refractory atrial fibrillation

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    Yoga Yuniadi

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available AV junction ablation has been proven effective to treat symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmias or fail of pulmonary vein isolation. However, about 15% of conventional right-sided approach AV junction ablation failed to produce complete heart block. This study aimed to characterize His bundle potential at ablation site during conventional or left-sided approach of AV junction ablation. Twenty symptomatic AF patient (age of 60.5 ± 9.28 and 11 are females underwent conventional AV junction ablation. If 10 applications of radiofrequency energy are failed, then the ablation was performed by left-sided approach. Seventeen patients are successfully ablated by conventional approach. In 3 patients, conventional was failed but successfully ablated by left-sided approach. The His bundle amplitude at ablation site was significantly larger in left-sided than correspondence right-sided (16.0 ± 4.99 mm vs. 6.9 ± 4.02 mm respectively, p = 0.001, 95% CI -14.0 to -4.3. ROC analysis of His bundle potential amplitude recorded from right-sided revealed that cut off point of > 4.87 mm given the sensitivity of 81.3% and specificity of 53.8% for successful right-sided approach of AV junction ablation. In case of failed conventional approach, the left-sided approach is effective for AV junction ablation. An early switch to the left-sided approach may avoid multiple RF applications in patients with a low amplitude His-bundle potential (< 4.87 mm. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:109-14Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, AV junction ablation, left-sided approach

  17. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

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    ... Find People About NINDS NINDS Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Information Page Table of Contents (click to jump ... done? Clinical Trials What is Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke? Atrial fibrillation (AF) describes the rapid, irregular beating ...

  18. Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents Treatment for atrial fibrillation depends on how often you have symptoms, how ...

  19. Living with Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... Topics » Atrial Fibrillation » Living With Atrial Fibrillation Explore Atrial Fibrillation What Is... Types Other Names Causes Who Is at Risk Signs & Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Prevention Living With Clinical Trials Links Related Topics Arrhythmia ...

  20. Reducing Ionizing Radiation Associated with Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: An Ultrasound-Guided Approach

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    Nisha L. Bhatia, MD

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Radiation exposure with cardiac interventional procedures is an emerging concern. Patients receiving radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF still routinely undergo pre-ablation computed tomography (CT scans for definition of left atrial and pulmonary vein anatomy, as well as creation of a surrogate geometry. In an effort to decrease ionizing radiation associated with AF ablation, an ultrasound-guided surrogate geometry approach is proposed as an alternative to routine CT imaging. Ten patients underwent AF ablation using intracardiac ultrasound for the creation of a surrogate left atrial geometry (CartoSound, Biosense Webster, CA; and ten control-cases who had conventional CT-guided imaging (CartoMerge, Biosense Webster, CA were matched for age, gender, and type of catheter ablation. Sources of radiation included 1 intraprocedural fluoroscopy (CartoSound: 151 ± 43 mGray*cm^2, CartoMerge: 174 ± 130 mGray*cm^2; p=0.6 and 2 CT ionizing radiation (CartoSound: 0 mSv, CartoMerge 9.4 ± 2.3 mSv/CT scan. When comparing clinical success rates after a trial of previously ineffective anti-arrhythmic drugs, ultrasound-guided AF ablation was non-inferior to a CT-guided approach. This potentially obviates the need for CT-guided imaging, therefore reducing doses of ionizing radiation by nearly 10 mSv per AF catheter ablation.

  1. Left atrial appendage thrombus with resulting stroke post-RF ablation for atrial fibrillation in a patient on dabigatran.

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    Lobo, R

    2015-11-01

    Dabigatran etexilate is licensed for use in prevention of deep venous thromboembolism and in prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). It has also been used in patients for other indications as a substitute for warfarin therapy because it requires no monitoring; one group being patients undergoing radiofrequency (RF), ablation for AF, although there have been no consensus guidelines with regards to dosage and timing of dose. We report the case of a patient with documentary evidence of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus formation and neurological sequelae post-RF ablation despite being on dabigatran. This case highlights the concern that periprocedural dabigatran may not provide adequate protection from development of LAA thrombus and that a standardised protocol will need to be developed and undergo large multicentre trials before dabigatran can be safely used for patients undergoing RF-ablation.

  2. Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation with left atrial fibrosis identified at cardiac magnetic resonance by late gadolinium enhancement.

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    Totaro, Antonio; Casavecchia, Graziapia; Gravina, Matteo; Ieva, Riccardo; Santoro, Francesco; Grimaldi, Massimo; Pellegrino, Pier Luigi; Macarini, Luca; Di Biase, Matteo; Brunetti, Natale Daniele

    2016-08-01

    In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), extensive atrial tissue fibrosis identified by delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging has been associated with early recurrence of AF after catheter ablation. We present a case of a patient with extensive atrial fibrosis and AF recurrence.The study of late gadolinium enhancement with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in patients with AF could be a valuable noninvasive tool for the selection of patients suitable for successful catheter ablation. PMID:26826170

  3. Reinforce the study of treatment of atrial fibrillation by catheter ablation

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    HUANG Cong-xin

    2005-01-01

    @@ In the past decade, there is a great progress in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by transcatheter ablation. The catheter-based procedures have developed from Maze-like linear lesion, focal lesion to segmental electrical isolation of pulmonary veins and circumferential ablation under guidance of anatomical mapping, ablation energy developed from radiofrequency to multiple energy such as radiofrequency, ultrasound and cryoablation; and success rate has risen to 90% from around 30% in the past.1 Catheter ablation has been widely accepted as a treatment of AF and tends to substitute pharmacological therapy and become first-line treatment gradually. It must point out that, however, catheter ablation of AF is not perfect and there are many issues desiderating resolution.

  4. Limited posterior left atrial linear radiofrequency ablation for patients with chronic atrial fibrillation undergoing rheumatic valvular heart surgery

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    王均志; 杜日映; 丁会霞; 柏本健; 王刚; 崔国方; 钟志欢

    2004-01-01

    @@ Since 1996, we have begun to successfully treat atrial fibrillation (AF) with the maze procedure, replacing surgical incisions with radiofrequency (RF) ablation.1,2 Recent data show that the posterior wall of the left atrium seems to be a critical area for the occurrence and the maintenance of AF in patients with valvular heart disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether limited surgical RF ablation of the posterior region of the left atrium is safe and effective in curing chronic AF in patients also suffering from valvular heart disease.

  5. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly: Is ablation ready for prime time?

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    Allen J. Solomon

    2005-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia and results in significant morbidity, especially in the elderly. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases dramatically with advancing age to almost 6% in individuals older than 65 years. In fact, 84% of people with atrial fibrillation are over 65 years of age.1 Additionally, the risk of stroke increases with advancing age, such that one-third of strokes in patients over the age of 65 are caused by atrial fibrillation.

  6. Sustained Dissociated Irregular Tachycardia in Two Pulmonary Veins after Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Andreas Haeberlin; Hildegard Tanner

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A 64-year-old woman underwent radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation. After pulmonary vein (PV isolation, she converted into sinus rhythm. However, irregular PV tachycardia “trapped” in the right and left superior pulmonary vein (RSPV/LSPV sustained. Fifteen minutes after RSPV isolation, the RSPV tachycardia terminated. However, sustained LSPV tachycardia was still present after one hour. Three months later, a relapse of AF was confirmed and the patient underwent re-ablation. Re-conductance was observed in the RSPV and LSPV.

  7. Atrial fibrillation ablation guided with electroanatomical mapping system: A one year follow up

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    Yoga Yuniadi

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim AF is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and associated with an increased long-term risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality. Catheter ablation of AF is relatively new modality to convert AF to sinus rhythm. This study was aimed to elaborate efficacy of catheter ablation in mixed type of AF.Methods Thirty patients (age of 52 ± 8 yo comprised of 19 paroxysmal and 11 chronic AF underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation guided by electroanatomical CARTO™ mapping system. We used step wise ablation approach with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI as a cornerstone. Additional ablation comprised of roof line, mitral isthmus line, complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE, septal line and coronary sinus ablation was done respectively if indicated. All patients were followed up to 1 year for AF recurrence.Results Circumferential PVI was successfully performed in all patients but one. Average follow up period was 11.5 months. More than 80% of all patients remain in sinus rhythm at the end of follow period which 62% of them were free from any anti-arrhythmic drug. No major complication in all patients series.Conclusion Radiofrequency ablation guided with electroanatomical mapping is effective and safe in mixed type of AF. (Med J Indones 2009;19:172-8Key words: Ablation, atrial fibrillation, electroanatomical, Indonesia

  8. Short and middle term outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation for paroxysmal and sustained atrial fibrillation

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    The aim of this study was to assess short and middle term outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation for drug-refractory paroxysmal and sustained atrial fibrillation. Subjects were 30 patients of atrial fibrillation (19 paroxysmal, 11 sustained) who underwent extensive pulmonary vein isolation from January 2007 to August 2009 in our department. Twenty three men and seven women, aged from 44 to 76 years, were enrolled. Follow-up period was one to 32 months. Drug free success was 33%, but symptoms and electrocardiogram (EGG) findings were improved in 93 % of the patients by administration of anti-arrhythmic agents. Five of the six patients with bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome was free from pacemaker implantation. Left ventricular ejection fraction was improved in two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)-like left ventricular dysfunction. One case had cardiac tamponade and transient ST elevation due to right coronary air embolism were observed in two cases. There were no death and no cerebrovascular events during the procedures and follow-up periods. In conclusion, radiofrequency catheter ablation for paroxysmal and sustained atrial fibrillation in our department may be highly acceptable new method for improving the symptoms and clinical signs of the patients. (author)

  9. Are Balloon Based Strategies Better Than Conventional Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation: Exploring New Frontiers In The Treatment Of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Alexander Fuernkranz MD

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation can be eliminated with continuous circular linear lesions around the pulmonary veins using radiofrequency ablation. Due to the technical complexity of this procedure balloon-based devices have been developed to simplify pulmonary vein isolation. Cryoballoon ablation provides excellent safety and is technically less demanding when compared to radiofrequency catheter ablation in selected patients. In this review, advantages as well as drawbacks of this emerging technology in relation to standard catheter ablation are discussed.

  10. The Hot and the Cold: Radiofrequency Versus Cryoballoon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Ang, Richard; Domenichini, Giulia; Finlay, Malcolm C; Schilling, Richard J; Hunter, Ross J

    2015-09-01

    Catheter ablation is superior to antiarrhythmic drugs in maintaining sinus rhythm for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is the cornerstone of any AF ablation procedure. Conventionally, this is achieved by performing point by point lesions using radiofrequency (RF) energy. However, this is technically challenging, time consuming and is associated with a number of complications. Long-term durability of PV isolation is also a concern. To address these issues, 'one-shot' energy delivery systems and alternative energy sources have been developed. The cryoballoon system has emerged as the most commonly used alternative to point by point RF technology. In this paper, we compare the technology, biophysics and clinical data of cryoballoon to conventional RF ablation for AF. The safety and efficacy of cryoballoon compared to RF ablation is critically reviewed. We conclude by looking at future applications of this technology. PMID:26266757

  11. Catheter Ablation as First-Line Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation: Ready for Prime-Time?

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    Carrizo, Aldo G; Morillo, Carlos A

    2016-07-01

    Current guidelines include atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation as part of the management strategy in patients that have failed at least one oral antiarrhythmic drug treatment course. However, growing evidence derived from both randomized and non-randomized studies demonstrate lower rates of AF recurrence and AF burden in patients with paroxysmal AF that are naïve to antiarrhythmic drug treatment. Furthermore, progression from paroxysmal AF to persistent AF appears to be delayed by early catheter ablation of AF. The current review addresses the question of the best timing for ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF and provides the rationale for offering AF ablation as first-line therapy based on the most updated evidence available. PMID:27300744

  12. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation without radiation exposure using a 3D mapping system

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    Marco Scaglione, MD; Elisa Ebrille, MD; Francesca Di Clemente, MD; Fiorenzo Gaita, MD Meet the expert doctor Doctor Do You want to talk to a Electro physiologist about your AFIB..?? Then ask now! Now It's Free* Dr. Y Madhu Reddy, MD, FACC, FHRS Introduction to AFib Click here for more Videos..! Upcoming Events

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    Full Text Available ranscatheter ablation procedures have been traditionally performed under fluoroscopic guidance. However, x-ray exposure is afflicted by the risk of developing malignancies as well as other deterministic effects of radiation. For this reason, radiation doses in the interventional laboratory should be reduced “As Low As Reasonably Achievable”, with respect to the safety of the patients and the medical staff. This is of utmost importance in atrial fibrillation (AF ablations, which are usually lengthy procedures. With the improvement of technology, the development of additional imaging tools and the widespread of 3D electroanatomic mapping systems (EAM, near-zero fluoroscopy AF ablation procedure is becoming a reality, limiting fluoroscopy use mainly to guide transseptal puncture. In the present paper we reviewed the risks to health related to x-ray exposure and we discussed the current state of knowledge of catheter ablation of AF without fluoroscopy in the 3D EAM system era.

  13. Impact of Additional Transthoracic Electrical Cardioversion on Cardiac Function and Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Who Underwent Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Wang, Deguo; Zhang, Fengxiang; Wang, Ancai

    2016-01-01

    Backgrounds and Objective. During the procession of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), transthoracic electrical cardioversion (ECV) is required to terminate AF. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of additional ECV on cardiac function and recurrence of AF. Methods and Results. Persistent AF patients received extensive encircling pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and additional line ablation. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether they need transthoracic electrical cardioversion to terminate AF: electrical cardioversion (ECV group) and nonelectrical cardioversion (NECV group). Among 111 subjects, 35 patients were returned to sinus rhythm after ablation by ECV (ECV group) and 76 patients had AF termination after the ablation processions (NECV group). During the 12-month follow-ups, the recurrence ratio of patients was comparable in ECV group (15/35) and NECV group (34/76) (44.14% versus 44.74%, P = 0.853). Although left atrial diameters (LAD) decreased significantly in both groups, there were no significant differences in LAD and left ventricular cardiac function between ECV group and NECV group. Conclusions. This study revealed that ECV has no significant impact on the maintenance of SR and the recovery of cardiac function. Therefore, ECV could be applied safely to recover SR during the procedure of catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation. PMID:27022500

  14. The Role of Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure: “Burning”for a Cure

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    Dimpi Patel; Mohammed Khan

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    Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (CHF) often co-exist. Catheter ablation is increasingly used to cure AF related to CHF.Clinical evidence supports the feasibil- ity of catheter ablation as a treatment option in drug refractory AF patients with CHF.Investiga- tors have reported an improvement in ejection fraction, quality of life, and functional capacity

  15. The Use of Ranolazine in the Management of Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation After Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Angelo Biviano MD

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Long-term medical treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF include rate-control as well as rhythm-control therapy with various antiarrhythmics. However, because of the limited efficacy and potential side effects of these medications, percutaneous and surgical ablations in AF patients have evolved as alternative or additional approaches to achieve rhythm-control. Nonetheless, arrhythmia recurrences may also occur after these procedures. Thus, the search for complementary treatment options continues.Ranolazine possesses antiarrhythmic effects in atrial myocytes via blockade of sodium channels. These properties facilitate AF suppression in animal models and human subjects. We report a patient with persistent AF that was refractory to medical management and percutaneous catheter ablation. She has remained in sinus rhythm for at least 18 months after the initiation of ranolazine.

  16. Is achievement of pulmonary vein isolation the only effect of cryoballoon ablation in long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation?

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    Aksu, Tolga; Yalın, Kıvanç; Gölcük, Ebru; Güler, Tümer Erdem

    2016-03-01

    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. PMID:27111318

  17. Optimization of Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Insights Gained from Clinically-Derived Computer Models

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    Jichao Zhao

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, and its treatment is an increasing economic burden on the health care system. Despite recent intense clinical, experimental and basic research activity, the treatment of AF with current antiarrhythmic drugs and catheter/surgical therapies remains limited. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA is widely used to treat patients with AF. Current clinical ablation strategies are largely based on atrial anatomy and/or substrate detected using different approaches, and they vary from one clinical center to another. The nature of clinical ablation leads to ambiguity regarding the optimal patient personalization of the therapy partly due to the fact that each empirical configuration of ablation lines made in a patient is irreversible during one ablation procedure. To investigate optimized ablation lesion line sets, in silico experimentation is an ideal solution. 3D computer models give us a unique advantage to plan and assess the effectiveness of different ablation strategies before and during RFCA. Reliability of in silico assessment is ensured by inclusion of accurate 3D atrial geometry, realistic fiber orientation, accurate fibrosis distribution and cellular kinetics; however, most of this detailed information in the current computer models is extrapolated from animal models and not from the human heart. The predictive power of computer models will increase as they are validated with human experimental and clinical data. To make the most from a computer model, one needs to develop 3D computer models based on the same functionally and structurally mapped intact human atria with high spatial resolution. The purpose of this review paper is to summarize recent developments in clinically-derived computer models and the clinical insights they provide for catheter ablation.

  18. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

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    Roberto A.Franken; Ronaldo F.Rosa; Silvio CM Santos

    2012-01-01

    This review discusses atrial fibrillation according to the guidelines of Brazilian Society of Cardiac Arrhythmias and the Brazilian Cardiogeriatrics Guidelines. We stress the thromboembolic burden of atrial fibrillation and discuss how to prevent it as well as the best way to conduct cases of atrial fibrillatios in the elderly, reverting the arrhythmia to sinus rhythm, or the option of heart rate control. The new methods to treat atrial fibrillation, such as radiofrequency ablation, new oral direct thrombin inhibitors and Xa factor inhibitors, as well as new antiarrhythmic drugs, are depicted.

  19. Long-term efficacy of surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation in a low-volume centre

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    Zyśko, Dorota; Bielicki, Grzegorz; Obremska, Marta; Goździk, Anna; Kustrzycki, Wojciech

    2015-01-01

    Surgical ablation is a recommended procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing a cardiac surgery operation. However, the procedure is associated with significant risk of late recurrence of AF. The aim of the study was to assess the long-term efficacy of the procedure with respect to the comorbidities. The study group consisted of 22 patients: 9 women and 13 men, who underwent surgical AF ablation in the 2008-2013 period. The patients were interviewed by telephone and were asked to send their recently performed 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG). The semi-structured interview consisted of 25 items regarding the history of AF, concomitant comorbidities, lifelong syncopal history, smoking, family history of premature cardiovascular diseases, and current medical treatment. Furthermore, the Epworth test was performed to measure the daytime sleepiness, which in turn is related to the presence of obstructive sleep apnoea. On the basis of the obtained data, the CHADS2, and Epworth scale scores were calculated for each patient. As a result of the study six patients (27%) had sinus rhythm or paced dual chamber rhythm, and 16 patients had atrial fibrillation. The multivariate analysis revealed that Epworth scale scoring > 9, CHADS2 score > 0, and persistent type of AF were related to poor outcome of surgical ablation procedure. In conclusion, patients with AF treated with surgical ablation have similar prognosis of sinus rhythm maintenance to those treated with radiofrequency ablation. Moreover, the same predisposing factors play a significant role in AF recurrence both in surgical patients and in patients treated with radiofrequency ablation. PMID:26855645

  20. Characterization of Left Atrial Tachyarrhythmias in Patients Following Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Correlation of surface ECG with Intracardiac Mapping

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    Sanjay Dixit

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available With expected success rates in excess of 80% for achieving long term arrhythmia control, catheter based ablation has become a popular treatment strategy in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF. However, the success of AF ablation has been tempered by the occurrence of post procedure left atrial tachycardias and / or flutters, which can be seen in up to 30% of the patients. These arrhythmias are perpetuated either due to abnormalities of impulse formation (abnormal automaticity / triggered activity, or abnormalities of impulse conduction (micro / macroreentry. Regardless of the underlying mechanism, these tachycardias manifest distinct “P” or flutter waves on the surface ECG, recognition of which may facilitate their characterization / localization. However, because of the frequent overlap in the morphology of P waves, intracardiac mapping is often the only way to distinguish them apart. This is accomplished using a combination of activation, entrainment and electroanatomic mapping techniques. Tachycardias resulting from abnormalities of impulse formation and / or microreentry are characteristically focal and usually confined in and around pulmonary vein (PV segments which have reconnected (septal aspect of right PVs and anterior aspect of left PVs. In contrast, macroreentrant tachycardias manifest a large circuit dimension involving zone(s of slow conduction. These are most commonly seen to occur around the mitral valve but can develop in any part of the left atrium where “gaps” across prior ablation lesion sets create altered conduction. Successful ablation of focal tachycardias is usually accomplished by isolating the reconnected PV segment(s. In case of macroreentrant arrhythmias however, a more extensive ablation approach is typically required in order to achieve conduction block across isthmus of the circuit. Using these strategies, the majority of left atrial tachycardias occurring post AF ablation can be

  1. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    William G. Stevenson, M.D

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is common in heart failure patients and is associated with increased mortality. Pharmacologic trials have not shown any survival benefit for a rhythm control over a rate control strategy. It has been suggested that sinus rhythm is associated with a survival benefit, but that the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug treatment and poor efficacy offset the beneficial effect. Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation can establish sinus rhythm without the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug therapy. Data from randomized trials demonstrating a survival benefit for patients undergoing an ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation are still lacking. Ablation of the AV junction and permanent pacing remain a treatment alternative in otherwise refractory cases. Placement of a biventricular system may prevent or reduce negative consequences of chronic right ventricular pacing. Current objectives and options for treatment of atrial fibrillation in heart failure patients are reviewed.

  2. Radiofrequency Ablation Mapping with Circumferential Catheter for Paroxys-mal Atrial Fibrillation Originating From the Pulmonary Veins

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    刘震; 吴书林; 杨平珍; 方咸宏; 李海杰; 陈泗林; 詹贤章; 薛玉梅

    2002-01-01

    Objectives To assessed thefeasibility and effectiveness of electrophysiologicalmapping of pulmonary veins with a circumferential 10-electrode catheter and radiofrequency catheter abla-tion therapy for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibril-lation. Background Standard mapping and ablationof focal sources of atrial fibrillation are associated withvery long procedure times and low efficacy. Mappingand ablation pulmonary veins guide with a circularcatheter could overcome these limitations. Methods16 patients [male 11, female 5, mean age (51 +14.5) years] with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refrac-tory to antiarrhythmic drugs were included in thisgroup. A circumferential 10-electrode catheter wasused to pulmonary vein mapping during sinus rhythm orCSd pacing to determine the origin of atrial prematurecontractions. When the ablative target pulmonary veinwas found, the pulmonary vein potentials' distributionand activation were assessment pulmonary veins' ostialablation was performed at the segments showing earliestactivation of pulnonary vein potentials. The end pointwas designed: 1 ) elimination of pulmonary vein po-tential; 2) pulmonary vein potential dissociation fromatrial waves; 3) atrial ectopic beats disappear. ResultsA total of 36 pulmonary veins were ablated, in-cluding 16 left superior, 12 right superior, 7 left in-ferior and 1 right inferior. 1 pulmonary vein in 2 pa-tients was ablated, 2 pulmonary veins in 8 patientswere ablated, 3 pulmonary veins were ablated in 5patients and 4 pulmonary veins were ablated in 1 pa-tient. Procedure duration and fluoroscopy time respec-tively were 186.7 _+ 63.8 min and 51.5 + 15.0 min.During the follow-up 1- 12 months, 11 patients(68.7 % ) were free of AF without any antiarrhythmicdrugs, 2 of them were reablation, effective in 3/16(18.7%) and unsuccessful in 2/16 (12.6%) . 2cases recurred with atrial premature, 1 was treated withamiodarone and the other was repeat electrophysiologi-cal mapping and ablation, 5 cases with

  3. Atrial fibrillation.

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Fauchier, Laurent; Freedman, Saul B; Van Gelder, Isabelle; Natale, Andrea; Gianni, Carola; Nattel, Stanley; Potpara, Tatjana; Rienstra, Michiel; Tse, Hung-Fat; Lane, Deirdre A

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disorder, and increases in prevalence with increasing age and the number of cardiovascular comorbidities. AF is characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat that can be asymptomatic or lead to symptoms such as palpitations, dyspnoea and dizziness. The condition can also be associated with serious complications, including an increased risk of stroke. Important recent developments in the clinical epidemiology and management of AF have informed our approach to this arrhythmia. This Primer provides a comprehensive overview of AF, including its epidemiology, mechanisms and pathophysiology, diagnosis, screening, prevention and management. Management strategies, including stroke prevention, rate control and rhythm control, are considered. We also address quality of life issues and provide an outlook on future developments and ongoing clinical trials in managing this common arrhythmia. PMID:27159789

  4. MODERN APPROACHES TO ANTICOAGULANT THERAPY DURING CATHETER ABLATION TREATMENT OF NON-VALVULAR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    E. A. Belikov; K. V. Davtyan; O. N. Tkacheva

    2015-01-01

    Prevention of thromboembolic complications in patients with atrial fibrillation during catheter pulmonary veins isolation is discussed. This subject review is presented with special consideration to new anticoagulants.

  5. Fibrillation number based on wavelength and critical mass in patients who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Hwang, Minki; Park, Junbeum; Lee, Young-Seon; Park, Jae Hyung; Choi, Sung Hwan; Shim, Eun Bo; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2015-02-01

    The heart characteristic length, the inverse of conduction velocity (CV), and the inverse of the refractory period are known to determine vulnerability to cardiac fibrillation (fibrillation number, FibN) in in silico or ex vivo models. The purpose of this study was to validate the accuracy of FibN through in silico atrial modeling and to evaluate its clinical application in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who had undergone radiofrequency catheter ablation. We compared the maintenance duration of AF at various FibNAF values using in silico bidomain atrial modeling. Among 60 patients (72% male, 54±13 years old, 82% with paroxysmal AF) who underwent circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) for AF rhythm control, we examined the relationship between FibN AF and postprocedural AF inducibility or induction pacing cycle length (iPCL). Clinical FibNAF was calculated using left atrium (LA) dimension (echocardiogram), the inverse of CV, and the inverse of the atrial effective refractory periods measured at proximal and distal coronary sinus. In silico simulation found a positive correlation between AF maintenance duration and FibNAF ( R = 0.90, ). After clinical CPVI, FibNAF ( 0.296±0.038 versus 0.192±0.028, ) was significantly higher in patients with postprocedural AF inducibility ( n = 41) than in those without ( n = 19 ). Among 41 patients with postprocedural AF inducibility, FibNAF ( P = 0.935, ) had excellent correlations with induction pacing cycle length. FibNAF, based on LA mass and wavelength, correlates well with AF maintenance in computational modeling and clinical AF inducibility after CPVI. PMID:25343755

  6. The serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 level is an independent predictor of recurrence after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Wu, Gang; Wang, Shun; Cheng, Mian; Peng, Bin; Liang, Jingjun; Huang, He; Jiang, Xuejun; Zhang, Lizhi; Yang, Bo; Cha, Yongmei; Jiang, Hong; Huang, Congxin

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    OBJECTIVES: This study investigated whether the serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 level is an independent predictor of recurrence after catheter ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Fifty-eight consecutive patients with persistent atrial fibrillation were enrolled and underwent catheter ablation. The serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 level was detected before ablation and its relationship with recurrent arrhythmia was analyzed at the end of the follow-up. RESULTS: After a mean follow-up of 12.1±7.2 months, 21 (36.2%) patients had a recurrence of their arrhythmia after catheter ablation. At baseline, the matrix metalloproteinase-9 level was higher in the patients with recurrence than in the non-recurrent group (305.77±88.90 vs 234.41±93.36 ng/ml, respectively, p=0.006). A multivariate analysis showed that the matrix metalloproteinase-9 level was an independent predictor of arrhythmia recurrence, as was a history of atrial fibrillation and the diameter of the left atrium. CONCLUSION: The serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 level is an independent predictor of recurrent arrhythmia after catheter ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

  7. Complex Fractionated Atrial Electrograms ablation in Atrial Fibrillation: A more selective yet simple setting of CARTO® algorithm

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    Julien Seitz; J�r�me Horvilleur; J�r�me Lacotte; Yamina Mouhoub; Fiorella Salerno; Anouska Moynagh; Darach O h-Ici; Mehran Monchi; Laurence Curel; Andre Pisapia

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    Full Text Available Background: Results of Complex Fractionated Atrial Electrograms (CFAE ablation in atrial fibrillation (AF are conflicting, partially due to the subjectivity of visual analysis. CFAE algorithms provided by 3D mapping systems lack selectivity. We sought to demonstrate the improved selectivity of a new CFAE CARTO® Shortest Complex Interval (SCI algorithm setting compared to the traditional nominal setting. Methods: 32 patients (60.4 ± 12.7 years with paroxysmal (n=3, persistent (n=16 or permanent (n=13 AF (duration=56 ± 65 months underwent visual CFAE ablation, while CFAE maps of left atrium (LA were drawn. Maps were further reanalyzed with two different settings: nominal (SCI 60-120 ms 0.05-0.15mV vs. customized setting (SCI 30-40ms 0,04-0.15mV. Automatically detected areas of CFAE (CARTO-CFAE were measured and compared with the visually targeted areas (ablation point = 60 mm2 to assess their accuracy to define CFAE areas of clinical significance. Results: AF was terminated by ablation in 30 patients (93.7%. With the new CARTO SCI setting, both CARTO-CFAE areas and ablated proportions outside CFAE areas were reduced (30.6±20.5 cm2 vs. 68.8±24.5 cm2, p < 0.0001, and 1.86±1.82 % vs. 3±3%, p =0.003, while ablation surface inside CARTO-CFAE areas was larger than with the nominal setting (38.2±19.6% vs. 20.4±17.5 %, p = 0.008. Conclusion: This new CFAE algorithm setting is significantly more selective than the nominal one, and focuses on visually ablated areas leading to a high AF termination rate.

  8. The effect of integrated cardiac rehabilitation versus treatment as usual for atrial fibrillation patients treated with ablation

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    Risom, Signe Stelling; Zwisler, Ann-Dorth Olsen; Rasmussen, Trine Bernholdt;

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    to be physically active due to fear of triggering fibrillation. Small trials indicate that exercise training has a positive effect on exercise capacity and mental health, and both patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation and in sinus rhythm may benefit from rehabilitation in managing life after ablation...... measure is exercise capacity measured by the VO(2) peak. The secondary outcome measure is self-rated mental health measured by the Short Form 36 questionnaire. Postintervention, qualitative interviews will be conducted in 10% of the intervention group. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The protocol is approved....... No randomised trials have been published on cardiac rehabilitation for atrial fibrillation patients treated with ablation that includes exercise and psychoeducational components. AIM: To test the effects of an integrated cardiac rehabilitation programme versus treatment as usual for patients with atrial...

  9. Success of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Does Obesity Influence the Outcomes?

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    Dhanunjaya R. Lakkireddy

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Background Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF is an increasingly popular therapeutic option for symptomatic patients who have failed multiple antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs. Patients of higher body mass index often fail direct current cardioversion. The role of body mass index (BMI on the success of AF ablation is not well understood. Methods We prospectively studied 511 patients who underwent AF ablation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation between 2002 and 2005. Patients were divided into four classes based on their BMI: Class I ( 25; Class II (25.1-30; Class III (30.1-35 and Class IV (>35. These groups were compared for baseline demographic and clinical characteristics. Any recurrence of AF after 3 months of ablation was considered as failure. All classes were followed for at least 12 months and rates of failure were compared. Results Based on their BMI, 25% of patients were assigned to class I, 37% in class II, 21% in class III and 16% in class IV. Patients of higher classification (class III or IV were more likely to be male (p<0.001, diabetic (p<0.001, smokers (p=0.002, with coronary artery disease (=0.018, left atrial enlargement (p=0.015 and longstanding AF (p=0.007. Severity of obesity as measured by BMI had a direct correlation to early (p=0.05 and late (p=0.01 recurrence of AF. Conclusion Obesity is significantly associated with long-term AF recurrence after catheter ablation. Higher incidence of smoking & left atrial enlargement may possibly contribute to higher failure rates in this sub-group of patients.

  10. Management of atrial fibrillation

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    Vergara, Pasquale; Della Bella, Paolo

    1997-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increases in the risk of mortality, congestive heart failure, and stroke. Medical treatment is aimed at preventing thrombo-embolic complications and reducing symptoms and consequences related to the arrhythmia. In the first section of this review, we discuss the principles of mainstream oral anticoagulant therapy and the possible advantages of the new oral anticoagulants. In the second section, we review the catheter ablation approaches to paroxysma...

  11. A Seven-year Experience for The Surgical Radiofrequency Ablation in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

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    Bin XIE; Hui-ming GUO; Ruo-bin WU; Cong LU

    2009-01-01

    Objective A 7-year experience for the treatment strategy using mono- and bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedures in a heterogeneous group of patients was reported. Methods Between July 2003 and May 2009, the data of 314 consecutive patients aged 13 -75 (48. 70 + 11.09)undergone the radiofrequency ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation (AF) associated with concomitant cardiac surgery were analyzed. Monopolar was used for 91 patients; Medtronic bi-polar RF ablation procedure for 92 patients and Atricure RF ablation procedure for 131 patients. All patients were combined with valve surgery. Regular follow-ups were performed at 3, 6 month after surgery. Results Hospital mortality after combined open heart and surgical RF ablation was 0 %. The success rates for sinus rhythm con-version with monopolar RF were 73.6 % immediately, 74. 7 % at 3 months, 79. 1% at 6 months; with Medtronic bi-polar RF, the rates were 78.3 % immediately, 82. 8 % at 3 months, 84 % at 6 months; with Atricure bi-polar RF, the rates were 82. 4 % immediately, 84. 1% at 3 months, 83.9 % at 6 months. Conclusions The use of RF ablation pro-cedures is a safe and efficient option to cure AF during open heart surgery in a selective group of patients.

  12. The Safety of Dabigatran Versus Warfarin in Patients Undergoing Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Luis I. Garcia, MD; Kartikya Ahuja, MD; Mark A. Mascarenhas, MD; Anthony Aizer, MD; Neil Bernstein, MD; Scott A. Bernstein, MD; Steve J. Fowler, MD; Douglas S. Holmes, MD; David S. Park, MD; Larry Chinitz, MD

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    Full Text Available The safety and optimal strategy of the use of dabigatran versus uninterrupted warfarin in atrial fibrillation ablation is currently unclear. We performed a retrospective analysis between July 2011-October 2012 of all patients undergoing an AF ablation who received uninterrupted warfarin therapy (199 and the routine cessation of Dabigatran therapy (126 4 days pre-ablation. Major safety endpoints included: pericardial effusion (requiring pericardiocentesis, peripheral thromboembolism, CVA, and groin hematoma requiring blood transfusion. Minor endpoints included pericardial effusion and groin hematoma. Dabigatran was restarted the following day after ablation. The warfarin group was older, had a higher CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc and HASBLED scores and greater prevalence of aortic plaque. The major complication rate was 2.0% in the warfarin group and 2.4% in the dabigatran group (P= 0.83. The minor complication rate was 2.5% in the warfarin group and <1% in the dabigatran group (P= 0.27. In the dabigatran group, there was one renal thromboembolic event 4 days post-ablation. All patients in the warfarin group who suffered a major complication required a blood transfusion. Cessation of dabigatran therapy 4 days pre AF ablation has a comparable safety profile to uninterrupted warfarin therapy.

  13. Combined Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation and Watchman® Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Procedures: A Single Centre Experience

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    Daniel T. Walker B. App Sci

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF may be interested in undergoing concomitant interventions of left atrial catheter ablation and device occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA. We report on the feasibility and outcome of combined procedures in a single centre case series. Methods Twenty-six patients underwent either first time or redo pulmonary vein isolation (PVI procedures followed by successful implant of a Watchman? device. Results All procedures were uncomplicated with a mean case time of 233 ? 38 minutes. Maximal LAA orifice dimension was smaller in 3 of 26 patients post PVI (range 1mm than on the pre-procedural transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE. A new peri-device leak of maximum 3mm was noted in 5 of 26 patients at 6 week follow-up TOE, but resolved in 4 by the 6 month follow-up. Conclusion Combined procedures for catheter ablation for AF and Watchman? LAA implant appear to be feasible and safe with satisfactory occlusion of the LAA maintained at follow-up.

  14. Freedom from atrial fibrillation after cox maze III ablation during follow-up

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    Fariborz Akbarzadeh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Nearly 60% of patients undergoing mitral valve (MV operations are affected by atrial fibrillation (AF. Cox Maze III ablation is one of the effective ways for restoring sinus rhythm for patients undergoing open heart surgery. The aim of present study was to evaluate efficacy of Maze III ablation procedure for restoring sinus rhythm among patients who had underwent open heart surgery. Materials and Methods: During present descriptive-analytic prospective study 114 patients with chronic AF had undergone open heart surgery for their valvular or coronary artery diseases in Educational-Medical centres of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (Tabriz, Iran 2006-2012, were included in the study. For all patients Maze III ablation was done. Patients were evaluated by 12 lead electrocardiography (ECG and 24 hours ambulatory ECG monitoring after 3-6 years (mean 4.8 of follow-up. Result : Patients′ rhythm before Cox Maze III surgery was chronic AF in all patients. All patients were discharged from operating room with sinus rhythm. During intensive care unit (ICU hospitalization, rhythm of 34 patients changed to AF and 80 patients had sinus rhythm. Sixteen patients had undergone electrical cardioversion for restoring sinus rhythm which was successful in 12 patients. Ninety-two patients had sinus rhythm when discharged from the hospital. After termination of follow-up, freedom from atrial fibrillation was 51%. Patients with AF during follow-up on surface ECG didn′t have episodes of sinus rhythm in their ambulatory monitoring. One patient implanted cardiac pacemaker due to persistent sinus bradycardia. Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, Cox Maze III ablation procedure is an effective and safe way for restoring sinus rhythm among patients who are candidate for open heart surgery, while no significant complication was seen among patients.

  15. Post-procedural Dabigatran Versus Interrupted Warfarin Therapy Following Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jeffrey Lin, MD; Sharon Shen, MD; Prashant Bhave, MD; Bradley Knight, MD; Martha Bohn, RN, BSN; Evaldas Giedrimas, MD; Taral K. Patel, MD; Alexandru Chicos, MD; Jeffrey Goldberger, MD; Leonard Ilkhanoff, MD, MS; Susan Kim, MD; Albert Lin, MD; Rod Passman, MD, MSCE.

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    Full Text Available Purpose: Patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF are at a higher risk of thromboembolic events post-procedure and therefore require therapeutic anticoagulation after ablation. Anticoagulation strategies include performing the procedure on or off therapeutic warfarin, though the latter approach requires post-procedure bridging therapy with low molecular-weight heparin (LMWH until a therapeutic INR is achieved. The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and efficacy of post-ablation dabigatran as compared to warfarin with LMWH bridging. Methods: We performed a single-center retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF between January 2010 and December 2012 and received either post-procedure warfarin with a LMWH bridge or dabigatran. Warfarin was started the night of ablation; LMWH was started the next morning and continued until the INR was ≥ 2.0. Dabigatran was started the morning post-ablation. Results: The analysis included 324 patients. Of these, mean age was 60 ± 9 years, 78% were male, 81% had CHADS2 scores of 0 or 1, and 181 (56% received dabigatran post-ablation. Patients who received dabigatran had lower CHADS2 scores and were more likely to be in NYHA Class I. At 30-days post-procedure, there were 0 thromboembolic or bleeding complications in the dabigatran group versus 4 (2.8% in the warfarin group (p=0.037. There were no deaths in either group at 30 days post-ablation. Conclusions: Post-ablation dabigatran appears safe and efficacious compared to an interrupted warfarin strategy with LMWH bridging.

  16. Meta-Analysis of Risk of Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack With Dabigatran for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Sardar, Partha; Nairooz, Ramez; Chatterjee, Saurav;

    2014-01-01

    Dabigatran is a novel oral anticoagulant and may be useful during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation for prevention of thromboembolic events. However, the benefits and adverse effects of periprocedural dabigatran therapy have not been thoroughly evaluated. A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate...

  17. The cost-effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation as first-line treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Aronsson, Mattias; Walfridsson, Håkan; Janzon, Magnus;

    2014-01-01

    AIM: The aim of this prospective substudy was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) compared with antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) as first-line treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: A decision-analytic Markov model...

  18. Atrial fibrillation - discharge

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000237.htm Atrial fibrillation - discharge To use the sharing features on this ... have been in the hospital because you have atrial fibrillation . This condition occurs when your heart beats faster ...

  19. Atrial fibrillation or flutter

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000184.htm Atrial fibrillation or flutter To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a common type of abnormal ...

  20. Atrial fibrillation radiofrequency ablation: safety using contact force catheter in a low-volume centre

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    Diego Vaccari, MD; Daniele Giacopelli, MSc; Eros Rocchetto, MSc; Sabina Vittadello, MD; Roberto Mantovan, MD; Gianfilippo Neri, MD

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The tip-to-tissue contact force (CF has been identified as a potential determinant of lesion quality during radiofrequency (RF ablation. The aim of this paper is to report the experience of a single low-volume centre in the atrial fibrillation (AF ablation procedure with an RF catheter capable of measuring this parameter. CF data and their possible implications on patient safety are presented. Thirty-nine consecutive patients suffering of paroxysmal or permanent AF received percutaneous ablation with the novel catheter studied. Procedural characteristics, CF applied and safety events related to the procedure were reported. During RF application the mean CF value was 17 ± 3 g, with a maximum mean value of 37 ± 8 g. CF value never exceeds 62 g and in the 74% of the RF applications ranged between 10 g and 30 g. No complication related to the catheter manipulation or to the energy delivered was observed. This study of a single centre with a low level of experience in AF ablation suggests that the ability to measure CF may provide additional useful information to the operator. It ensures uniform ablations, with little variability in the catheter manipulations, and it avoids excessive contact forces increasing the patient safety.

  1. Minimally Invasive Surgical Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Chu, Michael W.A.; Yoshitsugu Nakamura; Bob Kiaii

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with significant risks of thromboembolism, stroke, congestive heart failure, and death. There have been major advances in the management of atrial fibrillation including pharmacologic therapies, antithrombotic therapies, and ablation techniques. Surgery for atrial fibrillation, including both concomitant and stand-alone interventions, is an effective therapy to restore sinus rhythm. Minimally invasive surgical ablat...

  2. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    Jens Seiler; Tedrow, Usha B.; Stevenson, William G

    2008-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is common in heart failure patients and is associated with increased mortality.  Pharmacologic trials have not shown any survival benefit for a rhythm control over a rate control strategy.  It has been suggested that sinus rhythm is associated with a survival benefit, but that the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug treatment and poor efficacy offset the beneficial effect.  Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation can establish sinus rhythm without the risks of a...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    William G. Stevenson, M.D; Usha B. Tedrow, M.D; Jens Seiler, M.D

    2008-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is common in heart failure patients and is associated with increased mortality. Pharmacologic trials have not shown any survival benefit for a rhythm control over a rate control strategy. It has been suggested that sinus rhythm is associated with a survival benefit, but that the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug treatment and poor efficacy offset the beneficial effect. Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation can establish sinus rhythm without the risks of anti-arrhythmic dru...

  4. Recurrence of pulmonary vein conduction and atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation: a randomized trial of the ostial versus the extraostial ablation strategy

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen;

    2006-01-01

    . METHODS: A total of 100 consecutive patients (age 56 +/- 10; 71 men) with symptomatic AF (paroxysmal, 51; persistent, 49) were randomized to segmental ostial (n = 54) or circumferential extraostial (n = 46) PV isolation. A circular catheter positioned at the ostium of each target PV guided the ostial PV......BACKGROUND: Both segmental ostial and circumferential extraostial pulmonary vein (PV) isolation have been proven effective in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the recurrence of AF and PV conduction after the 2 ablation strategies has never been compared in a randomized study...

  5. Atrial Fibrillation: Complications

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Complications Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents ... has two major complications—stroke and heart failure. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Click to enlarge image This illustration ...

  6. Atrial Fibrillation in Children

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    ... Pressure High Blood Pressure Tools & Resources Stroke More Atrial Fibrillation in Children Updated:Jul 18,2016 Does your ... content was last reviewed on 04/16/14. Atrial Fibrillation • Introduction • What is Atrial Fibrillation? • Why AFib Matters • ...

  7. Atrial Fibrillation Factsheet

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    Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib or AF, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is when the ... Atrium Sinoatrial Node (pacemaker) Atrioventricular Node Left Atrium Atrial Fibrillation AFib Facts 1 • An estimated 2.7–6. ...

  8. Skin Burn at the Site of Indifferent Electrode after Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of AV Node for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Subba Reddy Vanga, MBBS

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Radiofrequency Ablation of AV node with permanent pacemaker has been used to achieve rate control in persistent symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Although RF Ablation is safe, complications may occur in up to 3% of the procedures. A rare complication of 2nd degree skin burn at indifferent electrode site has been described here. This report highlights the rare but possible complication in patients undergoing such a procedure and help in preventing by taking appropriate measures.

  9. Skin Burn at the Site of Indifferent Electrode after Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of AV Node for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Radiofrequency Ablation of AV node with permanent pacemaker has been used to achieve rate control in persistent symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Although RF Ablation is safe, complications may occur in up to 3% of the procedures. A rare complication of 2nd degree skin burn at indifferent electrode site has been described here. This report highlights the rare but possible complication in patients undergoing such a procedure and help in preventing by taking appropriate measures.

  10. RADIOFREQUENCY CATHETER ABLATION OF PERMANENT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION UNDER GUIDANCE OF CARTO-MERGE TECHNIQUE

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    2007-01-01

    Objective To investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) to treat permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) under the guidance of Carto-Merge technique.Methods Fifteen male patients with permanent AF underwent RFCA under the guidance of Carto-Merge technique. The mean age was 54. 00 ± 10. 44 years, and duration of AF was 23.66 ± 14. 93 months. Cardiac magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) was performed to obtain pre-procedural three-dimensional (3D) images on the anatomy of left atrium (LA) and pulmonary veins (PVs) before RFCA procedure. Then the electroanatomical map was integrated with 3D images of MRA to form Carto-Merge map that guided step-by-step ablation strategy of permanent AF. Circumferential PV ablation was performed first until complete PVs electric isolation confirmed by Lasso catheter. If AF was not terminated, lesion lines on roof of LA, mitral isthmus, and tricuspid isthmus were produced.Results The episodes of AF were terminated during RFCA in 2 patients, by direct current cardioversion in the remaining 13 patients. Transient AF occurred in 2 patients after ablation on 1st day and 1st week respectively, AF terminated spontaneously not long after taking metoprolol. One patient developed persistent atrial flutter (AFL) in 2 months after procedure and AFL was eliminated by the second ablation. Persistent AF recurred on 1st day, 1st and 5th week respectively in 3 patients, and did not terminate after 3 months even though amiodarone was given The remaining 12 patients were all free of AF during 2-11 months of follow-up. The recent success rate for RFCA of permanent AF was 80%.Conclusions Carto-Merge technique can effectively guide RFCA of permanent AF. When combined with single Lasso mapping, it can simplify the mapping, lower expenses, and enhance the success rate of RFCA of permanent AF.

  11. Enhancing Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: The Role of AV Node Ablation

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    Jeff M. Berry, MD

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT has evolved as an effective therapy for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF and ventricular dyssynchrony, currently defined as a wide QRS on the electrocardiogram. While multiple randomized controlled trials have confirmed the favorable effects of CRT on mortality and heart failure symptoms for patients in sinus rhythm, only recently observational studies have begun to suggest a similar benefit for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF and dyssynchrony. Yet, implementing effective biventricular pacing in patients with AF can be problematic due to competing intrinsic AV conduction. For patients with depressed ejection fractions needing AV node (AVN ablation to control fast ventricular rates, biventricular pacing has been shown to be superior to right ventricular pacing alone. When consistent pacing (over 90% of the time cannot be achieved in AF patients due to a rapid ventricular response despite pharmacological therapy, AVN ablation should be considered. The additional benefit of performing AVN ablation to promote biventricular pacing in patients without rapid ventricular rates remains uncertain. A randomized controlled trial is needed to test the incremental benefit of AVN ablation to promote biventricular pacing in heart failure patients with AF and wide QRS.

  12. Atrioventricular Junction Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation: Choosing The Right Patient and Pacing Device

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    Finn Akerstr�m; Mois�s Rodr�guez-Ma�ero; Marta Pach�n; Alberto Puchol; X. Alberte Fern�ndez-L�pez; Luis Mart�nez-Sande; Miguel Valderr�bano MD; Miguel A. Arias.

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    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and despite advancements in rhythm control through direct catheter ablation, maintaining sinus rhythm is currently not possible in a large proportion of AF patients. Furthermore, in some instances pharmacological rate control may be insufficient, resulting in a highly symptomatic patient at risk of developing tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy and heart failure (HF. Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction (AVJ with subsequent permanent pacemaker implantation provides definite rate control and represents an attractive therapeutic option when pharmacological rate control is not achieved. In those with reduced ventricular function, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT should be considered over right ventricular apical (RVA pacing in order to avoid the deleterious effects associated with a high amount of chronic RVA pacing. Another group of patients that may also benefit from AVJ ablation are HF patients with concomitant AF receiving CRT. In this patient cohort AVJ ablation ensures near 100% biventricular pacing, thus allowing optimization of the therapeutic effects of CRT.

  13. Multimodal Data Integration for Computer-Aided Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jonghye Woo

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Image-guided percutaneous interventions have successfully replaced invasive surgical methods in some cardiologic practice, where the use of 3D-reconstructed cardiac images, generated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and computed tomography (CT, plays an important role. To conduct computer-aided catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation accurately, multimodal information integration with electroanatomic mapping (EAM data and MRI/CT images is considered in this work. Specifically, we propose a variational formulation for surface reconstruction and incorporate the prior shape knowledge, which results in a level set method. The proposed method enables simultaneous reconstruction and registration under nonrigid deformation. Promising experimental results show the potential of the proposed approach.

  14. Left atrium pulmonary veins: segmentation and quantification for planning atrial fibrillation ablation

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    Karim, R.; Mohiaddin, R.; Rueckert, D.

    2009-02-01

    The paper presents a technique for detecting detecting left atrium as well as the pulmonary veins of the left atrium by tracing out their centerlines. A vessel detection and traversal process is initiated from the venoatrial junctions. Pulmonary veins draining into the left atrium via these junctions are thus detected, also enabling the detection of the ostium. Ostial diameters are measured from the detected centerlines using a best-fitting ellipse. Quantitative validation of the techniques are reported on nine patient datasets. In only two of the datasets, mis-detections were identified. The ostial diameter measurements indicated an error of at most 5% in most of the cases. We envisage that the techniques presented will facilitate in planning the non-pharmacological treatment of atrial fibrillation using radio-frequency ablation therapy.

  15. Transient ST-segment elevation after transseptal puncture for atrial fibrillation ablation in two cases

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    CHENG Yan-li; DONG Jian-zeng; LIU Xing-peng; LONG De-yong; FANG Dong-ping; YU Rong-hui; TANG Ri-bo; MA Chang-sheng

    2012-01-01

    The present report demonstrates two cases of transient inferior ST-segment elevation accompanied by profound hypotension and bradycardia immediately after transseptal puncture for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.This rare complication of transseptal puncture was resolved quickly within several minutes.The most likely mechanism of this phenomenon is coronary vasospasm,although coronary embolism can not be ruled out completely.This complication is characterized as follows:(1) The right coronary artery might be the most likely involved vessel and therefore myocardial ischemia usually occurs in the inferior wall of left ventricular; (2) Reflex hypotension and bradycardia by the Bezold-Jarisch reflex secondary to inferior ischemia often occur at the same time.Though it appears to be a transient and completely reversible phenomenon,there are still potential life-threatening risks because of myocardial ischemia and profound haemodynamic instability.Clinical cardiologists should be aware of this rare complication and properly deal with it.

  16. Stroke risk associated with balloon based catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: Rationale and design of the MACPAF Study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Catheter ablation of the pulmonary veins has become accepted as a standard therapeutic approach for symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF. However, there is some evidence for an ablation associated (silent stroke risk, lowering the hope to limit the stroke risk by restoration of rhythm over rate control in AF. The purpose of the prospective randomized single-center study "Mesh Ablator versus Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Ablation of Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation" (MACPAF is to compare the efficacy and safety of two balloon based pulmonary vein ablation systems in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Methods/Design Patients are randomized 1:1 for the Arctic Front® or the HD Mesh Ablator® catheter for left atrial catheter ablation (LACA. The predefined endpoints will be assessed by brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, neuro(psychological tests and a subcutaneously implanted reveal recorder for AF detection. According to statistics 108 patients will be enrolled. Discussion Findings from the MACPAF trial will help to balance the benefits and risks of LACA for symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Using serial brain MRIs might help to identify patients at risk for LACA-associated cerebral thromboembolism. Potential limitations of the study are the single-center design, the existence of a variety of LACA-catheters, the missing placebo-group and the impossibility to assess the primary endpoint in a blinded fashion. Trial registration clinicaltrials.gov NCT01061931

  17. Prognostic impact of hs-CRP and IL-6 in patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Henningsen, Kristoffer Mads Aaris; Nilsson, Brian; Bruunsgaard, Helle;

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    Aim. The aim of this study was to assess the predictive value of inflammatory markers in patients with paroxysmal/ persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation. Methods. Forty-six consecutive patients, mean age 55 years (range 31 - 81 yrs), with paroxysmal...... history of paroxysmal or persistent AF treated with RF catheter ablation, elevated levels of IL-6 and hs-CRP before ablation are independent predictors of recurrence of AF Udgivelsesdato: 2008/12/31...... or persistent AF were treated with either segmental or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation ablation technique. All patients presented with sinus rhythm on inclusion. Holter monitoring lasting at least 14 days was performed before ablation and after 3 months. Recurrent symptomatic AF or atrial...

  18. Atrial fibrillation (acute onset)

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    Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Watson, Timothy

    2008-01-01

    Acute atrial fibrillation is rapid, irregular, and chaotic atrial activity of less than 48 hours' duration. It resolves spontaneously within 24 to 48 hours in over 50% of people. In this review we have included studies on patients with onset up to 7 days previously. Risk factors for acute atrial fibrillation include increasing age, CVD, alcohol abuse, diabetes, and lung disease.Acute atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke and heart failure.

  19. Robust tracking of a virtual electrode on a coronary sinus catheter for atrial fibrillation ablation procedures

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    Wu, Wen; Chen, Terrence; Strobel, Norbert; Comaniciu, Dorin

    2012-02-01

    Catheter tracking in X-ray fluoroscopic images has become more important in interventional applications for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedures. It provides real-time guidance for the physicians and can be used as reference for motion compensation applications. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to track a virtual electrode (VE), which is a non-existing electrode on the coronary sinus (CS) catheter at a more proximal location than any real electrodes. Successful tracking of the VE can provide more accurate motion information than tracking of real electrodes. To achieve VE tracking, we first model the CS catheter as a set of electrodes which are detected by our previously published learning-based approach.1 The tracked electrodes are then used to generate the hypotheses for tracking the VE. Model-based hypotheses are fused and evaluated by a Bayesian framework. Evaluation has been conducted on a database of clinical AF ablation data including challenging scenarios such as low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), occlusion and nonrigid deformation. Our approach obtains 0.54mm median error and 90% of evaluated data have errors less than 1.67mm. The speed of our tracking algorithm reaches 6 frames-per-second on most data. Our study on motion compensation shows that using the VE as reference provides a good point to detect non-physiological catheter motion during the AF ablation procedures.2

  20. The mechanism of lesion formation by focused ultrasound ablation catheter for treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Sinelnikov, Y. D.; Fjield, T.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.

    2009-10-01

    The application of therapeutic ultrasound for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is investigated. The results of theoretical and experimental investigation of ultrasound ablation catheter are presented. The major components of the catheter are the high power cylindrical piezoelectric element and parabolic balloon reflector. Thermal elevation in the ostia of pulmonary veins is achieved by focusing the ultrasound beam in shape of a torus that transverses the myocardial tissue. High intensity ultrasound heating in the focal zone results in a lesion surrounding the pulmonary veins that creates an electrical conduction blocks and relief from AF symptoms. The success of the ablation procedure largely depends on the correct choice of reflector geometry and ultrasonic power. We present a theoretical model of the catheter’s acoustic field and bioheat transfer modeling of cardiac lesions. The application of an empirically derived relation between lesion formation and acoustic power is shown to correlate with the experimental data. Developed control methods combine the knowledge of theoretical acoustics and the thermal lesion formation simulations with experiment and thereby establish dosimetry that contributes to a safe and effective ultrasound ablation procedure.

  1. The cost-effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation as first-line treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation : results from a MANTRA-PAF substudy.

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    Aronsson, Mattias; Walfridsson, Håkan; Janzon, Magnus; Walfridsson, Ulla; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Hansen, Peter Steen; Johannessen, Arne; Raatikainen, Pekka; Hindricks, Gerhard; Kongstad, Ole; Pehrson, Steen; Englund, Anders; Hartikainen, Juha; Mortensen, Leif Spange; Levin, Lars-Åke

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    AIM: The aim of this prospective substudy was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) compared with antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) as first-line treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: A decision-analytic Markov model, based on MANTRA-PAF (Medical Antiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation) study data, was developed to study long-term effects and costs of RFA compared with AA...

  2. Factors related to sinus rhythm at discharge after radiofrequency ablation of permanent atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery.

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    Rostagno, Carlo; Gelsomino, Sandro; Capecchi, Irene; Rossi, Alessandra; Montesi, Gian Franco; Stefàno, Pier Luigi

    2016-04-01

    Late recovery of sinus rhythm is unusual in patients with permanent AF treated by (radiofrequency) RF maze procedure during mitral valve surgery. Identification of clinical and instrumental preoperative factors predictive of early success of RF ablation in patients with permanent AF undergoing mitral valve surgery may improve selection of subjects to obtain long-term results. Hundred and thirty consecutive patients with permanent AF and mitral valve disease underwent modified RF maze procedure during concomitant mitral valve surgery. Rheumatic valve disease (61 pts) and mitral valve prolapse (41 pts) were the more common aetiology of valve abnormalities. Mitral valve replacement was performed in 54 % of patients and mitral valve repair in the remaining 46 %. Four patients died after surgery. At discharge, 87 patients (69 %) were in sinus rhythm (group 1) and 43 patients in AF persisted (group 2). At an average 24-month follow-up, sinus rhythm was present in 67 % of patients, and 33 % were in atrial fibrillation. In this period, late recovery of sinus rhythm was observed only in five patients, while eight discharged in sinus rhythm developed again atrial fibrillation. Among preoperative parameters at univariate analysis female sex, atrial fibrillation >24 months, left atrial diameter >54 mm, left atrial area >24 cm(2), rheumatic valve disease and NYHA class were associated with persistence of AF. At Cox regression multivariate analysis, increased left atrial area (OR 1.07 per unit increase-95 % CI 1.01-1.131) and rheumatic aetiology of valve disease (OR 4.52, 95 % CI 1.65-12.4) were associated with persistence of AF at hospital discharge. Persistence of AF after RF ablation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery is related to aetiology, e.g. rheumatic valve disease, and to increasing left atrial diameter. Due to low rate of late recovery of sinus rhythm, indication to RF ablation associated with MV surgery should be carefully considered in patients with large

  3. Atrial Fibrillation and Hyperthyroidism*

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    Atrial fibrillation occurs in 10 – 15% of patients with hyperthyroidism. Low serum thyrotropin concentration is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation. Thyroid hormone contributes to arrythmogenic activity by altering the electrophysiological characteristics of atrial myocytes by shortening the action potential duration, enhancing automaticity and triggered activity in the pulmonary vein cardio myocytes. Hyperthyroidism results in excess mortality from increased incidence of circu...

  4. Outcome of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with prior ischemic stroke

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    LI Song-nan; KANG Jun-ping; DU Xin; HE Xiao-nan; LONG De-yong; YU Rong-hui; FANG Ri-bo

    2013-01-01

    Background Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has been demonstrated to be effective in a subsets of patients with AF.However,very few data are available in regard to patients with prior history of stroke undergoing catheter ablation.This study aimed to investigate the outcome of catheter ablation in AF patients with prior ischemic stroke.Methods Between January 2008 and December 2011,of 1897 consecutive patients who presented at Beijing An Zhen Hospital for treatment of drug-refractory AF,172 (9.1%) patients in the study population had a history of ischemic stroke.All patients underwent catheter ablation and were followed up to assess maintenance of sinus rhythm and recurrence of symptomatic stroke.Results Among these 1897 patients,1768 (93.2%) who had complete follow-up information for a minimum of six months were included in the final analysis.Patients in the stroke group (group Ⅰ) and the no-stroke group (group Ⅱ) were similar in regards to gender,body mass index (BMI),history of diabetes,type of AF,and left atrial size.The patients in group Ⅰ were older than those in group Ⅱ,and had a higher incidence of hypertension,chronic heart failure,lower left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF),and higher CHADS2 scores.Six months after ablation,107 (68.6%) patients in group Ⅰ and 1403 (87.1%) in group Ⅱ had discontinued warfarin treatment (P <0.001).During a median follow-up of (633±415)days,65 patients in the group Ⅰ and 638 in group Ⅱ experienced AF recurrence,and five patients in group Ⅰ and 28 in group Ⅱ developed symptomatic stroke.The rates of AF recurrence and recurrent stroke were similar between group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ (41.7% vs.39.6%,P=-0.611; 3.2% vs.1.7%,P=0.219; respectively).Conclusion Catheter ablation of AF in patients with prior stroke is feasible and efficient.

  5. Role of Cardiac Imaging (CT/MR Before and After RF Catheter Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Aravindan Kolandaivelu, MD

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Pre-procedure X-ray computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI angiography are commonly used to delineate the complex and variable relationship of the left atrium, pulmonary veins, and surrounding structures. 3D CT and MR angiography are routinely incorporated into electroanatomic mapping systems to guide ablation lesion placement in the context of patient specific anatomy. Post-procedure CT and MRI have also proven useful for evaluating complications such as pulmonary vein stenosis. In the future, these imaging modalities may be used to visualize more detailed tissue characteristics such as atrial fibrosis and ablation lesions. This could improve selection of patients for different treatment strategies and perhaps guide more effective ablation. This review will discuss current and emerging applications of CT and MRI before and after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  6. How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated? Treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) depends on ... too much thyroid hormone). Who Needs Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation? People who have AF but don't have ...

  7. How Is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed?

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    ... Atrial Fibrillation » How Is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed? Explore Atrial Fibrillation What Is... Types Other Names Causes Who Is at Risk Signs & Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Prevention Living With Clinical Trials Links Related Topics Arrhythmia ...

  8. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in chronic heart failure: state-of-the-art and future perspectives.

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    Anselmino, Matteo; Matta, Mario; Castagno, Davide; Giustetto, Carla; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    2016-05-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AFCA) is a widely recommended treatment for symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) patients refractory to pharmacological treatment. Catheter ablation of AF is becoming a therapeutic option also among patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), on top of optimal medical treatment, being this arrhythmia related to a higher risk of death and/or symptom's worsening. In fact, in this setting, clinical evidences are continuously increasing. The present systematic review pools all published experiences concerning AFCA among CHF patients, or patients with structural cardiomyopathies, in order to summarize procedural safety and efficacy in this specific population. Moreover, the effects of AFCA on functional class and quality of life and the different procedural protocols available are discussed. The present work, therefore, attempts to provide an evidence-based clinical perspective to optimize clinical indication and tailor procedural characteristics and endpoints to patients affected by CHF referred for AFCA. PMID:26857188

  9. Reduction of radiation exposure in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: Lesson learned.

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    De Ponti, Roberto

    2015-08-26

    Over the last decades, the concern for the radiation injury hazard to the patients and the professional staff has increased in the medical community. Since there is no magnitude of radiation exposure that is known to be completely safe, the use of ionizing radiation during medical diagnostic or interventional procedures should be as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA principle). Nevertheless, in cardiovascular medicine, radiation exposure for coronary percutaneous interventions or catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias may be high: for ablation of a complex arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation, the mean dose can be > 15 mSv and in some cases > 50 mSv. In interventional electrophysiology, although fluoroscopy has been widely used since the beginning to navigate catheters in the heart and the vessels and to monitor their position, the procedure is not based on fluoroscopic imaging. Therefore, non-fluoroscopic three-dimensional systems can be used to navigate electrophysiology catheters in the heart with no or minimal use of fluoroscopy. Although zero-fluoroscopy procedures are feasible in limited series, there may be difficulties in using no fluoroscopy on a routine basis. Currently, a significant reduction in radiation exposure towards near zero-fluoroscopy procedures seems a simpler task to achieve, especially in ablation of complex arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation. The data reported in the literature suggest the following three considerations. First, the use of the non-fluoroscopic systems is associated with a consistent reduction in radiation exposure in multiple centers: the more sophisticated and reliable this technology is, the higher the reduction in radiation exposure. Second, the use of these systems does not automatically lead to reduction of radiation exposure, but an optimized workflow should be developed and adopted for a safe non-fluoroscopic navigation of catheters. Third, at any level of expertise, there is a specific learning curve for

  10. Visualization of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation:Impact of devices and anatomy

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    Mark; A; Benscoter; Paul; A; Iaizzo

    2015-01-01

    Endocardial access to the left atrium is commonly achieved to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, using different device delivery systems for cardiac ablation. But the large variation in human anatomy presses the limits of existing medical devices. In this unique study, we directly visualized the device-tissue interface in fresh reanimated human hearts using Visible Heart?? methodologies. Our goal was to better understand any opportunities to improve therapeutic approaches. The visual images obtained in this study(also featured in this article) allow a more intimate grasp of the key steps required in various ablation procedures, as well as some limitations of current device designs. These images show the potential risks of conducting transseptal punctures and the difficulties of placing catheter tips in certain scenarios(e.g., when creating circumferential lesions); they also demonstrate potential problems that could occur while attempting to place catheter tips on such anatomies like the mitral isthmus. In our analysis of these images, we focus on where enhancements are needed to refine device functionality.

  11. MR evaluation of pulmonary vein diameter reduction after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Fifty consecutive patients aged 52±12 years suffering from drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) underwent baseline and post-ablation MR angiography (MRA) at a mean follow-up of 4±3.5 months. Pulmonary vein (PV) disconnection was performed with a maximum energy delivery of 30 W. MRA allowed a two-plane measurement of each PV ostium. After ablation, no significant stenosis was observed, and only 1/194 (0.5%) and 3/194 (2%) PVs had a diameter reduction of 31-40% in the coronal and axial planes, respectively. There was a significant overall post-procedural PV narrowing of 4.9% in the coronal plane and 6.5% in the axial plane (P=ns between both planes). MRA is an efficient technique that can be used in pre- and postoperative evaluation of AF patients. Using a maximal power delivery limited to 30 W, no significant PV stenosis was observed at mid-term follow-up. Late PV anatomical assessment is needed to confirm these results on long-term follow-up. (orig.)

  12. Navigation for fluoroscopy-guided cryo-balloon ablation procedures of atrial fibrillation

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    Bourier, Felix; Brost, Alexander; Kleinoeder, Andreas; Kurzendorfer, Tanja; Koch, Martin; Kiraly, Attila; Schneider, Hans-Juergen; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert; Kurzidim, Klaus

    2012-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common arrhythmia, has been identified as a major cause of stroke. The current standard in interventional treatment of AFib is the pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). PVI is guided by fluoroscopy or non-fluoroscopic electro-anatomic mapping systems (EAMS). Either classic point-to-point radio-frequency (RF)- catheter ablation or so-called single-shot-devices like cryo-balloons are used to achieve electrically isolation of the pulmonary veins and the left atrium (LA). Fluoroscopy-based systems render overlay images from pre-operative 3-D data sets which are then merged with fluoroscopic imaging, thereby adding detailed 3-D information to conventional fluoroscopy. EAMS provide tracking and visualization of RF catheters by means of electro-magnetic tracking. Unfortunately, current navigation systems, fluoroscopy-based or EAMS, do not provide tools to localize and visualize single shot devices like cryo-balloon catheters in 3-D. We present a prototype software for fluoroscopy-guided ablation procedures that is capable of superimposing 3-D datasets as well as reconstructing cyro-balloon catheters in 3-D. The 3-D cyro-balloon reconstruction was evaluated on 9 clinical data sets, yielded a reprojected 2-D error of 1.72 mm +/- 1.02 mm.

  13. MR evaluation of pulmonary vein diameter reduction after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Anselme, Frederic; Savoure, Arnaud; Mabru, Mikael; Cribier, Alain [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Rouen (France); Gahide, Gerald [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); Gerbaud, Edouard [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Rouen (France); Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); Dacher, Jean-Nicolas [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Rouen, Cedex (France)

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    Fifty consecutive patients aged 52{+-}12 years suffering from drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) underwent baseline and post-ablation MR angiography (MRA) at a mean follow-up of 4{+-}3.5 months. Pulmonary vein (PV) disconnection was performed with a maximum energy delivery of 30 W. MRA allowed a two-plane measurement of each PV ostium. After ablation, no significant stenosis was observed, and only 1/194 (0.5%) and 3/194 (2%) PVs had a diameter reduction of 31-40% in the coronal and axial planes, respectively. There was a significant overall post-procedural PV narrowing of 4.9% in the coronal plane and 6.5% in the axial plane (P=ns between both planes). MRA is an efficient technique that can be used in pre- and postoperative evaluation of AF patients. Using a maximal power delivery limited to 30 W, no significant PV stenosis was observed at mid-term follow-up. Late PV anatomical assessment is needed to confirm these results on long-term follow-up. (orig.)

  14. Safety of atrial fibrillation ablation with novel multi-electrode array catheters on uninterrupted anticoagulation-a single-center experience.

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    Hayes, Christopher Ruslan

    2012-02-01

    INTRODUCTION: A recent single-center report indicated that the performance of atrial fibrillation ablation in patients on uninterrupted warfarin using a conventional deflectable tip electrode ablation catheter may be as safe as periprocedural discontinuation of warfarin and bridging with heparin. Novel multi-electrode array catheters for atrial fibrillation ablation are currently undergoing clinical evaluation. While offering the possibility of more rapid atrial fibrillation ablation, they are stiffer and necessitate the deployment of larger deflectable transseptal sheaths, and it remains to be determined if they increase the risk of cardiac perforation and vascular injury. Such potential risks would have implications for a strategy of uninterrupted periprocedural anticoagulation. METHOD AND RESULTS: We audited the safety outcomes of our atrial fibrillation ablation procedures using multi-electrode array ablation catheters in patients on uninterrupted warfarin (CHADS2 score>or=2) and in patients not on warfarin (uninterrupted aspirin). Two bleeding complications occurred in 49 patients on uninterrupted warfarin, both of which were managed successfully without longterm sequelae, and no bleeding complication occurred in 32 patients not on warfarin (uninterrupted aspirin). There were no thromboembolic events or other complication with either anticoagulant regimen. CONCLUSION: Despite the larger diameter and increased stiffness of multi-electrode array catheters and their deflectable transseptal sheaths, their use for catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation on uninterrupted warfarin in this single-center experience does not appear to be unsafe, and thus, an adequately powered multicenter prospective randomized controlled trial should be considered.

  15. Personalized management of atrial fibrillation

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Günter; Aliot, Etienne;

    2013-01-01

    The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has seen marked changes in past years, with the introduction of new oral anticoagulants, new antiarrhythmic drugs, and the emergence of catheter ablation as a common intervention for rhythm control. Furthermore, new technologies enhance our ability to de...

  16. Periprocedural anticoagulation of patients undergoing pericardiocentesis for cardiac tamponade complicating catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Lin, Tao; Bai, Rong; Chen, Ying-wei; Yu, Rong-hui; Tang, Ri-bo; Sang, Cai-hua; Li, Song-nan; Ma, Chang-sheng; Dong, Jian-zeng

    2015-01-01

    Anticoagulation of patients with cardiac tamponade (CT) complicating catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is an ongoing problem. The aim of this study was to survey the clinical practice of periprocedural anticoagulation in such patients. This study analyzed the periprocedural anticoagulation of 17 patients with CT complicating AF ablation. Emergent pericardiocentesis was performed once CT was confirmed. The mean drained volume was 410.0 ± 194.1 mL. Protamine sulfate was administered to neutralize heparin (1 mg neutralizes 100 units heparin) in 11 patients with persistent pericardial bleeding and vitamin K1 (10 mg) was given to reverse warfarin in 3 patients with supratherapeutic INR (INR > 2.1). Drainage catheters were removed 12 hours after echocardiography confirmed absence of intrapericardial bleeding and anticoagulation therapy was restored 12 hours after removing the catheter. Fifteen patients took oral warfarin and 10 of them were given subcutaneous injection of LMWH (1 mg/kg, twice daily) as a bridge to resumption of systemic anticoagulation with warfarin. Two patients with a small amount of persistent pericardial effusion were given LMWH on days 5 and 13, and warfarin on days 6 and 24. The dosage of warfarin was adjusted to keep the INR within 2-3 in all patients. After 12 months of follow-up, all patients had no neurological events and no occurrence of delayed CT. The results showed that it was effective and safe to resume anticoagulation therapy 12 hours after removal of the drainage catheter. This may help to prevent thromboembolic events following catheter ablation of AF. PMID:25503659

  17. Initial outcome following invasive cardiac electrophysiologic studies and radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Uwanuruochi, Kelechukwu; Saravanan, Sabari; Ganasekar, Anita; Solomon, Benjamin S; Murugesan, Ravikumar; Shah, Ruchit A; Krishnamoorthy, Jaishankar; Pandurangi, Ulhas M

    2016-01-01

    Background: Cardiac electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have become an established mode of treatment for patients with refractory arrhythmias. These procedures are carried out regularly at the cardiac catheterization laboratory of Madras Medical Mission India. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate our experience with cardiac electrophysiologic studies (EPS) and RFA catheter of atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study carried out in the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department of the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Madras Medical Mission, India. All cases diagnosed to have AF following cardiac EPS between January 2010 and April 2014 was selected for the study. The records, which were obtained from the Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinical Research Office of Madras Medical Mission, were reviewed. Forty-nine cases were chosen for analysis, using SPSS statistical software version 15. Results: There were 49 patients, 23 males and 26 females. The mean age was 57.53 years. Commonly associated diseases were diabetes mellitus 8 (16.3%), hypertension 18 (36.7%), and coronary heart disease 14 (28.5%). The ventricular rate was rapid most cases (91.2%). AF was diagnosed as being paroxysmal in 40 (81.6%), persistent in 5 (10.2%), chronic in 3 (6.1%), and lone in 1 (2.0%). Ablation was carried out in 28 (57.1%), the success rate being 90% for pulmonary vein isolation, and 90.9% for atrioventricular node ablation. Complication rate was 2.04%. Conclusions: Treatment of AF by RFA is highly effective and safe.

  18. Evaluation of the Pulmonary Veins and Left Atrial Volume using Multidetector Computed Tomography in Patients Undergoing Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ito, Hiroki; Dajani, Khaled A.

    2009-01-01

    Catheter ablation is an evolving treatment option in patients with atrial fibrillation. Contrast enhanced electrocardiogram-gated multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) has rapidly evolved over the past few years into an important tool in the diagnosis of coronary atherosclerosis. There is increasing recognition that MDCT is a useful tool to evaluate non-coronary structures, such as cardiac chambers, valves, the coronary sinus and adjacent structures including pulmonary veins. In particula...

  19. Serum uric acid levels correlate with recurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation

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    HE Xiao-nan; LI Song-nan; ZHAN Jin-liang; XIE Shuang-lun; ZHANG Zhi-jun; DONG Jian-zeng; YU Rong-hui

    2013-01-01

    Background Recently there has been a great deal of interest in the role of serum uric acid (SUA) in atrial fibrillation (AF).The objective of this study was to establish whether there is a relationship between levels of SUA and recurrence of paroxysmal AF after catheter ablation.Methods Three hundred and thirty patients diagnosed with paroxysmal AF were analyzed.Patients were categorized into quartiles on the basis of their pre-operative SUA measurement and follow-up,and Kaplan-Meier estimation with a Log-rank test was used for the analysis of the influence of SUA on the recurrence of AF.Pre-procedural clinical variables were correlated with the clinical outcome after ablation using multivariate Logistic analysis.A Cox proportional hazards model was used to estimate the relationship between SUA and the recurrence of AF.Results After a mean follow-up of (9.341±3.667) (range 3.0-16.3) months,recurrence rates from the lowest SUA quartile to the highest SUA quartile were 16.0%,26.4%,28.3%,and 29.3% respectively (P=0.014).After adjustment for gender,body mass index (BMI),hypertension,serum levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP),triglyceride (TG),left atrial diameter (LA),estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR),and SUA,there was an increased risk of recurrence in subjects in the highest SUA quartile compared with those in the lowest quartile (hazard ratio 2.804,95% confidence interval 1.466-5.362,P=0.002).Following multivariate Logistical analysis,SUA was found to be an independent predictor of recurrence (hazard ratio 1.613,95% confidence interval 1.601-1.625,P=0.014).Conclusion In a retrospective study of patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing catheter ablation,elevated preoperative SUA levels were associated with a higher rate of recurrence of AF.

  20. Accurate Detection Of Left Atrial Thrombus Prior To Atrial Fibrillation Ablation In Patients With Therapeutic Anticoagulation: Does Transesophageal Echocardiography Beat Conventional Wisdom?

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    Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy MD, FACC

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF significantly increases the risk of left atrial (LA thrombus and systemic thromboembolism.1-4 Screening transesophageal echo (TEE to rule out left atrial thrombus has become standard of care over the years.5 Conventional thinking of therapeutic anticoagulation for 4-6 weeks prior to cardioversion may not reduce the risk of left atrial thrombus completely. Left atrial thrombi can be seen on 2-9% of screening TEEs in AF patients with various levels of anticoagulation.5 Radiofrequency ablation of atria with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI with or without various additional ablative techniques has evolved into very important strategy in the treatment of patients with AF.6-10 Even though the relative risk of systemic thromboembolism after non TEE guided cardioversion after 3 weeks of anticoagulation remains lower (approximately 0.8% despite 7% prevalence of LA thrombi, the same may not be applicable to invasive treatment modalities like AF ablation.6,11-13 The presence of LA thrombi may increase the risk of clot dislodgment and subsequent thromboembolism with catheter manipulation during AF ablation and is considered to be an absolute contraindication.

  1. High risk in atrial fibrillation following an ablation procedure: the wide usefulness of the CHADS(2) score.

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    Fauchier, Laurent; Taillandier, Sophie; Clementy, Nicolas

    2012-09-01

    Evaluation of: Chao TF, Ambrose K, Tsao HM et al. Relationship between the CHADS(2) score and risk of very late recurrences after catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm 9(8), 1185-1191 (2012). Limited data are available on the predictors of adverse events and recurrences in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation. In a retrospective analysis of 238 patients with paroxysmal AF treated with catheter ablation, it was found that the congestive heart failure, hypertension, age >75 years, diabetes and previous stroke/transient ischemic attack (CHADS(2)) score was an independent predictor of AF recurrences. Moreover, among patients without recurrences at 2 years post-ablation, future recurrence rate during the subsequent follow-up was 64% in those with a CHADS(2) score of less than three, while it was only 3% in patients with a CHADS(2) score of zero. Patients with a higher CHADS(2) score have a different substrate, a more marked disease in the atrium and this may explain the higher rate of recurrence observed after AF ablation. Several more complex scores are available to separately identify the risk of different events in AF: stroke and embolic events, bleeding events, AF recurrences and progression to more sustained forms of AF. Whether it is a better strategy to use the simple CHADS(2) score to rapidly identify a global risk of all future events in AF more widely remains to be determined. PMID:23013122

  2. The Autonomic Nervous System and Atrial Fibrillation: The Roles of Pulmonary Vein Isolation and Ganglionated Plexi Ablation

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    Benjamin J. Scherlag

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available After the sequential successes of catheter ablation for the treatment of pre-excitation syndromes (WPW, junctional reentry (AVNRT atrial flutter (AFL and ventricular arrhythmias, clinical electrophysiologists have focused on the myocardial basis of atrial fibrillation (AF. Thus, the strategy for ablation of drug and cardioversion refractory AF was to isolate the myocardial connections from the focal firing pulmonary veins (PVs in addition to altering the atrial substrate maintaining AF. However, the overall success rates have not achieved those of the other types of ablation procedures. In this review we have summarized the favorable aspects and drawbacks of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. As for the role of the Intrinsic Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System (ICANS, both basic and clinical evidence has shown that ganglionated plexi (GP stimulation promotes initiation and maintenance of AF, and that GP ablation reduces recurrence of AF following catheter or surgical ablation of these structures. Based on these findings, the GP Hyperactivity Hypothesis has been proposed to explain, at least in part, the mechanistic basis for the focal form of AF. For example, PV isolation may not always be necessary for elimination of AF, as in the early stages of paroxysmal AF. GP ablation alone, in these cases, may suffice for focal AF termination. In the persistent and long standing persistent forms the substrate for AF may be more extensive and therefore require GP ablation plus PV isolation and/or CFAE ablations. Clinical reports, both catheter based as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures, which include PVI plus GP ablation have shown relatively long-term success rates much closer to or equal to those achieved by myocardial ablation procedures in patients with WPW, AVNRT and AFL.

  3. The Autonomic Nervous System and Atrial Fibrillation:The Roles of Pulmonary Vein Isolation and Ganglionated Plexi Ablation

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    Benjamin J. Scherlag, PhD

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available After the sequential successes of catheter ablation for the treatment of pre-excitation syndromes (WPW, junctional reentry (AVNRT atrial flutter (AFL and ventricular arrhythmias, clinical electrophysiologists have focused on the myocardial basis of atrial fibrillation (AF. Thus, the strategy for ablation of drug and cardioversion refractory AF was to isolate the myocardial connections from the focal firing pulmonary veins (PVs in addition to altering the atrial substrate maintaining AF. However, the overall success rates have not achieved those of the other types of ablation procedures. In this review we have summarized the favorable aspects and drawbacks of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. As for the role of the Intrinsic Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System (ICANS, both basic and clinical evidence has shown that ganglionated plexi (GP stimulation promotes initiation and maintenance of AF, and that GP ablation reduces recurrence of AF following catheter or surgical ablation of these structures. Based on these findings, the GP Hyperactivity Hypothesis has been proposed to explain, at least in part, the mechanistic basis for the focal form of AF. For example, PV isolation may not always be necessary for elimination of AF, as in the early stages of paroxysmal AF. GP ablation alone, in these cases, may suffice for focal AF termination. In the persistent and long standing persistent forms the substrate for AF may be more extensive and therefore require GP ablation plus PV isolation and/or CFAE ablations. Clinical reports, both catheter based as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures, which include PVI plus GP ablation have shown relatively long-term success rates much closer to or equal to those achieved by myocardial ablation procedures in patients with WPW, AVNRT and AFL.

  4. Real-time circumferential mapping catheter tracking for motion compensation in atrial fibrillation ablation procedures

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    Brost, Alexander; Bourier, Felix; Wimmer, Andreas; Koch, Martin; Kiraly, Atilla; Liao, Rui; Kurzidim, Klaus; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert

    2012-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) has been identified as a major cause of stroke. Radiofrequency catheter ablation has become an increasingly important treatment option, especially when drug therapy fails. Navigation under X-ray can be enhanced by using augmented fluoroscopy. It renders overlay images from pre-operative 3-D data sets which are then fused with X-ray images to provide more details about the underlying soft-tissue anatomy. Unfortunately, these fluoroscopic overlay images are compromised by respiratory and cardiac motion. Various methods to deal with motion have been proposed. To meet clinical demands, they have to be fast. Methods providing a processing frame rate of 3 frames-per-second (fps) are considered suitable for interventional electrophysiology catheter procedures if an acquisition frame rate of 2 fps is used. Unfortunately, when working at a processing rate of 3 fps, the delay until the actual motion compensated image can be displayed is about 300 ms. More recent algorithms can achieve frame rates of up to 20 fps, which reduces the lag to 50 ms. By using a novel approach involving a 3-D catheter model, catheter segmentation and a distance transform, we can speed up motion compensation to 25 fps which results in a display delay of only 40 ms on a standard workstation for medical applications. Our method uses a constrained 2-D/3-D registration to perform catheter tracking, and it obtained a 2-D tracking error of 0.61 mm.

  5. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    Jens Seiler

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is common in heart failure patients and is associated with increased mortality.  Pharmacologic trials have not shown any survival benefit for a rhythm control over a rate control strategy.  It has been suggested that sinus rhythm is associated with a survival benefit, but that the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug treatment and poor efficacy offset the beneficial effect.  Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation can establish sinus rhythm without the risks of anti-arrhythmic drug therapy.  Data from randomized trials demonstrating a survival benefit for patients undergoing an ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation are still lacking.  Ablation of the AV junction and permanent pacing remain a treatment alternative in otherwise refractory cases.  Placement of a biventricular system may prevent or reduce negative consequences of chronic right ventricular pacing.  Current objectives and options for treatment of atrial fibrillation in heart failure patients are reviewed. 

  6. Comparison between First- and Second-Generation Cryoballoon for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Conti, Sergio; Moltrasio, Massimo; Fassini, Gaetano; Tundo, Fabrizio; Riva, Stefania; Dello Russo, Antonio; Casella, Michela; Majocchi, Benedetta; Marino, Vittoria; De Iuliis, Pasquale; Catto, Valentina; Pala, Salvatore; Tondo, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has emerged as a novel treatment for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). The second-generation Arctic Front Advance (ADV) was redesigned with technical modifications aiming at procedural and outcome improvements. We aimed to compare the efficacy of the two different technologies over a long-term follow-up. Methods. A total of 120 patients with PAF were enrolled. Sixty patients underwent PVI using the first-generation CB and 60 patients with the ADV catheter. All patients were evaluated over a follow-up period of 2 years. Results. There were no significant differences between the two groups of patients. Procedures performed with the first-generation CB showed longer fluoroscopy time (36.3 ± 16.8 versus 14.2 ± 13.5 min, resp.; p = 0.00016) and longer procedure times as well (153.1 ± 32 versus 102 ± 24.8 min, resp.; p = 0.019). The overall long-term success was significantly different between the two groups (68.3 versus 86.7%, resp.; p = 0.017). No differences were found in the lesion areas of left and right PV between the two groups (resp., p = 0.61 and 0.57). There were no significant differences in procedural-related complications. Conclusion. The ADV catheter compared to the first-generation balloon allows obtaining a significantly higher success rate after a single PVI procedure during the long-term follow-up. Fluoroscopy and procedural times were significantly shortened using the ADV catheter. PMID:27069711

  7. Influence of age and gender on complications of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Giuseppe Stabile; Emanuele Bertaglia; Carlo Pappone; Sakis Themistoclakis; Claudio Tondo; Alessandro Zorzi; Matteo Anselmino

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background. Despite catheter ablation (CA has become an accepted treatment option for symptomatic, drug-resistant atrial fibrillation (AF, safety of this procedure continues to be cause for concern. Objective. Aim of the present multicenter study was to assess the influence of age and gender on incidence and severity of early CA complications. Methods. From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, data from 2,323 consecutive patients who underwent CA (mean age 59.1+10.9; 72.3% male for AF in 29 Italian centres were collected. All complications occurring to the patients from admission to 30th post-procedural day were recorded. Results. Complications occurred in 94 patients (4.0%; of these 7 (0.30% developed permanent sequelae. There was a significant trend toward a greater incidence of complications with increasing age-group. In particular, the incidence of complications was 35/1066 (3.3% in patients 60 year-old (p=0.03. All 7 patients with permanent sequeale were older than 60. Females had a higher incidence of complications both among younger [13/231 (5.6% vs 22/915 (2.5%, p=0.02] and older patients [32/405 (7.9% vs 27/739 (3.5% p=0.001]. In subjects older than 60, 5/405 (1.2% females and 2/176 (0.3% males (p=0.04 suffered from permanent sequelae. Conclusion: In patients younger than 60 year-old CA of AF appears safe with a very low incidence (3.1% of complications and absence of permanent sequelae. Females are at higher risk in all age groups.

  8. Comparison between First- and Second-Generation Cryoballoon for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.

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    Conti, Sergio; Moltrasio, Massimo; Fassini, Gaetano; Tundo, Fabrizio; Riva, Stefania; Dello Russo, Antonio; Casella, Michela; Majocchi, Benedetta; Marino, Vittoria; De Iuliis, Pasquale; Catto, Valentina; Pala, Salvatore; Tondo, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has emerged as a novel treatment for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). The second-generation Arctic Front Advance (ADV) was redesigned with technical modifications aiming at procedural and outcome improvements. We aimed to compare the efficacy of the two different technologies over a long-term follow-up. Methods. A total of 120 patients with PAF were enrolled. Sixty patients underwent PVI using the first-generation CB and 60 patients with the ADV catheter. All patients were evaluated over a follow-up period of 2 years. Results. There were no significant differences between the two groups of patients. Procedures performed with the first-generation CB showed longer fluoroscopy time (36.3 ± 16.8 versus 14.2 ± 13.5 min, resp.; p = 0.00016) and longer procedure times as well (153.1 ± 32 versus 102 ± 24.8 min, resp.; p = 0.019). The overall long-term success was significantly different between the two groups (68.3 versus 86.7%, resp.; p = 0.017). No differences were found in the lesion areas of left and right PV between the two groups (resp., p = 0.61 and 0.57). There were no significant differences in procedural-related complications. Conclusion. The ADV catheter compared to the first-generation balloon allows obtaining a significantly higher success rate after a single PVI procedure during the long-term follow-up. Fluoroscopy and procedural times were significantly shortened using the ADV catheter. PMID:27069711

  9. Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Raises the Plasma Level of NGF-β Which Is Associated with Sympathetic Nerve Activity

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    Park, Jae Hyung; Hong, Sung Yu; Wi, Jin; Lee, Da Lyung; Joung, Boyoung; Lee, Moon Hyoung; Pak, Hui-Nam

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    Purpose The expression of nerve growth factor-β (NGF-β) is related to cardiac nerve sprouting and sympathetic hyper innervation. We investigated the changes of plasma levels of NGF-β and the relationship to follow-up heart rate variability (HRV) after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and Methods This study included 147 patients with AF (117 men, 55.8±11.5 years, 106 paroxysmal AF) who underwent RFCA. The plasma levels of NGF-β were quantified usin...

  10. Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

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    Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, which is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The use of oral anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation at moderate or high risk of stroke, estimated by established criteria, improves outcomes. However, to ensure that the benefits exceed the risks of bleeding, appropriate patient selection is essential. Vitamin K antagonism has been the mainstay of treatment; however, newer drugs with novel mechanisms are also availabl...

  11. Unconscious sedation/analgesia with propofol versus conscious sedation with fentanyl/midazolam for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: a prospective, randomized study

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    TANG Ri-bo; MA Chang-sheng; DONG Jian-zeng; ZHAO Wen-du; LIU Xing-peng; KANG Jun-ping; LONG De-yong; YU Rong-hui; HU Fu-li; LIU Xiao-hui

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    @@ Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been increased dramatically recently.1 However, it is an unpleasant procedure with intolerable pain without sedation. Propofol and fentanyl/midazolam have been widely used in painful clinical examination and cardiovascular procedures with established safety and efficacy.2,3 Propofol, alfentanyl and midazolam were administrated for catheter ablation in some electrophysiological labs for a less painful procedure.4However, there is few published work on the sedation regimen for catheter ablation of AF.

  12. Clinical results of atrial fibrillation patients treated with cryoballoon ablation: A single center experience

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Atrial fibrillation (AF, the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice, is a major cause of stroke. Atrial fibrillation increases morbidity and mortality. Nowadays cryoablation therapy is being performed efficiently and safely worldwide. In this paper the clinical outcomes of the patients whom were treated with cryoablation were discussed. Methods: Between June 2012 and March 2014, patients with paroxysmal AF who were treated with cryoablation were included in the study. The medical records of the patients were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were called to receive information about the symptom recurrence. Results: Twelve patients were included in the study. Half of the patients were female. The mean age was 48 ± 15 years. Acute procedural success rate of cryoablation was 100%. In one patient transient right phrenic nerve injury occurred which was returned to normal after discontinuation of cryoablation therapy. One patient developed AF episode for 10 minutes in the 4th month of follow-up period. Conclusion: In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation cryoablation effectively decrease symptoms consistent with the literature. J Clin Exp Invest 2014; 5 (4: 599-603

  13. Exploring the potential role of catheter ablation in patients with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation. Should we move away from symptom relief?

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    Giovanni B Forleo; Luigi Di Biase; Domenico G Della Rocca; Luca Santini; Gaetano Fassini; Andrea Natale; Claudio Tondo

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    Full Text Available Although silent atrial fibrillation (AF accounts for a significant proportion of patients with AF, asymptomatic patients have been excluded from AF ablation trials. This population presents unique challenges to disease management. Recent evidence suggests that patients with asymptomatic AF may have a different risk profile and even worse long-term outcomes compared to patients with symptomatic AF. For the same reasons they might be more prone to side-effects of antiarrhythmic drugs, including pro-arrhythmias. The poor correlation between symptoms and AF demonstrated in several studies should caution physicians against making clinical decisions depending on symptoms. Although current guidelines recommend AF ablation only in patients with symptoms, more attention should be paid to the AF burden and a rhythm control strategy has the potential to improve morbidity and mortality in AF patients. However, limited data exist regarding the use of catheter ablation for asymptomatic AF patients. As ablation techniques have improved, AF ablation has become more widespread and complication rate decreased. As a result, referrals of asymptomatic patients for catheter ablation of AF are on the rise. In this review we discuss the many unresolved questions concerning the role of the ablative approach in asymptomatic patients with AF.

  14. Mapping Atrial Fibrillation: 2015 Update

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    Chirag R. Barbhayia; Saurabh Kumar; Gregory F. Michaud

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    Atrial fibrillation requires a trigger that initiates the arrhythmia and substrate that favors perpetuation. Cardiac mapping is necessary to locate triggers and substrate so that an ablation strategy can be optimized. The most commonly used cardiac mapping approach is isochronal or activation mapping, which aims to create a spatial model of electrical wavefront propagation. Historically, activation mapping has been successful for mapping point source and single or double wave reentrant arr...

  15. Simplified method for esophagus protection during radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation - prospective study of 704 cases

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    José Carlos Pachón Mateos

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available AbstractIntroduction:Although rare, the atrioesophageal fistula is one of the most feared complications in radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation due to the high risk of mortality.Objective:This is a prospective controlled study, performed during regular radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, to test whether esophageal displacement by handling the transesophageal echocardiography transducer could be used for esophageal protection.Methods:Seven hundred and four patients (158 F/546M [22.4%/77.6%]; 52.8±14 [17-84] years old, with mean EF of 0.66±0.8 and drug-refractory atrial fibrillation were submitted to hybrid radiofrequency catheter ablation (conventional pulmonary vein isolation plus AF-Nests and background tachycardia ablation with displacement of the esophagus as far as possible from the radiofrequency target by transesophageal echocardiography transducer handling. The esophageal luminal temperature was monitored without and with displacement in 25 patients.Results:The mean esophageal displacement was 4 to 9.1cm (5.9±0.8 cm. In 680 of the 704 patients (96.6%, it was enough to allow complete and safe radiofrequency delivery (30W/40ºC/irrigated catheter or 50W/60ºC/8 mm catheter without esophagus overlapping. The mean esophageal luminal temperature changes with versus without esophageal displacement were 0.11±0.13ºC versus 1.1±0.4ºC respectively, P<0.01. The radiofrequency had to be halted in 68% of the patients without esophageal displacement because of esophageal luminal temperature increase. There was no incidence of atrioesophageal fistula suspected or confirmed. Only two superficial bleeding caused by transesophageal echocardiography transducer insertion were observed.Conclusion:Mechanical esophageal displacement by transesophageal echocardiography transducer during radiofrequency catheter ablation was able to prevent a rise in esophageal luminal temperature, helping to avoid esophageal thermal

  16. Right atrial volume calculated by multi-detector computed tomography. Useful predictor of atrial fibrillation recurrence after pulmonary vein catheter ablation

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    We investigated whether right atrial (RA) volume could be used to predict the recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after pulmonary vein catheter ablation (CA). We evaluated 65 patients with paroxysmal AF (mean age, 60+10 years, 81.5% male) and normal volunteers (57±14 years, 41.7% male). Sixty-four-slice multi-detector computed tomography was performed for left atrial (LA) and RA volume estimations before CA. The recurrence of AF was assessed for 6 months after the ablation. Both left and right atrial volumes were larger in the AF patients than the normal volunteers (LA: 99.7+33.2 ml vs. 59.7+17.4 ml; RA: 82.9+35.7 ml vs. 43.9+12 ml; P100 ml) for predicting the recurrence of AF was 81.3% in 13 of 16 patients with AF recurrence, and the specificity was 69.4% in 34 of 49 patients without recurrence. The sensitivity with large RA volumes (>87 ml) was 81.3% in 13 of 16 patients with AF recurrence, and the specificity was 75.5% in 37 of 49 patients without recurrence. RA volume is a useful predictor of the recurrence of AF, similar to LA volume. (author)

  17. Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Prevented?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Prevented? Following a healthy lifestyle and taking ... risk for heart disease may help you prevent atrial fibrillation (AF). These steps include: Following a heart healthy ...

  18. Increased NT-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide independently predicts outcome following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Goetze, Jens Peter; Chen, Xu;

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate whether NT-proBNP before ablation treatment and after exercise testing has predictive information regarding the clinical outcome following pulmonary vein isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: NT-proBNP analysis were obtained before the ablation (before...... and after exercise test), and repeated at 1, 3, and 12 months after the final procedure. RESULTS: A total of 51 patients were included. At study entry, the median NT-proBNP concentration was 14.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 8.0 and 27.0). After the exercise test, the mean NT-proBNP value increased from 13.0 pmol....../L (quartiles: 7.5 and 26.0) to 15.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 9.0 and 34.0), p NT-proBNP concentration at baseline was 10.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 7...

  19. Novel Radiofrequency Ablation Strategies for Terminating Atrial Fibrillation in the Left Atrium: A Simulation Study.

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    Bayer, Jason D; Roney, Caroline H; Pashaei, Ali; Jaïs, Pierre; Vigmond, Edward J

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) therapy, but few strategies exist for when it fails. To guide RFA, phase singularity (PS) mapping locates reentrant electrical waves (rotors) that perpetuate AF. The goal of this study was to test existing and develop new RFA strategies for terminating rotors identified with PS mapping. It is unsafe to test experimental RFA strategies in patients, so they were evaluated in silico using a bilayer computer model of the human atria with persistent AF (pAF) electrical (ionic) and structural (fibrosis) remodeling. pAF was initiated by rapidly pacing the right (RSPV) and left (LSPV) superior pulmonary veins during sinus rhythm, and rotor dynamics quantified by PS analysis. Three RFA strategies were studied: (i) PVI, roof, and mitral lines; (ii) circles, perforated circles, lines, and crosses 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter/length administered near rotor locations/pathways identified by PS mapping; and (iii) 4-8 lines streamlining the sequence of electrical activation during sinus rhythm. As in pAF patients, 2 ± 1 rotors with cycle length 185 ± 4 ms and short PS duration 452 ± 401 ms perpetuated simulated pAF. Spatially, PS density had weak to moderate positive correlations with fibrosis density (RSPV: r = 0.38, p = 0.35, LSPV: r = 0.77, p = 0.02). RFA PVI, mitral, and roof lines failed to terminate pAF, but RFA perforated circles and lines 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated meandering rotors from RSPV pacing when placed at locations with high PS density. Similarly, RFA circles, perforated circles, and crosses 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated stationary rotors from LSPV pacing. The most effective strategy for terminating pAF was to streamline the sequence of activation during sinus rhythm with >4 RFA lines. These results demonstrate that co-localizing 1.5 cm RFA lesions with locations of high PS density is a promising strategy for terminating pAF rotors. For

  20. Novel Radiofrequency Ablation Strategies for Terminating Atrial Fibrillation in the Left Atrium: A Simulation Study

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    Bayer, Jason D.; Roney, Caroline H.; Pashaei, Ali; Jaïs, Pierre; Vigmond, Edward J.

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) therapy, but few strategies exist for when it fails. To guide RFA, phase singularity (PS) mapping locates reentrant electrical waves (rotors) that perpetuate AF. The goal of this study was to test existing and develop new RFA strategies for terminating rotors identified with PS mapping. It is unsafe to test experimental RFA strategies in patients, so they were evaluated in silico using a bilayer computer model of the human atria with persistent AF (pAF) electrical (ionic) and structural (fibrosis) remodeling. pAF was initiated by rapidly pacing the right (RSPV) and left (LSPV) superior pulmonary veins during sinus rhythm, and rotor dynamics quantified by PS analysis. Three RFA strategies were studied: (i) PVI, roof, and mitral lines; (ii) circles, perforated circles, lines, and crosses 0.5–1.5 cm in diameter/length administered near rotor locations/pathways identified by PS mapping; and (iii) 4–8 lines streamlining the sequence of electrical activation during sinus rhythm. As in pAF patients, 2 ± 1 rotors with cycle length 185 ± 4 ms and short PS duration 452 ± 401 ms perpetuated simulated pAF. Spatially, PS density had weak to moderate positive correlations with fibrosis density (RSPV: r = 0.38, p = 0.35, LSPV: r = 0.77, p = 0.02). RFA PVI, mitral, and roof lines failed to terminate pAF, but RFA perforated circles and lines 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated meandering rotors from RSPV pacing when placed at locations with high PS density. Similarly, RFA circles, perforated circles, and crosses 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated stationary rotors from LSPV pacing. The most effective strategy for terminating pAF was to streamline the sequence of activation during sinus rhythm with >4 RFA lines. These results demonstrate that co-localizing 1.5 cm RFA lesions with locations of high PS density is a promising strategy for terminating pAF rotors

  1. Impact of catheter ablation with remote magnetic navigation on procedural outcomes in patients with persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Jin, Qi; Pehrson, Steen; Jacobsen, Peter Karl;

    2015-01-01

    with RMN. METHODS: A total of 313 patients (275 male, age 59 ± 9.5 years) with PsAF (187/313) or L-PsAF (126/313) undergoing ablation using RMN were included. Patients' disease history, pulmonary venous anatomy, left atrial (LA) volume, procedure time, mapping plus ablation time, radiofrequency (RF......) ablation time, fluoroscopy time, radiation dose, and complications were assessed. Stepwise regression was used to predict which variable could best predict acute restoration from AF to SR by ablation. RESULTS: Compared to PsAF, procedure time and RF ablation time were significantly increased in patients......BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to assess the procedural outcomes of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (PsAF and L-PsAF) ablation guided by remote magnetic navigation (RMN), and to detect factors predicting acute restoration of sinus rhythm (SR) by ablation...

  2. Plasma microRNAs are associated with atrial fibrillation and change after catheter-ablation (the miRhythm Study)

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    McManus, David D.; Tanriverdi, Kahraman; Lin, Honghuang; Esa, Nada; Kinno, Menhel; Mandapati, Divakar; Tam, Stanley; Okike, Okike N.; Ellinor, Patrick T.; Keaney, John F.; Donahue, J, Kevin; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Freedman, Jane E.

    2014-01-01

    Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), control gene expression, and are detectable in the circulation. Objective To test the hypothesis that circulating miRNAs would be associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods Using a prospective study design powered to detect subtle differences in miRNAs, we quantified plasma expression of 86 miRNAs by high-throughput quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in 112 participants with AF and 99 without AF. To examine parallels between cardiac and plasma miRNA profiles, we quantified atrial tissue and plasma miRNA expression using qRT-PCR in 31 participants undergoing surgery. We also explored the hypothesis that lower AF burden after ablation would be reflected in the circulating blood pool by examining change in plasma miRNAs after AF ablation (n=47). Results The mean age of the cohort was 59 years. 58% of participants were men. Plasma miRs-21 and 150 were 2-fold lower in participants with AF than in those without AF after adjustment (p ≤ 0.0006). Plasma levels of miRs-21 and 150 were also lower in participants with paroxysmal AF than in those with persistent AF (p <0.05). Expression of miR-21, but not miR-150, was lower in atrial tissue from patients with AF compared to no AF (p<0.05). Plasma levels of miRs-21 and 150 increased 3-fold after AF ablation (p ≤ 0.0006). Conclusions Cardiac miRs-21 and 150 are known to regulate genes implicated in atrial remodeling. Our findings show associations between plasma miRs-21 and 150 and AF, suggesting that circulating miRNAs provide insights into cardiac gene regulation. PMID:25257092

  3. Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation.

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    Steinberg, Benjamin A; Piccini, Jonathan P

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, which is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The use of oral anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation at moderate or high risk of stroke, estimated by established criteria, improves outcomes. However, to ensure that the benefits exceed the risks of bleeding, appropriate patient selection is essential. Vitamin K antagonism has been the mainstay of treatment; however, newer drugs with novel mechanisms are also available. These novel oral anticoagulants (direct thrombin inhibitors and factor Xa inhibitors) obviate many of warfarin's shortcomings, and they have demonstrated safety and efficacy in large randomized trials of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. However, the management of patients taking warfarin or novel agents remains a clinical challenge. There are several important considerations when selecting anticoagulant therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation. This review will discuss the rationale for anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation; risk stratification for treatment; available agents; the appropriate implementation of these agents; and additional, specific clinical considerations for treatment. PMID:24733535

  4. Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib)

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  5. Magnetic resonance angiography virtual endoscopy in the assessment of pulmonary veins before radiofrequency ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a safe and non-invasive imaging method that can readily depict the pulmonary veins (PV), whose imaging has acquired momentum with the advent of new techniques for radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated whether virtual endoscopy from 3D MRA images (MRA-VE) is feasible in studying the morphology of PV. Fifty patients with AF underwent pre-ablative MRA (1.5 T). Images were acquired with axial T-2 weighted and 3D-SPGR sequences after intravenous administration of Gd-DTPA and automatic triggering. Postprocessing was performed by an experienced radiologist with maximum intensity projection (MIP) and virtual endoscopy software (Navigator, GEMS). The venoatrial junction was visualized with MRA-VE in 49 of 50 patients (98.0%). Twenty-seven patients (55.1%) had two ostia on both sides, 13 patients (26.5%) had two ostia on the right and a single common ostium on the left, 5 patients (10.2%) had accessory PV and 4 patients (8.2%) had both an accessory right PV and a single common ostium on the left. Flythrough navigation showed the number and spatial disposition of second-order PV branches in 48 out of 49 patients (98.0%). MRA-VE is an excellent tool for at-a-glance visualization of ostia morphology, navigation of second-generation PV branches and easy endoluminal assessment of left atrial structures in pre-ablative imaging. (orig.)

  6. Magnetic resonance angiography virtual endoscopy in the assessment of pulmonary veins before radiofrequency ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation

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    Cirillo, S.; Tosetti, Irene; Giuseppe, M.De; Longo, M.; Regge, D. [Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCC), Unit of Radiology, Candiolo (Torino) (Italy); Bonamini, R. [University of Torino, Department of Cardiology, Torino (Italy); Gaita, F.; Bianchi, F.; Vivalda, L. [Ospedale Mauriziano Umberto I, Department of Cardiology, Torino (Italy)

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a safe and non-invasive imaging method that can readily depict the pulmonary veins (PV), whose imaging has acquired momentum with the advent of new techniques for radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated whether virtual endoscopy from 3D MRA images (MRA-VE) is feasible in studying the morphology of PV. Fifty patients with AF underwent pre-ablative MRA (1.5 T). Images were acquired with axial T-2 weighted and 3D-SPGR sequences after intravenous administration of Gd-DTPA and automatic triggering. Postprocessing was performed by an experienced radiologist with maximum intensity projection (MIP) and virtual endoscopy software (Navigator, GEMS). The venoatrial junction was visualized with MRA-VE in 49 of 50 patients (98.0%). Twenty-seven patients (55.1%) had two ostia on both sides, 13 patients (26.5%) had two ostia on the right and a single common ostium on the left, 5 patients (10.2%) had accessory PV and 4 patients (8.2%) had both an accessory right PV and a single common ostium on the left. Flythrough navigation showed the number and spatial disposition of second-order PV branches in 48 out of 49 patients (98.0%). MRA-VE is an excellent tool for at-a-glance visualization of ostia morphology, navigation of second-generation PV branches and easy endoluminal assessment of left atrial structures in pre-ablative imaging. (orig.)

  7. Totally thorascopic surgical ablation of persistent AF and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation using the "Dallas" lesion set.

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    Edgerton, James R; Jackman, Warren M; Mahoney, Cecile; Mack, Michael J

    2009-12-01

    Minimally invasive surgery consisting of bipolar radiofrequency pulmonary vein (PV) isolation and limited ganglionated plexus ablation is effective in eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with paroxysmal AF but is less effective in those with persistent AF or long-standing persistent AF. The purpose of this study was examine the results of minimally invasive surgery incorporating an additional set of radiofrequency ablation lines replicating a left-sided Cox maze III procedure. Thirty patients with persistent AF (n = 10) or long-standing persistent AF (n = 20) underwent minimally invasive surgery with an extended lesion set and PV isolation for a minimum follow-up of 6 months. Linear lesions were created at the roof line, at the anterior line, and between the roof line and the left atrial appendage. All patients underwent limited ganglionated plexus ablation and left atrial appendage excision as well as PV isolation verification. Block across the roof and anterior lines was confirmed in 29 (96.6%) of the 30 patients. Follow-up included 2-week event monitoring with auto-trigger in 21 patients, pacemaker interrogation in 8, and ECG in 1 who was in AF and refused longer-term monitoring. No operative mortality or major morbidity occurred. At 6 months, 24 (80%) of the 30 patients were free of AF: 15 (75%) with long-standing persistent AF and 9 (90%) with persistent AF. Among the six failures, burden of AF was low: one had 1 episode >15 seconds, two had 4 episodes, one had 6 episodes, one had >50 episodes, and one had AF on ECG and refused further monitoring. Early results of minimally invasive surgery with a new extended linear lesion set suggest increased efficacy over PV isolation and limited ganglionated plexus ablation in patients with persistent AF or long-standing persistent AF. PMID:19959146

  8. Atrial Fibrillation and Pacing Algorithms

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    Terranova, Paolo; Severgnini, Barbara; Valli, Paolo; Dell'Orto, Simonetta; Greco, Enrico Maria

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    Pacing prevention algorithms have been introduced in order to maximize the benefits of atrial pacing in atrial fibrillation prevention. It has been demonstrated that algorithms actually keep overdrive atrial pacing, reduce atrial premature contractions, and prevent short-long atrial cycle phenomenon, with good patient tolerance. However, clinical studies showed inconsistent benefits on clinical endpoints such as atrial fibrillation burden. Factors which may be responsible for neutral results ...

  9. Deterioration of left ventricular function following atrio-ventricular node ablation and right ventricular apical pacing in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Szili-Torok, Tamas; Kimman, Geert-Jan; Poldermans, Don; Jordaens, Luc; Roelandt, Jos; Theuns, Dominic

    2002-01-01

    textabstractAIMS: Transcatheter radiofrequency ablation of the atrio-ventricular (AV) node followed by ventricular pacing has been shown to improve symptoms and quality of life of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). It is assumed that function improves, but this has been less well demonstrated. The aim of this study was to assess the long-term effect of AV node ablation and ventricular pacing on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in patients with permanent AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: ...

  10. Toward Modeling of Radio-frequency Ablation Lesions for Image-guided Left Atrial Fibrillation Therapy: Model Formulation and Preliminary Evaluation

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    Linte, Cristian A.; Camp, Jon J.; Holmes, David R.; Rettmann, Maryam E.; Packer, Douglas L.; Robb, Richard A.

    2013-01-01

    In the context of image-guided left atrial fibrillation therapy, relatively very little work has been done to consider the changes that occur in the tissue during ablation in order to monitor therapy delivery. Here we describe a technique to predict the lesion progression and monitor the radio-frequency energy delivery via a thermal ablation model that uses heat transfer principles to estimate the tissue temperature distribution and resulting lesion. A preliminary evaluation of the model was ...

  11. Electrophysiological Rotor Ablation in In-Silico Modeling of Atrial Fibrillation: Comparisons with Dominant Frequency, Shannon Entropy, and Phase Singularity.

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    Full Text Available Although rotors have been considered among the drivers of atrial fibrillation (AF, the rotor definition is inconsistent. We evaluated the nature of rotors in 2D and 3D in- silico models of persistent AF (PeAF by analyzing phase singularity (PS, dominant frequency (DF, Shannon entropy (ShEn, and complex fractionated atrial electrogram cycle length (CFAE-CL and their ablation.Mother rotor was spatiotemporally defined as stationary reentries with a meandering tip remaining within half the wavelength and lasting longer than 5 s. We generated 2D- and 3D-maps of the PS, DF, ShEn, and CFAE-CL during AF. The spatial correlations and ablation outcomes targeting each parameter were analyzed.1. In the 2D PeAF model, we observed a mother rotor that matched relatively well with DF (>9 Hz, 71.0%, p5.5 Hz, 39.7%, p<0.001, ShEn (upper 8.5%, 15.1%, p <0.001, and CFAE (lower 8.5%, 8.0%, p = 0.002. 3. In both the 2D and 3D models, virtual ablation targeting the upper 5% of the DF terminated AF within 20 s, but not the ablations based on long-lasting PS, high ShEn area, or lower CFAE-CL area.Mother rotors were observed in both 2D and 3D human AF models. Rotor locations were well represented by DF, and their virtual ablation altered wave dynamics and terminated AF.

  12. Modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation on the atrial wall to treat atrial fibrillation in elderly

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    Caiyi LU; Shiwen WANG; Xinping DU; Yinglong HOU; Qiao XUE; Xinli WU; Rui CHEN; Peng LIU

    2005-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein (PV) isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) on atrial wall guided by a novel geometry mapping system in the treatment of elderly patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Methods After regular electrophysiological study, transseptal punctures were achieved twice with Swartz L1 and R1 sheaths. PV angiographies were conducted to evaluate their orifices and branches. A balloon electrode array catheter with 64 electrodes was put in the middle of the left atrium. Atrium geometry was constructed using Ensite 3000 Navx system. Two RFCA lesion loops and three lines (modified Maze) were created on left and right atrial walls. Each lesion point was ablated for 30 seconds with preset temperature 50 (ae) and energy 30W. The disappearance or 80% decrease of the amplitude of target atrial potential and 10 to 20(|), decrease of ablation impedance were used as an index of effective ablation. Results A total of 11 patients (7 male and 4 female, mean age, 68.7±5.1 years) were enrolled. PAF history was 7.9±4.5 years. PAF could not be prevented by mean 3.1±1.6 antiarrhythmic agents in 6.3±3.4 years. None of the patients had complications with structural heart disease or stroke. Left atrial diameter was 41.3±3.6 mm and LVEF was 59.2±3.7% on echocardiography. Two loops and three lines were completed with 67.8±13.1 (73-167) lesion points. Altogether 76-168 (89.4±15.3) lesion points were created in each patient. PAF could not be provoked by rapid burst pacing up to 600 beat per minute delivered from paroxysmal coronary sinus electrode pair.Complete PV electrical isolation was confirmed by three-dimensional activation mapping. Mean procedure time was 2.7±0.6 hours and fluoroscopy time was 17.8±9.4 minutes. Patients were discharged with oral aspirin and without antiarrhythmic agents. During follow up of 6.5±1.8 months, seven patients were PAF symptom free (63.6%). PAF

  13. What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

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    ... regular beat. Certain cells in your heart make electric signals that cause the heart to contract and pump blood. These electrical signals show up on an elec- trocardiogram (ECG) recording. Your doctor can read your ECG to find out if the electric signals are normal. In atrial fibrillation (AFib), the ...

  14. Lesson Five Atrial fibrillation

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    鲁端; 吴文烈

    2003-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation(AF) may occur in paroxysmaland persistent forms. It may be seen in normal subjects,particularly during emotional stress or follow-ing surgery,exercise, or acute alcoholic intoxication.It also may occur in patients with heart or lungdisease who develop acute hypoxia, hypercapnia,ormetabolic or hemodynamic derangements.

  15. Near-infrared spectroscopy integrated catheter for characterization of myocardial tissues: preliminary demonstrations to radiofrequency ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation.

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    Singh-Moon, Rajinder P; Marboe, Charles C; Hendon, Christine P

    2015-07-01

    Effects of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment of atrial fibrillation can be limited by the ability to characterize the tissue in contact. Parameters obtained by conventional catheters, such as impedance and temperature can be insufficient in providing physiological information pertaining to effective treatment. In this report, we present a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-integrated catheter capable of extracting tissue optical properties. Validation experiments were first performed in tissue phantoms with known optical properties. We then apply the technique for characterization of myocardial tissues in swine and human hearts, ex vivo. Additionally, we demonstrate the recovery of critical parameters relevant to RFA therapy including contact verification, and lesion transmurality. These findings support the application of NIRS for improved guidance in RFA therapeutic interventions. PMID:26203376

  16. Severe Gastroparesis following Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: Suggestion for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Device for Gastroparesis after RFCA

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    Dong Seok Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gastroparesis following radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA is a very rare complication, as only two cases have been reported in the English literature. A 42-year-old man underwent RFCA due to recurrent drug-resistant symptomatic atrial fibrillation. The patient complained of indigestion and early satiety 2 days after the procedure. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography and an upper gastrointestinal series of the abdomen showed a large amount of material remaining in the stomach area. All food material was removed by endoscopy, and the patient received medical treatment. We suggest a flow chart for diagnosis and treatment of AFGS based on the present case and previous cases. Endoscopic medical patent was designed on the basis of this case.

  17. Management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation in the diabetic patient

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    Pallisgaard, Jannik Langtved; Lindhardt, Tommi Bo; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring;

    2015-01-01

    The global burden of atrial fibrillation and diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is considerable, and prevalence rates are increasing. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation; however, diabetes also influences the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation. In...... the following article, the authors describe the association between diabetes and atrial fibrillation; specifically, the significance of diabetes on the risk of atrial fibrillation, ischemic stroke and bleeding complications associated with anticoagulation. In addition, the authors evaluate the risks...... and outcomes of heart failure and the success rates of both ablation and cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients with diabetes. Finally, this article describes the association of HbA1c levels with the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation patients....

  18. Contact force-guided catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials.

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    Qi, Z; Luo, X; Wu, B; Shi, H; Jin, B; Wen, Z

    2016-03-01

    Contact force (CF) sensing technology allows real-time monitoring during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the effect of CF sensing technology on procedural parameters and clinical outcomes still needs clarification. Because of the inconsistent results thus far in this area, we performed a meta-analysis to determine whether CF sensing technology can improve procedural parameters and clinical outcomes for the treatment of AF. Studies examining the benefits of CF sensing technology were identified in English-language articles by searching the MEDLINE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library databases (inception to May 2015). Ten randomized, controlled trials involving 1834 patients (1263 males, 571 females) were included in the meta-analysis (681 in the CF group, 1153 in the control group). Overall, the ablation time was significantly decreased by 7.34 min (95%CI=-12.21 to -2.46; P=0.003, Z test) in the CF group compared with the control group. CF sensing technology was associated with significantly improved freedom from AF after 12 months (OR=1.55, 95%CI=1.20 to 1.99; P=0.0007) and complications were significantly lower in the CF group than in the control group (OR=0.50, 95%CI=0.29 to 0.87; P=0.01). However, fluoroscopy time analysis showed no significantly decreased trend associated with CF-guided catheter ablation (weighted mean difference: -2.59; 95%CI=-9.06 to 3.88; P=0.43). The present meta-analysis shows improvement in ablation time and freedom from AF after 12 months in AF patients treated with CF-guided catheter ablation. However, CF-guided catheter ablation does not decrease fluoroscopy time. PMID:26840711

  19. Contact force-guided catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials

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    Z. Qi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Contact force (CF sensing technology allows real-time monitoring during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF. However, the effect of CF sensing technology on procedural parameters and clinical outcomes still needs clarification. Because of the inconsistent results thus far in this area, we performed a meta-analysis to determine whether CF sensing technology can improve procedural parameters and clinical outcomes for the treatment of AF. Studies examining the benefits of CF sensing technology were identified in English-language articles by searching the MEDLINE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library databases (inception to May 2015. Ten randomized, controlled trials involving 1834 patients (1263 males, 571 females were included in the meta-analysis (681 in the CF group, 1153 in the control group. Overall, the ablation time was significantly decreased by 7.34 min (95%CI=-12.21 to -2.46; P=0.003, Z test in the CF group compared with the control group. CF sensing technology was associated with significantly improved freedom from AF after 12 months (OR=1.55, 95%CI=1.20 to 1.99; P=0.0007 and complications were significantly lower in the CF group than in the control group (OR=0.50, 95%CI=0.29 to 0.87; P=0.01. However, fluoroscopy time analysis showed no significantly decreased trend associated with CF-guided catheter ablation (weighted mean difference: -2.59; 95%CI=-9.06 to 3.88; P=0.43. The present meta-analysis shows improvement in ablation time and freedom from AF after 12 months in AF patients treated with CF-guided catheter ablation. However, CF-guided catheter ablation does not decrease fluoroscopy time.

  20. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

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    Verheugt, F.W.A.

    2006-01-01

    The only major and potentially fatal risk for patients with atrial fibrillation is the development of systemic thromboembolism. Stroke occurs five times more frequently in patients with atrial fibrillation than in comparable patients in sinus rhythm. The yearly incidence of stroke in atrial fibrilla

  1. Autonomic and surgical substrate modulation of atrial fibrillation

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    Krul, S.P.J.

    2016-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the effects of fibrosis and the autonomic nervous system on conduction in patients with atrial fibrillation and the surgical ablation of the atria and autonomic nervous system as treatment of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and results from multiple pathophysiological mechanisms. Both fibrosis and the autonomic nervous system influence the occurrence and maintenance of AF. Animal and clinical studies have shown that the parasympath...

  2. ATRIAL FIBROSIS IS A MORPHOLOGICAL BASIS OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    DRAPKINA O.M.; A. V. Emelyanov

    2015-01-01

    Mechanisms of atrial fibrosis including the role of serotonin in the development of this lesion in patients with atrial fibrillation are presented. New approaches to the treatment of atrial fibrillation aimed at atrial fibrosis reduction are discussed.

  3. 30例房颤射频消融术的临床研究%Clinical study of 30 cases of atrial fibrillation ablation

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    郑元喜; 辜和平; 程静芳

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨导管射频消融术治疗房颤的临床效果。方法回顾性分析2010年11月~2013年1月我院应用导管射频消融术治疗30例房颤患者的临床资料。房颤类型:阵发性心房颤动26例,持续性/长时间持续性心房颤动4例。结果本组共行40次消融术,30例患者术中均达到消融终点,平均能量25 W。30例房颤患者消融术全部成功。仅环形隔离右上下肺静脉者1例,同时环形隔离左、右上下肺静脉者12例。随访期间所有患者均未发生肺静脉狭窄、心肌穿孔、血气胸、心脏停搏和食管穿孔等并发症。3例房颤患者术中发生迷走反射,注射阿托品后恢复正常。其中26例阵发性房颤患者消融术中转为窦性心律16例,所有患者术后3个月停用胺碘酮或心律平等抗心律失常药物。结论经导管射频消融术治疗房颤可以降低心力衰竭和血栓栓塞等并发症的发生率,具有微创、时间短、手术效果好等优点,值得临床推广和应用。%Objective To investigate the clinical therapeutic effect of radiofrequency catheter ablation in treatment of atrial fibrillation. Methods The clinical data of 30 cases of patients with atrial fibrillation that had application of ra-diofrequency catheter ablation from November 2010 to January 2013 in our hospital were analyzed. Type of atrial fib-rillation: 26 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, 4 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. Results There were 40 times of ablation, 30 patients reached the endpoint of ablation, average power of 25 W. Atrial fibrillation ablation in 30 patients were all successful, 1 cases only annular isolated right inferior pulmonary vein, and both of right and left inferior pulmonary vein isolation ring in 12 cases. In the follow-up period, there were no cases of pulmonary vein stenosis, cardiac perforation, pneumothorax, cardiac arrest and esophageal perforation. Vagal reflex occurred in 3

  4. Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Krijthe, Bouwe

    2013-01-01

    textabstractAtrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is characterized by rapid disorganized atrial electrical activity resulting in absence of atrial contractions. It is diagnosed on the basis of typical findings on an electrocardiogram (ECG). The characteristic ECG findings are absence of P-waves, and an irregular heart rate. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include palpitations, dyspnea, reduced exercise capacity, chest pain and dizziness, but it often goes without symptoms. A...

  5. A simulation study to compare the phase-shift angle radiofrequency ablation mode with bipolar and unipolar modes in creating linear lesions for atrial fibrillation ablation.

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    Yan, Shengjie; Wu, Xiaomei; Wang, Weiqi

    2016-05-01

    Purpose In pulmonary veins (PVs) isolation (PVI), radiofrequency (RF) energy is often used to create a linear lesion for blocking the accessory conduction pathways around PVs. By using transient finite element analysis, this study compared the effectiveness of phase-shift mode (PsM) ablation with bipolar mode (BiM) and unipolar mode (UiM) in creating a continuous lesion and lesion depth in a 5-mm thick atrial wall. Materials and methods Computer models were developed to study the temperature distributions and lesion dimensions in atrial walls created through PsM, BiM, and UiM. Four phase-shift angles - 45°, 90°, 135°, and 180° - were considered in PsM ablation (hereafter, PsM-45°, PsM-90°, PsM-135°, and PsM-180°, respectively). Results At 60 s/30 V peak value of RF voltage, UiM and PsM-45° did not create an effective lesion, whereas BiM created a lesion of maximum depth and width approximately 1.01 and 1.62 mm, respectively. PsM-135° and PsM-180° not only created transmural lesions in 5-mm thick atrial walls but also created continuous lesions between electrodes spaced 4 mm apart; similarly, PsM-90° created a continuous lesion with a maximum depth and width of nearly 4.09 and 6.12 mm. Conclusions Compared with UiM and BiM, PsM-90°, PsM-135° and PsM-180° created continuous and larger lesions in a single ablation procedure and at 60 s/30 V peak value of RF voltage. Therefore, the proposed PsM ablation method is suitable for PVI and linear isolation at the left atrial roof for treating atrial fibrillation. PMID:26915712

  6. Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ahmad, Yousif; YH Lip, Gregory

    2012-01-01

    Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are at increased thromboembolic risk, and they suffer more severe strokes with worse outcomes. Most thromboembolic complications of AF are eminently preventable with oral anticoagulation, and the increasing numbers of AF patients mean antithrombotic therapy is the most crucial management aspect of this common arrhythmia. Despite the proven efficacy of warfarin, a string of limitations have meant that it is underused by physicians and patients alike. This...

  7. Rivaroxaban in atrial fibrillation

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    Giorgi MA; Miguel LS

    2012-01-01

    Mariano A Giorgi,1,2 Lucas San Miguel31Cardiology Service, Centro de Educación Médica e Investigaciones Clínicas “Norberto Quirno”, 2Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Universidad Austral, 3Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, FLENI, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAbstract: Warfarin is the traditional therapeutic option available to manage thromboembolic risk in atrial fibrillation. The hemorrhagic risk with warfarin de...

  8. Measurement of patient skin absorbed dose in ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and examination of treatment protocol

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    The ablation for atrial fibrillation minute movement done in our hospital is 250 minutes or less, within an average time of 150 minutes during a fluoroscopic time of about 7 hours, with very large average inspection times numerical values. However, the skin-absorbed dose could be understood only from the numerical value of the area dosimeter. It was considered that the total dose that reached the threshold was sufficient, although radiation injury would not be reported from the ablation currently done at our hospital. Therefore, we aimed to examine the inspection protocol in this hospital, and to request the patient be given an inspection dose that was the average skin-absorbed dose by using the acryl board. The amount of a total dose for an inspection of 150 minutes of fluoroscopic time was about 2.7 Gy. Moreover, a value of 1.5 Gy was indicated in the hot spot as a result of repetition in some exposure fields. However, it was thought that the possibility of exceeding the threshold of 2 Gy depending on the inspection situation in the future and other factors was tolerable because these measurements were done so as not to overvalue it more than the necessary. (author)

  9. Ablation of Post Transplant Atrial Flutter and Pseudo-fibrillation Using Magnetic Navigation via a Superior Approach

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    Tung, Roderick; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Mandapati, Ravi

    2012-01-01

    Ablation of cavotricuspid ishtmus flutter and atrial tachycardia in a complex substrate has never been reported using remote navigation via superior approach. Venous access was obtained via right internal jugular for ablation and left subclavian for duodecapolar catheter placement into the coronary sinus. In a posttransplant patient presenting with both regular and irregular tachycardia, both cavotricuspid isthmus flutter in the donor and atrial tachycardia in the recipient was mapped using a...

  10. IntravenousCorticosteroid Use Is Associated With Reduced Early Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation Immediately Following Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Nitesh A. Sood MD

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation (ERAF occurs in up to 40% of patients after radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (RFCA, increasing hospital stay, need for anti-arrhythmic medications (AADs and cardioversion, and, possibly, the risk of future AF. It has been postulated that inflammation plays a key role in developing ERAF. Short term postoperative use of corticosteroids to reduce ERAF post-RFCA has not been vigorously studied. Methods This was a case-control study of consecutive patients undergoing RFCA for the management of AF at a single-institution. RFCA was performed by a single operator from October 2005 through July 2009. Patients receiving intravenous corticosteroids immediately following the ablation and for 48 hours (6 doses constituted the treatment group. Controls received no intravenous corticosteroids during their hospitalization. All other management strategies were similar between the 2 groups, including the administration of AADs post- operatively. All patients had continuous electrocardiographic monitoring throughout their hospitalization. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to determine the impact of intravenous corticosteroids on ERAF defined as any AF>10 minutes during hospitalization. Results A total of 68 patients undergoing RFCA for the management of AF were included in this analysis. The overall ERAF rate, irrespective of intravenous corticosteroid use, was 23.5%. The administration of intravenous corticosteroids (n=37; mean±SD dexamethasone mean dose 11.9±4.6 mg/day; range 4-16 mg/day was associated with an 82% reduction in patients’ odds of ERAF (adjusted odds ratio; 0.18, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.04 to 0.78 compared with those who did not receive corticosteroids (n=31. A dose-response effect was also observed, with a 17% reduction in ERAF odds for each dexamethasone mg-equivalent administered (adjusted odds ratio; 0.83, 95%CI 0.73 to 0.96. Conclusions The

  11. Hyperuricemia and Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Maharani, Nani; Kuwabara, Masanari; Hisatome, Ichiro

    2016-07-27

    The importance of atrial fibrillation (AF) as a cause of mortality and morbidity has prompted research on its pathogenesis and treatment. Recognition of AF risk factors is essential to prevent it and reduce the risk of death. Hyperuricemia has been widely accepted to be associated with the incidence of paroxysmal or persistent AF, as well as to the risk of AF in post cardiovascular surgery patients. The possible explanations for this association have been based on their relation with either oxidative stress or inflammation. To investigate the link between hyperuricemia and AF, it is necessary to refer to hyperuricemia-induced atrial remodeling. So far, both ionic channel and structural remodeling caused by hyperuricemia might be plausible explanations for the occurrence of AF. Inhibition of xanthine oxidase and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-oxidase, or the use of antioxidants, along with serum uric acid (SUA) level reduction to prevent inflammation, might be useful. Uric acid transporters (UATs) play a key role in the regulation of intracellular uric acid concentration. Intracellular rather than serum uric acid level is considered more important for the pathogenesis of AF. Identification of UATs expressed in cells is thus important, and targeting UATs might become a potential strategy to reduce the risk of hyperuricemia-induced atrial fibrillation. PMID:27396561

  12. Intrinsic Cardiac Autonomic Ganglionated Plexi within Epicardial Fats Modulate the Atrial Substrate Remodeling: Experiences with Atrial Fibrillation Patients Receiving Catheter Ablation

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    Singhal, Rahul; Lo, Li-Wei; Lin, Yenn-Jiang Lin; Chang, Shih-Lin; Hu, Yu-Feng; Chao, Tze-Fan; Chung, Fa-Po; Chiou, Cheun-Wang; Tsao, Hsuan-Ming; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2016-01-01

    Background A recent study reported the close relationship between high dominant frequent (DF) sites [atrial fibrillation (AF) nest] and the intrinsic cardiac autonomic nervous system. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the regional distribution of epicardial fat and the properties of the biatrial substrates in AF patients. Methods We studied 32 patients with paroxysmal (n = 23) and persistent (n = 9) AF. The epicardial fat volume around the left atrium (LA) was evaluated using 64-slice multidetector computed tomography and the topographic distribution of the fat volume was assessed. The biatrial DFs, voltages, and total activation times (TATs) were obtained during sinus rhythm. Results Out of the 8 divided LA regions, a significant linear correlation existed between the LA fat and mean DF values in the right upper anterior LA, left upper anterior LA, right lower anterior LA, right upper posterior LA, left upper posterior LA, and left lower posterior LA. There was no significant correlation between the regional LA fat distribution and regional LA peak-to-peak bipolar voltage and TAT. During a mean follow-up of 17 ± 8 months, 22 of the 32 (69%) patients were free of AF. In the multivariate analysis, only the mean LA DF was found to be a significant predictor of recurrence. Conclusions There was a close association between the regional distribution of the LA epicardial fat and the atrial substrate manifesting high frequency during sinus rhythm (AF nest). Those nests were related to ablation outcome. Hence, epicardial fat may play a significant role in atrial substrate remodeling and thereby in the pathogenesis and maintenance of AF. PMID:27122948

  13. Recurrence of atrial fibrillation after successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of accessory pathway in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF occurs in 11.5-39% of the patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW syndrome and frequently, but not always, disappears after successful accessory pathway (AP ablation. Objective. To determine AF recurrence rate, time to AF recurrence and predictors of AF recurrence after radiofrequency (RF catheter-ablation of AP in WPW-patients with AF. Methods. Data from 245 consecutive patients with WPW-syndrome who underwent RF catheter-ablation of AP were analyzed. A total of 52 patients (43 men, mean age: 42.5±14.1 years with preablation history of spontaneous AF were followed up after definitive AP ablation. At baseline, structural heart disease and comorbidities were diagnosed in 19.2% and 21.2% of the patients, respectively. Results. During the follow-up of 5.2±3.7 years, 3 patients (5.7% died; one of these patients, previously known for recurrent AF, died from ischaemic stroke. Symptomatic recurrence of AF was detected in 9 of 52 patients (17.3%. In 66.7% of these patients, AF recurrence was identified in the first year following the procedure. Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated that freedom from recurrent AF after 3 months was 94.2%, after 1 year 87.5% and after 4 years 84.3%. Univariate analysis showed that older age (p=0.023, presence of structural heart disease (p=0.05 and dilated left atrium (p=0.013 were significantly related to AF recurrence. However, using multivariate Cox regression, older age was the only independent predictor of AF recurrence (HR=2.44 for every life decade; p=0.006. Analysis of ROC curves showed that, after the age of 36, the risk of AF recurrence abruptly increased. Conclusion. Symptomatic recurrence of AF was detected in 17% of WPW-patients after definite RF ablation of AP. The timedependent occurrence of AF recurrences and age-dependent increase in the rate of AF recurrence were identified. Closer follow-up and/or extension of drug therapy in older patients, at least in

  14. Review of Dominant Frequency Analysis in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Rakesh Latchamsetty

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Significant advancements have been made in the technology and approach to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF. Pulmonary vein isolation has emerged as the dominant strategy in this procedure and has fueled innovations in catheter design as well as various mapping and navigation systems. Mapping and targeting of complex fractionated atrial electrograms has also emerged as an additional or alternate strategy employed by some ablationists. Recently, attention is being drawn to a new approach targeting atrial sites with high dominant frequencies (DF derived from their electrograms. This article is a review of the basic concepts of DF, the relevant literature behind DF analysis in AF, and the potential clinical applicability of DF analysis for catheter ablation. Key Words : Dominant Frequency, Atrial Fibrillation, Ablation Abbreviations : AF - atrial fibrillation; CFAE - complex fractionated atrial electrogram; DF - dominant frequency

  15. Effect of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation

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    YU Sheng-bo; HU Wei; ZHAO Qing-yan; QIN Mu; HUANG He; CUI Hong-ying; HUANG Cong-xin

    2012-01-01

    Background The effects of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) are not clear.Whether CPVA can alleviate the anxiety and depression symptoms of persistent AF patients is unknown.Methods One hundred and sixty-four patients with persistent AF,of which 43 treated with CPVA (CPVA group) and 103 treated with anti-arrhythmics drugs (medicine group),were enrolled.The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS),and Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) were assessed before and 12 months after treatment in all patients.Results The scores of SAS (40.33±7.90 vs.49.76±9.52,P <0.01) and SDS (42.33±8.73 vs.48.17±8.77,P <0.01)decreased 12 months after CPVA.Over 12 months follow-up,AF relapsed in 17 patients in CPVA group.Compared with the data in the recurrent group (17 patients),the scores of SAS and SDS were significantly lower in the non-recurrent group (26 patients) at baseline.The results of multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed normal scores of SAS and SDS were the independent risk factors of AF recurrence after CPVA.Conclusions Anxiety and depression increase the recurrence risk of persistent AF after CPVA.CPVA can ameliorate the anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with persistent AF.

  16. Increased epicardial fat is independently associated with the presence and chronicity of atrial fibrillation and radiofrequency ablation outcome

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    Stojanovska, Jadranka; Kazerooni, Ella A.; Gross, Barry H.; Patel, Smita [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, UH B1-132 Taubman/Box 0302, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Sinno, Mohamad; Oral, Hakan [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Electrophysiology Laboratory, Cardiovascular Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Watcharotone, Kuanwong [University of Michigan, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Jacobson, Jon A. [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Radiology, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

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    To determine whether intrathoracic fat volumes are associated with presence and chronicity of atrial fibrillation (AF) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment outcome. IRB approval was obtained and patient consent was waived for this HIPAA-compliant retrospective study. 169 patients with AF (75 non-paroxysmal and 94 paroxysmal) and 62 control patients underwent cardiac CT examination. Extrapericardial (EPFV) and epicardial fat volumes (EFV) were measured on CT, the sum of which is the total intrathoracic fat volume. Associations between these three fat volumes and presence and chronicity of AF, and outcome after RFA, were evaluated using logistic regression analysis. EFV was significantly associated with presence [OR 1.01 (95 % CI 1.003-1.03), p = 0.01], chronicity of AF [1.008 (1.001-1.020), p = 0.03] and AF recurrence after RFA [1.009 (1.001-1.01), p = 0.02] after adjustment for age, gender and BMI. Patients with a larger EFV had a shorter time to AF recurrence (p = 0.017) and a higher rate of recurrence (54 % vs 46 %) (p = 0.002) after RFA. EPFV had no significant associations. Increased epicardial fat is associated with the presence and chronicity of AF, a higher probability of AF recurrence after RFA and a shorter AF-free interval. (orig.)

  17. Increased epicardial fat is independently associated with the presence and chronicity of atrial fibrillation and radiofrequency ablation outcome

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    To determine whether intrathoracic fat volumes are associated with presence and chronicity of atrial fibrillation (AF) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment outcome. IRB approval was obtained and patient consent was waived for this HIPAA-compliant retrospective study. 169 patients with AF (75 non-paroxysmal and 94 paroxysmal) and 62 control patients underwent cardiac CT examination. Extrapericardial (EPFV) and epicardial fat volumes (EFV) were measured on CT, the sum of which is the total intrathoracic fat volume. Associations between these three fat volumes and presence and chronicity of AF, and outcome after RFA, were evaluated using logistic regression analysis. EFV was significantly associated with presence [OR 1.01 (95 % CI 1.003-1.03), p = 0.01], chronicity of AF [1.008 (1.001-1.020), p = 0.03] and AF recurrence after RFA [1.009 (1.001-1.01), p = 0.02] after adjustment for age, gender and BMI. Patients with a larger EFV had a shorter time to AF recurrence (p = 0.017) and a higher rate of recurrence (54 % vs 46 %) (p = 0.002) after RFA. EPFV had no significant associations. Increased epicardial fat is associated with the presence and chronicity of AF, a higher probability of AF recurrence after RFA and a shorter AF-free interval. (orig.)

  18. Association between epicardial adipose tissue volumes on 3-dimensional reconstructed CT images and recurrence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation

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    Whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is independently associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and outcome after catheter ablation (CA) for AF remains unclear. Three-dimensional volume-rendering reconstructed images of EAT (total EAT) and EAT surrounding the left atrium (LA-EAT) were measured on 320-row multidetector computed tomography in 40 patients with AF (paroxysmal AF [PAF], n=24; persistent AF [PerAF], n=16) who underwent CA, and in 37 age-matched control patients. EAT volumes were as follows for the control, PAF and PerAF patients: total EAT, 138.3±45.2 cm3 vs. 158.3±47.2 cm3 vs. 226.4±93.3 cm3 (P3 vs. 41.3±15.3 cm3 vs. 66.8±35.1 cm3 (P3 vs. 106.2±27.3 cm3, P=0.021; LA-EAT: 34.0±10.6 cm3 vs. 21.8±6.9 cm3, P=0.0006). EAT volumes were greater in the 15 AF patients (37.5%) with post-ablation recurrence than in patients without recurrence (total EAT: 239.0±90.2 cm3 vs. 153.5±42.7 cm3, P=0.0002; LA-EAT: 69.6±35.5 cm3 vs. 40.7±13.9 cm3, P=0.0008). EAT volume increases in AF patients independent of conventional risk factors and is greater in patients with lone AF than in non-AF patients. EAT volume might be useful for predicting AF recurrence after CA. (author)

  19. Repeat procedure using radiofrequency energy for recurrence of atrial fibrillation after initial cryoballoon ablation: a 2-year follow-up

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    Conte, G.; Chierchia, G.B.; Sieira, J.; Levinstein, M.; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Asmundis, C. de; Sarkozy, A.; Rodriguez-Manero, M.; Giovanni, G.; Baltogiannis, G.; Wauters, K.; Brugada, P.

    2013-01-01

    AIMS: The ideal energy source needed to perform 're-isolation' of the pulmonary veins (PVs) during a repeat procedure for recurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) has not been established yet. In this study we analysed the outcome of repeat procedure using radiofrequency (RF) energy after i

  20. Evaluation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Francis E. Marchlinski

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a supraventricular tachyarrhythmia characterized by uncoordinated atrial activation. On the ECG fibrillatory (f waves (rapid oscillations with variable amplitude, shape and timing replace normal P waves. Ventricular response becomes irregular and rapid depending of the intrinsic electrophysiological properties of the AV node1 and the balance between vagal and sympathetic tone1. The presence of an irregularly pulse is a clinical sign that can be quickly and reliably identified in any healthcare situation and, indicates AF with a high sensitivity and specificity (95% and 75%, respectively. If the irregularity last for more than 20 seconds the specificity reaches 98% 2-4. Identification of AF can be done by using manual pulse palpation in those presenting with a variety of symptoms. It is desirable to check the blood pressure and pulse in all patients who present with breathlessness, dyspnea, palpitations, syncope, dizziness or chest discomfort. Furthermore, many patients presenting with an acute stroke are found to be in AF albeit asymptomatic with respect to non-neurologic complaints. The finding of a sustained irregular wide QRS complex tachycardia may be suspicious of AF conducted with bundle brunch aberrancy or over an accessory pathway, and in patients with A-V sequential pacemakers can reflect an inadequate configuration with ventricular tracking of sensed atrial activity.

  1. Connexin Remodeling Contributes to Atrial Fibrillation

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    Michelle M Jennings; J Kevin Donahue

    2013-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation significantly contributes to mortality and morbidity through increased risk of stroke, heart failure and myocardial infarcts. Investigations of mechanisms responsible for the development and maintenance of atrial fibrillation have highlighted the importance of gap junctional remodeling. Connexins 40 and 43, the major atrial gap junctional proteins, undergo considerable alterations in expression and localization in atrial fibrillation, creating an environment conducive to s...

  2. Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation.

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    Chin, B.; Lip, G. Y.

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence for antithrombotic therapy in patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: Five primary prevention trials and one secondary prevention trial compare antithrombotic therapy with placebo or no treatment. Two trials also determine the efficacy and safety of acetylsalicylic acid. MAIN FINDINGS: Warfarin reduces the risk of stroke by 68%. The effect is consistent in all identifiable groups of patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation, ...

  3. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

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    Michael Katsnelson,; Sebastian Koch; Tatjana Rundek

    1997-01-01

    Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is a common and from a neurological perspective the most significant cardiac arrhythmia with a growing world-wide incidence. It also carries a significant associated morbidity and mortality, with cardioembolic strokes arguably being the most disabling sequelae. This brief review will highlight the important studies and the latest treatment modalities available for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

  4. Ablation of atrial fibrillation with the Epicor system: a prospective observational trial to evaluate safety and efficacy and predictors of success

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    Diez Claudius

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU energy has evolved as a new surgical tool to treat atrial fibrillation (AF. We evaluated safety and efficacy of AF ablation with HIFU and analyzed predictors of success in a prospective clinical study. Methods From January 2007 to June 2008, 110 patients with AF and concomitant open heart surgery were enrolled into the study. Main underlying heart diseases were aortic valve disease (50%, ischemic heart disease (48%, and mitral valve disease (18%. AF was paroxysmal in 29%, persistent in 31%, and long standing persistent in 40% of patients, lasting for 1 to 240 months (mean 24 months. Mean left atrial diameter was 50 ± 7 mm. Each patient underwent left atrial ablation with the Epicor system prior to open heart surgery. After surgery, the patients were treated with amiodarone and coumadin for 6 months. Follow-up studies including resting ECG, 24 h Holter ECG, and echocardiography were obtained at 6 and 12 months. Results All patients had successful application of the system on the beating heart prior to initiation of extracorporeal circulation. On average, 11 ± 1 ultrasound transducer elements were used to create the box lesion. The hand-held probe for additional linear lesions was employed in 83 cases. No device-related deaths occurred. Postoperative pacemaker insertion was necessary in 4 patients. At 6 months, 62% of patients presented with sinus rhythm. No significant changes were noted at 12 months. Type of AF and a left atrial diameter > 50 mm were predictors for failure of AF ablation. Conclusion AF ablation with the Epicor system as a concomitant procedure during open heart surgery is safe and acceptably effective. Our overall conversion rate was lower than in previously published reports, which may be related to the lower proportion of isolated mitral valve disease in our study population. Left atrial size may be useful to determine patients who are most likely to benefit from

  5. Comparing energy sources for surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation: a Bayesian network meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials.

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    Phan, Kevin; Xie, Ashleigh; Kumar, Narendra; Wong, Sophia; Medi, Caroline; La Meir, Mark; Yan, Tristan D

    2015-08-01

    Simplified maze procedures involving radiofrequency, cryoenergy and microwave energy sources have been increasingly utilized for surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation as an alternative to the traditional cut-and-sew approach. In the absence of direct comparisons, a Bayesian network meta-analysis is another alternative to assess the relative effect of different treatments, using indirect evidence. A Bayesian meta-analysis of indirect evidence was performed using 16 published randomized trials identified from 6 databases. Rank probability analysis was used to rank each intervention in terms of their probability of having the best outcome. Sinus rhythm prevalence beyond the 12-month follow-up was similar between the cut-and-sew, microwave and radiofrequency approaches, which were all ranked better than cryoablation (respectively, 39, 36, and 25 vs 1%). The cut-and-sew maze was ranked worst in terms of mortality outcomes compared with microwave, radiofrequency and cryoenergy (2 vs 19, 34, and 24%, respectively). The cut-and-sew maze procedure was associated with significantly lower stroke rates compared with microwave ablation [odds ratio <0.01; 95% confidence interval 0.00, 0.82], and ranked the best in terms of pacemaker requirements compared with microwave, radiofrequency and cryoenergy (81 vs 14, and 1, <0.01% respectively). Bayesian rank probability analysis shows that the cut-and-sew approach is associated with the best outcomes in terms of sinus rhythm prevalence and stroke outcomes, and remains the gold standard approach for AF treatment. Given the limitations of indirect comparison analysis, these results should be viewed with caution and not over-interpreted. PMID:25391388

  6. Increased resting heart rate following radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen;

    2005-01-01

    the procedure. RESULTS: Following PV isolation, the mean HR significantly increased from 58 +/- 10 bpm at baseline to 67 +/- 12 bpm at one month, 71 +/- 13 bpm at three months, 69 +/- 12 bpm at six months, 69 +/- 13 at nine months, and 70 +/- 13 at 12 months follow-up. The ablation success significantly...... correlated with the increase in HR at one month follow-up. In three patients the mean HR increased > 25 bpm resulting in symptoms necessitating therapy with rate-controlling drugs. CONCLUSION: PV isolation in patients with AF may result in increased HR, which positively correlated with the ablation success...

  7. Prevention of Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation and Bi-Atrial Resynchronization

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    Evrard, P.; Sakalihasan, Natzi; R. Garcia; Van Laere, Anne-Sophie; Patterson, B.

    1999-01-01

    After conversion of atrial fibrillation, it is important to maintain sinus rhythm. In addition antiarrhythmic drugs, biatrial resynchronization seems to prevent recurrences of atrial fibrillation in patients with interatrial conduction block: local experience.

  8. Design and Rationale of the PRAGUE-12 Trial: A Large, Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Trial That Compares Cardiac Surgery With Left Atrial Surgical Ablation With Cardiac Surgery Without Ablation in Patients With Coronary and/or Valvular Heart Disease Plus Atrial Fibrillation

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    Straka, Zbyněk; Budera, Petr; Osmančík, Pavel; Vaněk, Tomáš; Hulman, Michal; Šmíd, Michal; Malý, Marek; Widimský, Petr

    2013-01-01

    Surgical ablation procedure can restore sinus rhythm (SR) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery. However, it is not known whether it has any impact on clinical outcomes. There is a need for a randomized trial with long-term follow-up to study the outcome of surgical ablation in patients with coronary and/or valve disease and AF. Patients are prospectively enrolled and randomized either to group A (cardiac surgery with left atrial ablation) or group B (cardiac su...

  9. Who Is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

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    ... Who Is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation? Explore Atrial Fibrillation What Is... Types Other Names Causes Who Is at Risk Signs & Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Prevention Living With Clinical Trials Links Related Topics Arrhythmia ...

  10. The application and value of 64 multislice spiral CT of left atrium and pulmonary vein in radio-frequency ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Objective: Analyzing the left atrium and pulmonary vein morphologically by 64 multislice spiral CT (MSCT) scan to guide the catheter ablation of Atrial fibrillation. Methods: Two hundred and thirty-two patients (146 cases in atrial fibrillation group and 86 cases in control group) received 64 MSCT examination of the left atrium and pulmonary vein. The incidence of anatomical variation of pulmonary vein was compared between atrial fibrillation group and control group. For each group, the anatomical morphology of every pulmonary vein and the auricle of left atrium was analyzed, the diameter of the orifice of each pulmonary vein and the size of left atrium were measured. Results: Sixty-four MSCT of left atrium and pulmonary vein could demonstrate detailed connecting type between left atrium and pulmonary veins and the possible anatomical variation. Anatomical variation of pulmonary vein in this study accounted for 16.8% (39/232) of total sample. For both groups, orifices of pulmonary veins appeared oval and their superoinferior diameters were larger than their anteroposterior diameters. There was significant difference in the inner diameter of left atrium between atrial fibrillation group and control group [atrial fibrillation group: (39.47 ± 8.98) mm, control group: (36.94±5.49) mm, P=0.02], while there was no difference in the diameters of orifices of pulmonary veins between two groups [superoinferior diameters of pulmonary veins in atrial fibrillation group: left-up (18.15±1.35) mm, left-down (16.96±1.18) mm, right-up (17.50±1.12) mm, fight-down (17.65±0.94) mm, superoinferior diameters of pulmonary veins in control group: left-up (18.07±0.94) mm, left-down (17.50±0.57) mm, right-up (18.03±1.02) mm, fight-down (17.94±0.76) mm, the corresponding P>0.05, respectively, anteroposterior diameters of pulmonary veins in atrial fibrillation group: left-up (12.26±1.89) mm, left-down (11.96±0.61) mm, right-up (12.32± 1.08) mm, fight-down (12.39±0.95) mm

  11. Sixteen multidetector row computed tomography of pulmonary veins: 3-months' follow-up after treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with cryothermal ablation

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    The aim of the study was to assess pulmonary veins (PVs) for the presence of stenosis 3 months after cryothermal ablation (CA) with a new method of electrical isolation of PVs using contrast-enhanced 16 multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT). Twenty four patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation underwent CA in 46 PVs. MDCT of PVs was performed before the treatment and after 3-months' follow-up. Following cryoablation, 13/24 (54%) patients showed clinical improvement and had reduced attacks of atrial fibrillation. The dimensions of the treated PVs remained unchanged: the coronal ostial diameter was 19.1±2.4 preprocedural versus 18.6±2.4 mm at follow-up, p>0.05; the ratio of the coronal and axial diameters at the ostium was 1.2±0.2 versus 1.2±0.1, p>0.05, respectively, and the coronal diameter of the proximal 10 mm was 17.1±2.5 mm versus 16.5±2.2 mm, p>0.05, respectively. CA is a promising technique for electrical isolation of PVs that has not been associated with stenosis at the orifice and the proximal 10 mm of the PVs after 3-months' follow-up. MDCT is a noninvasive, fast and comfortable method for assessment of PVs in a three-dimensional manner prior to ablative treatment and during the follow-up. (orig.)

  12. Sixteen multidetector row computed tomography of pulmonary veins: 3-months' follow-up after treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with cryothermal ablation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica; Cademartiri, Filippo; Pattynama, Peter M.T. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Scholten, Marcoen F.; Jordaens, Luc J. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-06-01

    The aim of the study was to assess pulmonary veins (PVs) for the presence of stenosis 3 months after cryothermal ablation (CA) with a new method of electrical isolation of PVs using contrast-enhanced 16 multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT). Twenty four patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation underwent CA in 46 PVs. MDCT of PVs was performed before the treatment and after 3-months' follow-up. Following cryoablation, 13/24 (54%) patients showed clinical improvement and had reduced attacks of atrial fibrillation. The dimensions of the treated PVs remained unchanged: the coronal ostial diameter was 19.1{+-}2.4 preprocedural versus 18.6{+-}2.4 mm at follow-up, p>0.05; the ratio of the coronal and axial diameters at the ostium was 1.2{+-}0.2 versus 1.2{+-}0.1, p>0.05, respectively, and the coronal diameter of the proximal 10 mm was 17.1{+-}2.5 mm versus 16.5{+-}2.2 mm, p>0.05, respectively. CA is a promising technique for electrical isolation of PVs that has not been associated with stenosis at the orifice and the proximal 10 mm of the PVs after 3-months' follow-up. MDCT is a noninvasive, fast and comfortable method for assessment of PVs in a three-dimensional manner prior to ablative treatment and during the follow-up. (orig.)

  13. Relationship of Ostial Pulmonary Vein Scar with Reduction in Pulmonary Vein Size after Radiofrequency Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: An Observational Cohort Study

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    Thomas H. Hauser, MD, MMSc, MPH

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Radiofrequency (RF ablation procedures to electrically isolate the pulmonary veins (PV from the left atrium are frequently used to treat atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that changes in PV size after RF ablation would correlate with the volume of ostial PV scar as assessed by high resolution late gadolinium enhancement (LGE cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR. Methods: The study cohort included 23 subjects. Contrast enhanced CMR of the PV was obtained before and 42 ± 18 days after RF ablation. High-resolution LGE CMR of the left atrium and PV was obtained using a 3D, ECG triggered, navigator gated technique. Results: A total of 85 PV were analyzed. Imaging after RF ablation demonstrated a reduction in PV diameter from 22 ± 7 mm to 21 ± 6 mm after (p = 0.001 with a reduction in cross-sectional area (CSA from 285 ± 141 to 246 ± 110 (p < 0.001. There was a significant correlation of PV ostial normalized scar volume with the change in PV diameter (r =-0.21, p =0.049 and CSA (r =-0.28, p =0.010 after AF ablation. PV in the highest quartile for PV scar had the greatest reduction in diameter and CSA (p <0.05 for both. Conclusion: PV size decreases significantly after RF ablation for the treatment of AF. The change in PV size is linearly related to the quantity of scar at the PV ostium

  14. Obstructive sleep apnea in atrial fibrillation patients.

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    Arias, Miguel A; Alonso-Fernández, Alberto; García-Río, Francisco; Sánchez, Ana; López, Juana M; Pagola, Carlos

    2006-06-28

    A high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea has been demonstrated in patients with atrial fibrillation. Our comments want to emphasize the importance of identifying and treating a large proportion of patients with atrial fibrillation who have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea as an additional preventive strategy for atrial fibrillation patients. PMID:16309764

  15. Atrial fibrillation post cardiac bypass surgery

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    Mostafa, Ashraf; EL-Haddad, Mohamed A.; Shenoy, Maithili; Tuliani, Tushar

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation occurs in 5-40% patients after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Atrial fibrillation increases mortality and morbidity in the post-operative period. We sought to conduct a comprehensive review of literature focusing on pathophysiology, risk factors, prevention and treatment of post coronary artery bypass graft atrial fibrillation.

  16. Two-Year Follow-Up after Contact Force Sensing Radiofrequency Catheter and Second-Generation Cryoballoon Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: A Comparative Single Centre Study.

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    Kardos, Attila; Kis, Zsuzsanna; Som, Zoltan; Nagy, Zsofia; Foldesi, Csaba

    2016-01-01

    Background. There are little comparative data on catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) using the contact force radiofrequency (CF-RF) catheter versus the second-generation cryoballoon (CB2). Methods and results. This is a single center, retrospective, nonrandomized study of 98 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory paroxysmal AF who underwent their first PVI ablation using either the CB2 (n = 40) or CF-RF (n = 58). The mean age was 60 years with 63% men, a mean LA size of 42 mm. The procedure duration (74 ± 17 versus 120 ± 49 minutes p < 0.05) was shorter for CB2 group; the fluoroscopy time (14 ± 17 versus 16 ± 5 minutes, p = 0.45) was similar. Complete PVI was achieved in 96% of patients with RF-CF and 98% with CB2. Phrenic nerve palsies (2 transient and 1 persistent) occurred exclusively in the CB2 group and 1 severe, nonlethal complication (pericardial tamponade) occurred in the CF-RF group. At 24-month follow-up, the success rate, defined as freedom from AF/atrial tachycardia (AT) after a single procedure without antiarrhythmic drug, was comparable in CF-RF group and CB2 group (65.5% versus 67%, resp., log rank p = 0.54). Conclusion. Both the CB2 and the RF-CF ablation appeared safe; the success rate at 2 years was comparable between both technologies. PMID:27314032

  17. Two-Year Follow-Up after Contact Force Sensing Radiofrequency Catheter and Second-Generation Cryoballoon Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: A Comparative Single Centre Study

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    Attila Kardos

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. There are little comparative data on catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF using the contact force radiofrequency (CF-RF catheter versus the second-generation cryoballoon (CB2. Methods and results. This is a single center, retrospective, nonrandomized study of 98 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory paroxysmal AF who underwent their first PVI ablation using either the CB2 (n=40 or CF-RF (n=58. The mean age was 60 years with 63% men, a mean LA size of 42 mm. The procedure duration (74±17 versus 120±49 minutes p<0.05 was shorter for CB2 group; the fluoroscopy time (14±17 versus 16±5 minutes, p=0.45 was similar. Complete PVI was achieved in 96% of patients with RF-CF and 98% with CB2. Phrenic nerve palsies (2 transient and 1 persistent occurred exclusively in the CB2 group and 1 severe, nonlethal complication (pericardial tamponade occurred in the CF-RF group. At 24-month follow-up, the success rate, defined as freedom from AF/atrial tachycardia (AT after a single procedure without antiarrhythmic drug, was comparable in CF-RF group and CB2 group (65.5% versus 67%, resp., log rank p=0.54. Conclusion. Both the CB2 and the RF-CF ablation appeared safe; the success rate at 2 years was comparable between both technologies.

  18. Two-Year Follow-Up after Contact Force Sensing Radiofrequency Catheter and Second-Generation Cryoballoon Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: A Comparative Single Centre Study

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    Kardos, Attila; Kis, Zsuzsanna; Som, Zoltan; Nagy, Zsofia; Foldesi, Csaba

    2016-01-01

    Background. There are little comparative data on catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) using the contact force radiofrequency (CF-RF) catheter versus the second-generation cryoballoon (CB2). Methods and results. This is a single center, retrospective, nonrandomized study of 98 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory paroxysmal AF who underwent their first PVI ablation using either the CB2 (n = 40) or CF-RF (n = 58). The mean age was 60 years with 63% men, a mean LA size of 42 mm. The procedure duration (74 ± 17 versus 120 ± 49 minutes p < 0.05) was shorter for CB2 group; the fluoroscopy time (14 ± 17 versus 16 ± 5 minutes, p = 0.45) was similar. Complete PVI was achieved in 96% of patients with RF-CF and 98% with CB2. Phrenic nerve palsies (2 transient and 1 persistent) occurred exclusively in the CB2 group and 1 severe, nonlethal complication (pericardial tamponade) occurred in the CF-RF group. At 24-month follow-up, the success rate, defined as freedom from AF/atrial tachycardia (AT) after a single procedure without antiarrhythmic drug, was comparable in CF-RF group and CB2 group (65.5% versus 67%, resp., log rank p = 0.54). Conclusion. Both the CB2 and the RF-CF ablation appeared safe; the success rate at 2 years was comparable between both technologies. PMID:27314032

  19. Atrial fibrillation and delayed gastric emptying.

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    Isadora C Botwinick

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation and delayed gastric emptying (DGE are common after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Our aim was to investigate a potential relationship between atrial fibrillation and DGE, which we defined as failure to tolerate a regular diet by the 7(th postoperative day. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 249 patients who underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy at our institution between 2000 and 2009. Data was analyzed with Fisher exact test for categorical variables and Mann-Whitney U or unpaired T-test for continuous variables. RESULTS: Approximately 5% of the 249 patients included in the analysis experienced at least one episode of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Median age of patients with atrial fibrillation was 74 years, compared with 66 years in patients without atrial fibrillation (p = 0.0005. Patients with atrial fibrillation were more likely to have a history of atrial fibrillation (p = 0.03. 92% of the patients with atrial fibrillation suffered from DGE, compared to 46% of patients without atrial fibrillation (p = 0.0007. This association held true when controlling for age. CONCLUSION: Patients with postoperative atrial fibrillation are more likely to experience delayed gastric emptying. Interventions to manage delayed gastric function might be prudent in patients at high risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation.

  20. The role of Multidetector CT in the evaluation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins anatomy before and after radio-frequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Preliminary results and work in progress.Technical note

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    Radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the distal pulmonary veins is increasingly being used to treat recurrent or refractory atrial fibrillation that doesn't respond to pharmacologic therapy or cardioversion. Successful RFCA of atrial al fibrillation depends on the pre-procedural understanding of the complex anatomy of the distal pulmonary veins and the left atrium. Aim of this parer is to describe the technical main features that characterise the multidetector helical computed tomography in the evaluation of this anatomic region before and after RFCA procedure. The 3D post-processing techniques useful for pre-RFCA planning are straightforward

  1. Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Naghmeh Moshtaghi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent permanent arrhythmia. It may be associated with other cardiac pathologies which need surgical treatment. Various types of surgery including the traditional cut-sew operations and operations using different energy sources are currently in use. In comparison with medical treatment, surgery is safe, effective, and has reliable results.

  2. Minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation.

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    Zembala, Michael O; Suwalski, Piotr

    2013-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affecting nearly 2% of the general population worldwide. Minimally invasive surgical ablation remains one of the most dynamically evolving fields of modern cardiac surgery. While there are more than a dozen issues driving this development, two seem to play the most important role: first, there is lack of evidence supporting percutaneous catheter based approach to treat patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF. Paucity of this data offers surgical community unparalleled opportunity to challenge guidelines and change indications for surgical intervention. Large, multicenter prospective clinical studies are therefore of utmost importance, as well as honest, clear data reporting. Second, a collaborative methodology started a long-awaited debate on a Heart Team approach to AF, similar to the debate on coronary artery disease and transcatheter valves. Appropriate patient selection and tailored treatment options will most certainly result in better outcomes and patient satisfaction, coupled with appropriate use of always-limited institutional resources. The aim of this review, unlike other reviews of minimally invasive surgical ablation, is to present medical professionals with two distinctly different, approaches. The first one is purely surgical, Standalone surgical isolation of the pulmonary veins using bipolar energy source with concomitant amputation of the left atrial appendage-a method of choice in one of the most important clinical trials on AF-The Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Versus Surgical Ablation Treatment (FAST) Trial. The second one represents the most complex approach to this problem: a multidisciplinary, combined effort of a cardiac surgeon and electrophysiologist. The Convergent Procedure, which includes both endocardial and epicardial unipolar ablation bonds together minimally invasive endoscopic surgery with electroanatomical mapping, to deliver best of the

  3. Useful clinical features for the selection of ideal patients with strial fibrillation for mapping and catheter ablation

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    Mehta Niraj; Távora Maria Zildany Pinheiro; Takeschita Noriaki; Figueiredo Edilberto; Lourenço Ricardo M.; Germiniani Hélio; Précoma Dalton

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    OBJECTIVE: To identify useful clinical characteristics for selecting patients eligible for mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We studied 9 patients with atrial fibrillation, without structural heart disease, associated with: 1) antiarrhythmic drugs, 2) symptoms of low cardiac output, and 3) intention to treat. Seven patients had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 had recurrent atrial fibrillation. RESULTS: In the 6 patients who underwent mapping (all had paroxysmal atrial...

  4. A Patient With an Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ewa Majos, MD; Rafal Dabrowski MD, PhD

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a common and refractory arrhythmia. Prevalence of AF increases with age. Asymptomatic AF is a state of asymptomatic episodes of arrhythmia and its exact prevalence remains unknown. Ablation and therapy with antiarrhythmic agents may predispose to asymptomatic AF. Detection of silent AF is crucial for prevention of ischaemic stroke. Progress in continuous ECG monitoring by Holter ECG, telemetry methods or implantable devices can provide a useful tools for identifying silent AF. Simple screening procedures like pulse examination and ambulatory ECG may be helpful in arrhythmia detection and logically – ischemic stroke prevention.

  5. Effect of catheter radiofrequency ablation on C-reactive protein, brain natriuretic peptide and echocardiograph in patients with persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Huang Qiong; Yuan Yiqiang; Qiu Chunguang; Zhao Yujie; Mao Youlin; Wang Ruimin; Wang Qian

    2014-01-01

    Background Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) has developed rapidly,and is a commonly performed ablation in many major hospitals throughout the world,due to its satisfactory results.The aim of this study was to detect the effect of RFCA on C-reactive protein (CRP),brain natriuretic peptide (BNP),and echocardiograph in patients with persistent and permanent AF.Methods A total of 120 patients (71 males,mean age (50.8±12.0) years) with persistent and permanent AF undergoing RFCA under guidance of the Carto merge technique were studied.Left atrial diameter (LAD),right atrial diameter (RAD),left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF),CRP,and BNP were observed 3,6 and 12 months after RFCA and compared with results before RFCA.The recurrence of atrial arrhythmias was observed 3 and 12 months after the procedure.Results Compared with that before RFCA,LAD and RAD decreased and LVEF increased significantly after RFCA.Meanwhile,the levels of CRP and BNP were reduced significantly at 3,6,and 12 months after RFCA (P<0.05).In the non-recurrent patients,LVEF was increased significantly compared with the recurrent patients at 3,6,and 12 months after RFCA (P<0.05).CRP and BNP levels were decreased significantly in the non-recurrent patients compared with the recurrent patients at 3,6,and 12 months after RFCA (P<0.05).After one or two applications of RFCA,during a follow-up of 12 months,12 patients (10.0%) had AF,10 patients (8.3%) had atrial flutter,and 5 patients had atrial tachycardia (4.2%).Conclusions Conversion of AF to sinus rhythm by RFCA,has been shown to reduce LA size and improve LVEF.It can also significantly decrease the levels of CRP and BNP in patients with persistent and permanent AF and reduce the risk of inflammation and developing heart failure.

  6. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?

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    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually causes the heart's lower ... Chest pain Dizziness or fainting Fatigue (tiredness) Confusion Atrial Fibrillation Complications AF has two major complications— stroke and ...

  7. Risk of atrial fibrillation in diabetes mellitus

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    Pallisgaard, Jannik L.; Schjerning, Anne-Marie; Lindhardt, Tommi B.;

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    AIM: Diabetes has been associated with atrial fibrillation but the current evidence is conflicting. In particular knowledge regarding young diabetes patients and the risk of developing atrial fibrillation is sparse. The aim of our study was to investigate the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients...... with diabetes compared to the background population in Denmark. METHODS AND RESULTS: Through Danish nationwide registries we included persons above 18 years of age and without prior atrial fibrillation and/or diabetes from 1996 to 2012. The study cohort was divided into a background population without...... diabetes and a diabetes group. The absolute risk of developing atrial fibrillation was calculated and Poisson regression models adjusted for sex, age and comorbidities were used to calculate incidence rate ratios of atrial fibrillation. The total study cohort included 5,081,087 persons, 4,827,713 (95%) in...

  8. Almanac 2015: atrial fibrillation research in Heart.

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    Jawad-Ul-Qamar, Muhammad; Kirchhof, Paulus

    2016-04-15

    Atrial fibrillation continues to attract interest in the cardiovascular community and inHeart Over 60 original research and review papers published inHeartin 2014-2015 cover various aspects of atrial fibrillation, from associated conditions and precipitating factors to new approaches to management. Here, we provide an overview of articles on atrial fibrillation published inHeartin 2014-2015, highlighting new developments, emerging concepts and novel approaches to treatment. PMID:26791994

  9. Postoperative atrial fibrillation, oxidative stress, and inflammation

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    ÖZAYDIN, Mehmet

    2011-01-01

    Postoperative atrial fibrillation is the most common complication of cardiac surgery. It is associated with increased complication rates. Recent trials have suggested that inflammation and oxidative stress have key roles in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation. Current evidence evaluating the use of antiinflammatory and antioxidant agents, including statins, corticosteroids, N-acetylcysteine, vitamin C, and fish oil, to prevent postoperative atrial fibrillation is promising. However, la...

  10. Atrial fibrillation: inflammation in disguise?

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    Lappegård, K T; Hovland, A; Pop, G A M; Mollnes, T E

    2013-08-01

    Atrial fibrillation is highly prevalent, and affected patients are at an increased risk of a number of complications, including heart failure and thrombo-embolism. Over the past years, there has been increasing interest in the role of inflammatory processes in atrial fibrillation, from the first occurrence of the arrhythmia to dreaded complications such as strokes or peripheral emboli. As the standard drug combination which aims at rate control and anticoagulation only offers partial protection against complications, newer agents are needed to optimize treatment. In this paper, we review recent knowledge regarding the impact of inflammation on the occurrence, recurrence, perpetuation and complications of the arrhythmia, as well as the role of anti-inflammatory therapies in the treatment for the disease. PMID:23672430

  11. Robotic atrial septal defect repair and endoscopic treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Argenziano, Michael; Williams, Mathew R

    2003-04-01

    Computer (robotic) enhancement has emerged as a facilitator of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and has been used to perform portions of intracardiac procedures via thoracotomy incisions. This report describes the use of the da Vinci surgical system in two totally endoscopic ("closed chest") cardiac operations: atrial septal defect closure and pulmonary vein isolation of atrial fibrillation. ASD closure: Fifteen patients underwent repair of a secundum-type atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale by a totally endoscopic approach, utilizing the da Vinci robotic system. Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was achieved peripherally. Cardioplegia was administered via the distal port of the arterial cannula after endoballoon inflation. Via three port incisions in the right chest, the entire operation including pericardiotomy; bicaval occlusion; atriotomy; atrial septopexy; and atrial closure was performed by a surgeon seated at a computer console. A fourth 15 mm port was utilized for suction and suture passage by a patient-side assistant. In one case, a recurrent shunt was identified and repaired on POD 5. Median ICU length of stay (LOS) was 20 hours, and median hospital LOS was 4 days. Atrial fibrillation surgery: This report also describes the pathway that we have pursued in the development of a totally endoscopic operation for atrial fibrillation. Beginning with animal models, we tested various ablative energy sources; methods of ablation; and minimally invasive approaches. This work has led to the development of a variety of minimally invasive surgical approaches including a totally endoscopic, robotically assisted beating heart procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. PMID:12838483

  12. Aspirin Often Wrongly Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_159459.html Aspirin Often Wrongly Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation Blood thinners -- not aspirin -- dramatically cut the risk of stroke, researchers say ...

  13. Present treatment options for atrial fibrillation

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    Lairikyengbam, S; Anderson, M.,; Davies, A

    2003-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the commonest sustained cardiac arrhythmia. It accounts for >35% of all hospital admissions for cardiac arrhythmias in the United States. The presence of atrial fibrillation increases the mortality of a population by up to twofold. The risk of stroke increases from 1.5% in patients with atrial fibrillation from 50–59 years of age to up to 23.5% for such patients aged 80–89 years. Although the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation is usually straightforward, effective treatme...

  14. Atrial fibrillation care improvement collaborative

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    Robelia, Paul; Kopecky, Stephen; Thacher, Tom

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an increasingly common cardiac arrhythmia. Many patients with new onset or recurrent AF present to the emergency department and are subsequently admitted to the hospital and seen by cardiology specialists for follow up. In an attempt to address this high utilization of acute health care resources, reduce costs, and improve patient care, our institution instituted a collaborative project between the departments of emergency medicine, cardiology, family medicine, and...

  15. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

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    Roger Kerzner; Michael W. Rich

    2005-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an extremely common condition in the elderly, with increasing prevalence around the world as the population ages. AF may be associated with serious health consequences, including stroke, heart failure, and decreased quality of life, so that careful management of AF by geriatric health care providers is required. With careful attention to anticoagulation therapy, and prudent use of medications and invasive procedures to minimize symptoms, many of the adverse health consequences of AF can be prevented.

  16. Arrhythmia Termination Versus Elimination of Dormant Pulmonary Vein Conduction as a Procedural End Point of Catheter Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

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    Theis, Cathrin; Konrad, Torsten; Mollnau, Hanke; Sonnenschein, Sebastian; Kämpfner, Denise; Potstawa, Maik; Ocete, Blanca Quesada; Bock, Karsten; Himmrich, Ewald; Münzel, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Background— Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is still associated with a substantial number of arrhythmia recurrences in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). This prospective, randomized study aimed to compare 2 different procedural strategies. Methods and Results— A total of 152 patients undergoing de novo ablation for paroxysmal AF were randomized to 2 different treatment arms. The procedure in group A consisted of PVI exclusively. In this group, all isolated PVs were challenged with adenosine to reveal and ablate dormant conduction. In group B, PVI was performed with the patient either in spontaneous or in induced AF. If AF did not terminate with PVI, ablation was continued by targeting extra-PV AF sources with the desired procedural end point of termination to sinus rhythm. Primary study end point was freedom from arrhythmia during 1-year follow-up. In group A, adenosine provoked dormant conduction in 31 (41%) patients with a mean of 1.6±0.8 transiently recovered PVs per patient. Termination of AF during PVI was observed in 31 (65%) patients, whereas AF persisted afterward in 17 (35%) patients. AF termination occurred in 13 (76%) patients by AF source ablation. After 1-year follow-up, significantly more group B patients were free of arrhythmia recurrences (87 versus 68%; P=0.006). During redo ablation, the rate of PV reconduction did not differ between both groups (group A: 55% versus group B: 61%; P=0.25). Conclusions— Elimination of extra-PV AF sources after PVI is superior to sole PV isolation with the adjunct of abolishing potential dormant conduction. Clinical Trial Registration— URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT02238392. PMID:26297786

  17. Effects of radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation on soluble P-selectin, von Willebrand factor and IL-6 in the peripheral and cardiac circulation.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation (CA of atrial fibrillation (AF is associated with inflammatory response, endothelial damage and with increased risk of thrombosis. However, whether these processes differ in peripheral and cardiac circulation is unknown. METHODS: Plasma markers (von Willebrand factor (vWf, soluble P-selectin (sPsel and interleukin-6 (IL-6 were measured by ELISA at three time points in 80 patients (62±10 years, 63% males, 41% paroxysmal AF undergoing CA. These were at baseline--from femoral vein (FV and left atrium (LA before ablation; directly after ablation--from the pulmonary vein (PV, LA and FV; and 24 hours after procedure--from a cubital vein (CV. RESULTS: The levels of vWF and IL6--but not sP-sel--increased significantly 24 h after procedure (p<0.001. Baseline vWF was significantly associated with persistent AF (Beta = .303, p = 0.006 and Beta = .300, p = 0.006 for peripheral and cardiac levels, respectively, while persistent AF (Beta = .250, p = 0.031 and LAA flow pattern (Beta = .386, p<0.001 remained associated with vWF in cardiac blood after ablation. Advanced age was significantly associated with IL6 levels at baseline and after ablation in peripheral and cardiac blood. There were no clinical, procedural or anti-coagulation characteristics associated with sP-sel levels in cardiac blood, while peripheral sP-sel levels were associated with hypertension before (Beta = -.307, p = 0.007 and with persistent AF after ablation (Beta = -.262, p = 0.020. CONCLUSIONS: vWF levels are higher in persistent AF and are associated with LAA rheological pattern after AF ablation. Increase of peripheral vWF and IL6 levels after procedure supports current AF ablation management with careful control of post-procedural anticoagulation to avoid ablation-related thromboembolism.

  18. Drug-Coated Balloon Venoplasty for In-Stent Restenosis in a Patient With Recurrent Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Post Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: Initial Experience With a New Treatment Technique.

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    Rosenberg, Jonathan; Fisher, Westby G; Guerrero, Mayra; Smart, Steve; Levisay, Justin; Feldman, Ted; Salinger, Michael

    2016-05-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is an uncommon but serious complication following radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. Occurrence of this complication has risen with increased rates of ablation procedures, with >50,000 AF ablation procedures performed per year, and can occur within weeks to months post procedure. Currently, the main therapies for PVS include percutaneous interventions with balloon angioplasty and stenting, but these treatments are complicated by a high rate of restenosis. The optimal treatment for recurrent pulmonary vein in-stent restenosis has not been determined. We describe the novel use of a paclitaxel drug-coated balloon for the treatment of in-stent restenosis of the pulmonary veins. PMID:27145055

  19. Atrial remodeling, fibrosis, and atrial fibrillation.

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    Jalife, José; Kaur, Kuljeet

    2015-08-01

    The fundamental mechanisms governing the perpetuation of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia seen in clinical practice, are poorly understood, which explains in part why AF prevention and treatment remain suboptimal. Although some clinical parameters have been identified as predicting a transition from paroxysmal to persistent AF in some patients, the molecular, electrophysiological, and inflammation changes leading to such a progression have not been described in detail. Oxidative stress, atrial dilatation, calcium overload, inflammation, microRNAs, and myofibroblast activation are all thought to be involved in AF-induced atrial remodeling. However, it is unknown to what extent and at which time points such alterations influence the remodeling process that perpetuates AF. Here we postulate a working model that might open new pathways for future investigation into mechanisms of AF perpetuation. We start from the premise that the progression to AF perpetuation is the result of interplay among manifold signaling pathways with differing kinetics. Some such pathways have relatively fast kinetics (e.g., oxidative stress-mediated shortening of refractory period); others likely depend on molecular processes with slower kinetics (e.g., transcriptional changes in myocyte ion channel protein expression mediated through inflammation and fibroblast activation). We stress the need to fully understand the relationships among such pathways should one hope to identify novel, truly effective targets for AF therapy and prevention. PMID:25661032

  20. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Using Magnetic Navigation Comparison With Conventional Approach During Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Tolga AKSU; Serdar BOZYEL; Ebru GOLCUK; K�vanc YALIN; Tumer Erdem Guler

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available trial fibrillation (AF ablation targeting the circumferential isolation of pulmonary veins (PVI is an established therapeutic alternative in symptomatic AF patients resistant to anti-arrhythmic medications. The procedure technically challenging and multiple difficulties must be overcome in order to achieve a successful outcome. The magnetic navigation system (MNS is a remote catheter control technology that has an advantages such as an atraumatic catheter design that improves the procedural safety, a reduced amount of radiation exposure to both the patient and physician, unrestricted and reproducible catheter manoeuvrability that allows the access to difficult anatomical situations, and an improved catheter stability lead to better energy delivery. Due to these advantages, MNS is increasingly being used for AF ablation and both acute and chronic success rates are comparable with the conventional technique. However, MNS is related to longer radiofrequency (RF application duration and procedure time. But, the new developments in navigation systems, catheters and sheaths used, combination of MNS and a new three-dimensional mapping systems are very promising to obviate these concerns.

  1. Personalized management of atrial fibrillation : Proceedings from the fourth Atrial Fibrillation competence NETwork/European Heart Rhythm Association consensus conference

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Guenter; Aliot, Etienne; Al Khatib, Sana; Apostolakis, Stavros; Auricchio, Angelo; Bailleul, Christophe; Bax, Jeroen; Benninger, Gerlinde; Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Carina; Boersma, Lucas; Boriani, Giuseppe; Brandes, Axel; Brown, Helen; Brueckmann, Martina; Calkins, Hugh; Casadei, Barbara; Clemens, Andreas; Crijns, Harry; Derwand, Roland; Dobrev, Dobromir; Ezekowitz, Michael; Fetsch, Thomas; Gerth, Andrea; Gillis, Anne; Gulizia, Michele; Hack, Guido; Haegeli, Laurent; Hatem, Stephane; Haeusler, Karl Georg; Heidbuechel, Hein; Hernandez-Brichis, Jessica; Jais, Pierre; Kappenberger, Lukas; Kautzner, Joseph; Kim, Steven; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Lane, Deirdre; Leute, Angelika; Lewalter, Thorsten; Meyer, Ralf; Mont, Lluis; Moses, Gregory; Mueller, Markus; Muenzel, Felix; Naebauer, Michael; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Oeff, Michael; Oto, Ali; Pieske, Burkert; Pisters, Ron; Potpara, Tatjana; Rasmussen, Lars; Ravens, Ursula; Reiffel, James; Richard-Lordereau, Isabelle; Schaefer, Herbert; Schotten, Ulrich; Stegink, Wim; Stein, Kenneth; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Szumowski, Lukasz; Tavazzi, Luigi; Themistoclakis, Sakis; Thomitzek, Karen; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; von Stritzky, Berndt; Vincent, Alphons; Werring, David; Willems, Stephan; Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Camm, A. John

    2013-01-01

    The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has seen marked changes in past years, with the introduction of new oral anticoagulants, new antiarrhythmic drugs, and the emergence of catheter ablation as a common intervention for rhythm control. Furthermore, new technologies enhance our ability to detec

  2. Caractérisation spatio-temporelle de l’électrocardiogramme de surface pour prédire le résultat de l’ablation par cathéter de la fibrillation atriale persistante

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    Meo, Marianna

    2013-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, and one of the main causes of stroke. Yet its thorough characterization and treatment remain an open issue. Despite the increasing popularity of the radiofrequency catheter ablation (CA) therapy, very little is known about its impact on heart substrate, leading to rather uncertain success rates. This calls for advanced signal processing tools for quantitatively assessing CA outcome. The surface ...

  3. PAROXYSMAL ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: CHOICE OF CARDIOVERSION THERAPY

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Characteristics and classification of different patterns of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation are presented. Main indications to restoration of sinus rhythm are discussed. The features of main medications used to terminate of atrial fibrillation are given. The choice of antiarrhythmic drug is considerate. Necessity of individual approach to therapy tactics is proved.

  4. Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery

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    Nair Suresh

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Once considered as nothing more than a nuisance after cardiac surgery, the importance of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF has been realized in the last decade, primarily because of the morbidity associated with the condition. Numerous causative factors have been described without any single factor being singled out as the cause of this complication. POAF has been associated with stroke, renal failure and congestive heart failure, although it is difficult to state whether POAF is directly responsible for these complications. Guidelines have been formulated for prevention of POAF. However, very few cardiothoracic centers follow any form of protocol to prevent POAF. Routine use of prophylaxis would subject all patients to the side effects of anti-arrhythmic drugs, while only a minority of the patients do actually develop this problem postoperatively. Withdrawal of beta blockers in the postoperative period has been implicated as one of the major causes of POAF. Amiodarone, calcium channel blockers and a variety of other pharmacological agents have been used for the prevention of POAF. Atrial pacing is a non-pharmacological measure which has gained popularity in the prevention of POAF. There is considerable controversy regarding whether rate control is superior to rhythm control in the treatment of established atrial fibrillation (AF. Amiodarone plays a central role in both rate control and rhythm control in postoperative AF. Newer drugs like dronedarone and ranazoline are likely to come into the market in the coming years.

  5. RELATION BETWEEN LEFT ATRIAL SIZE AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN DIFFERENT DISEASES

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    Rajith; Divya

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia and left atrial size is an important factor in the development of atrial fibrillation. In the presence of atrial fibrillation an increase in left atrial size is associated with increased risk of stroke as well as increased morbidity and mortality. In this context, this study entitled “relation between left atrial size and atrial fibrillation in different diseases” was undertaken to study the left atrial size in different d...

  6. Implementation of antithrombotic management in atrial fibrillation

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    Lairikyengbam, S; Davies, A; Jones, P.

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    The aim of the study was to assess the extent to which published recommendations on the antithrombotic management of atrial fibrillation had been adopted into clinical practice in a busy district general hospital, and the impact of clinical audit on subsequent management. In the initial audit, 185 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation were studied using their case notes to identify any further clinical risk factors for stroke. A management algorithm stratified patients with atrial fib...

  7. Current Issues in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Khaykin, Yaariv; Shamiss, Yana

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. It places an enormous burden on the patients, caregivers, and the society at large. While the main themes in the care of an AF patient have not changed over the years and continue to focus on stroke prevention, control of the ventricular, rate and rhythm maintenance, there have been a number of new developments in each of these realms. This paper will discuss the “hot” topics in AF in 2012 including new and upcoming med...

  8. Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation and the Risk of Stroke

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    Healey, Jeff S.; Connolly, Stuart J.; Gold, Michael R.; Israel, Carsten W.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Capucci, Alessandro; Lau, C. P.; Fain, Eric; Yang, Sean; Bailleul, Christophe; Morillo, Carlos A.; Carlson, Mark; Themeles, Ellison; Kaufman, Elizabeth S.; Hohnloser, Stefan H.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND One quarter of strokes are of unknown cause, and subclinical atrial fibrillation may be a common etiologic factor. Pacemakers can detect subclinical episodes of rapid atrial rate, which correlate with electrocardiographically documented atrial fibrillation. We evaluated whether subclinica

  9. Atrial Fibrosis and the Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Everett, Thomas H; Olgin, Jeffrey E.

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is commonly associated with congestive heart failure (CHF), and CHF has been shown to be associated with atrial structural remodeling resulting in fibrosis. This atrial interstitial fibrosis has been seen in patients with CHF and animal models of pacing induced heart failure. With atrial fibrosis, conduction abnormalities result in an increase in AF vulnerability. The mechanism of AF that is associated with CHF is still under debate as both focal and reentrant mechani...

  10. Atrial fibrillation management: evaluating rate vs rhythm control.

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    Nguyen, Tuan; Jolly, Umjeet; Sidhu, Kiran; Yee, Raymond; Leong-Sit, Peter

    2016-06-01

    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). Catheter ablation techniques, involving radiofrequency ablation and recently cryoablation, have shown promising results in particular with paroxysmal AF. However, persistent AF provides ongoing challenges and will be a particular focus of continued research. PMID:26960034

  11. Value of multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in preparation for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: The impact of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings on patient care

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    Wissner, Erik; Wellnitz, Clinton V.; Srivathsan, Komandoor; Scott, Luis R. [Mayo Clinic Arizona - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Cardiovascular Diseases, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054 (United States); Altemose, Gregory T. [Mayo Clinic Arizona - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Cardiovascular Diseases, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054 (United States)], E-mail: altemose.gregory@mayo.edu

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    Objective: In patients referred for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax is routinely performed to assess pulmonary vein anatomy. We sought to investigate the incidence of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings in this select patient population and to establish how these findings influence subsequent patient care. Methods: Ninety-five patients (mean age 62 {+-} 10 years, 35% female) referred to our institution for ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation between July 2003 and October 2007 underwent multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax. Radiologists interpreted all images. Need for additional testing, consultation and eventual diagnosis were assessed by electronic record review. Results: A total of 83 (5 cardiac, 78 extracardiac) unexpected findings were observed in 50/95 (53%) of patients. The findings prompted 23 additional tests (5 cardiac, 18 noncardiac) in 15/95 (16%) of patients and 8 subsequent referrals in 7/95 (7%) patients. In 6 patients the findings significantly altered future patient care and resulted in postponement of ablation therapy in 4 patients. In 2 patients, extracardiac findings (pulmonary emboli and adenocarcinoma of the lung) were of potentially life-saving consequence. Conclusions: In patients undergoing multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in anticipation of planned catheter ablation therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, unexpected findings are common and of potentially significant value. In comparison, there is a higher prevalence of unexpected extracardiac, rather than cardiac findings. Further investigation of these findings may lead to postponement of ablation therapy, but may also be of potentially lifesaving consequence.

  12. Value of multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in preparation for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: The impact of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings on patient care

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    Objective: In patients referred for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax is routinely performed to assess pulmonary vein anatomy. We sought to investigate the incidence of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings in this select patient population and to establish how these findings influence subsequent patient care. Methods: Ninety-five patients (mean age 62 ± 10 years, 35% female) referred to our institution for ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation between July 2003 and October 2007 underwent multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax. Radiologists interpreted all images. Need for additional testing, consultation and eventual diagnosis were assessed by electronic record review. Results: A total of 83 (5 cardiac, 78 extracardiac) unexpected findings were observed in 50/95 (53%) of patients. The findings prompted 23 additional tests (5 cardiac, 18 noncardiac) in 15/95 (16%) of patients and 8 subsequent referrals in 7/95 (7%) patients. In 6 patients the findings significantly altered future patient care and resulted in postponement of ablation therapy in 4 patients. In 2 patients, extracardiac findings (pulmonary emboli and adenocarcinoma of the lung) were of potentially life-saving consequence. Conclusions: In patients undergoing multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in anticipation of planned catheter ablation therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, unexpected findings are common and of potentially significant value. In comparison, there is a higher prevalence of unexpected extracardiac, rather than cardiac findings. Further investigation of these findings may lead to postponement of ablation therapy, but may also be of potentially lifesaving consequence.

  13. Visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis after radio frequency ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation using multidetector computed tomography with retrospective gating

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    Purpose: With the number of radio frequency ablations (RFA) for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation increasing, the diagnostic evaluation for RFA associated pulmonary vein stenosis is getting more important. This study investigates the feasibility of the visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis using non-invasive multidetector computed tomography. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients were examined following RFA-treatment. A 4-slice (20 patients) and a 16-slice (8 patients) multidetector CT scanner (SOMATOM Volume Zoom and Sensation 16, Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) with retrospective gating was used to assess the pulmonary veins. Lesion severity was determined on a semi-quantitative scale ( 50%). Results: CT was performed without any complications in all patients. Diagnostic image quality could be obtained in all examinations. The pulmonary veins showed lesions 50% in one patient. Eighteen patients showed no lesions. Conclusion: Multidetector CT of the pulmonary veins seems to be able to visualize high-grade and low-grade lesions, but larger catheter-controlled studies are needed for further assessment of the diagnostic accuracy and clinical reliability of this noninvasive method. (orig.)

  14. Class IC antiarrhythmic drug induced atrial flutter: electrocardiographic and electrophysiological findings and their importance for long term outcome after right atrial isthmus ablation

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    Nabar, A; Rodriguez, L.; Timmermans, C; van Mechelen, R; Wellens, H

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    OBJECTIVE—To describe the electrocardiographic and electrophysiological findings of new atrial flutter developing in patients taking class IC antiarrhythmic drugs for recurrent atrial fibrillation, and to report the long term results of right atrial isthmus ablation in relation to the ECG pattern of spontaneous atrial flutter.
DESIGN—Retrospective analysis.
SETTING—Tertiary care academic hospital.
PATIENTS—24 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (age 54 (12) years; 5 female, 19 male)...

  15. Healthcare Utilization and Clinical Outcomes after Catheter Ablation of Atrial Flutter

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    Dewland, Thomas A.; Glidden, David V.; Marcus, Gregory M

    2014-01-01

    Atrial flutter ablation is associated with a high rate of acute procedural success and symptom improvement. The relationship between ablation and other clinical outcomes has been limited to small studies primarily conducted at academic centers. We sought to determine if catheter ablation of atrial flutter is associated with reductions in healthcare utilization, atrial fibrillation, or stroke in a large, real world population. California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project databases were u...

  16. Persistent atrial fibrillation in a goat model of chronic left atrial overload.

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    Remes, J.; Brakel, T.J. van; Bolotin, G.; Garber, C.; Jong, MM de; Veen, FH van der; Maessen, J.G.

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    OBJECTIVES: Atrial dilatation predisposes to atrial fibrillation. Although several animal models focus on the initiating mechanisms of atrial fibrillation in dilated atria, a model of left atrial overload resulting in persistent atrial fibrillation in nonanesthetized animals has not been presented t

  17. Genetics Home Reference: familial atrial fibrillation

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    ... or Free article on PubMed Central Roberts R. Mechanisms of disease: Genetic mechanisms of atrial fibrillation. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. ... with a qualified healthcare professional . About Genetics Home Reference Site Map Contact Us Selection Criteria for Links ...

  18. Atrial Fibrillation - Multiple Languages: MedlinePlus

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  19. Atrial Fibrillation During an Exploration Class Mission

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    Lipsett, Mark; Hamilton, Douglas; Lemery, Jay; Polk, James

    2011-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a possible scenario of an astronaut having Atrial Fibrillation during a Mars Mission. In the case review the presentation asks several questions about the alternatives for treatment, medications and the ramifications of the decisions.

  20. Psychosomatic correlations in atrial fibrillations

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    Vladimir Ernstovich Medvedev

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Patients with atrial fibrillations (AF and comorbid mental disorders were examined. Two patient groups differing in the structure of psychosomatic ratios were identified. Group 1 comprised patients with AF and signs of reactivity lability that manifested itself as psychopathological reactions to the primary manifestations of AF; Group 2 included those who had developed mental disorders mainly in end-stage cardiovascular disease (predominantly a permanent form of AF in the presence of such events as chronic heart failure (CHF. The results of the study suggest that the patients with AF have frequently anxiety and hypochondriacal disorders, which agrees with the data available in the literature. In addition, end-stage AF is marked by depressive syndromes caused by the severe course of cardiovascular diseases resulting in CHF.

  1. Spontaneous onset of atrial fibrillation

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    Zemlin, Christian W.; Mitrea, Bogdan G.; Pertsov, Arkady M.

    2009-06-01

    Most commonly, atrial fibrillation is triggered by rapid bursts of electrical impulses originating in the myocardial sleeves of pulmonary veins (PVs). However, the nature of such bursts remains poorly understood. Here, we propose a mechanism of bursting consistent with the extensive empirical information about the electrophysiology of the PVs. The mechanism is essentially non-local and involves the spontaneous initiation of non-sustained spiral waves in the distal end of the muscle sleeves of the PVs. It reproduces the experimentally observed dynamics of the bursts, including their frequency, their intermittent character, and the unusual shape of the electrical signals in the pulmonary veins that are reminiscent of so-called early afterdepolarizations (EADs).

  2. Integrin β1 Participates in Atrial Remodeling in Rapid Atrial Pacing Induced Canine Atrial Fibrillation Model

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    Zhang wei; Yang guirong; Zheng zhaotong; Wang sujia; Zhang yun

    2004-01-01

    @@ Objective Integrin β1 regulates cell to cell and cell to extracellualr matrix interaction in heart. however, its pathop hysiological role in atrial fibrillation is unclear. The purpose of t his study was to determine whether atrial structural remodeling during atrial fibrillation is associated with altered integrinβ1.

  3. Atrial Fibrillation in Congestive Heart Failure

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    Lubitz, Steven A.; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Ellinor, Patrick T.

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure are morbid conditions that share common risk factors and frequently coexist. Each condition predisposes to the other, and the concomitant presence of the two identifies individuals at increased risk for mortality. Recent data have emerged which help elucidate the complex genetic and non-genetic pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of atrial fibrillation in individuals with congestive heart failure. Clinical trial res...

  4. Hypercoagulability causes atrial fibrosis and promotes atrial fibrillation

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    Spronk, Henri M H; De Jong, Anne Margreet; Verheule, Sander; De Boer, Hetty C; Maass, Alexander H; Lau, Dennis H; Rienstra, Michiel; van Hunnik, Arne; Kuiper, Marion; Lumeij, Stijn; Zeemering, Stef; Linz, Dominik; Kamphuisen, Pieter Willem; Ten Cate, Hugo; Crijns, Harry J; Van Gelder, Isabelle C; van Zonneveld, Anton Jan; Schotten, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) produces a hypercoagulable state. Stimulation of protease-activated receptors by coagulation factors provokes pro-fibrotic, pro-hypertrophic, and pro-inflammatory responses in a variety of tissues. We studied the effects of thrombin on atrial fibroblasts and tested the

  5. Left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

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    Tzikas, Apostolos; Shakir, Samera; Gafoor, Sameer;

    2015-01-01

    Aims: To investigate the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods and results: Data from consecutive patients treated in 22 centres were collected. A...

  6. Acute treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Kowey, P R; Marinchak, R A; Rials, S J; Filart, R A

    1998-03-12

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common clinical entity, responsible for significant morbidity and mortality, but it also accounts for a large percentage of healthcare dollar expenditures. Efforts to treat this arrhythmia in the past have focused on subacute antithrombotic therapy and eventually use of antiarrhythmic drugs for maintenance of sinus rhythm. However, there has been a growing interest in the concept of acute electrical and pharmacologic conversion. This treatment strategy has a number of benefits, including immediate alleviation of patient symptoms, avoidance of antithrombotic therapy, and prevention of electrophysiologic remodeling, which is thought to contribute to the perpetuation of the arrhythmia. There is also increasing evidence that this is a cost-effective strategy in that it may obviate admission to the hospital and the cost of long-term therapy. This article represents a summary of the treatments that may be used acutely to control the ventricular response to AFib, prevent thromboembolic events, and provide for acute conversion either pharmacologically or electrically. It includes information on modalities that are currently available and those that are under active development. We anticipate that an active, acute treatment approach to AFib and atrial flutter will become the therapeutic norm in the next few years, especially as the benefits of these interventions are demonstrated in clinical trials. PMID:9525568

  7. Refractory atrial fibrillation effectively treated with ranolazine

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    Vaishnav, Aditi; Vaishnav, Avani; Lokhandwala, Yash

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia which is often troublesome to manage. Currently, rhythm and rate control medications are the mainstays of therapy. In 2 amiodarone-refractory highly symptomatic patients, an innovative approach using ranolazine, which selectively acts on Na+ channels and delays atrial depolarization, was tried successfully.

  8. Review of Dominant Frequency Analysis in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Rakesh Latchamsetty, MD

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Significant advancements have been made in the technology and approach to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF. Pulmonary vein isolation has emerged as the dominant strategy in this procedure and has fueled innovations in catheter design as well as various mapping and navigation systems. Mapping and targeting of complex fractionated atrial electrograms has also emerged as an additional or alternate strategy employed by some ablationists. Recently, attention is being drawn to a new approach targeting atrial sites with high dominant frequencies (DF derived from their electrograms. This article is a review of the basic concepts of DF, the relevant literature behind DF analysis in AF, and the potential clinical applicability of DF analysis for catheter ablation.

  9. Effect of age on stroke prevention therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation: the atrial fibrillation investigators

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    van Walraven, Carl; Hart, Robert G; Connolly, Stuart;

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke risk increases with age in patients who have nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. It is uncertain whether the efficacy of stroke prevention therapies in atrial fibrillation changes as patients age. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of age on the...... relative efficacy of oral anticoagulants (OAC) and antiplatelet (AP) therapy (including acetylsalicylic acid and triflusal) on ischemic stroke, serious bleeding, and vascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: This is an analysis of the Atrial Fibrillation Investigators database, which...... contains patient level-data from randomized trials of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. We used Cox regression models with age as a continuous variable that controlled for sex, year of randomization, and history of cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure...

  10. 心房神经节消融后心房结构重构与心房颤动诱发的关系%Relationship between atrial structural remodeling and inducibility of atrial fibrillation after epicardial ganglionic plexi ablation

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    赵庆彦; 唐艳红; 王晞; 邓宏平; 张玉国; 刘育; 于胜波; 鲁志兵; 黄从新

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究心房心外膜神经节丛(GP)消融后心房基质的变化,探讨其与心房颤动(房颤)诱发的关系.方法 10只犬随机分为假手术组和GP消融组.所有犬均行超声心动图后无菌下右侧开胸,观察右心房短阵快速电刺激诱发房颤情况.之后GP消融组分别消融心房右前和右下GP,消融后即刻观察右心房短阵快速电刺激诱发房颤情况.所有犬喂养8周后,同样方法再观察房颤诱发情况.取出心脏分离左、右心房肌组织,采用放射免疫法检测脑钠肽(BNP)水平及免疫组化法检测神经密度;同样方法检测犬开胸前和开胸后8周血浆BNP水平和超声心动图.结果 假手术组和GP消融后即刻右心房刺激未能诱发出房颤,但房颤在GP消融后8周易诱发;血浆和右心房组织BNP水平在GP消融后8周明显升高((119.5±22.6)pg/ml vs (167.7±26.4)pg/ml,(213.2±34.9)pg/s vs (287.6±36.4)pg/g,P<0.05],但左心房BNP水平无明显变化;两组犬术前和术后左右心房大小均无明显变化;GP消融8周后右心房GAP43、TH和ChAT阳性纤维的密度低于假手术组,差异有统计学意义[(791±714)per mm2 vs(2540±863)per mm2,(448±582)per mm2 vs(1855±623)per mm2,(580±726)permm2 vs(2833±851)per mm2,P<0.05],但左心房无明显变化.结论 心房心外膜GP消融后,心房基质发生莺构,可能是GP消融后房颤易诱发的原因.%Objective To investigate the atrial substrate changes after ganglionated plexi (GP) ablation and the relationship between atrial structural remodeling and inducibility of atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods Ten dogs were randomly divided into sham-operated group and GP ablation group. All animals un-derwent a right thoracotomy at the 4th intercostal space. Induced AF was measured by burst rapid pacing at right atrium. After anterior right GP and inferior right GP ablation,AF was measured again in the GP ablation group. The chest was closed and the animals were allowed to recover for 8

  11. Comorbidity of atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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    Ling, Liang-Han; Kistler, Peter M; Kalman, Jonathan M; Schilling, Richard J; Hunter, Ross J

    2016-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) are evolving epidemics, together responsible for substantial human suffering and health-care expenditure. Ageing, improved cardiovascular survival, and epidemiological transition form the basis for their increasing global prevalence. Although we now have a clear picture of how HF promotes AF, gaps remain in our knowledge of how AF exacerbates or even causes HF, and how the development of HF affects the outcome of patients with AF. New data regarding HF with preserved ejection fraction and its unique relationship with AF suggest a possible role for AF in its aetiology, possibly as a trigger for ventricular fibrosis. Deciding on optimal treatment strategies for patients with both AF and HF is increasingly difficult, given that results from trials of pharmacological rhythm control are arguably obsolete in the age of catheter ablation. Restoring sinus rhythm by catheter ablation seems successful in the medium term and improves HF symptoms, functional capacity, and left ventricular function. Long-term studies to examine the effect on rates of stroke and death are ongoing. Guidelines continue to evolve to keep pace with this rapidly changing field. PMID:26658575

  12. Estimating Effective Dose from Phantom Dose Measurements in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Procedures and Comparison of MOSFET and TLD Detectors in a Small Animal Dosimetry Setting

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    Anderson-Evans, Colin David

    Two different studies will be presented in this work. The first involves the calculation of effective dose from a phantom study which simulates an atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedure. The second involves the validation of metal-oxide semiconducting field effect transistors (MOSFET) for small animal dosimetry applications as well as improved characterization of the animal irradiators on Duke University's campus. Atrial Fibrillation is an ever increasing health risk in the United States. The most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, AF is associated with increased mortality and ischemic cerebrovascular events. Managing AF can include, among other treatments, an interventional procedure called catheter ablation. The procedure involves the use of biplane fluoroscopy during which a patient can be exposed to radiation for as much as two hours or more. The deleterious effects of radiation become a concern when dealing with long fluoroscopy times, and because the AF ablation procedure is elective, it makes relating the risks of radiation ever more essential. This study hopes to quantify the risk through the derivation of dose conversion coefficients (DCCs) from the dose-area product (DAP) with the intent that DCCs can be used to provide estimates of effective dose (ED) for typical AF ablation procedures. A bi-plane fluoroscopic and angiographic system was used for the simulated AF ablation procedures. For acquisition of organ dose measurements, 20 diagnostic MOSFET detectors were placed at selected organs in a male anthropomorphic phantom, and these detectors were attached to 4 bias supplies to obtain organ dose readings. The DAP was recorded from the system console and independently validated with an ionization chamber and radiochromic film. Bi-plane fluoroscopy was performed on the phantom for 10 minutes to acquire the dose rate for each organ, and the average clinical procedure time was multiplied by each organ dose rate to obtain individual organ doses. The

  13. Impact of Tricuspid Regurgitation on the Success of Atrioventricular Node Ablation for Rate Control in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: The Node Blast Study.

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    Reddy, Yeruva Madhu; Gunda, Sampath; Vallakati, Ajay; Kanmanthareddy, Arun; Pillarisetti, Jayasree; Atkins, Donita; Bommana, Sudharani; Emert, Martin P; Pimentel, Rhea; Dendi, Raghuveer; Berenbom, Loren D; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya

    2015-09-15

    Atrioventricular node (AVN) ablation is an effective treatment for symptomatic patients with atrial arrhythmias who are refractory to rhythm and rate control strategies where optimal ventricular rate control is desired. There are limited data on the predictors of failure of AVN ablation. Our objective was to identify the predictors of failure of AVN ablation. This is an observational single-center study of consecutive patients who underwent AVN ablation in a large academic center. Baseline characteristics, procedural variables, and outcomes of AVN ablation were collected. AVN "ablation failure" was defined as resumption of AVN conduction resulting in recurrence of either rapid ventricular response or suboptimal biventricular pacing. A total of 247 patients drug refractory AF who underwent AVN ablation at our center with a mean age of 71 ± 12 years with 46% being males were included. Ablation failure was seen in 11 (4.5%) patients. There were no statistical differences between patients with "ablation failure" versus "ablation success" in any of the baseline clinical variables. Patients with moderate-to-severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) were much more likely to have ablation failure than those with ablation success (8 [73%] vs 65 [27%]; p = 0.003). All 11 patients with ablation failure had a successful redo procedure, 9 with right and 2 with the left sided approach. On multivariate analysis, presence of moderate-to-severe TR was found to be the only predictor of failure of AVN ablation (odds ratio 9.1, confidence interval 1.99 to 42.22, p = 0.004). In conclusion, moderate-to-severe TR is a strong and independent predictor of failure of AVN ablation. PMID:26174606

  14. Risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Lindhardsen, Jesper; Ahlehoff, Ole; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar;

    2012-01-01

    To determine if patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke.......To determine if patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke....

  15. A roadmap to improve the quality of atrial fibrillation management

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Günter; Bax, Jeroen;

    2016-01-01

    At least 30 million people worldwide carry a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), and many more suffer from undiagnosed, subclinical, or 'silent' AF. Atrial fibrillation-related cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular deaths, heart failure, stroke, and hospitalizations,...

  16. Patient's Guide to Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... to Antithrombotic A Patient’s Guide to AntithromboticTherapy in Atrial Fibrillation AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation PATIENT EDUCATION GUIDE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS ...

  17. Who Is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib)?

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    ... living with AFib Atrial Fibrillation • Introduction • What is Atrial Fibrillation? • Why AFib Matters • Understand your Risk for AFib Children • Symptoms of AFib • Treatment & Prevention of AFib Treatment Guidelines of AFib Treatment Options ...

  18. Ablação curativa da fibrilação atrial: comparação entre sedação profunda e anestesia geral Curative ablation of atrial fibrillation: comparison between deep sedation and general anesthesia

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    Elizabeth Bessadas Penna Firme

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar sedação profunda com anestesia geral para ablação curativa de fibrilação atrial. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo, aleatório, com 32 pacientes, idades entre 18 e 65 anos, ASA 2 e 3, IMC d" 30kg/m², distribuídos em dois grupos: sedação profunda (G1 e anestesia geral (G2. Todos receberam midazolan (0,5mg/kg venoso. O G1 recebeu propofol (1mg/kg e máscara facial de O2, seguido da infusão contínua de propofol (25-50mg/kg/min e remifentanil (0,01-0,05µg/kg/min. O G2 recebeu propofol (2mg/kg e máscara laríngea com tubo de drenagem, seguido da infusão contínua de propofol (60-100mg/kg/min e remifentanil (0,06-0,1µg/kg/min. Foram comparados: frequência cardíaca, pressão arterial invasiva, complicações, recidiva (desfecho em três meses e gasometrias. RESULTADOS: Os pacientes do G1 apresentaram gasometrias arteriais com níveis de PaCO2 maiores e pH menores (p=0,001 e maior incidência de tosse. Ocorreu diminuição da PAM e FC no G2. Exceto a tosse, as complicações e recidivas foram semelhantes em ambos os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Ambas as técnicas podem ser utilizadas para a ablação curativa da fibrilação atrial. A anestesia geral proporcionou menores alterações respiratórias e maior imobilidade do paciente.OBJECTIVE: To compare deep sedation with general anesthesia for curative ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, randomized study with 32 patients, aged between 18 and 65 years, ASA 2 and 3, BMI d" 30kg/m2, divided into two groups: deep sedation (G1 and general anesthesia (G2. All patients received intravenous midazolam (0.5 mg / kg. G1 received propofol (1mg/kg and O2 by facemask, followed by continuous infusion of propofol (25-50mg/kg/min and remifentanil (0.01-0.05 mg / kg / min. G2 received propofol (2mg/kg and laryngeal mask with built-in drain tube, followed by continuous infusion of propofol (60-100mg/kg/min and remifentanil (0.06 to 0.1g/kg/min. We compared heart rate

  19. Useful clinical features for the selection of ideal patients with strial fibrillation for mapping and catheter ablation

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    Mehta Niraj

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To identify useful clinical characteristics for selecting patients eligible for mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We studied 9 patients with atrial fibrillation, without structural heart disease, associated with: 1 antiarrhythmic drugs, 2 symptoms of low cardiac output, and 3 intention to treat. Seven patients had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 had recurrent atrial fibrillation. RESULTS: In the 6 patients who underwent mapping (all had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation was successfully carried out in superior pulmonary veins in 5 patients (the first 3 in the left superior pulmonary vein and the last 2 in the right superior pulmonary vein. One patient experienced a recurrence of atrial fibrillation after 10 days. We observed that patients who had short episodes of atrial fibrillation on 24-hour Holter monitoring before the procedure were those in whom mapping the focus of tachycardia was possible. Tachycardia was successfully suppressed in 4 of 6 patients. The cause of failure was due to the impossibility of maintaining sinus rhythm long enough for efficient mapping. CONCLUSION: Patients experiencing short episodes of atrial fibrillation during 24-hour Holter monitoring were the most eligible for mapping and ablation, with a final success rate of 66%, versus the global success rate of 44%. Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation were not good candidates for focal ablation.

  20. Optimizing therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure

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    Mulder, Bart Antonius

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    Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and the prevalence is expected to increase in the coming years. The same is true for heart failure. Atrial fibrillation may result in heart failure, and vice versa, but they can also exacerbate each other. The combination of atrial fibrillation and heart failure has important therapeutic implications to treat both diseases and create optimal outcomes for these patients. We started with patients with permanent atrial fibrillation. These...

  1. Heart failure and atrial fibrillation: current concepts and controversies

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    Berg, van den, T.J.T.P.; Tuinenburg, A. E.; Crijns, H. J. G. M.; Gelder, De; Gosselink, A. T.; Lie, K. I.

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    Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are very common, particularly in the elderly. Owing to common risk factors both disorders are often present in the same patient. In addition, there is increasing evidence of a complex, reciprocal relation between heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Thus heart failure may cause atrial fibrillation, with electromechanical feedback and neurohumoral activation playing an important mediating role. In addition, atrial fibrillation may promote heart failure; ...

  2. Pulmonary vein orientation assessment: Is it necessary in patients undergoing contact force sensing guided radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Pim Gal

    2015-09-01

    Conclusions: This study shows that in patients undergoing PVI with the CFC ablation system, PV orientation does not affect CF and is not associated with AF free survival. PV orientation assessment does not appear to be necessary in patients undergoing CFC PVI.

  3. Conduction recovery in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation using multi-electrode duty cycled radiofrequency ablation

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    Balt, J.C.; Karadavut, S.; Mulder, A.A.W.; Luermans, J.G.; Wijffels, M.C.; Boersma, L.V.

    2013-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) is designed for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Electrical reconnection of pulmonary veins is believed to result in AF recurrence. The purpose of this study was to establish the location and extent of PV reconnection after PVI with the PVAC c

  4. Utility of Esophageal Temperature Monitoring During Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation Using Duty-Cycled Phased Radiofrequency Ablation

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    T. Deneke; K. Bünz; A. Bastian; M. Päsler; H. Anders; R. Lehmann; W. Meuser; J.R. de Groot; M. Horlitz; R. Haberkorn; A. Mügge; D.I. Shin

    2011-01-01

    Methods and Results: Ninety consecutive patients undergoing PV-isolation were evaluated. Group A (48 patients) had continuous luminal esophageal temperature (LET) monitoring using a temperature probe with 3 metal electrodes located in the vicinity of the targeted PV ostia. Ablation ceased when LET e

  5. 左心房与双心房射频消融治疗心房纤颤的对比研究%Left versus bi-atrial radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    王坚刚; 孟旭; 李晖; 韩杰; 许春雷; 崔永强

    2008-01-01

    目的 对比研究左心房和双心房射频消融治疗心房纤颤的临床疗效.方法 对北京安贞医院305例房颤患者进行射频消融,160例行双心房消融,另145例行左心房消融.其中男117例、女188例,年龄24~77岁,平均(53±10)岁.房颤病史平均(36±43)个月.瓣膜手术292例,14例合并冠状动脉旁路移植术.随访3~42个月,平均(28±5)个月.结果 手术死亡13例(4.3%),其中3例死于低心排综合征,7例死于多器官功能衰竭,1例死于左室破裂,1例死于猝死,1例死于心律失常.随访双心房组有3例死亡,1例死于脑出血,1例死于心功能不全,1例死因不详.全组术后窦性心律占73.1%(223/305),其中双心房组66.9%(107/160);左心房组80.0%(116/145)(P0.05).随访两组之间非房颤心律比较差异无统计学意义(P=0.33).术前左心房径线≥80 mm是房颤复发的风险因素.结论 左心房和双心房消融都是安全、有效的治疗房颤的外科方法 .如果手术不需要切开右心房或对于重症患者,单独左心房消融是一个合理的选择.%Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of radiofrequency modified maze operation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) and compare the results of the left versus bi-atrial procedures. Methods 305 patients of organic heart disease combined with AF, 117 males and 188 females, aged (53 ± 10), that underwent cardiac valve operation (n = 293) and/or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (n = 14), received concomitant atrial fibrillation, hi-atrial (n = 160) or left atrial (n = 145) with a mean duration of (36±43) months. Follow-up was conducted for (28±5)(3-42) months. Results Thirteen patients (4.3%) died postoperatively:7 died of muhisystem and organ failure, 3 of low cardiac output, 1 of rupture of left ventricle, 1 of arrhythmia, and 1 of sudden death. During the follow-up, 1 patient died of heart failure, 1 of encephalorrhagia and 1 of unknown reason in the bi-atrial group. At the end of

  6. [Antithrombotic management in atrial fibrillation].

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    Fauchier, Laurent; Taillandier, Sophie; Clementy, Nicolas

    2013-02-01

    There is increasing recognition of the value of oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), and the availability of new oral anticoagulants that overcome the limitations of vitamin K antagonists (VKA). Stroke risk assessment using the CHA2DS2-Vasc score allows identification of patients who are at truly low risk (score = 0) who should need no antithrombotic therapy, while all others (CHA2DS2-Vasc score > or = 1 with a risk of thromboembolic event > 1% per year) would be considered for oral anticoagulation. The HAS-BLED score has been recently proposed to easily assess bleeding risk in AF patients. A score of > or = 3 indicates "high risk" and some caution and regular review of the patient are needed. It also makes the clinician think of correctable common bleeding risk factors. The direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban and apixaban are new oral anticoagulants that are at least as efficacious and safe as VKA in non valvular AF. Their advantages are easier use, predictable anticoagulant effects, low propensity for food and drug interactions, and lower rates of intracranial bleeding than with VKA, but they should not be used in patients with kidney disease at the present time. Overall, one may expect that more AF patients will be appropriately treated with oral anticoagulation in the next years. PMID:23513780

  7. Information Learned from Animal Models of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Finet, J. Emanuel; Rosenbaum, David S.; Donahue, J. Kevin

    2009-01-01

    Animal models of atrial fibrillation have taught us about mechanisms of this common disease. A variety of animal models exist, including models of lone atrial fibrillation and models of atrial fibrillation in the setting of heart failure, aging or pericardial inflammation. This chapter reviews these various models.

  8. Subclinical Hypothyroidism: An Overlooked Cause of Atrial Fibrillation?

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    Theofilos M. Kolettis, MD

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The association between clinical1 or subclinical2 hyperthyroidism and atrial fibrillation is established from large prospective cohort studies, with serum free thyroxin (T4 concentrations correlating with atrial fibrillation rates.3 However, the role of subclinical hypothyroidism as a causal factor for atrial fibrillation has not been elucidated.

  9. Atrial ectopy predicts late recurrence of atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation

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    Gang, Uffe J O; Nalliah, Chrishan J; Lim, Toon Wei;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after radiofrequency ablation remains significant. Asymptomatic recurrence poses a difficult clinical problem as it is associated with an equally increased risk of stroke and death compared with symptomatic AF events. Meta-analyses reveal th...... associated with a significantly increased risk of late AF recurrence. These results could have important clinical implications for the design of post-PVI follow-up. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: http://www.anzctr.org.au. Unique identifier: ACRTN12606000467538....

  10. Atrial Fibrillation in the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

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    Osmar Antonio Centurion MD, PhD, FACC

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Since the advent of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF aiming the pulmonary veins a few years ago, there has been an overwhelming interest and a dramatic increase in AF investigation. AF has a different dimension in the context of the Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW syndrome. Indeed, AF may be a nightmare in a young person that has an accessory pathway (AP with fast anterograde conduction. It may be life-threatening if an extremely rapid ventricular response develops degenerating into ventricular fibrillation. Therefore, it is very important to know the mechanisms involved in the development of AF in the WPW syndrome. There are several possible mechanisms that may be involved in the development of AF in the WPW syndrome, namely, spontaneous degeneration of atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia into AF, the electrophysiological properties of the AP, the effects of AP on atrial architecture, and intrinsic atrial muscle vulnerability. Focal activity, multiple reentrant wavelets, and macroreentry have all been implicated in AF, perhaps under the further influence of the autonomic nervous system. AF can also be initiated by ectopic beats originating from the pulmonary veins, and elsewhere. Several studies demonstrated a decrease incidence of AF after successful elimination of the AP, suggesting that the AP itself may play an important role in the initiation of AF. However, since AF still occurs in some patients with the WPW syndrome even after successful ablation of the AP, there should be other mechanisms responsible for the development of AF in the WPW syndrome. There is a clear evidence of an underlying atrial muscle disease in patients with the WPW syndrome. Atrial myocardial vulnerability has been studied performing an atrial endocardial catheter mapping during sinus rhythm, and analizing the recorded abnormal atrial electrograms. This review analizes the available data on this singular setting since AF has a reserved prognostic

  11. Nitric Oxide synthases and atrial fibrillation

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    CynthiaAnnCarnes

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. There are multiple systems in the myocardium which contribute to redox homeostasis, and loss of homeostasis can result in oxidative stress. Potential sources of oxidants include nitric oxide synthases, which normally produce nitric oxide in the heart. Two nitric oxide synthase isoforms (1 and 3 are normally expressed in the heart. During pathologies such as heart failure, there is induction of nitric oxide synthase 2 in multiple cell types in the myocardium. In certain conditions, the NOS enzymes may become uncoupled, shifting from production of nitric oxide to superoxide anion, a potent free radical and oxidant. Multiple lines of evidence suggest a role for nitric oxide synthases in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. Therapeutic approaches to reduce atrial fibrillation by modulation of nitric oxide synthase activity may be beneficial, although further investigation of this strategy is needed.

  12. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Tolstrup, Janne Schurmann; Wium-Andersen, Marie Kim; Ørsted, David Dynnes;

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    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that alcohol consumption, both observational (self-reported) and estimated by genetic instruments, is associated with a risk of atrial fibrillation and to determine whether people with high cardiovascular risk are more sensitive towards...... alcohol than people with low risk. METHODS: We used data for a total of 88,782 men and women from the Copenhagen City Heart Study 1991-1994 and 2001-2003 and the Copenhagen General Population Study 2003-2010. Information on incident cases of atrial fibrillation was obtained from a validated nationwide...... register. As a measure of alcohol exposure, both self-reported consumption and genetic variations in alcohol metabolizing genes (ADH1B/ADH1C) were used as instrumental variables. The endpoint was admission to hospital for atrial fibrillation as recorded in a validated hospital register. RESULTS: A total...

  13. Antihypertensive treatment and risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Marott, Sarah C W; Nielsen, Sune F; Benn, Marianne;

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: To examine the associations between antihypertensive treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), β-blockers, diuretics, or calcium-antagonists, and risk of atrial fibrillation. We examined these associations using the entire Danish...... population from 1995 through 2010. METHODS AND RESULTS: Excluding medication used in atrial fibrillation, we matched individuals on ACEi monotherapy 1:1 with individuals on β-blocker (n = 48 658), diuretic (n = 69 630), calcium-antagonist (n = 57 646), and ARB monotherapy (n = 20 158). Likewise, individuals...... on ARB monotherapy were matched 1:1 with individuals on β-blocker (n = 20 566), diuretic (n = 20 832), calcium-antagonist (n = 20 232), and ACEi monotherapy (n = 20 158). All were free of atrial fibrillation and of predisposing diseases like heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus...

  14. Atrial fibrillation and the 4P medicine

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    Federica Censi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Although the paradigm of the 4P medicine - Predictive, Personalized, Preemptive, and Participatory - has been suggested several years ago, its application to atrial fibrillation is still far away. Given the increasing prevalence and incidence of this pathology it is the time to promote preventive strategies, by identifying the risk factors associated to life style and by incentivizing innovative diagnostic technologies. The promotion of the correct life style and of the use of diagnostic devices based on innovative and reliable technologies, represent a first step towards the full realization of the revolution of 4P medicine in atrial fibrillation.

  15. INTRAOPERATIVE RADIOFREQUENCY AND CRYOABLATION FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN PATIENTS WITH VALVULAR HEART DISEASE

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    N. Maghamipour N. Safaie

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Patients with valvular heart disease and suffering atrial fibrillation of more than 12 months duration have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm after valve surgery alone. We performed intra-operative radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation as an alternative to surgical maze ІІІ procedure to create linear lesion lines for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. A total of 30 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent different combinations of valve surgery and concomitant maze procedure with radiofrequency or cryo probes. These patients aged 48.10 ± 9.84 years in radiofrequency ablation group and 51.10 ± 13.93 years in cryoablation group. Both atrial ablation with radiofrequency probes, needed 26.15 ± 3.67 min extra ischemic time and ablation by mean of cryo-probes needed an extra ischemic time of 29.62 ± 4.27 min. There was one in hospital death postoperatively because of respiratory failure but no other complication. 6 months after the operation, among 30 patients with both atrial ablations, 25 patients were in sinus rhythm, no patient had junctional rhythm and 5 patients had persistent atrial fibrillation. At 12 months follow up, freedom from atrial fibrillation was 85% in radiofrequency group and 80% in cryo group. Doppler echocardiography in these patients demonstrated atrial contractility in 70% of the patients. Intraoperative radiofrequency or cryo-ablation of both atriums are effective and less invasive alternatives for the original maze procedure to eliminate the atrial fibrillation, and can be done in patients with valvular heart disease without increasing the risk of operation.

  16. The immediate future for the medical treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Pedersen, Ole Dyg; Brendorp, Bente; Køber, Lars;

    2002-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly sustained cardiac arrhythmia and a common reason for mortality and morbidity. Atrial fibrillation causes disease for three reasons: i) the ventricular rate is often high, which leads to symptoms ranging from discomfort to life threatening heart failure; ii......) the rhythm causes loss of atrioventricular synchrony, which reduces diastolic filling and may lead to heart failure; and iii) atrial contraction is lost leading to stagnant blood that again may lead to atrial thrombi and peripheral embolism. Thus, the treatment of atrial fibrillation is focused on the...... are in development, but to the author's knowledge only a single thrombin inhibitor is actively being developed for atrial fibrillation....

  17. Pulmonary vein isolation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Kumar S

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Saurabh Kumar, Gregory F Michaud Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF is the commonest arrhythmia in humans and is associated with marked reduction in quality of life and an elevated thromboembolic risk. Paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent forms of AF have been recognized. Whilst antiarrhythmic drugs are considered as first-line therapy, the role of catheter ablation is increasing due to its superior efficacy in terms of quality of life and reduction in AF burden. The central paradigm for catheter ablation of AF is that triggers for AF are located near and within the pulmonary veins (PVs, and electrical isolation of the PVs from the left atrium forms the cornerstone of most catheter ablation strategies. Whilst paroxysmal form is generally trigger dependent, persistent and permanent forms are associated with variable interaction between triggers and "substrate" comprised of atrial and PV electrical and structural remodeling. Nevertheless, isolation of the PVs still forms a critical component of catheter ablation strategies, regardless of AF type. Procedural efficacy, however, is limited by PV conduction recovery. This is likely due to deficiencies in ablation tools or limitations of intraprocedural assessment of lesion efficacy. Careful attention to surrogates of tissue heating, such as impedance decrease and electrogram morphology changes, along with advances in catheter technology like contact force catheters may improve rates of durable PV isolation and single-procedural success. This review discusses the mechanism of paroxysmal AF with particular focus on the role of the PVs in AF initiation and PV isolation in the management of AF. Keywords: contact force, lesion transmurality, radiofrequency catheter ablation, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, electrophysiology, AF

  18. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure Parallels: Lessons for Atrial Fibrillation Prevention

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    McManus, David D.; Shaikh, Amir Y; Abhishek, FNU; Vasan, Ramachandran S.

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    Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are two of the most common cardiovascular diseases encountered in clinical practice, and the prevalence of these diseases continues to grow world-wide with the aging of the global population.

  19. Reduced kidney function is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation.

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    Laukkanen, Jari A; Zaccardi, Francesco; Karppi, Jouni; Ronkainen, Kimmo; Kurl, Sudhir

    2016-08-01

    There is limited knowledge on the relationship between kidney function and incidence of atrial fibrillation. Thus, this prospective study was designed to evaluate whether various biomarkers of kidney function are associated to the risk of atrial fibrillation. The study population consisted of 1840 subjects (615 women and 1225 men) aged 61-82 years. Cystatin C- and creatinine-based estimation of glomerular filtration rate (eGFRcys and eGRFcreat , respectively) and urinary albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) were assessed to investigate their relationship with the risk of atrial fibrillation. During a median follow-up of 3.7 years, a total of 159 incident atrial fibrillation cases occurred. After adjustment for potential confounders, the risk of atrial fibrillation was increased (hazard ratio 2.74, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.56-4.81, P atrial fibrillation (hazard ratio 2.16, CI 1.35-2.82, P atrial fibrillation. PMID:26780558

  20. An "account" of digitalis and atrial fibrillation

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    Meijler, F.L.

    1985-01-01

    This review deals with the mechanisms by which digitalis exerts its "opium-Iike" action on the ventricular rate in patients with atrial fibrillation. To understand the effect of digitalis on ventricular rate and rhythm, it is essential to learn more about the basic electrophysiologic principles resp

  1. Spontaneous conversion of first onset atrial fibrillation

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    Lindberg, Søren Østergaard; Hansen, Sidsel; Nielsen, Tonny

    2011-01-01

    Background  We studied all patients admitted to hospital with first onset atrial fibrillation (AF) to determine the probability of spontaneous conversion to sinus rhythm and to identify factors predictive of such a conversion. Methods and Results  We retrospectively reviewed charts of 438...

  2. Genetic aspects of lone atrial fibrillation

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    Andreasen, Laura; Nielsen, Jonas B; Olesen, Morten S

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. A subgroup of patients presents with AF without traditional risk factors and is diagnosed before the age of 60 years. Such patients are commonly referred as having "lone AF" and comprise 10-20% of all cases. A number of studies have...

  3. A population screening programme for atrial fibrillation

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    Proietti, Marco; Mairesse, Georges H; Goethals, Peter;

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Despite the increased prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), data for the implementation of nationwide screening programmes are limited. The aim of this national screening study was to increase nationwide awareness about AF and stroke risk, to determine the prevalence of AF in Belgian...

  4. Bleeding Risk Assessment in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Lane, Deirdre A

    2016-01-01

    Stroke prevention is central to the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and effective thromboprophylaxis requires oral anticoagulation (OAC). Even a single stroke risk factor confers excess risk, and the net clinical benefit of treatment is positive for OAC compared to no treatment or aspirin...

  5. Cirurgia vídeo-assistida para a ablação da fibrilação atrial isolada por radiofrequência bipolar Cirugía videoasistida para ablación de fibrilación atrial aislada por radiofrecuencia bipolar Videothoracoscopy for isolated atrial fibrillation ablation through bipolar radiofrequency

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    Alexandre Siciliano Colafranceschi

    2009-10-01

    fibrilación atrial (50% paroxística sintomática y refractaria a la terapia medicamentosa, sin enfermedad cardíaca que requiriera cirugía concomitante, fueron sometidos a la ablación de la arritmia guiada por toracoscopía en el período de mayor de 2007 a mayo de 2008. Variables clínicas, de laboratorio y de imagina se recolectaron prospectivamente antes, durante y en el seguimiento postoperatorio. RESULTADOS: La cirugía se realizó conforme lo planeado en todos los pacientes. No hubo lesión iatrogénica de estructuras intratorácicas u óbitos. En el seguimiento medio de seis meses, el 80% de los pacientes están libres de fibrilación atrial. Hubo mejora significativa de los síntomas de insuficiencia cardíaca clase funcional New York Heart Association (2,4 ± 0,5 para 1,6 ± 0,7; p = 0,011. No hubo evidencia de estenosis de venas pulmonares a la angiotomografía en esta serie. CONCLUSIÓN: La cirugía videoasistida para el tratamiento de la fibrilación atrial es reproducible y segura. Hay mejora evolutiva de los síntomas de insuficiencia cardíaca después de la cirugía.BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation, expenses with the healthcare system and the associated high morbidity and mortality have justified the search for new therapeutic approaches. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reproducibility of the surgical technique, its safety and the initial outcome of the video-assisted surgery for the isolated atrial fibrillation ablation with bipolar radiofrequency. METHODS: Ten patients (90% men with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (50% paroxystic type that was refractory to drug therapy, with no heart disease that required concomitant surgical treatment, were submitted to arrhythmia ablation guided by thoracoscopy from May 2007 to May 2008. Clinical, laboratory and image variables were prospectively collected before, during surgery and at the postoperative follow-up. RESULTS: The surgery was carried out as planned in all patients. There was no intra

  6. Home Screening for Detecting Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation

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    Renato Pietro Ricci; Taya V. Glotzer

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The advent of cardiac implanted electronic devices with accurate atrial arrhythmia diagnostic capabilities has revealed a large burden of “silent “ atrial fibrillation that is present in the cardiac population. Many studies have been completed, and many more are ongoing, to determine the correct treatment course when these atrial arrhythmias are detected. Alongside the development of accurate atrial diagnostics within the devices, has been the growth an entire network of wireless home monitoring capability. It is now possible to see, over the internet, individual patients’ atrial arrhythmia burden on every day. This capability has tremendous promise for patient care, with the possibility of reducing strokes, decreasing heart failure, preventing cardiomyopathies, and likely substantially reducing health care costs. As this innovative diagnostic capability is generating large amounts of data, protocols for what should be done with the plethora of new information are being developed. In the pages that follow, we will present what is known about home monitoring for silent atrial fibrillation, and present the results of recent studies published in this arena.

  7. A Simple Porcine Model of Inducible Sustained Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Lee, Anson M; Miller, Jacob R; Voeller, Rochus K; Zierer, Andreas; Lall, Shelly C; Schuessler, Richard B; Damiano, Ralph J; Melby, Spencer J

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    The surgical management of atrial fibrillation (AF) is an evolving field with a history of testing various lesion sets and ablation technologies. Previous animal models of AF require a chronic intervention to make AF reliably inducible. Our objective was to create an acute, reliable, and reproducible porcine model of sustained AF. To accomplish this, 21 adult domestic pigs underwent median sternotomy. Methods to induce AF were then performed sequentially: manual stimulation, rapid pacing (200 beats per minute), and then rapid pacing of 8 beats with a cycle length of 300 milliseconds, followed by an extra stimulus at decreasing cycle lengths. If AF was not induced, burst pacing was performed at a cycle length of 90 milliseconds for 30 seconds. If AF was still not induced, intravenous neostigmine was administered, and the process was repeated. Atrial fibrillation was considered sustained after 1 minute. Attempts at AF induction were successful in 18 (86%) of 21. Atrial fibrillation was induced during manual stimulation in four (19%), during rapid pacing in five (24%), during burst pacing in five (24%), and after the administration of neostigmine in four (19%). Mean (SD) duration of AF was 3.6 (2.6) minutes. Of the 18, 14 (78%) reverted to sinus rhythm spontaneously and 4 (22%) required an antiarrhythmic. This technique of inducing AF can easily be used to evaluate new technologies and lesion sets without the need for creating a chronic animal model. PMID:26889882

  8. Detached tip of a transseptal sheath during left atrial ablation.

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    El-Damaty, Ahmed; Love, Michael; Parkash, Ratika

    2012-02-15

    Left atrial ablation has become more commonplace with the advent of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. A number of transseptal sheaths have been produced to enhance safe and efficient catheter manipulation in the left atrium (LA) for these procedures. Some of the sheaths have been subject to recall due to partial or complete detachment of its radiopaque tip. We report a case of a 46 year-old female diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy that presented with atypical left atrial flutter. During electrophysiologic study, a Swartz braided SL1 (SL-1) transseptal sheath was used to introduce the ablation catheter to the left atrium. During left atrial mapping, the radiopaque tip of the sheath detached from the rest of the sheath and was seen floating in the LA. After exchanging the SL-1 sheath with a deflectable sheath, the detached segment was retrieved out of the LA and eventually out of the vascular system using an angioplasty balloon advanced over a wire and inflated distal to the lumen of the detached tip. The root cause of this malfunction was found to be lack of a secondary bonding process that these sheaths generally undergo during the manufacturing process. We describe the case of a left atrial ablation procedure where a novel percutaneous method was able to successfully retrieve the detached tip of a transseptal sheath from the vascular system, thereby avoiding a potential catastrophic complication or thoracotomy. This method may be useful in other cases where similar circumstances may present. PMID:22162088

  9. [Atrial fibrillation. New views on an old disease].

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    Asensio-Lafuente, E; Alvarez-Mosquera, J B; Lozano-Díaz, J E; Farías-Vega, A; Narváez-David, R; Dorantes-García, J; Orea-Tejeda, A; Rebollar-González, V; Portos-Silva, J M; Oseguera-Moguel, J

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    Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is clinically the most common arrhythmia. Its main complications are recurrent embolic events and a variable deterioration of functional class. Atrial fibrillation induces changes in cellular ionic channels that self-perpetuate the arrhythmia. The pharmacologic treatment of Afib is directed toward correction of those changes and return to sinus rhythm. It is also intended to maintain adequate heart rates and prevent embolic events through anticoagulation or platelet antiagregation. There are presently several class IC or class III antiarrhythmics available for attempting a return to sinus rhythm. The success rates are irregular, the best achieved with flecainide or propafenone among patients without structural heart disease. Amiodarone is the best choice when there is such a problem. The combination possibilities are huge, so that each case must be individualized. The new class III antiarrhythmics are very effective, but have a relatively high rate of side effects including torsade de pointes. Anticoagulation should be the preferred treatment among the majority of patients, but each case should be individually evaluated. New therapies such as focal or linear catheter ablation techniques, atrial or biatrial programmed stimulation, and atrial cardioverter-defibrillator need longer follow-up and experience to be objectively evaluated, although there are reasons to be optimistic in the future, even if patients need antiarrhythmic support at present. Surgery has high morbi-mortality rates, so it is not the preferred approach. PMID:11692812

  10. A Simple Model for Identifying Critical Structures in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Christensen, Kim; Peters, Nicholas S

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm and the single biggest cause of stroke. Ablation, destroying regions of the atria, is applied largely empirically and can be curative but with a disappointing clinical success rate. We design a simple model of activation wavefront propagation on a structure mimicking the branching network architecture of heart muscle and show how AF emerges spontaneously as age-related parameters change. We identify regions responsible for the initiation and maintenance of AF, the ablation of which terminates AF. The simplicity of the model allows us to calculate analytically the risk of arrhythmia. This analytical result allows us to locate the transition in parameter space and highlights that the transition from regular to fibrillatory behaviour is a finite-size effect present in systems of any size. These clinically testable predictions might inform ablation therapies and arrhythmic risk assessment.

  11. Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation: Rotors, Ionic Determinants, and Excitation Frequency.

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    Berenfeld, Omer; Jalife, José

    2016-04-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia; however, therapy is suboptimal. We review recent data on dynamics of wave propagation during AF and its mechanistic link to the substrate. Data show that the dominant frequency (DF) increase during transition to persistent AF may be explained by rotor acceleration. We discuss how translation of experimentally derived understanding of the rotors may find its way into the clinic, focusing on studies analyzing spatial distribution of DF in the atria of patients with paroxysmal versus persistent AF, and how that knowledge might contribute to improve the outcome of AF ablation procedures. PMID:26968663

  12. Ectopic Triggers of Superior Vena Cava in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jayasree Pillarisetti MD

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Superior vena cava (SVC triggers constitute 6- 8% of non-pulmonary vein (PV foci that initiate atrial fibrillation (AF.1 Since SVC cardiomyocytes originate from the right sinus horn they possess enhanced automacity and after-depolarization leading to arrhythmogenicity.2 In a recent study by Arruda et al. 12% of patients had SVC triggers and empiric adjunctive isolation of SVC-right atrium along with PVisolation resulted in higher long term success rate than the group that underwent PVI alone. They demonstrated that adjunctive isolation of SVC along with PV isolation (PVI is a safe and feasible strategy for ablation of AF.

  13. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke – Increasing Stroke Risk With Intervention

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    Christopher V. DeSimone; Malini Madhavan; Elisa Ebrille; Alejandro A. Rabinstein; Paul A. Friedman; Samuel J. Asirvatham

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    Full Text Available In this review, we focus on the important newly recognized appreciation for the paradoxical increase in stroke and TIA as a result of intervention meant to treat atrial fibrillation (AF with the hope of decreasing stroke risk in the long term. The impact of silent cerebral lesions recently appreciated as a potentially major limitation and risk with AF ablation is explained. We categorize our present understanding of how we can minimize risk and provide a platform for what will undoubtedly be newer study, changes in the way procedures are done today, and possibly vascular-based stroke-reduction strategies.

  14. Dronedarone for atrial fibrillation: a new therapeutic agent

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    Pawan D Patel

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Pawan D Patel, Rohit Bhuriya, Dipal D Patel, Bhaskar L Arora, Param P Singh, Rohit R AroraDepartment of Cardiology, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL, USAAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most common of the serious cardiac rhythm disturbances and is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. Amiodarone is currently one of the most widely used and most effective antiarrhythmic agents for atrial fibrillation. But during chronic usage amiodarone can cause some serious extra cardiac adverse effects, including effects on the thyroid. Dronedarone is a newer therapeutic agent with a structural resemblance to amiodarone, with two molecular changes, and with a better side effect profile. Dronedarone is a multichannel blocker and, like amiodarone, possesses both a rhythm and a rate control property in atrial fibrillation. The US Food and Drug Administration approved dronedarone for atrial fibrillation on July 2, 2009. In this review, we discuss the role of dronedarone in atrial fibrillation.Keywords: dronedarone, amiodarone, atrial fibrillation

  15. The Atrial Neural Network and the Metastatic Progression of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Shen X; Scherlag BJ; He B; Sun J; Mei G; Po SS

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available With the advent of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF there has been acceleration in our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the etiology of this common clinical arrhythmia. In this regard, the role of the intrinsic cardiac autonomic nervous system in the initiation and maintenance of AF began to receive attention in numerous experimental and clinical investigations. Up to now, the focus has been on the large ganglionated plexi (GP which are located in the posterior left atrium mainly at the pulmonary vein-atrial junctions. As long term outcomes have been reported and single procedures have indicated diminished success rates particularly for persistent/long standing persistent AF, emphasis has begun to shift away from the pulmonary vein isolation (PVI alone as well as GP ablation with or without PVI. An understanding of the atrial substrate represented by the extensions of the intrinsic cardiac autonomic system constituting the atrial neural network is beginning to evolve. In this review, the contribution of the intrinsic cardiac autonomic nervous system to the etiology of AF is addressed, particularly in regard to the greater prevalence of AF in the elderly. In addition, we emphasize the involvement of the atrial neural network in the pathological progression of paroxysmal to persistent and long standing persistent forms of AF.

  16. Induction of atrial fibrillation with rapid high voltage ventricular pacing for ventricular fibrillation conversion testing

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    Schuchert, A; Kuhl, M; Ruppel, R; Meinertz, T

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    OBJECTIVE—To assess whether rapid high voltage ventricular pacing can also induce atrial fibrillation, and whether the induction of atrial fibrillation during ventricular fibrillation conversion testing is related to the patient's heart disease.
DESIGN—Prospective study of 50 patients who received the dual chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) Ventak AV II DR (Guidant) as a first implant. This device can record atrial activity even during a ventricular fibrillation episode and ...

  17. Effects of trimetazidine on atrial structural remodeling and platelet activation in dogs with atrial fibrillation

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    HAN Wei; LI Wei-min; ZHOU Hong-yan; HUO Hong; WEI Na; DONG Guo; CAO Yong; ZHOU Guo; YANG Shu-sen

    2009-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common arrhythmias in clinical practice. AF results in electrophysiological alterations which involve increased atrial effective refractory period and atrial effective refractory period dispersion, reduced rate adaptation of atrial effective refractory period, and slowed atrial conduction.

  18. Performing the Left Atrial Maze Ablation Pattern Without Atriotomy.

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    Weimar, Timo; Gaynor, Sydney L; Seubert, Daniela Y; Damiano, Ralph J; Doll, Nicolas

    2016-02-01

    The need to perform an additional atriotomy is a major concern that keeps many surgeons from performing an extended left atrial lesion set in patients with atrial fibrillation during procedures such as aortic valve replacement. This does result either in a suboptimal lesion set or even in ignoring the rhythm disorder, leaving the patient exposed to an increased risk of stroke and possible hemodynamic compromises. This report describes a technique how pulmonary vein isolation, an isolation of the posterior left atrial wall and an anterior mitral annular line, which substitutes for the mitral isthmus line in order to prevent perimitral atrial flutter, can be performed during aortic valve replacement without the need for an atriotomy. This technique allows for an optimal time management by minimizing additional cardiopulmonary bypass-time and cross-clamp-time; however, its equivalent efficacy in successfully treating atrial fibrillation compared to the left atrial Maze IV ablation pattern needs to be revealed in future trials. PMID:26777943

  19. Preoperative Arrhythmias Such as Atrial Fibrillation: Cardiovascular Surgery Risk Factor

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    Diana Anghel; Radu Anghel; Flavia Corciova; Mihail Enache; Grigore Tinica

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    Atrial fibrillation is still the most common arrhythmia that occurs in heart surgery. However, there is few literature data on the manner in which preoperative atrial fibrillation may influence the postoperative outcome of various heart surgery procedures. The purpose of our research is to assess the effects of preoperative atrial fibrillation on patients having undergone different heart surgery procedures. The results of our research are a review of clinical data which were collected prospec...

  20. Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation and Possible Implications for Ischemic Stroke

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    Vincent Thijs; Robin Lemmens; Dieter Nuyens; Sylvia Hermans

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia mainly caused by valvular, ischemic, hypertensive, and myopathic heart disease. Atrial fibrillation can occur in families suggesting a genetic background especially in younger subjects. Additionally recent studies have identified common genetic variants to be associated with atrial fibrillation in the general population. This cardiac arrhythmia has important public health implications because of its main complications: congestive heart...

  1. Stroke and atrial fibrillation: is stroke prevention treatment appropriate beforehand?

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    DEPLANQUE, D; Corea, F; Arquizan, C; Parnetti, L.; Mas, J.; Gallai, V.; Leys, D; the, S

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    OBJECTIVE—To undertake a pilot study before conducting a large European multicentre prospective study, to determine the proportion of patients with atrial fibrillation who were not receiving antithrombotic treatment before stroke onset, and their characteristics.
DESIGN AND PATIENTS—The stroke in atrial fibrillation ensemble (SAFE) I study was an observational study conducted in 213 patients with atrial fibrillation consecutively admitted in 1997 to three European centres for an acute stroke ...

  2. Atrial fibrillation in a primary care practice: prevalence and management

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    Upshur Ross E; Ceresne Lance

    2002-01-01

    Abstract Background Atrial fibrillation is a common serious cardiac arrhythmia. Knowing the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and documentation of medical management are important in the provision of primary care. This study sought to determine the prevalence of atrial fibrillation in a primary care population and to identify and quantify the treatments being used for stroke prevention in this group of patients. Methods A prevalence study through chart audit was conducted in the family medici...

  3. The use of warfarin in veterans with atrial fibrillation

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    Rosenbeck Karen; Bravata Dawn M; Kancir Sue; Brass Lawrence M

    2004-01-01

    Abstract Background Warfarin therapy is effective for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, warfarin therapy is underutilized even among ideal anticoagulation candidates. The purpose of this study was to examine the use of warfarin in both inpatients and outpatients with atrial fibrillation within a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system. Methods This retrospective medical record review included outpatients and inpatients with atrial fibrillation. The outpatie...

  4. Genetika idiopatske atrijske fibrilacije: Genetics of lone atrial fibrillation:

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    Antolič, Bor; Petrovič, Danijel; Šinkovec, Matjaž; Žižek, David

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac dysrhythmia leading to an increased risk of heart failure and thromboembolic stroke. It is a multifactorial disease, the incidence of which increases with age and presenceof other comorbidities. Especially in the young it can develop in the absence of known risk factors, and is called idiopathic or ,loneĆ atrial fibrillation, which in a smaller proportion can occur as a familial form. The familial idiopathic atrial fibrillation is a mon...

  5. Clinical experience with apixaban in atrial fibrillation: implications of AVERROES

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    De Caterina R.

    2011-01-01

    Raffaele De CaterinaInstitute of Cardiology and Center of Excellence on Aging, G d’Annunzio University, Chieti, G Monasterio Foundation, Pisa, ItalyAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is an extremely common arrhythmia, which substantially increases the risk of stroke and thromboembolism. Prevention of stroke and thromboembolism is therefore an important part of the management of atrial fibrillation. Guidelines until now have recommended that patients with atrial fibrillation receive some ...

  6. Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Patel, Taral K.; Yancy, Clyde W; Knight, Bradley P.

    2012-01-01

    The public health burden of atrial fibrillation (AF) and associated thromboembolic stroke continues to grow at alarming rates. AF leads to a fivefold increase in the risk of stroke. Therefore, stroke prevention remains the most critical aspect of AF management. Current standard of care focuses on oral systemic anticoagulation, most commonly with warfarin and now with newer agents such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban. However, the challenges and limitations of oral anticoagulation hav...

  7. Atrial fibrillation due to licorice root syrup.

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    Erkuş, Musluhittin Emre; Altıparmak, İbrahim Halil; Demirbağ, Recep; Günebakmaz, Özgür

    2016-04-01

    While it is known that consumption of licorice may lead to cardiac arrhythmias, there have been no reports of atrial fibrillation resulting from the consumption of licorice root syrup. A 57-year-old male with no prior history of cardiovascular disease was admitted to the emergency department with palpitation. His electrocardiogram showed atrial fibrillation with a moderate to rapid ventricular rate. In laboratory assessment, potassium was 2.0 mmol/L and plasma renin activity and aldosterone level were suppressed (<300 ng/L/hour, 42 ng/L respectively). Volumes of the heart chambers were within normal range and functions and structures of the heart valves were normal in echocardiographic assessment. The arrhythmia was resolved with propafenone infusion. PMID:27138313

  8. Current State of the Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Elena Sandoval

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Surgery of atrial fibrillation (AF was first described in 1991 by James Cox in what was named the Cox-Maze procedure, and over the years it has been considered the gold-standard treatment, with best results in maintaining sinus rhythm in the long term. Nevertheless, the complexity and aggressivity of the first techniques of cut-and-sew limited the application of this procedure, and few centers were dedicated to AF surgery. In the past years, however, new devices able to ablate atrial tissue with cryotherapy, radiofrequency, or ultrasounds have facilitated this operation. In the mid-term, other energy devices with laser or microwave have been abandoned due to a lack of consistency in getting transmural lesions in a consistent and reproducible manner. Additionally, better knowledge of the physiopathology of AF, with the importance of triggering zones around the pulmonary veins, has started new minimally invasive techniques to approach paroxysmal and persistent AF patients through thoracoscopy.

  9. Strategies in the Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Leanne Harling

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and economic burden and confers a lifetime risk of up to 25%. Current medical management involves thromboembolism prevention, rate, and rhythm control. An increased understanding of AF pathophysiology has led to enhanced pharmacological and medical therapies; however this is often limited by toxicity, variable symptom control, and inability to modulate the atrial substrate. Surgical AF ablation has been available since the original description of the Cox Maze procedure, either as a standalone or concomitant intervention. Advances in novel energy delivery systems have allowed the development of less technically demanding procedures potentially eliminating the need for median sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass. Variations in the definition, duration, and reporting of AF have produced methodological limitations impacting on the validity of interstudy comparisons. Standardization of these parameters may, in future, allow us to further evaluate clinical endpoints and establish the efficacy of these techniques.

  10. Atrial Fibrillation - Multiple Languages: MedlinePlus

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    ... Chinese - Simplified (简体中文) Chinese - Traditional (繁體中文) French (français) Hindi (हिन्दी) Japanese (日本語) Korean (한국어) Portuguese (português) ... auriculaire - français (French) Bilingual PDF Health Information Translations Hindi (हिन्दी) Atrial Fibrillation हिन्दी (Hindi) Bilingual ...

  11. Acute atrial fibrillation during dengue hemorrhagic fever

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    Veloso Henrique Horta

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Cardiac rhythm disorders, such as atrioventricular blocks and ventricular ectopic beats, appear during infection and are attributed to viral myocarditis. However, supraventricular arrhythmias have not been reported. We present a case of acute atrial fibrillation, with a rapid ventricular rate, successfully treated with intravenous amiodarone, in a 62-year-old man with dengue hemorrhagic fever, who had no structural heart disease.

  12. Nitric Oxide Synthases and Atrial Fibrillation

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    CynthiaAnnCarnes; ArunSridhar; SandorGyorke

    2012-01-01

    Oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. There are multiple systems in the myocardium which contribute to redox homeostasis, and loss of homeostasis can result in oxidative stress. Potential sources of oxidants include nitric oxide synthases, which normally produce nitric oxide in the heart. Two nitric oxide synthase isoforms (1 and 3) are normally expressed in the heart. During pathologies such as heart failure, there is induction of nitric oxide syn...

  13. Assessment of atrial fibrosis for the rhythm control of atrial fibrillation.

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    Begg, Gordon A; Holden, Arun V; Lip, Gregory Y H; Plein, Sven; Tayebjee, Muzahir H

    2016-10-01

    Rhythm control of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains challenging, with modest long-term success rates. Atrial fibrosis has been associated with AF, but the clinical utility of assessment of this fibrosis has yet to be fully elucidated. In this paper we review the current state of understanding of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrosis in AF, and its impact upon the instigation and propagation of the arrhythmia. Fibrosis causes an increase in volume of dysfunctional extracellular matrix, and is associated with cellular alterations such as hypertrophy, apoptosis and membrane dysfunction within the atrial myocardium. In turn, these cause pathological alterations to atrial conduction, such as increased anisotropy, conduction block and re-entry, which can lead to AF. We review current methods of assessing atrial fibrosis and their impact upon the prediction of success of interventional rhythm control strategies such as ablation and cardioversion. We focus particularly on circulating biomarkers of fibrosis and scar formation; their role in the fibrotic process, and their value in the prediction of rhythm control success. We also review imaging and invasive electrocardiographic mapping techniques that may identify fibrosis, and again assess their potential predictive value. In this area there exist many unanswered questions, but further work will help to refine techniques to reliably identify and treat those patients who are most likely to benefit from rhythm control treatment strategies. PMID:27389440

  14. Changes in plasma atrial natriuretic factor in patients with idiopathic atrial fibrillation

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    To observe the changes in plasma atrial natriuretic factor (AFN) in patients with idiopathic atrial fibrillation and investigate its mechanism, plasma ANF, platelet count and hematocrit were detected in 21 cases with transient idiopathic atrial fibrillation (group A, A1 representing attack, while A2 termination), 28 with persistent idiopathic atrial fibrillation (group B), 27 suffered from rheumatic heart disease with mitral stenosis and persistent atrial fibrillation (group C), 32 with transient supraventricular tachycardia (group D) and 20 normal controls (group E). It was found that the level of ANF was significantly higher in patients with attacking transient idiopathic atrial fibrillation than that in group A2, D and E (P 0.05), while there was significant difference in hematocrit in group A1 compared with group A2, D, E (P < 0.01). It suggested that ANF and hematocrit play an important role in the attack of idiopathic atrial fibrillation

  15. INTRAOPERATIVE RADIOFREQUENCY AND CRYOABLATION FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN PATIENTS WITH VALVULAR HEART DISEASE

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    N. Maghamipour N. Safaie

    2007-01-01

    Patients with valvular heart disease and suffering atrial fibrillation of more than 12 months duration have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm after valve surgery alone. We performed intra-operative radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation as an alternative to surgical maze ІІІ procedure to create linear lesion lines for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. A total of 30 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibri...

  16. Morbidity and treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease.

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    Reinecke, Holger; Nabauer, Michael; Gerth, Andrea; Limbourg, Tobias; Treszl, Andras; Engelbertz, Christiane; Eckardt, Lars; Kirchhof, Paulus; Wegscheider, Karl; Ravens, Ursula; Meinertz, Thomas; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Breithardt, Günter

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    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality but there are few studies available about atrial fibrillation, the most frequent arrhythmia in CKD, and the applied treatment. Based on the prospective German Competence NETwork on Atrial Fibrillation, data of 3138 patients with atrial fibrillation were analyzed and categorized by their estimated glomerular filtration rate (stages 1-3 and 4 plus 5). With advanced CKD, significantly more patients suffered from a more severe form of atrial fibrillation. Despite significantly higher CHADS2 scores in advanced CKD, oral anticoagulation was not prescribed more frequently while antiarrhythmic drugs and catheter ablations were used significantly less often, in contrast to more pacemaker implantations. However, in multivariate hierarchical logistic regression analyses of in-hospital treatments and complications, only hemorrhages and pacemaker implantations turned out to be independently and significantly associated with higher CKD stages. This nationwide study shows that patients with CKD and atrial fibrillation suffer from a markedly higher comorbidity. Thus, while CKD patients have received cardioversions, ablations, antiarrhythmic, or anticoagulation drugs significantly less often in their history, current treatments were not different if adjusted for multiple comorbidities. This might indicate an improvement in the often reported therapeutic nihilism in CKD. PMID:24897032

  17. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation:is or not a bright road in the future?%心房颤动导管消融治疗:未来走向平坦之路?

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    马长生; 陈新

    2009-01-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has opened a new door to cure AF and is fundamental-ly changing our clinical practice. The emergence of novel anticoagulation drugs and antiarrhythmic agents also bring us great hope and enriches our therapeutic options. When we reconsider the strategy of AF with regards to symptom relief and prognosis improvement, perhaps we will achieve new understanding and judgment. The newly issued study by Forleo[1] evaluated the safety and efficacy of ablation therapy in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with drug refractory AF. The results showed that patients who received a single ablation procedure but without medications were more free of AF than patients in the antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) group(20% vs 57.1% ,P =0.001). In the ablation group, a significant improvement in quality-of-life (QoL) scores as compared with AADs group was also observed. Another A4 clinical trial was a randomized multicenter clinical study that compared the relative merits between pharmacology and catheter ablation of AF[2]. At the 1-year follow-up, patients in ablation group experienced lower re-currence than patients in AADs group (11% vs 77%, P <0.0001). Symptom score, exercise capacity, and QoL were significantly higher in the ablation group. The results of another trial PABA-CHF[3] identified pulmonary-vein isolation was superior to atrioventricular-node ablation with biventricular pacing in patients with heart failure on questionnaire score of QoL, 6-minute-walk distance and ejection fraction improvement. The observation of Nademanee[4] revealed that sinus rhythm was the most important independent favorable parameter for survival for high-risk patients with AF that un-dergo substrate ablation. For patients with sinus rhythm post-ablation the 5-year stroke rate was less than those who re-mained in AF and continued warfarin treatment (3% vs 23%, P =0.004). All of the above studies were consistent with the results of prior studies by Pappone, Oral

  18. Personalized management of atrial fibrillation: Proceedings from the fourth Atrial Fibrillation competence NETwork/European Heart Rhythm Association consensus conference.

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Günter; Aliot, Etienne; Al Khatib, Sana; Apostolakis, Stavros; Auricchio, Angelo; Bailleul, Christophe; Bax, Jeroen; Benninger, Gerlinde; Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Carina; Boersma, Lucas; Boriani, Giuseppe; Brandes, Axel; Brown, Helen; Brueckmann, Martina; Calkins, Hugh; Casadei, Barbara; Clemens, Andreas; Crijns, Harry; Derwand, Roland; Dobrev, Dobromir; Ezekowitz, Michael; Fetsch, Thomas; Gerth, Andrea; Gillis, Anne; Gulizia, Michele; Hack, Guido; Haegeli, Laurent; Hatem, Stephane; Häusler, Karl Georg; Heidbüchel, Hein; Hernandez-Brichis, Jessica; Jais, Pierre; Kappenberger, Lukas; Kautzner, Joseph; Kim, Steven; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Lane, Deirdre; Leute, Angelika; Lewalter, Thorsten; Meyer, Ralf; Mont, Lluis; Moses, Gregory; Mueller, Markus; Münzel, Felix; Näbauer, Michael; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Oeff, Michael; Oto, Ali; Pieske, Burkert; Pisters, Ron; Potpara, Tatjana; Rasmussen, Lars; Ravens, Ursula; Reiffel, James; Richard-Lordereau, Isabelle; Schäfer, Herbert; Schotten, Ulrich; Stegink, Wim; Stein, Kenneth; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Szumowski, Lukasz; Tavazzi, Luigi; Themistoclakis, Sakis; Thomitzek, Karen; Van Gelder, Isabelle C; von Stritzky, Berndt; Vincent, Alphons; Werring, David; Willems, Stephan; Lip, Gregory Y H; Camm, A John

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    The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has seen marked changes in past years, with the introduction of new oral anticoagulants, new antiarrhythmic drugs, and the emergence of catheter ablation as a common intervention for rhythm control. Furthermore, new technologies enhance our ability to detect AF. Most clinical management decisions in AF patients can be based on validated parameters that encompass type of presentation, clinical factors, electrocardiogram analysis, and cardiac imaging. Despite these advances, patients with AF are still at increased risk for death, stroke, heart failure, and hospitalizations. During the fourth Atrial Fibrillation competence NETwork/European Heart Rhythm Association (AFNET/EHRA) consensus conference, we identified the following opportunities to personalize management of AF in a better manner with a view to improve outcomes by integrating atrial morphology and damage, brain imaging, information on genetic predisposition, systemic or local inflammation, and markers for cardiac strain. Each of these promising avenues requires validation in the context of existing risk factors in patients. More importantly, a new taxonomy of AF may be needed based on the pathophysiological type of AF to allow personalized management of AF to come to full fruition. Continued translational research efforts are needed to personalize management of this prevalent disease in a better manner. All the efforts are expected to improve the management of patients with AF based on personalized therapy. PMID:23981824

  19. Extraatrial Disease in Patients with �Lone� Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jason Confino, MD

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Lone atrial fibrillation (LAF is considered by some to be a primary atrial electrophysiologic disorder. However, we have frequently observed evidence of “extraatrial” diseases - atherosclerosis and associated metabolic disorders - in our LAF patients. We sought to characterize and quantify extraatrial disease burden in LAF patients, and to correlate this burden with features of the arrhythmia including pattern (paroxysmal versus persistent and response to catheter ablation. Methods and Results: Forty-six consecutive patients with non-familial LAF underwent assessment for evidence of atherosclerosis (computed tomographic vascular calcification and elevated arterial pulse wave velocity and associated metabolic diseases (dyslipidemia, insulin resistance and inflammation, and then catheter ablation. The cohort had a significant incidence of atherosclerosis (57% and metabolic (70% diseases. Patients with persistent AF tended to have a greater extraatrial disease burden than those with paroxysmal AF. A significant inverse relationship between the rate of ablation success and extraatrial disease burden was demonstrated. Conclusions: Extraatrial disease was common in this LAF cohort. Correlations between extraatrial disease burden and features of the arrhythmia would, if verified, challenge the notion that LAF is a “primary” electrophysiologic disorder.

  20. Extraatrial Disease in Patients with "Lone" Atrial Fibrillation

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    Christopher R. Deible

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    Full Text Available Aims: Lone atrial fibrillation (LAF is considered by some to be a primary atrial electrophysiologic disorder. However, we have frequently observed evidence of "extraatrial" diseases - atherosclerosis and associated metabolic disorders - in our LAF patients. We sought to characterize and quantify extraatrial disease burden in LAF patients, and to correlate this burden with features of the arrhythmia including pattern (paroxysmal versus persistent and response to catheter ablation.           Methods and Results: Forty-six consecutive patients with non-familial LAF underwent assessment for evidence of atherosclerosis (computed tomographic vascular calcification and elevated arterial pulse wave velocity and associated metabolic diseases (dyslipidemia, insulin resistance and inflammation, and then catheter ablation.   The cohort had a significant incidence of atherosclerosis (57% and metabolic (70% diseases. Patients with persistent AF tended to have a greater extraatrial disease burden than those with paroxysmal AF. A significant inverse relationship between the rate of ablation success and extraatrial disease burden was demonstrated. Conclusions: Extraatrial disease was common in this LAF cohort. Correlations between extraatrial disease burden and features of the arrhythmia would, if verified, challenge the notion that LAF is a "primary" electrophysiologic disorder.     

  1. Obesity and Outcomes among Patients with Established Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ardestani, Afrooz; Hoffman, Heather J.; Cooper, Howard A

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and obesity have both reached epidemic proportions. The impact of obesity on clinical outcomes in patients with established AF is unknown. We analyzed 2492 patients in the Atrial Fibrillation Follow-Up Investigation of Rhythm Management (AFFIRM) study. Body mass index (BMI) was evaluated as a categorical variable (normal: 18.5 to

  2. Transient atrial fibrillation precipitated by hypoglycaemia: two case reports.

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    Collier, A.; Matthews, D. M.; R. J. Young; Clarke, B F

    1987-01-01

    We describe two insulin-dependent diabetic females who presented with severe hypoglycaemia associated with atrial fibrillation which reverted to sinus rhythm after intravenous dextrose. Atrial fibrillation has not previously been reported as a complication of hypoglycaemia in insulin-dependent diabetic patients.

  3. Dronedarone in high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Connolly, Stuart J; Camm, A John; Halperin, Jonathan L;

    2011-01-01

    Dronedarone restores sinus rhythm and reduces hospitalization or death in intermittent atrial fibrillation. It also lowers heart rate and blood pressure and has antiadrenergic and potential ventricular antiarrhythmic effects. We hypothesized that dronedarone would reduce major vascular events in...... high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation....

  4. Rising rates of hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation

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    Friberg, Jens; Buch, Nina Pernille Gardshodn; Scharling, Henrik;

    2003-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia associated with excess morbidity and mortality. We studied temporal changes in hospital admission rates for atrial fibrillation using data from a prospective population-based cohort study spanning 2 decades (the Copenhagen City Heart Study)....

  5. Results of Surgical Treatment of Isolated Atrial Fibrillations with the Use of Modified Maze Procedure

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    Revishvili A. Sh.

    2012-09-01

    The total efficiency was estimated to be 96.9% (64/66. Conclusion. Bipolar epicardial radiofrequency modification of the Labyrinth operation is safe and efficient in the treatment of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. The major indications for the operation in normothermic artificial blood circulation are a poor performance of antiarrhythmic therapy in symptomatic patients, no chance and no efficiency of a catheter radiofrequency ablation (for over 1 or 2 times, long-standing persistent atrial fibrillations and the size of the left atrium of over 5 cm.

  6. Association between familial atrial fibrillation and risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation

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    Lubitz, Steven A.; Yin, Xiaoyan; Fontes, Joao D.; Magnani, Jared W.; Rienstra, Michel; Pai, Manju; Villalon, Mark L.; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Pencina, Michael J.; Levy, Daniel; Larson, Martin G.; Ellinor, Patrick T.; Benjamin, Emelia J.

    2010-01-01

    CONTEXT: Although the heritability of atrial fibrillation (AF) is established, the contribution of familial AF to predicting new-onset AF remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether familial occurrence of AF is associated with new-onset AF beyond established risk factors. DESIGN, SETTING, AND P

  7. Determinants of development and preservation of atrial fibrillation at thyrotoxicosis

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    A Yu Babenko

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is a frequent violation of a heart rhythm at thyrotoxicosis and it can determine serious complica tions (tromboembolia, stroke and death. The study of factors increasing risk development of atrial fibrillation at thy rotoxicosis is investigating many years but the occurrence of new diagnostic methods and mathematic analysis allows to reveal new determinants of development of atrial fibrillation and its persistence after restoration of euthyreosis. In our research we’ve studied the Echocardiography parameters in 254 normotensive patients with a thyrotoxicosis Graves’ disease without any CVD and 110 patients with a subclinical thyrotoxicosis. We detected new factors of risk of atrial fibrillation: the duration of thyrotoxicosis and the left ventricular concentric hypertrophy. The contribution of different factors in development of atrial fibrillation is defined.

  8. Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation and Possible Implications for Ischemic Stroke

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    Robin Lemmens

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia mainly caused by valvular, ischemic, hypertensive, and myopathic heart disease. Atrial fibrillation can occur in families suggesting a genetic background especially in younger subjects. Additionally recent studies have identified common genetic variants to be associated with atrial fibrillation in the general population. This cardiac arrhythmia has important public health implications because of its main complications: congestive heart failure and ischemic stroke. Since atrial fibrillation can result in ischemic stroke, one might assume that genetic determinants of this cardiac arrhythmia are also implicated in cerebrovascular disease. Ischemic stroke is a multifactorial, complex disease where multiple environmental and genetic factors interact. Whether genetic variants associated with a risk factor for ischemic stroke also increase the risk of a particular vascular endpoint still needs to be confirmed in many cases. Here we review the current knowledge on the genetic background of atrial fibrillation and the consequences for cerebrovascular disease.

  9. Influence of heart rhythm, breathing and arm position during computed tomography scanning on the registration accuracy of electro anatomical map (EAM) images, left atrium three-dimensional computed tomography angiography images, and fluoroscopy time during ablation to treat atrial fibrillation

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    In CARTOMERGE for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by ablation, by integrating electro anatomical map (EAM) and left atrium three-dimensional computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA) images, identification of the ablation points is simplified and the procedure can be made carried out more rapidly. However, the influence that heart rhythm, breathing and arm position during CT scanning have on registration accuracy and fluoroscopy time is not clear. To clarify the influence on registration accuracy and fluoroscopy time of heart rhythm, breathing and arm position during CT scanning. The patients were CT-scanned during both sinus rhythm (SR) and AF in each study subject. We evaluated the registration accuracy of images reconstructed between the cardiac cycle and assessed the registration accuracy and fluoroscopy time of images obtained during inspiratory breath-hold, expiratory breath-hold and up and down position of the arm. Although the registration accuracy of the EAM image and left atrium 3D-CTA image showed a significant difference during SR, no significant difference was seen during AF. Expiratory breath-hold and down position of the arm resulted in the highest registration accuracy and the shortest fluoroscopy time. However, arm position had no significant effect on registration accuracy. Heart rhythm and breathing during CT scanning have a significant effect on the registration accuracy of EAM images, left atrium 3D-CTA images, and fluoroscopy time. (author)

  10. Atrial Fibrillation: When the heart is not in rhythm | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: When the heart is not in rhythm Past ... show, Deal With It . Photo: TBS/Deal Understanding Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type ...

  11. Epicardial adipose tissue and atrial fibrillation.

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    Hatem, Stéphane N; Sanders, Prashanthan

    2014-05-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice. AF is often associated with profound functional and structural alterations of the atrial myocardium that compose its substrate. Recently, a relationship between the thickness of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and the incidence and severity of AF has been reported. Adipose tissue is a biologically active organ regulating the metabolism of neighbouring organs. It is also a major source of cytokines. In the heart, EAT is contiguous with the myocardium without fascia boundaries resulting in paracrine effects through the release of adipokines. Indeed, Activin A, which is produced in abundance by EAT during heart failure or diabetes, shows a marked fibrotic effect on the atrial myocardium. The infiltration of adipocytes into the atrial myocardium could also disorganize the depolarization wave front favouring micro re-entry circuits and local conduction block. Finally, EAT contains progenitor cells in abundance and therefore could be a source of myofibroblasts producing extracellular matrix. The study on the role played by adipose tissue in the pathogenesis of AF is just starting and is highly likely to uncover new biomarkers and therapeutic targets for AF. PMID:24648445

  12. Current approaches in atrial fibrillation treatment

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    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. Its incidence increases with age. AF is classified into subtypes according to the duration and/or able to provide sinus rhytym. İnitially, patients should be evaluated for rhythm or rate control for appropriate treatment. Second stage of strategy aimed to investigate the feasibility of anticoagulation therapy. Recently, due to the progress made in treatment with rhythm control and anticoagulation therapy, either American or European guidelines have been renovated. These developments have taken place in the newly published guide. In this article, the current change in the management of AF is discussed.

  13. NASA's First Atrial Fibrillation Case - Deke Slayton

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    Tarver, William J.

    2010-01-01

    Concerns about heart dysrhythmia have been present since the earliest days of the US manned space program. While information about an astronaut's health is general kept private, one of the original seven American astronaut's health status was played out in a very public forum. Donald "Deke" Slayton was removed from the second manned space flight when it was discovered he had idiopathic atrial fibrillation. Referencing the original medical documents, details of how this was discovered and managed from the medical perspective will be reviewed. This is NASA's first heart dysrhythmia case in an astronaut and it proves quite interesting when placed in historic perspective.

  14. Atrial fibrillation in China: a brief review

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    MA Chang-sheng; DU Xin; JIANG Chen-xi

    2009-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance encountered in clinical practice.It affects at least ten million Chinese, constituting a major public health epidemic. For the shortness of resource in the initial stage of new China and the chaos during the culture revolution, there was a scarcity of AF data on the Chinese population. However, Chinese physicians had never stopped exploring in this field, which has provided a solid foundation for today's flourishing development in the research of AF. This paper aims to review the major achievements in dealing with AF in the past 60 years in China, especially in the latest 15 years.

  15. Apixaban and atrial fibrillation: no clear advantage.

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    For the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation and a high thrombotic risk, the standard treatment is warfarin, an anticoagulant. Dabigatran, a thrombin inhibitor, is the alternative when warfarin fails to maintain the INR within the therapeutic range. Patients with a moderate thrombotic risk may receive either warfarin or low-dose aspirin. Apixaban, a factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant, has been authorised in the European Union for use in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and a moderate or high risk of thrombosis. In a double-blind, randomised non-inferiority trial versus warfarin in 18 201 patients, the incidence of stroke or systemic embolism was lower in the apixaban group (average 1.3 versus 1.6 events per 100 patient-years; p = 0.01). This difference was mainly due to a lower incidence of haemorrhagic stroke and did not result in a clear decline in mortality. In addition, these results are undermined by multiple methodological flaws. Clinical evaluation included no trials comparing apixaban with dabigatran; any indirect comparison would be risky given the poor quality of the clinical assessment of both drugs in atrial fibrillation. A double-blind, randomised trial including 5598 patients compared apixaban with aspirin but provided little information on these options in patients with a moderate risk of thrombosis, as most patients were at high risk. In clinical trials, major bleeding events were less frequent with apixaban than with warfarin (average 2.1 versus 3.1 events per 100 patient-years), but they were more frequent with apixaban than with aspirin (1.4 versus 0.9 events per 100 patient-years). In 2013, there is no way of monitoring the anticoagulant activity of apixaban in routine clinical practice, and there is no antidote in case of overdose; the same is true for dabigatran. Apixaban is a substrate for various cytochrome P450 isoenzymes and for P-glycoprotein, creating a risk of multiple drug

  16. Ethanol Infusion in the Vein of Marshall in a Patient with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Choi, Jah Yeon; Park, Eun Jin; Kim, Hee Dong; Park, Sung Hun; Song, Ji Young; Lee, Dae In; Shim, Jaemin; Kim, Young-Hoon

    2015-09-01

    We report the case of a 64-year-old male with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) terminated by ethanol infusion into vein of Marshall as add-on therapy. Three-dimensional automated complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) during AF revealed clustering of CFAE at perimitral isthmus (PMI) and its unipolar mapping showed rotor-like activation, which was suggested to be critical in the perpetuation of AF. AF was organized to atrial tachycardia (AT) by 100% ethanol infusion in the vein of Marshall. Adjunctive radiofrequency ablation at PMI successfully terminated AT and led to bidirectional block of PMI. PMID:26413111

  17. Rationale and current perspective for early rhythm control therapy in atrial fibrillation

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    Van Gelder, Isabelle C; Haegeli, Laurent M; Brandes, Axel;

    2011-01-01

    outcome in AF patients. The poor outcome of rhythm control relates to the severity of the atrial substrate for AF not only due to the underlying atrial remodelling process but also due to the poor efficacy and adverse events of the currently available ion-channel antiarrhythmic drugs and ablation......Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and an important source for mortality and morbidity on a population level. Despite the clear association between AF and death, stroke, and other cardiovascular events, there is no evidence that rhythm control treatment improves...

  18. Graves disease and atrial fibrillation

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    Bello-Espinosa Ariel

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A clinical case of am 26 year old male is presented, with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism 2 years before admission. The patient consulted because he presented the following clinical symptoms: palpitation, exhaustion, fatigue, loss of weight, and trembling. The physical exam reveals ocular proptosis and a notable mass in the anterolateral region of the neck, besides classical symptomatology of Graves’ disease. After the realization of different labs (TSH, Electrocardiogram, a Graves’ disease and auricular paroxystic fibrillation are diagnosed. The patient is treated with Metimazol, Propranolol, and Hidrocortisona. Following that, the patient improves his clinical condition, for which he is discharged. Additionally, in concord with current bibliography, clinical and epidemiological aspects of Graves’ disease are presented and physiopathological mechanisms that trigger this disease are illustrated with the aim to show the medical community about a pathology infrequently presented in young males.RESUMENSe presenta el caso clínico de un paciente masculino de 26 años de edad condiagnóstico de base de hipertiroidismo dos años previos al ingreso que consulta por cuadro clínico de palpitaciones, cansancio excesivo, fatiga, pérdida de peso y temblor generalizado. El examen físico revela protrusión ocular y masa notable en región antero - lateral del cuello, además de la presentación de signos clásicos de enfermedad de Graves. Después de la realización de diferentes estudios, entre ellos análisis de hormonas tiroideas y electrocardiograma, se diagnostica enfermedad de Graves y fibrilación auricular paroxística. El paciente es tratado con Metimazol, Propranolol e hidrocortisona, presentando mejoría clínica por lo que es dado de alta. Adicionalmente, en concordancia con la bibliografía se señalan no solo los aspecto clínicos y epidemiológicos más relevantes de la enfermedad de Graves, sino que también se expone con claridad los

  19. New technologies in treatment of atrial fibrillation in cardiosurgical patients

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    Evtushenko, A. V.; Evtushenko, V. V.; Bykov, A. N.; Sergeev, V. S.; Syryamkin, V. I.; Kistenev, Yu. V.; Anfinogenova, Ya. D.; Smyshlyaev, K. A.; Kurlov, I. O.

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    The article is devoted to the evaluation of the results of clinical application of penetrating radiofrequency ablation techniques on atrial myocardium. Total operated on 241 patients with valvular heart disease and coronary heart disease complicated with atrial fibrillation. All operations were performed under cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegia. The main group consists of 141 patients which were operated using penetrating technique radiofrequency exposure. The control group consisted of 100 patients who underwent surgery with the use of "classical" monopolar RF-ablation technique. Both groups were not significantly different on all counts before surgery. Patients with previous heart surgery were excluded during the selection of candidates for the procedure, due to the presence of adhesions in the pericardium, that do not allow good visualization of left atrium, sufficient to perform this procedure. Penetrating technique has significantly higher efficiency compared to the "classic" technique in the early and long-term postoperative periods. In the early postoperative period, its efficiency is 93%, and in the long term is 88%. The efficacy of "classical" monopolar procedure is below: 86% and 68% respectively.

  20. Clinical characteristics, management, and control of permanent vs. nonpermanent atrial fibrillation: insights from the RealiseAF survey.

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    Murin, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation can be categorized into nonpermanent and permanent atrial fibrillation. There is less information on permanent than on nonpermanent atrial fibrillation patients. This analysis aimed to describe the characteristics and current management, including the proportion of patients with successful atrial fibrillation control, of these atrial fibrillation subsets in a large, geographically diverse contemporary sample.

  1. Atrial Cardiopathy: A Broadened Concept of Left Atrial Thromboembolism Beyond Atrial Fibrillation

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    Kamel, Hooman; Okin, Peter M.; Longstreth, W. T.; Elkind, Mitchell S.V.; Soliman, Elsayed Z.

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) has long been associated with a heightened risk of ischemic stroke and systemic thromboembolism, but recent data require a re-evaluation of our understanding of the nature of this relationship. New findings about the temporal connection between AF and stroke, alongside evidence linking markers of left atrial abnormalities with stroke in the absence of apparent AF, suggest that left atrial thromboembolism may occur even without AF. These observations undermine the hypothesis that the dysrhythmia that defines AF is necessary and sufficient to cause thromboembolism. In this commentary, we instead suggest that the substrate for thromboembolism may often be the anatomic and physiological atrial derangements associated with AF. Therefore, our understanding of cardioembolic stroke may be more complete if we shift our representation of its origin from AF to the concept of atrial cardiopathy. PMID:26021638

  2. Raised plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic peptide are independent of left atrial dimensions in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Berglund, H; Boukter, S; Theodorsson, E; Vallin, H; Edhag, O

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    The aim of the present study was to determine whether left atrial size--a likely indicator of atrial stretching--correlates with the plasma concentration of atrial natriuretic peptide and whether this relation is different in patients in sinus rhythm and in those with atrial fibrillation. Arterial plasma concentrations of immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide (ir-ANP), adrenaline, noradrenaline, aldosterone, and vasopressin were measured in 13 patients in sinus rhythm without apparent hea...

  3. No incremental benefit of multisite atrial pacing compared with right atrial pacing in patients with drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Levy, T; Walker, S; Rex, S; Rochelle, J; Paul, V.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To evaluate the incremental antifibrillatory effect of multisite atrial pacing compared with right atrial pacing in patients with drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation paced for arrhythmia prevention alone.
METHODS—In 20 of these patients (mean (SD) age 64 (8) years; 14 female, six male), a single blinded randomised crossover study was performed to investigate the incremental benefit of one month of multisite atrial pacing compared with one month of right atrial pacing. Out...

  4. [Obesity as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation].

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    Duraj, Iwona; Broncel, Marlena

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and obesity is a growing problem of public health both in Poland and in the whole world. AF risk factors may be summarized as elderliness, male sex, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiac surgery. Once obesity is an independent, potentially modifiable risk factor for AF. The connection between obesity and atrial fibrillation is very up-to-date because of incremental prevalence, almost epidemic of obesity in the whole world. The probability of AF among obese patients increases with concomitant obstructive sleep apnea. Regardless many researches it hasn't been assessed yet how obesity itself predisposes to AF. It could be an effect of change in the atrial anatomy, the rise of atrial pressure, mechanical stretch, interstitial atrial fibrosis and disruption of atrial electric integrity. A great role is ascribed to inflammation, especially proinflammatory cytokines increased by adipocites of left atrial epicardial adiposity. PMID:26891428

  5. Emergency bypass post percutaneous atrial ablation: a case report.

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    Hargrove, M

    2010-11-01

    A 34-year-old male undergoing percutaneous atrial ablation procedure for paroxysmal fibrillation required emergency sternotomy for cardiac tamponade. The patient had been anticoagulated and had received plavix and aspirin prior to and during the ablation procedure. Seven units of red cell concentrate had been transfused in the cardiac catherisation laboratory. On arrival in theatre, the patient was hypotensive, but was awake on induction of anaesthesia. No recordable blood pressure with non-invasive monitoring was observed. A sternotomy was immediately performed and, on evacuation of the pericardium, a bleeding site was not visible. The patient was commenced on cardiopulmonary bypass. Bleeding site was identified and the defect closed. The patient was weaned from cardiopulmonary bypass with minimal inotropic support and made an uneventful recovery. Bypass time was 38 minutes. A literature review showed a 1% incidence of post-ablation bleeding(1). The incidence of reverting to bypass for such an event has not been reported previously. During these procedures, it might be wise to have the cardiothoracic team notified while atrial ablation procedures are being performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

  6. Simple Model for Identifying Critical Regions in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Christensen, Kim; Manani, Kishan A.; Peters, Nicholas S.

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm and the single biggest cause of stroke. Ablation, destroying regions of the atria, is applied largely empirically and can be curative but with a disappointing clinical success rate. We design a simple model of activation wave front propagation on an anisotropic structure mimicking the branching network of heart muscle cells. This integration of phenomenological dynamics and pertinent structure shows how AF emerges spontaneously when the transverse cell-to-cell coupling decreases, as occurs with age, beyond a threshold value. We identify critical regions responsible for the initiation and maintenance of AF, the ablation of which terminates AF. The simplicity of the model allows us to calculate analytically the risk of arrhythmia and express the threshold value of transversal cell-to-cell coupling as a function of the model parameters. This threshold value decreases with increasing refractory period by reducing the number of critical regions which can initiate and sustain microreentrant circuits. These biologically testable predictions might inform ablation therapies and arrhythmic risk assessment.

  7. Research and Treatment Status on Vessel Ablation to Cure Atrial Fibrillation%导管消融治疗心房颤动的研究及治疗现状

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    黄从新

    2006-01-01

    上世纪90年代中叶,随着经导管射频消融治疗房室结折返性心动过速(Atrial-ventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia,AVNRT)和房室折返性心动过速(Atrial-ventricular Reentrant Tachycardia,AVRT)取得巨大成功,众多电生理学者的目光开始瞄准心房颤动(Atrial Fibrillation,AF,简称房颤)的根治方法.

  8. Dronedarone in high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Connolly, Stuart J; Camm, A John; Halperin, Jonathan L;

    2011-01-01

    Dronedarone restores sinus rhythm and reduces hospitalization or death in intermittent atrial fibrillation. It also lowers heart rate and blood pressure and has antiadrenergic and potential ventricular antiarrhythmic effects. We hypothesized that dronedarone would reduce major vascular events in...

  9. Interrupting Anticoagulation in Patients With Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

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    Yates, Scott W

    2014-01-01

    No agents are approved to reverse the effects of newer anticoagulants used to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. This review focuses on ways to monitor, interrupt, and reverse such anticoagulation.

  10. Women Sex Importance in Stroke Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Cemile Handan Mısırlı

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: It was shown the differences in age, risk factors and treatment between women and men in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation METHODS: The stroke patients with atrial fibrillation who were hospitalized in our department at the last 2 years were seperated into 2 groups of aged above 75 and below 75, investigated with CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scores and looked at the sex differences of women and men. RESULTS: Stroke ratio according to sex was statistically meaningful especially in women above the age of 75. Risc factors also were founded in elderly women and CHA2DS2VASc scores were higher in women than men so more anticoagulan treatment were begun. No differences were shown between sexes at lone atrial fibrillation and no treatment were begun. CONCLUSION: Women with atrial fibrillation had more risk factors, higher stroke rate and higher anticoagulation treatment.

  11. Atrial fibrillation in the dog: a review of eight cases

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    Eight cases of canine atrial fibrillation encountered in small animal practice are reported. Details are included of age, sex and breed, history and clinical signs, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography, clinical pathology, treatment and survival periods

  12. YKL-40 levels and atrial fibrillation in the general population

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    Marott, Sarah C W; Benn, Marianne; Johansen, Julia S;

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is associated with inflammation. In contrast to inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen produced in the liver, YKL-40 is produced at the site of inflammation including in the myocardium. We hypothesized that elevated plasma YKL-40 levels...... associate with increased risk of atrial fibrillation. METHOD AND RESULTS: We measured plasma YKL-40 in 8731 participants from the prospective Copenhagen City Heart Study including 896 individuals who developed atrial fibrillation during up to 18years of follow-up. Additionally, we measured YKL-40 in 6621...... individuals from the cross-sectional Copenhagen General Population Study including 337 cases with atrial fibrillation. A YKL-40 level >95% percentile (>204μg/L) versus 95% percentile versus...

  13. CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES: FOCUS ON ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    V N Shishkova

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    The question of mutual influence of risk factors for cardiovascular and renal diseases with a focus on atrial fibrillation is considered. Modern approaches to the prevention of major macrovascular events in patients with comorbidity are evaluated.

  14. CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES: FOCUS ON ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    V. N. Shishkova

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    Full Text Available The question of mutual influence of risk factors for cardiovascular and renal diseases with a focus on atrial fibrillation is considered. Modern approaches to the prevention of major macrovascular events in patients with comorbidity are evaluated.

  15. Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)

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    ... Pressure Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of High Blood Pressure Prevention & Treatment of High Blood Pressure High Blood Pressure Tools & Resources Stroke More Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF) Updated:Jun 23,2016 What ...

  16. Endurance Sport Practice and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Naiara Calvo

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder in clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 0.4% to 1% in the general population, increasing with age to 8% in those older than 80 years. The recognized risk factors for developing AF include age, hypertension, structural heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and hyperthyroidism. However, the etiology remains unclear in a significant number of patients younger than age 60 in whom no cardiovascular disease or any other known causal factor is present. This condition is termed lone AF, and may be responsible for as many as 30% of patients with paroxysmal AF seeking medical attention. Although regular physical activity clearly reduces cardiovascular morbidity risk, in recent years long-term endurance sport practice has been recognized as a risk factor for AF. However, the underlying mechanism explaining this association is unclear.

  17. Managing atrial fibrillation in the elderly: critical appraisal of dronedarone

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    Trigo P; Fischer GW

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    Paula Trigo, Gregory W FischerDepartment of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USAAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly seen arrhythmia in the geriatric population and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Treatment of the elderly with atrial fibrillation remains challenging for physicians, because this unique subpopulation is characterized by multiple comorbidities requiring chronic use of numerous medications, which can ...

  18. Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Heart Failure

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    Dr. Andrew E. Darby

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) are common conditions that frequently coexist. Both conditions share risk factors, are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and may worsen the other. The presence of heart failure and symptoms associated with it may influence both the approach to management (i.e., rate versus rhythm control) and the treatment options available for AF patients. The presence of HF increases the stroke risk with atrial fibrillation, and thromboembo...

  19. Cognitive function in patients with atrial fibrillation (review

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    Demenko T.N.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A lot of attention is paid to the problem of cognitive impairment in cardiovascular diseases now. Contribution of atrial fibrillation (AF to the cognitive decline is very large. The relevance of the topic is caused by a prevalence of cognitive impairment in AF, which may cause disability and reduced quality of life of these patients. The diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment is important. It would allow to identify a group of patients with an increased risk of cerebral complications timely, especially among working-age cohort of patients. Reduction of cerebral perfusion, 'silent' heart attacks, neurodegenerative changes in the brain may cause cognitive impairment. The relationship of cognitive impairment and atrial fibrillation is confirmed in large-scale multicenter trials. We searched PubMed, Medline, e-library and Cochrane databases on the terms 'atrial fibrillation' and 'cognitive impairment' in reports published from 2010 to 2014. Cognitive status is lower in patients with AF versus patients with sinus rhythm. All parameters of cognitive functions were reduced in patients with atrial fibrillation. The dynamics of cognitive impairment in various forms of atrial fibrillation is poorly studied yet. However, there are data of increased risk of ischemic stroke or systemic embolism in subclinical atrial fibrillation. Neuroimaging techniques allow to confirm asymptomatic embolization of cerebral vessels. The risk of dementia is more than 2 times higher in patients with the signs of 'silent' strokes on MRI versus patients with clinical stroke. In addition, neuropsychological tests can detect cognitive impairment in early, preclinical stages of dementia. Anxiety and depressive disorders in atrial fibrillation can mask cognitive impairment. Detection and correction of anxiety and depressive disorders will allow to avoid false-positive results in psychological testing on cognitive impairment. In general, identification of the cognitive impairment in

  20. Stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation with chronic kidney disease

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    Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Kamper, Anne-Lise;

    2012-01-01

    Both atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease increase the risk of stroke and systemic thromboembolism. However, these risks, and the effects of antithrombotic treatment, have not been thoroughly investigated in patients with both conditions.......Both atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease increase the risk of stroke and systemic thromboembolism. However, these risks, and the effects of antithrombotic treatment, have not been thoroughly investigated in patients with both conditions....

  1. Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Concepts and Controversies

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    Ahmad, Yousif; Lip, Gregory YH

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest cardiac rhythm disorder worldwide, affecting 1% of the general population. It is estimated that up to 16 million people in the US will suffer from the arrhythmia by 2050. AF is an independent stroke risk factor and associated with more severe strokes. For six decades, warfarin has been the only truly effective therapy to protect against stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation. Despite the proven worth of warfarin, its limitations have seen reluct...

  2. Pharmacological Management of Atrial Fibrillation: One, None, One Hundred Thousand

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    Jos Maessen; Gian Franco Gensini; Benedetto Daniela; Roberto Lorusso; Rocco Carella; Ludovico Vasquez; Orlando Parise; Carmelo Massimiliano Rao; Mark La Meir; Fabiana Lucà; Sandro Gelsomino

    2011-01-01

    Abstract atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a significant burden of morbidity and increased risk of mortality. Antiarrhythmic drug therapy remains a cornerstone to restore and maintain sinus rhythm for patients with paroxysmal and persistent AF based on current guidelines. However, conventional drugs have limited efficacy, present problematic risks of proarrhythmia and cause significant noncardiac organ toxicity. Thus, inadequacies in current therapies for atrial fibrillation have ma...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation Predictors: Importance of the Electrocardiogram.

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    German, David M; Kabir, Muammar M; Dewland, Thomas A; Henrikson, Charles A; Tereshchenko, Larisa G

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in adults and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Substantial interest has developed in the primary prevention of AF, and thus the identification of individuals at risk for developing AF. The electrocardiogram (ECG) provides a wealth of information, which is of value in predicting incident AF. The PR interval and P wave indices (including P wave duration, P wave terminal force, P wave axis, and other measures of P wave morphology) are discussed with regard to their ability to predict and characterize AF risk in the general population. The predictive value of the QT interval, ECG criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy, and findings of atrial and ventricular ectopy are also discussed. Efforts are underway to develop models that predict AF incidence in the general population; however, at present, little information from the ECG is included in these models. The ECG provides a great deal of information on AF risk and has the potential to contribute substantially to AF risk estimation, but more research is needed. PMID:26523405

  4. Bolus injection of acetylcholine terminates atrial fibrillation in rats.

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    Fleidervish, Ilya A; Goldberg, Yuri; Ovsyshcher, I Eli

    2008-01-28

    It is well established that a tonic increase in the availability of the atrial muscarinic K(+) channels, either by enhanced vagal tone or by steady infusion of a low-dose of cholinergic or adenosine receptor agonists, promotes the genesis of atrial fibrillation. Here, we aimed to test the hypothesis that bolus administration of a muscarinic receptor agonist would destabilize and terminate atrial arrhythmia by uniformly and transiently activating K(+) channels throughout the atria, and that if the agonist was rapidly hydrolysable, it would dissipate before the more tonic, pro-arrhythmic effects could take hold. The episodes of untreated atrial fibrillation, induced in anesthetized rats by programmed electrical stimulation via trans-esophageal bipolar catheter, lasted on average 8.6+/-2.2 min (n=32). Intravenous injection of a model hydrolysable muscarinic agonist, acetylcholine (0.2 mg/kg body weight), converted atrial fibrillation into sinus rhythm within 8.4+/-1.9 s (n=10, Ppre-atrial fibrillation values within 10-20 s of injection. In conclusion, our evidence indicates that bolus administration of rapidly hydrolysable muscarinic agonist could be an effective way to pharmacologically terminate atrial fibrillation and restore sinus rhythm. PMID:18078927

  5. Vascular disease and stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

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    Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Lane, Deirdre A;

    2012-01-01

    Vascular disease (including myocardial infarction and peripheral artery disease) has been proposed as a less well-validated risk factor for stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. We investigated whether vascular disease is an independent risk factor of stroke/thromboembolism in atrial fibri...

  6. KCNE3 R53H substitution in familial atrial fibrillation

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    ZHANG Dai-fu; LIANG Bo; LIN Jie; LIU Ban; ZHOU Qin-shu; YANG Yi-qing

    2005-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with debilitating compli-cations of stroke. Multiple-wavelet re-entry and focal activation from pulmonary vein foci are two dominant electrophysiological theories of AF. Atrial electrical remodeling plays a role in the maintenance of AF. However, molecular mechanisms of the arrhythmia are still poorly understood.

  7. A Year in the Life of a Person Recently Diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in Denmark

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    Høgh, Vibeke; Cummings, Elisabeth; Riahi, Sam;

    2015-01-01

    person recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Data sources include field notes, transcripts, medical records, letters, and scores from standardized questionnaires. A phenomenologically inspired approach for qualitative data analysis and a descriptive approach for discovering exceptional changes in...... stake. Despite two ablations the participant is affected in his daily life and family life due to physical limitations. Along the study adjustment to the situation is seen, and his new status as grandfather is surprisingly seen to facilitate this adjustment....

  8. Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation – Long-term Follow-up of Cardiovascular Events

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    Chao, Tze-Fan; Chiang, Chern-En; Chen, Shih-Ann

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    The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) was around 1.5 per 1000 person-years in Taiwan. Systemic thromboembolism is the most severe complication of AF. Risk stratification and adequate thromboembolism prophylaxis is the cornerstone of treatment in AF patients. The CHA2DS2-VASc score is powerful in selecting “truly low-risk” patients who are not necessary to receive anticoagulation therapies. It is also useful in predicting thromboembolic events and mortality for patients undergoing AF ablat...

  9. Atrioverter: An implantable device for the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Wellens, HJJ; Lau, CP; Lüderitz, B; Akhtar, M.; Waldo, AL; Camm, AJ; C. Timmermans; Tse, HF; Jung, W.; Jordaens, L.; Ayers, G

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    Background - During atrial fibrillation, electrophysiological changes occur in atrial tissue that favor the maintenance of the arrhythmia and facilitate recurrence after conversion to sinus rhythm. An implantable defibrillator connected to right atrial and coronary sinus defibrillation leads allows prompt restoration of sinus rhythm by a low-energy shock. The safety and efficacy of this system, called the Atrioverter, were evaluated in a prospective, multicenter study. Methods and Results - T...

  10. Cardiac ion channels and mechanisms for protection against atrial fibrillation

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    Grunnet, Morten; Bentzen, Bo Hjorth; Sørensen, Ulrik S;

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is recognised as the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice. Ongoing drug development is aiming at obtaining atrial specific effects in order to prevent pro-arrhythmic, devastating ventricular effects. In principle, this is possible due to a different...... the recent discovery that Ca(2+)-activated small conductance K(+) channels (SK channels) are important for the repolarisation of atrial action potentials. Finally, an overview of current pharmacological treatment of AF is included....

  11. Altered Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Human Chronic Atrial Fibrillation

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    Eleonora Grandi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This review focuses on the (maladaptive processes in atrial excitation-contraction coupling occurring in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation. Cellular remodeling includes shortening of the atrial action potential duration and effective refractory period, depressed intracellular Ca2+ transient, and reduced myocyte contractility. Here we summarize the current knowledge of the ionic bases underlying these changes. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of excitation-contraction-coupling remodeling in the fibrillating human atria is important to identify new potential targets for AF therapy.

  12. The totally thoracoscopic left atrial maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    van Laar, Charlotte; Geuzebroek, Guillaume S C; Hofman, Frederik N; Van Putte, Bart P

    2016-01-01

    The totally thoracoscopic left atrial maze (TT-maze) is a recent, minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, with promising results in terms of freedom from atrial fibrillation. The TT-maze consists of a bilateral, epicardial pulmonary vein isolation with the creation of a box using radiofrequency and exclusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA). In addition, the box is connected with the base of the LAA and furthermore with the mitral annulus with the so-called trigonum line. In this report, we describe our surgical approach and short-term results. PMID:26993056

  13. Electrophysiological characteristics of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation originating from superior vena cava: a clinical analysis of 30 cases

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    Shi, Xiang-min; YUAN, HONG-TAO; Guo, Hong-Yang; Guo, Jian-Ping; Shan, Zhao-Liang; Wang, Yu-tang

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    To analyze characteristics of electrocardiogram (ECG), electrophysiological intracardiac mapping and radiofrequency ablation (RF) of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) originating from superior vena cava (SVC), aiming to investigate electrophysiological characteristics of PAF with SVC origin. Clinical data of 30 subjects (18 men and 12 women, aged, 58.6 ± 15.5 years) with PAF of SVC origin were retrospectively analyzed; All patients underwent RF during 2006.9-2012.7. ECG of AF and atrial pr...

  14. The Relation of Atrial Fibrillation and Inflammation Do Inflammation Imply the Pathogenesis of Atrial Fibrillation?

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    Ruibin Fu; Pingsheng Wu; Shulin Wu

    2008-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF),the most commonly encountered arrhythmia in clinical practice,is associated with a 2-fold increase in total cardiovascular mortality[1],as well as the potential for substantial morbidity,including stroke,congestive heart failure,and cardiomyopathy.Its incidence and prevalence are increasing,and it represents a growing clinical and economic burden.Owing to relative inefficacy and side effects of current pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy for AF,it remains a great challenge to improve primary and secondary AF prevention strategies to reduce this potentially enormous health burden.

  15. Anti-thromboembolic strategies in atrial fibrillation.

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    Cocco, Giuseppe; Amiet, Philpp; Jerie, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective for stroke prevention in high-risk-patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is also a risk for dementia, and effective OAC reduces the risk of dementia. Up to 30% of patients with AF have a coronary artery disease and antiplatelets are used to avoid thrombotic complications. Patients with AF often have an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and undergo a percutaneous intervention with stent-implantation. These patients require a triple therapy, i.e. the combination of OAC with dual-antiplatelet therapy. It is obvious that OAC may induce bleeding with potentially deleterious effects on mortality. Even the occurrence of minor bleeding is problematic. The review describes available data on used anti-thromboembolic regimens in patients treated with OAC (vitamin K antagonists and non-vitamin K antagonists) who need a triple therapy (i.e. anticoagulation and antiplatelets). Most data are from patients who were treated for an ACS and cannot be directly extrapolated for patients with AF. The impact of used stents and novel P2Y12 antagonist-antiplatelets and duration of triple therapy is discussed. Often some high-risk patients with AF would need anticoagulation but cannot be given this therapy be-cause of excessive bleeding risks or contraindicating comorbidities: in these patients left atrial appendage closure with an occluding device can be used as an alternative to anti-thromboem-bolic therapy. The unavoidable anti-thromboembolic triple therapy carries a strong potential for bleeding events, which increase mortality. We have many data and several recommendations are offered. Nonetheless, we lack solid data on the best anti-thromboembolic regimen in patients with AF who need anticoagulation and antiplatelets. PMID:26779967

  16. Impaired endothelial function in lone atrial fibrillation

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    Polovina Marija

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Impaired endothelial function has been previously documented in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF and underlying comorbidities or older patients with idiopathic AF. The aim of this study was to evaluate systemic endothelial function in younger AF patients (less than 7 days lone AF. The second group comprised of 28 healthy controls in sinus rhythm (the mean age 43 ± 13, 53% male, matched by age, gender and atherosclerotic risk factors. All the participants underwent physical examination, laboratory analysis [including determination of C-reactive protein (CRP], standard echocardiography and exercise-stress testing. Brachial artery FMD and endothelium independent dilation (NMD were assessed with a high-resolution ultrasound probe and arterial diameters taken from 5 consecutive cardiac cycles were averaged for each measurement to accommodate to beat-to-beat flow variations in AF. Results. There were no differences between the 2 groups regarding age, gender and most clinical, laboratory and echocardiographic characteristics (all p > 0.05, apart from the increased heart rate (p = 0.018, body mass index (p = 0.027, CRP levels (p = 0.007 and left atrial anteroposterior dimension (p 0.05. In the multivariate analysis, the independent FMD determinants in our study population were the presence of AF, smoking and total cholesterol levels (all p < 0.001. In patients with AF, the strongest independent FMD determinant was arrhythmia duration (p < 0.001, followed by smoking (p = 0.013 and total cholesterol levels (p = 0.045. Conclusions. Our findings confirm that sustained AF is associated with systemic endothelial dysfunction even in relatively young patients with no cardiovascular disorders or risk factors. AF is an independent contributor to lower FMD and a prolonged arrhythmia duration may confer the risk for more profound endothelial damage.

  17. Excessive supraventricular ectopic activity and increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke

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    Binici, Zeynep; Intzilakis, Theodoros; Wendelboe Nielsen, Olav;

    2010-01-01

    Prediction of stroke and atrial fibrillation in healthy individuals is challenging. We examined whether excessive supraventricular ectopic activity (ESVEA) correlates with risk of stroke, death, and atrial fibrillation in subjects without previous stroke or heart disease....

  18. Prevalence and risk factors of atrial fibrillation in hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease

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    2013-01-01

    Objective Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained tachyarrhythmia in the general population.AF and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) share several common risk factors.We investigated the association between chronic kidney disease and risk of atrial fibrillation

  19. Risk of atrial fibrillation as a function of the electrocardiographic PR interval

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    Nielsen, Jonas Bille; Pietersen, Adrian; Graff, Claus;

    2013-01-01

    Prolongation of the PR interval has been associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF).......Prolongation of the PR interval has been associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF)....

  20. Cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular hospital admissions associated with atrial fibrillation

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    Christiansen, Christine Benn; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Gislason, Gunnar;

    2013-01-01

    To examine the excess risk of hospitalisation in patients with incident atrial fibrillation (AF).......To examine the excess risk of hospitalisation in patients with incident atrial fibrillation (AF)....

  1. Entropy measurements in paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Recent studies on atrial fibrillation (AF) have identified different activation patterns in paroxysmal and persistent AF. In this study, bipolar intra-atrial registers from 28 patients (14 paroxysmal AF and 14 persistent AF) were analyzed in order to find out regional differences in the organization in both types of arrhythmias. The organization of atrial electrical activity was assessed in terms of nonlinear parameters, such as entropy measurements. Results showed differences between the atrial chambers with a higher disorganization in the left atrium in paroxysmal AF patients and a more homogenous behavior along the atria in persistent AF patients

  2. Embolic Risk in Atrial Fibrillation that Arises from Hyperthyroidism: Review of the Medical Literature

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    Traube, Elie; Coplan, Neil L.

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac complication of hyperthyroidism, occurs in an estimated 10% to 25% of overtly hyperthyroid patients. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with age in the general population and in thyrotoxic patients. Other risk factors for atrial fibrillation in thyrotoxic patients include male sex, ischemic or valvular heart disease, and congestive heart failure. The incidence of arterial embolism or stroke in thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is less cle...

  3. Age as Risk Factor for Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Patients:Implications for Thromboprophylaxis

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    Konstantina Mitrousi; Gregory Y H Lip; Stavros Apostolakis

    2013-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. There is a strong relationship between atrial fibrillation and aging, thromboembolism, stroke, congestive heart failure and hypertension. On the other hand, advanced age confers a powerful risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation. For many years, vitamin K antagonists were the only approved anticoagulants for the management of atrial fibrillation. Lately new anticoagulants ma...

  4. Lung Infarction due to Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Misdiagnosed as Organizing Pneumonia: Sequential Changes on CT in Two Cases

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    Pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis is a complication of ablation therapy for arrhythmias. We report two cases with chronic lung parenchymal abnormalities showing no improvement and waxing and waning features, which were initially diagnosed as nonspecific pneumonias, and finally confirmed as PV stenosis. When a patient presents for nonspecific respiratory symptoms without evidence of infection after ablation therapy and image findings show chronic and repetitive parenchymal abnormalities confined in localized portion, the possibility of PV stenosis should be considered

  5. Lung Infarction due to Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Misdiagnosed as Organizing Pneumonia: Sequential Changes on CT in Two Cases

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    Kwon, Mi-ri; Lee, Ho Yun; Cho, Jong Ho; Um, Sang-Won

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis is a complication of ablation therapy for arrhythmias. We report two cases with chronic lung parenchymal abnormalities showing no improvement and waxing and waning features, which were initially diagnosed as nonspecific pneumonias, and finally confirmed as PV stenosis. When a patient presents for nonspecific respiratory symptoms without evidence of infection after ablation therapy and image findings show chronic and repetitive parenchymal abnormalities confined in...

  6. Lung Infarction due to Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Misdiagnosed as Organizing Pneumonia: Sequential Changes on CT in Two Cases

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    Kwon, Mi Ri; Lee, Ho Yun; Cho, Jong Ho; Um, Sang Won [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    Pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis is a complication of ablation therapy for arrhythmias. We report two cases with chronic lung parenchymal abnormalities showing no improvement and waxing and waning features, which were initially diagnosed as nonspecific pneumonias, and finally confirmed as PV stenosis. When a patient presents for nonspecific respiratory symptoms without evidence of infection after ablation therapy and image findings show chronic and repetitive parenchymal abnormalities confined in localized portion, the possibility of PV stenosis should be considered.

  7. Atrial fibrillation and risk of stroke

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    Christiansen, Christine Benn; Gerds, Thomas A; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring;

    2016-01-01

    AIM: Although the relation between stroke risk factors and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has been extensively examined, only few studies have explored the association of AF and the risk of ischaemic stroke/systemic thromboembolism/transient ischaemic attack (stroke/TE/TIA) in the...... presence of concomitant stroke risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: From nationwide registries, all persons who turned 50, 60, 70, or 80 from 1997 to 2011 were identified. Persons receiving warfarin were excluded. The absolute risk of stroke/TE/TIA was reported for a 5-year period, as was the absolute risk...... ratios for AF vs. no AF according to prior stroke and the number of additional risk factors. The study cohort comprised of 3 076 355 persons without AF and 48 189 with AF. For men aged 50 years, with no risk factors, the 5-year risk of stroke was 1.1% (95% confidence interval 1.1-1.1); with AF alone 2...

  8. Thinking outside the Box: Rotor Modulation in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    : Ruchir Sehra MD FHRS; Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PHD; FHRS,John Humme, MD

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF is an important and exciting therapy whose results remain suboptimal. Although most clinical trials show that ablation eliminates AF more effectively than medications, it is disappointing that the continued single procedural success remains ≈50% despite the substantial advances that have taken place in imaging, catheter positioning and energy delivery. Focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to precisely define and then ablate patient-specific sustaining mechanisms for AF, rather than trying to eliminate all possible AF triggers. For over a decade, electrophysiologists have described cases in which AF terminates after only limited ablation – usually that cannot be explained by ‘random’ meandering wavelets. Indeed, recent studies from several laboratories show that all forms of clinical AF are typically ‘driven’ by stable electrical rotors and focal sources, not by multiple meandering waves. FIRM mapping enables an operator to place a catheter at typically 1-3 predicted sites in the atria, and with 80% of patients with persistent and paroxysmal AF and increase the single procedure rate of AF elimination from 50% with PV isolation alone to >80%. Ongoing studies hint that FIRM only ablation, enabling ablation times in the range observed for typical atrial flutter, may also achieve these high success rates without subsequent trigger ablation. This review summarizes the current state-of-the-art on FIRM mapping and ablation.

  9. 77 FR 11121 - Scientific Information Request on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... Atrial Fibrillation AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Request for... scientific information submissions from manufacturers of atrial fibrillation medical devices. Scientific... effectiveness review of the evidence for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The EHC Program is dedicated...

  10. Inflammation and C-Reactive Protein in Atrial Fibrillation: Cause or Effect?

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    Galea, Roberto; Cardillo, Maria Teresa; Caroli, Annalisa; Marini, Maria Giulia; Sonnino, Chiara; Narducci, Maria L.; Luigi M. Biasucci

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality rates. The incompletely understood pathogenesis of this cardiac dysrhythmia makes it difficult to improve approaches to primary and secondary prevention. Evidence has accumulated in regard to a relationship between inflammation and atrial fibrillation. Investigators have correlated the dysrhythmia with myocarditis, pericardiotomy, and C-reactive protein levels, suggesting that inflammation causes atrial fibrillation or...

  11. Left Atrial Sphericity Index Predicts Early Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation After Direct-Current Cardioversion

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    Osmanagic, Armin; Möller, Sören; Osmanagic, Azra;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Attempts to achieve rhythm control using direct-current cardioversion (DCC) are common in those with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Although often successful, AF recurs within 1 month in as many as 57% of patients. The aim of this study was to assess whether a baseline left atrial...

  12. Percutaneous atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Munkholm-Larsen, Stine; Cao, Christopher; Yan, Tristan D;

    2012-01-01

    This review aims to evaluate systematically the safety and efficacy of percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (PLAAO) in stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). A systematic review of peer-reviewed journals on PLAAO before June 2011 was performed on three electronic...

  13. Extracellular Matrix Remodeling in Atrial Fibrosis: Mechanisms and Implications in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Pellman, Jason; Lyon, Robert C.; Sheikh, Farah

    2009-01-01

    Atrial fibrosis has been strongly associated with the presence of heart diseases/arrhythmias, including congestive heart failure (CHF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Inducibility of AF as a result of atrial fibrosis has been the subject of intense recent investigation, since it is the most commonly encountered arrhythmia in adults and can substantially increase the risk of premature death. Rhythm and rate control drugs as well as surgical interventions are used as therapies for AF; however, in...

  14. Impact of dronedarone in atrial fibrillation and flutter on stroke reduction

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    Christiansen, Christine Benn; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Køber, Lars

    2010-01-01

    Dronedarone has been developed for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL). It is an amiodarone analogue but noniodinized and without the same adverse effects as amiodarone.......Dronedarone has been developed for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL). It is an amiodarone analogue but noniodinized and without the same adverse effects as amiodarone....

  15. Automatic Detection of Atrial Fibrillation for Mobile Devices

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    Kaiser, Stefanie; Kirst, Malte; Kunze, Christophe

    Two versions of a new detector for automatic real-time detection of atrial fibrillation in non-invasive ECG signals are introduced. The methods are based on beat to beat variability, tachogram analysis and simple signal filtering. The implementation on mobile devices is made possible due to the low demand on computing power of the employed analysis procedures. The proposed algorithms correctly identified 436 of 440 five minute episodes of atrial fibrillation or flutter and also correctly identified up to 302 of 342 episodes of no atrial fibrillation, including normal sinus rhythm as well as other cardiac arrhythmias. These numbers correspond to a sensitivity of 99.1 % and a specificity of 88.3%.

  16. 二尖瓣置换术中同期行房颤射频消融术的麻醉和围术期管理%Anesthetic management on mitral valve replacement surgery plus concomitant atrial fibrillation radiofrequency ablation

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    王古岩; 王越夫; 昌克勤; 杨静; 张磊; 杨大烜; 史春霞

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To review the anesthetic and perioperative management methods on mitral valve replacement surgery plus concomitant atrial fibrillation radiofrequency ablation. METHODS From October 2008 to July 2009, 68 consecutive patients,including 25 males and 43 females, with mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation underwent the procedure of mitral valve replacement plus concomitant radiofrequency ablation. The mean age of patients was 54 ± 11 years, mean body surface area was 1.68 ± 0.18 m2 and the mean time of fibrillation atrial before surgery was 32 ± 22 months. Propofol, midazolam, fentanyl, isoflurane and pipecuronium were used to induce and maintain anesthesia level. During the operation, transesophagus echocardiography was used routinely. Cell Saver was also routinely used for blood conservation. RESULTS A total of 68 cases underwent mitral valve replacement, 22 cases underwent aortic valve replacement meanwhile and 32 cases underwent tricuspid valvoplasty meanwhile. Radiofrequency time was ( 20 ±6 ) minutes, cardiopulmonary bypass time was ( 113 ±44 ) minutes and cross clamp time was ( 81 ± 35 ) minutes. Postoperative mechanical ventilation time was ( 18.8 ± 8.8 ) hours, the length of intensive care unit stay was ( 50 ±51 ) hours. There was no death and renal failure. Two patients were re - exploration for bleeding after the surgery. Three patients implanted permanent pace maker because of complete atrioventricular block postoperatively. 35 ( 55% ) patients were recovery to sinus rhythm in hospital. CONCLUSION Understanding the methods and mechanism of radiofrequency, using proper anti - arrhythmia medicine, and applying intensive rhythm control strategies and blood conservation methods are the key issues during perioperative management.%目的 回顾性分析、总结二尖瓣置换术中同期行房颤射频消融术的麻醉和围术期管理重点.方法 我院从2008年10月至2009年7月连续进行该类手术68例,68例患者均诊断

  17. The Left Atrial Appendage: Target for Stroke Reduction in Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Abu Saleh, Walid K; Edgerton, James

    2015-01-01

    A patient with atrial fibrillation (AF) has a greater than 5% annual risk of major stroke, a 5-fold increase compared to the general population. While anticoagulation remains the standard stroke prevention strategy, the nature of lifelong anticoagulation inevitably carries an increased risk of bleeding, increased stroke during periods of interruption, increased cost, and significant lifestyle modification. Many patients with atrial fibrillation have had their left atrial appendage (LAA) ligated or excised by surgeons during cardiac surgery, a decision based largely on intuition and with no clear evidence of efficacy in stroke risk reduction. The observation that 90% of the thrombi found in nonvalvular AF patients and 57% found in valvular AF are in the LAA, triggered significant interest in the LAA as a potential therapeutic target. Until recently, the results were inconsistent, and high rates of incomplete occlusions precluded the medical community from confirming a definite relationship between LAA and stroke. As a result, anticoagulation is still the recommended first-line stroke risk reduction in AF, and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend LAA exclusion only with surgical ablation of AF or in the context of concomitant mitral valve surgery. A handful of devices have been developed for LAA exclusion. This includes percutaneous options such as WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device (Boston Scientific Corporation, Marlborough, MA), hybrid epicardial devices such as the LARIAT Suture Delivery Device (SentreHEART, Inc., Redwood City, CA), and epicardial surgical devices such as AtriClip® LAA Occlusion System (AtriCure, Inc., West Chester, OH). Studies of the Watchman device have shown noninferiority to Warfarin in stroke prevention and this device has recently gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following lengthy delays due to safety concerns. The Lariat device, which received 510

  18. Managing atrial fibrillation in the elderly: critical appraisal of dronedarone

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Paula Trigo, Gregory W FischerDepartment of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USAAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly seen arrhythmia in the geriatric population and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Treatment of the elderly with atrial fibrillation remains challenging for physicians, because this unique subpopulation is characterized by multiple comorbidities requiring chronic use of numerous medications, which can potentially lead to severe drug interactions. Furthermore, age-related changes in the cardiovascular system as well as other physiological changes result in altered drug pharmacokinetics. Dronedarone is a new drug recently approved for the treatment of arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter. Dronedarone is a benzofuran amiodarone analog which lacks the iodine moiety and contains a methane sulfonyl group that decreases its lipophilicity. These differences in chemical structure are responsible for making dronedarone less toxic than amiodarone which, in turn, results in fewer side effects. Adverse events for dronedarone include gastrointestinal side effects and rash. No dosage adjustments are required for patients with renal impairment. However, the use of dronedarone is contraindicated in the presence of severe hepatic dysfunction.Keywords: atrial fibrillation, elderly, antiarrhythmic agents, amiodarone, dronedarone

  19. Response of high-sensitive C-reactive protein to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and its relation with rhythm outcome.

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    Jelena Kornej

    Full Text Available AIMS: This study investigated the possible association between hs-CRP as well as hs-CRP changes and rhythm outcome after AF catheter ablation. METHODS: We studied 68 consecutive patients with AF undergoing catheter ablation. hs-CRP levels were measured using commercially available assays before and 6 months after catheter ablation. Serial 7-day Holter ECGs were used to detect AF recurrences. RESULTS: Early AF recurrence (ERAF, within one week was observed in 38%, while late AF recurrence (LRAF, between 3 and 6 months occurred in 18% of the patients. None of the baseline clinical or echocardiographic variables was predictive of ERAF or LRAF. Baseline hs-CRP measured 2.07 ± 1.1 µg/ml and was not associated with ERAF and LRAF. At 6 months, hs-CRP levels were comparable with baseline values (2.14±1.19 µg/ml, p = 0.409 and were also not related with LRAF. However, patients with LRAF showed an hs-CRP increase from 2.03 ± 0.61 to 2.62 ± 1.52 µg/ml (p = 0.028. Patients with an hs-CRP change in the upper tertile (>0.2 µg/ml had LRAF in 32% as opposed to 11% (p = 0.042 in patients in the lower (<-0.3 µg/ml or intermediate (-0.3-0.2 µg/ml tertile. CONCLUSIONS: Changes in hs-CRP but not baseline hs-CRP are associated with rhythm outcome after AF catheter ablation. This finding points to a link between an inflammatory response and AF recurrence in this setting.

  20. Age as a Risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

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    Prashant Bhave MD

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation affects approximately 3 million people in the United States and creates a huge burden on the health care system, both in terms of morbidity, mortality, and cost.1 The prevalence of atrial fibrillation rises sharply with increases in age. It is estimated that 8% of people above 70 years of age have atrial fibrillation.2-4 Atrial fibrillation has long been recognized as a powerful risk factor for stroke,5 heart failure,6 and mortality.7 Advancing age amplifies the risk of all of these sequelae of atrial fibrillation.

  1. Analysis of brain natriuretic peptide in 30 patients with atrial fibrillation

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    To investigate the relationship between atrial fibrillation and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), plasma levels of BNP in 30 patients with atrial fibrillation and 30 health controls were assayed and compared. The results showed that plasma levels of BNP in patients with atrial fibrillation were significantly higher than those of health controls (P<0.05). When the patients with atrial fibrillation were restored sinus rhythm, the concentration of BNP decreased significantly (P<0.05). BNP was a sensitive marker of cardiac dysfunction, and BNP was positively correlated with atrial fibrillation. (authors)

  2. Assessment of pulmonary venous stenosis after radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation by magnetic resonance angiography: a comparison of linear and cross-sectional area measurements

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    Tintera, Jaroslav; Porod, Vaclav; Rolencova, Eva; Fendrych, Pavel [Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Department of Radiology, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Cihak, Robert; Mlcochova, Hanka; Kautzner, Josef [Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Prague 4 (Czech Republic)

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    One of the recognised complications of catheter ablation is pulmonary venous stenosis. The aim of this study was to compare two methods of evaluation of pulmonary venous diameter for follow-up assessment of the above complication: (1) a linear approach evaluating two main diameters of the vein, (2) semiautomatically measured cross-sectional area (CSA). The study population consists of 29 patients. All subjects underwent contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CeMRA) of the pulmonary veins (PVs) before and after the ablation; 14 patients were also scanned 3 months later. PV diameter was evaluated from two-dimensional multiplanar reconstructions by measuring either the linear diameter or CSA. A comparison between pulmonary venous CSA and linear measurements revealed a systematic difference in absolute values. This difference was not significant when comparing the relative change CSA and quadratic approximation using linear extents (linear approach). However, a trend towards over-estimation of calibre reduction was documented for the linear approach. Using CSA assessment, significant PV stenosis was found in ten PVs (8%) shortly after ablation. Less significant PV stenosis, ranging from 20 to 50% was documented in other 18 PVs (15%). CeMRA with CSA assessment of the PVs is suitable method for evaluation of PV diameters. (orig.)

  3. Validation of a simplified method to determine left atrial volume by computed tomography in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Hof, Irene; Arbab-Zadeh, Armin; Dong, Jun; Scherr, Daniel; Chilukuri, Karuna; Calkins, Hugh

    2008-12-01

    The success of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is highly dependent on a preprocedural assessment of the size and shape of the left atrium. The most precise method to determine left atrial (LA) volume using computed tomography requires manually tracing the LA area of each cross-sectional image. This is a labor-intensive and time-consuming technique. The purpose of this study was to compare LA volume derived using the "gold-standard" multiple-slice technique with LA volume estimated using 3 orthogonal LA dimensions in patients with AF. The patient population was composed of 100 patients referred for catheter ablation of AF (87 men, mean age 57 +/- 12 years). AF was paroxysmal in 49 patients and persistent in 51. Each patient underwent computed tomography before catheter ablation, and LA volume was measured using the 2 methods. The mean LA volume measured using the multiple-slice technique was 136 +/- 46 ml. According to the simpler estimation approach, the mean LA volume was 112 +/- 41 ml. A close correlation was noted between atrial volumes determined using the 2 methods (r = 0.91, p technique of 17 +/- 13%. In conclusion, the results of this study reveal that LA volume determined using an estimation approach correlates closely with true LA volume as determined using the gold-standard multiple-slice approach. This estimation approach underestimates true LA volume by approximately 20%. PMID:19026316

  4. Detection of Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation Utilizing Novel Technology

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    Kathleen T. Hickey, EdD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN; Jose Dizon, MD; Ashton Frulla, BS

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The true prevalence of AF is likely underestimated because episodes are often sporadic and challenging to detect in a “real world” setting. This case report will describe a 58-year-old atrial fibrillation patient with multiple cardiac risk factors. After two ablations and one cardioversion, the patient failed to remain in normal sinus rhythm. Shortly after AF returned, the decision was made to perform a second cardioversion. Post-procedure, the patient was given a novel FDA-approved, wireless ECG monitoring device compatible with the iPhone®. This device has the capability of recording and transmitting a single-channel ECG. Within days, the patient began feeling symptomatic again and used his device to transmit an ECG to his healthcare provider. Recurrent AF was detected and the patient was directed to seek further evaluation. The success of this novel device to detect recurrent AF highlights the “real world” applicability of using mHealth technology more readily in patient care.

  5. Hundred years of atrial fibrillation: Current knowledge and perspectives

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    Potpara Tatjana

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia in general population. AF in humans was first described in 1903. Gradually, it has been well appreciated that AF is not just an acceptable alternative for normal rhythm but rather a serious threat, related to increased mortality and cardiovascular morbidity. AF can precipitate or worsen pre-existing heart failure, may cause the development of tachycardiomyopathy and is an independent risk factor for thromboembolic events, most frequently stroke. It has long been believed that rhythm control is the best therapy for AF. Nowadays there is a clear scientific proof that rhythm control offers no benefit over frequency control, at least for older patients, even with advanced left ventricular dysfunction. However, optimal treatment for younger, highly symptomatic, otherwise healthy AF patients has not been designed. Available antiarrhythmics have considerable proarrhythmic potential or organ toxicity, and new safer drugs are under investigation. Nonpharmacological approaches, namely RF-catheter ablation, are rapidly developing. Prevention of thromboembolism is imperative, and new safer oral anticoagulants have been intensively investigated. Recent randomized studies (PIAF, RACE, STAF, AFFIRM, HOT-CAFE did not solve the issue of optimal arrhythmia treatment, but they emphasized the prevention of thromboembolism based on risk factors, and not on AF type, mainly because asymptomatic episodes of AF may not be clinically recognized.

  6. Role of neural modulation in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation

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    Shailesh Male

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial-fibrillation (AF is the most common clinically encountered arrhythmia affecting over 1 per cent of population in the United States and its prevalence seems to be moving only in forward direction. A recent systemic review estimates global prevalence of AF to be 596.2 and 373.1 per 100,000 population in males and females respectively. Multiple mechanisms have been put forward in the pathogenesis of AF, however; multiple wavelet hypothesis is the most accepted theory so far. Similar to the conduction system of the heart, a neural network exists which surrounds the heart and plays an important role in formation of the substrate of AF and when a trigger is originated, usually from pulmonary vein sleeves, AF occurs. This neural network includes ganglionated plexi (GP located adjacent to pulmonary vein ostia which are under control of higher centers in normal people. When these GP become hyperactive owing to loss of inhibition from higher centers e.g. in elderly, AF can occur. We can control these hyperactive GP either by stimulating higher centers and their connections, e.g. vagus nerve stimulation or simply by ablating these GP. This review provides detailed information about the different proposed mechanisms underlying AF, the exact role of autonomic neural tone in the pathogenesis of AF and the possible role of neural modulation in the treatment of AF.

  7. Ranolazine for Atrial Fibrillation: Too Good to be True?

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    Joseph J. Gard, MD

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Several management options for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF available today were not even in the realm of discussion two decades ago. These advances, however, have primarily involved invasive management options for patients with drug refractory arrhythmia.1-3 After the recognition that electrical isolation of the thoracic veins benefits patients with paroxysmal AF, a slew of more involved ablative techniques evolved.4-8 Major breakthroughs in antiarrhythmic therapy, however, have not paralleled this meteoric development of invasive techniques. The drive for invasive procedures has, in fact, been widely based on the lack of availability of simple, effective, and safe pharmacological options for AF.9-11 The introduction of dronedarone into clinical practice represented a recent addition to antiarrhythmic therapy options for use in the management of patients with AF. This agent is an analogue of amiodarone but devoid of the iodine moiety which allows its use without the well-recognized and dreaded organ toxicity associated with long-term use. Nevertheless, a significant need exists for a drug with limited side effects that can be used for symptomatic intermittent AF without the need for daily chronic use, fear of organ toxicity, and concern regarding proarrhythmia in patients with structural heart disease.

  8. Therapeutic Prospects of Gene Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Farraha, Melad; Chong, James J H; Kizana, Eddy

    2016-08-01

    Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common types of cardiac arrhythmias experienced in clinical practice, increasing the risk of stroke, dementia, myocardial infarction and death. Currently available options for the treatment of AF use either pharmacological agents or catheter-based ablation therapies to restore sinus rhythm or control the ventricular response rate. These current treatment options are suboptimal at best, motivating research into discovering more effective and innovative ways to treat AF. Gene therapy is being explored for its potential to treat various human conditions including cardiac arrhythmias. Gene transfer vectors with increasing transduction efficiency and biosafety have been developed and trialled for cardiovascular disease treatment. With an improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms of AF, several gene therapy targets have been identified and evaluated in an attempt to rate or rhythm control the heart during AF. This review will discuss the gene therapy vectors in use today and methods for delivery of these vectors to the atrium. Further, it will evaluate several gene therapy strategies and approaches for sinus rhythm restoration and ventricular rate control that have the potential to emerge as a therapy for AF. PMID:27262391

  9. Predictors of left atrial appendage stunning after electrical cardioversion of non-valvular atrial fibrillation

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    杨沙宁; 黄从新; 胡晓军; 金立军; 李凤翥; 彭水先

    2003-01-01

    Objective To identify predictors of left atrial appendage stunning after the use of electrical cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.Methods A total of 68 consecutive patients (45 men, 23 women, 60.5±8.7 years of age) with non-valvular atrial fibrillation undergoing electrical cardioversion were enlisted in this study. Clinical and echocardiographic variables were analyzed by univariate regression and multivariate logistic regression to investigate the relationship between occurrences of left atrial appendage stunning and these factors. Results Univariate analysis revealed that, in comparing patients without and with left atrial appendage stunning, there were significant differences in the duration of atrial fibrillation > 8 weeks (32.3% vs 75.5%, P 50 mm (29.0% vs 54.1%, P 8 weeks (OR=7.249, 95%CI=1.998-26.304, P 50 mm (OR=3.896, 95%CI=1.105-13.734, P8 weeks, left atrial diameter >50 mm, left ventricular ejection fraction <50%, and cumulative energy of electrical cardioversion are independent predictors of left atrial appendage stunning. Anticoagulation treatment should be individualized for patients undergoing electrical cardioversion to reduce the risk of both cardioversion-related thromboembolic events and hemorrhagic complications caused by warfarin treatment.

  10. The role of Multidetector CT in the evaluation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins anatomy before and after radio-frequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Preliminary results and work in progress.Technical note; Il ruolo della TC Multidetettore nella valutazione anatomica dell'atrio sinistro e delle vene polmonari prima e dopo ablazione percutanea con radiofrequenza della fibrillazione atriale. Risultati preliminari e work in progress

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    Centoze, Maurizio; Della Sala, Sabino Walter; Dalla Palma, Francesco [Azienda Provinciale per i servizi sanitari, Trento (Italy). Dipartimento di radiodiagnostica; Del Greco, Maurizio; Marini, Massimiliano [Ospedale S. Chiara, Trento (Italy). U.O. di cardiologia; Nollo, Giandomenico; Ravelli, Flavia [Trento Univ., Trento (Italy). Dipartimento di fisica

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    Radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the distal pulmonary veins is increasingly being used to treat recurrent or refractory atrial fibrillation that doesn't respond to pharmacologic therapy or cardioversion. Successful RFCA of atrial al fibrillation depends on the pre-procedural understanding of the complex anatomy of the distal pulmonary veins and the left atrium. Aim of this parer is to describe the technical main features that characterise the multidetector helical computed tomography in the evaluation of this anatomic region before and after RFCA procedure. The 3D post-processing techniques useful for pre-RFCA planning are straightforward. [Italian] La ablazione percutanea con radiofrequenza (RFCA) del tratto distale delle vene polmonari nella fibrillazione atriale, che non risponde al trattamento farmacologico e alla cardioversione elettrica, e una procedura in grande sviluppo. Il successo del trattamento dipende dalla comprensione della complessa anatomia delle vene polmonari e dell'atrio sinistro. Lo scopo di questo articolo e illustrare gli aspetti tecnici fondamentali che caratterizzano lo studio di questa regione anatomica con TC spirale multidetettore prima e dopo RFCA. Particolare risalto e stato rivolto alle tecniche di post-processing 3D estremamente utili nella pianificazione della procedura di ablazione.

  11. Atrial Fibrillation In Athletes: Pathophysiology, Clinical Presentation, Evaluation and Management Abstract

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    Mohit K. Turagam; Greg C. Flaker; Poonam Velagapudi; Sirisha Vadali; Martin A. Alpert

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common tachyarrhythmia in athletes. Triggers for AF in athletes include atrial ectopy, sports supplements and sympathomimetic drugs. Substrates for AF in athletes include cardiac (mainly atrial remodeling, fibrosis and inflammation. Autonomic activation, electrolyte abnormalities, and acid reflux disease serve as modulators of AF. Evaluation of AF in athletes consists of classification of the type of AF and assessment for underlying causes and precipitating factors. Management of AF in athletes involve identification and modification of triggers and reductions of physical activity. Rate control strategies may reduce athletic efficiency. Anti-arrhythmic drug therapy of AF in athletes has not been extensively studied. Anticoagulation recommendations are similar to those for non-athletes with AF. Preliminary studies suggest that radiofrequency ablation techniques may be applied successfully in athletes with AF. Credits: Mohit K. Turagam; Greg C. Flaker; Poonam Velagapudi; Sirisha Vadali; Martin A.

  12. Assessment of left atrial function in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after different strategy of radiofrequency catheter ablation%左房线性消融治疗阵发性心房颤动患者术后的左房功能心超评价

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    李莹; 朱彩霞; 顾宇英; 罗轶玮; 马岚; 张代富; 陈明; 刘怡; 郑建华

    2011-01-01

    目的:动态观察阵发性心房颤动患者射频消融术前及消融后不同时段左房结构和功能的变化,探讨射频消融术对左房功能的影响及其临床意义.方法:37例阵发性房颧患者接受左房线性消融+肺静脉电隔离术,药物治疗维持窦律的患者为对照组,平均随访(10.5±4.7)个月(3~19个月).应用超声心动图观察治疗前及治疗后不同时段左房结构及功能的变化,采用M型和二维超声测量左房内径,多普勒测量二尖瓣血流频谱,以及组织多普勒测量二尖瓣环舒张晚期运动速度(Va).结果:①药物组20例成功维持窦律.消融治疗组26例成功维持窦律,9例复发;②药物治疗组长期维持窦性心律者左房容积有所变小,治疗后各个时期与治疗前比较差异无统计学意义.消融成功组术后左房容积逐渐减小,术后6个月时与术前水平比较有统计学差异,至12个月,无进一步缩小;与治疗前相比,治疗后12月左房前后径、左右径及上下径皆有统计学差异.消融后复发组6个月时未见明显变化;③消融治疗后1月,LAAEF、A-VTI、VA及AFF均与术前有统计学差异,至随访12月恢复至治疗前水平.消融治疗后心房侧的心肌组织运动速度Va皆有一定程度的降低.结论:左房线性消融是治疗阵发性房颤的有效方法,消融成功者可一定程度逆转左房结构重构,复发者无明显变化;射频消融引起左房局部收缩功能降低.%Objective:The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of LA eircumferential ablation on left atrial ( LA) function in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation ( PAF) after long-term follow- up. Methods : Thirty-seven consecutive patients with PAF were treated by circumferential radiofrequency pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) and thirty-one patients were treated by drugs. The mean follow-up duration was (10. 5± 4. 7) months (range. 3 to 19 months). To evaluate the change of LA function in all

  13. Circadian variation in dominant atrial fibrillation frequency in persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Circadian variation in atrial fibrillation (AF) frequency is explored in this paper by employing recent advances in signal processing. Once the AF frequency has been estimated and tracked by a hidden Markov model approach, the resulting trend is analyzed for the purpose of detecting and characterizing the presence of circadian variation. With cosinor analysis, the results show that the short-term variations in the AF frequency exceed the variation that may be attributed to circadian. Using the autocorrelation method, circadian variation was found in 13 of 18 ambulatory ECG recordings (Holter) acquired from patients with long-standing persistent AF. Using the ensemble correlation method, the highest AF frequency usually occurred during the afternoon, whereas the lowest usually occurred during late night. It is concluded that circadian variation is present in most patients with long-standing persistent AF though the short-term variation in the AF frequency is considerable and should be taken into account

  14. Contact force assessment in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillatio

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    Josef Kautzner; Petr Peichl

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The efficacy of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF remains limited. Increase of success would require more durable lesions without increased risk of steam pop and cardiac perforation. Recently, novel technologies have been developed to estimate real-time catheter-tissue contact force (CF. This paper reviews three available tools for assessment of CF and data on experimental or clinical experience. Experimental data with open-irrigated catheter showed that lesion size was greater with applications of lower power (like 30 W and greater CF (e.g. 30 to 40 g than vice versa. Impedance drop in the first 5 seconds was significantly correlated to catheter CF. Perforation was achieved more rapidly with the ablation catheter in a sheath despite the same CF because the sheath prevents catheter buckling. Clinical experience confirmed poor relationship between CF and either unipolar amplitude, bipolar amplitude, or impedance. Within the left atrium, the most common high CF site was found at the anterior/rightward LA roof, directly beneath the ascending aorta (confirmed by merging the CT image and map. Importantly, several studies showed that the use of CF leads to shorter procedure with less fluoroscopy time and less RF applications. CF assessment was also found to be associated with higher proportion of durable lesions. Finally, pilot studies showed that CF measurement could be associated with better clinical efficacy AF ablation.

  15. Segurança da ablação de fibrilação atrial com RNI terapêutico: comparação com a transição com heparina de baixo peso Safety of ablation for atrial fibrillation with therapeutic INR: comparison with transition to low-molecular-weight heparin

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    Eduardo B. Saad

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O manejo ideal da anticoagulação oral (ACO no período pré- e pós-ablação de fibrilação atrial (FA ainda é motivo de controvérsia. OBJETIVO: Comparar duas estratégias de anticoagulação: suspensão da warfarina com a utilização de heparina de baixo peso molecular (HBPM e a realização da ablação sem a suspensão da warfarina, mantendo o RNI terapêutico (entre 2,0 e 3,0. MÉTODOS: 140 pacientes (pt portadores de FA persistente/ permanente submetidos à ablação por cateter de FA foram divididos em dois grupos: no grupo I (70 pt, a warfarina foi suspensa cinco dias antes do procedimento e utilizada terapia de transição com HBPM (enoxaparina 1 mg/kg 2x/dia pré-ablação e 0,5 mg/kg 2x/dia após o procedimento; no grupo II (70 pt, a warfarina não foi suspensa e o procedimento foi realizado com RNI terapêutico. Ambos os grupos receberam heparina intravenosa (TCA > 350 seg durante o procedimento. RESULTADOS: No Grupo I, observou-se complicação hemorrágica maior (1,4% e 4 pt (5,7% com complicações hemorrágicas menores. No Grupo II, 2 pt (2,8% apresentaram complicações hemorrágicas menores e 1 pt apresentou sangramento maior; porém, este ocorreu após uso de HBPM por RNI BACKGROUND: The ideal management of oral anticoagulation (OAC before and after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF is still controversial. OBJECTIVE: To compare two anticoagulation strategies for catheter ablation for AF: warfarin withholding and use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH; and maintenance of warfarin and therapeutic INR (between 2.0 and 3.0. METHODS: 140 patients (pt with persistent/permanent AF undergoing catheter ablation for AF were divided into two groups: Group I (70 pt, in which warfarin was withheld five days prior to the procedure and transition to LMWH was used (enoxaparin: 1 mg/kg 2x/day before ablation, and 0.5 mg/kg 2x/day after ablation; Group II (70 pt, in which warfarin was not withheld and the

  16. Clinical Characteristics, Management, and Control of Permanent vs. Nonpermanent Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the RealiseAF Survey

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    Jan Murin; Lisa Naditch-Brûlé; Sandrine Brette; Chern-En Chiang; James O'Neill; P Gabriel Steg

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation can be categorized into nonpermanent and permanent atrial fibrillation. There is less information on permanent than on nonpermanent atrial fibrillation patients. This analysis aimed to describe the characteristics and current management, including the proportion of patients with successful atrial fibrillation control, of these atrial fibrillation subsets in a large, geographically diverse contemporary sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from RealiseAF, an interna...

  17. Atrial Fibrillation: A Review of Recent Studies with a Focus on Those from the Duke Clinical Research Institute

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    Rao, Meena P.; Pokorney, Sean D; Christopher B Granger

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    Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and accounts for one-third of hospitalizations for rhythm disorders in the United States. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation averages 1% and increases with age. With the aging of the population, the number of patients with atrial fibrillation is expected to increase 150% by 2050, with more than 50% of atrial fibrillation patients being over the age of 80. This increasing burden of atrial fibrillation will lead to a higher incidence of strok...

  18. Clinical application of low energy intracardiac cardioversion of atrial fibrillation

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    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of low energy intracardiac cardioversion in persistent atria fibrillation. Methods: Low energy intracardiac cardioversion was performed by delivering R wave-synchronized biphasic shocks in 7 patients (4 men, 3 women) with persistent atrial fibrillation. Prior to the procedure, all patients underwent transesophageal echocardiographic examinations to rule out the presence of intracardiac thrombus and received subcutaneous injection of low molecular weight heparin for 3-5 days. Two custom-made 6 Fr catheters (Rhythm Technologies of Getz, USA) were used for de-fibrillation shock delivery. One catheter was positioned in the lower right atrium so that the majority of the catheter electrodes had firm contact with the right atrial free wall. The second catheter was placed randomly either in coronary sinus through right internal jugular vein or in the left pulmonary artery through femoral vein. In addition, a standard diagnostic 6-F quadrupolar catheter was placed at the right ventricular apex for ventricular synchronization and postshock ventricular pacing. Shocks were delivered by Implant Support Device (Model 4510, Teleceronics). After conversion, all patients were treated with intravenous amiodarone in the first 24 hours followed by oral administration. Results: In all 7 patients cardioversion of atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm was successfully obtained. A mean of 2 ± 1 shocks per patient has been delivered with a total amount of 13 shocks. The average delivered energy was 7.8 ± 2.2 Joules. No complication occurred. At a mean follow-up of 18 ± 9 months, 4 of the 7 patients treated successfully showed sinus rhythm there after. Atrial fibrillation recurred in 3 patients at the second, fifth day and eighth month after cardioversion. Conclusions: Low energy intracardiac cardioversion is effective and safe, and can be easily performed in patients without general anesthesia. It offers a new option for restoring sinus

  19. Ventricular rhythm in atrial fibrillation under anaesthetic infusion with propofol

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    Changes in patients' autonomic tone and specific pharmacologic interventions may modify the ventricular response (actual heart rate) during atrial fibrillation (AF). Hypnotic agents such as propofol may modify autonomic balance as they promote a sedative state. It has been shown that propofol slightly slows atrial fibrillatory activity, but the net global effect on the ventricular response remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate in patients in AF the effect of a propofol bolus on the ventricular rate and regularity at ECG. We analysed the possible relation with local atrial fibrillatory activities, as ratios between atrial and ventricular rates (AVRs), analysing atrial activity from intracardiac electrograms at the free wall of the right and left atria and at the interatrial septum. We compared data at the baseline and after complete hypnosis. Propofol was associated with a more homogeneous ventricular response and lower AVR values at the interatrial septum

  20. ECG-Guided Surveillance Technique in Cryoballoon Ablation for Paroxysmal and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Strategy to Prevent From Phrenic Nerve Palsy

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    Meissner, Axel; Maagh, Petra; Christoph, Arndt; Oernek, Ahmet; Plehn, Gunnar

    2016-01-01

    Aims: Phrenic nerve palsy (PNP) is still a cause for concern in Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) procedures. New surveillance techniques, such as invasive registration of the compound motor action potential (CMAP), have been thought to prevent the occurrence of PNP. The present study investigates the impact of CMAP surveillance via an alternative and non-invasive ECG-conduction technique during CBA. Methods: PVI with CBA was performed in 166 patients suffering from AF. Diaphragmal contraction was monitored by abdominal hands-on observation in Observation Group I; Observation Group II was treated using additional ECG-conduction, as a means of modified CMAP surveillance method. During the ablation of the right superior and inferior pulmonary veins, the upper extremities lead I was newly adjusted between the inferior sternum and the right chest, thereby recording the maximum CMAP. The CMAP in the above-mentioned ECG leads was continuously observed in a semi-quantitative manner. Results: PNP was observed in 10 (6%) patients in total. In Observation Group I, 6 out of 61 (9.8%) demonstrated PNP. In Observation Group II a significant decrease of PNP could be demonstrated (p <0,001) and occurred in 4 out of 105 patients (3.8%). While three patients from Observation Group I left the EP lap with an ongoing PNP, none of the patients in Observation Group II had persistent PNP outside of the EP lab. Conclusion: The present study demonstrates that additional ECG-conduction, used as modified CMAP surveillance, is an easy, effective and helpful additional safety measure to prevent PNP in CBA. PMID:27279788

  1. Visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis after radio frequency ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation using multidetector computed tomography with retrospective gating; Darstellung von Pulmonalvenenstenosen nach Radiofrequenzablation zur Behandlung von Vorhofflimmern unter Verwendung der Multidetektor Computertomographie mit retrospektivem Gating

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    Trabold, T.; Kuettner, A.; Heuschmid, M.; Kopp, A.F.; Claussen, C.D. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany); Burgstahler, C.; Mewis, C.; Schroeder, S.; Kuehlkamp, V. [Medizinische Klinik III, Abt. fuer Kardiologie, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)

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    Purpose: With the number of radio frequency ablations (RFA) for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation increasing, the diagnostic evaluation for RFA associated pulmonary vein stenosis is getting more important. This study investigates the feasibility of the visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis using non-invasive multidetector computed tomography. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients were examined following RFA-treatment. A 4-slice (20 patients) and a 16-slice (8 patients) multidetector CT scanner (SOMATOM Volume Zoom and Sensation 16, Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) with retrospective gating was used to assess the pulmonary veins. Lesion severity was determined on a semi-quantitative scale (< 30%, 30 - 50%, > 50%). Results: CT was performed without any complications in all patients. Diagnostic image quality could be obtained in all examinations. The pulmonary veins showed lesions < 30% in four patients, lesions of 30 - 50% in five patients and a stenosis > 50% in one patient. Eighteen patients showed no lesions. Conclusion: Multidetector CT of the pulmonary veins seems to be able to visualize high-grade and low-grade lesions, but larger catheter-controlled studies are needed for further assessment of the diagnostic accuracy and clinical reliability of this noninvasive method. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Mit steigender Anzahl von Radiofrequenzablationen (RFA) zur Behandlung des chronischen Vorhofflimmerns wird die Diagnostik von RFA assoziierten Pulmonalvenenstenosen zunehmend wichtiger. Ziel dieser Studie war es, die Moeglichkeit der Darstellung von Pulmonalvenenstenosen mittels der nichtinvasiven Multidetektor-Computertomographie zu untersuchen. Material und Methoden: 28 Patienten wurden im Anschluss an eine RFA-Behandlung untersucht. Die Untersuchung wurde an einem 4-Zeilen- (20 Patienten) bzw. 16-Zeilen- (8 Patienten) Multidetektor-CT (SOMATOM Volume Zoom bzw. Sensation 16, Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) mit retrospektivem Gating durchgefuehrt. Der

  2. Efficacy and Safety of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants versus Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants in Patients Undergoing Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Giuseppe Santarpia

    Full Text Available Use of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs is endorsed by current guidelines for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF. However efficacy and safety of NOACs in patients undergoing catheter ablation (RFCA of AF has not been well established yet.To perform a meta-analysis of all studies comparing NOACs and vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (VKAs in patients undergoing RFCA.Studies were searched for in PubMed and Google Scholar databases.Studies were considered eligible if: they evaluated the clinical impact of NOACs versus VKAs; they specifically analyzed the use of anticoagulants during periprocedural phase of RFCA; they reported clinical outcome data.25 studies were selected, including 9881 cases. The summary measure used was the risk ratio (RR with 95% confidence interval (CI. The random-effects or the fixed effect model were used to synthesize results from the selected studies.There was no significant difference in thromboembolic complications (RR 1.39; p=0.13. Bleeding complications were significantly lower in the NOACs-treated arm as compared to VKAs (RR=0.67, p<0.001. Interestingly, a larger number of thromboembolic events was found in the VKAs-treated arm in those studies where VKAs had been interrupted during the periprocedural phase (RR=0.68; p=ns. In this same subgroup a significantly higher incidence of both minor (RR=0.54; p=0.002 and major bleeding (RR=0.41; p=0.01 events was recorded. Conversely, the incidence of thromboembolic events in the VKAs-treated arm was significantly lower in those studies with uninterrupted periprocedural anticoagulation treatment (RR=1.89; p=0.02.As with every meta-analysis, no patients-level data were available.The use of NOACs in patients undergoing RFCA is safe, given the lower incidence of bleedings observed with NOACs. On the other side, periprocedural interruption of VKAs and bridging with heparin is associated with a higher bleeding rate with no

  3. Risk analysis on postoperative recurrence of atrial fibrillation after bipolar radiofrequency ablation undergoing open heart procedures%心内直视房颤射频消融术前危险因素与术后转律关系

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    韦俊; 张大发; 刘志勇; 陆启同; 刘德森

    2012-01-01

    Objective Surgical radiofrequency (RF) ablation has recently been one of the most effective means to treat chronic atrial fibrillation(AF).However,about 20% to 30% patients have shown recurrence of AF during the follow-up period.This study retrospectively analyzed AF recurrence rate in those patients who underwent valve replacement procedures combined with RF ablation to treat AF in our department during the last three years.We compared the information and clinical date in the sinus rhythm(SR) group with in the AF recurrence group to analyze the relationship between various preoperative risk factors and operation failure.The aim of this study is to provide evidences to select patients who can benefit most from this type of surgery and to reduce their surgical risk and hospital charges.Methods From June 2006 to June 2009,52 patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and chronic AF underwent RF ablation concomitant with valve replacement in our department by a same surgeon with the same method.Preoperative and intraoperative data was retrospectively collected and all patients were followed up longer than six months to determine the type of heart rhythm.Operation failure was defined as showing any rhythm except normal sinus rhythm by electrocardiogram.We divided all patients to the SR grope and AF grope.Univariate and multivariate statistical analysis was used to compare the data between the two groups in pre-,intra- and postoperative period.Results There was only one case in-hospital mortality ( 1.9% ).None mortality,re-exploration for bleeding and pacemaker implantation for malignant arrhythmia was shown during the mean follow-up period of 14 months (9-35 months).At the last follow-up,sinus rhythm was shown in 71.2% (37/52) patients.In univariaye analysis,the left atrial diameter,AF duration,left ventricular end diastolic volume and aortic cross-clamp were predictors of recurrence of AF.Age,left ventricular ejection factor,cardiopulmonary bypass time showed

  4. P-wave duration and the risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Nielsen, Jonas B.; Kühl, Jørgen T.; Pietersen, Adrian;

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    BACKGROUND: Results on the association between P-wave duration and the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) are conflicting. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain a detailed description of the relationship between P-wave duration and the risk of AF. METHODS: Using computerized analysis o...

  5. Familial aggregation of atrial fibrillation: a study in Danish twins

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    Christophersen, Ingrid Elisabeth; Ravn, Lasse Steen; Budtz-Joergensen, Esben; Skytthe, Axel; Haunsoe, Stig; Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Christensen, Kaare

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Heritability may play a role in nonfamilial atrial fibrillation (AF). We hypothesized that a monozygotic (MZ) twin whose co-twin was diagnosed with AF would have an increased risk of the disease compared with a dizygotic (DZ) twin in the same situation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A sample o...

  6. Management of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure

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    Neuberger, Hans-Ruprecht; Mewis, Christian; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Schotten, Ulrich; van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Allessie, Maurits A.; Boehm, Michael

    2007-01-01

    Atrial. fibrillation (AF) and chronic heart failure (CHF) are two major and even growing cardiovascular conditions that often coexist. However, few data are available to guide treatment of AF in patients with CHF. This review summarizes current literature concerning the following topics: (i) prognos

  7. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation incidence and progression

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    Vermond, Robert Aldo

    2016-01-01

    During atrial fibrillation (AF) irregular activation of the hearts atria occur, causing an irregular heart rate and altered blood flow. AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causing stroke, heart failure, dementia, reduced quality of life and high health care expences. AF is diagnosed increas

  8. Ranolazine for atrial fibrillation: buy one get three beneficial mechanisms!

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    Maier, Lars S

    2012-01-01

    This editorial refers to ‘Further insights into the underlying electrophysiological mechanisms for reduction of atrial fibrillation by ranolazine in an experimental model of chronic heart failure’, by G. Frommeyer et al., published in this issue on pages 1322–1331

  9. Mechanisms of ranolazine's dual protection against atrial and ventricular fibrillation

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    Verrier, Richard L.; Kumar, Kapil; Nieminen, Tuomo; Belardinelli, Luiz

    2012-01-01

    Coronary artery disease and heart failure carry concurrent risk for atrial fibrillation and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. We review evidence indicating that at therapeutic concentrations, ranolazine has potential for dual suppression of these arrhythmias. Mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed.

  10. Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Atrial Fibrillation: What is the Link?

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    Yaariv Khaykin

    2009-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia. It is well known to occur in older patients with comorbid conditions such congestive heart failure and ischemic heart disease.1-3 In these otherwise sick individuals it is associated with higher long term morbidity and mortality.

  11. Edoxaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Giugliano, R.P.; Ruff, C.T.; Braunwald, E.; Murphy, S.A.; Wiviott, S.D.; Halperin, J.L.; Waldo, A.L.; Ezekowitz, M.D.; Weitz, J.I.; Spinar, J.; Ruzyllo, W.; Ruda, M.; Koretsune, Y.; Betcher, J.; Shi, M.; Grip, L.T.; Patel, S.P.; Patel, I.; Hanyok, J.J.; Mercuri, M.; Antman, E.M.; Verheugt, F.W.A.

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    BACKGROUND: Edoxaban is a direct oral factor Xa inhibitor with proven antithrombotic effects. The long-term efficacy and safety of edoxaban as compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation is not known. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trial comparing two

  12. Pattern of atrial fibrillation and risk of outcomes

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    Banerjee, Amitava; Taillandier, Sophie; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Lane, Deirdre A; Lallemand, Benedicte; Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Fauchier, Laurent

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Risk of stroke and thromboembolism (TE) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is categorised in stroke risk stratification scores. The role of pattern of NVAF in risk prediction is unclear in contemporary 'real world' cohorts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with NVAF...

  13. Atrial fibrillation and vascular disease-a bad combination

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    Bjerring Olesen, Jonas; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Lip, Gregory Y H

    management in patients with atrial fibrillation, several stroke and bleeding risk prediction schemes have been developed. Clin. Cardiol. 2012 DOI: 10.1002/clc.20955 Dr. Olesen received an honorarium through an educational grant from Sanofi Aventis for time and expertise spent writing this article. Dr Lip has...

  14. Brugada syndrome risk loci seem protective against atrial fibrillation

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    Andreasen, Laura; Nielsen, Jonas B; Darkner, Stine;

    2014-01-01

    Several studies have shown an overlap between genes involved in the pathophysiological mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and Brugada Syndrome (BrS). We investigated whether three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs11708996; G>C located intronic to SCN5A, rs10428132; T>G located in SCN10...

  15. Use of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation after Stroke

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    Jespersen, Stine Funder; Christensen, Louisa M; Christensen, Anders;

    2013-01-01

    Background. The knowledge is still sparse about patient related factors, influencing oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC) rates, in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Aims. To assess the use of OAC in ischemic stroke patients diagnosed with AF and to identify patient related factors...

  16. Familial Aggregation of Lone Atrial Fibrillation in Young Persons

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    Oyen, Nina; Ranthe, Mattis F; Carstensen, Lisbeth;

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether an individual's risk of developing lone atrial fibrillation (AF) before age 60 years is associated with lone AF in relatives. BACKGROUND: Genetic factors may play a role in the development of lone AF. METHODS: Using Danish national registers, a cohort was...

  17. Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in a Mission-Assigned Astronaut

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    Bauer, Peter A.; Polk, J. D.

    2010-01-01

    This presentation will explore the clinical and administrative conundrums faced by the flight surgeon upon discovering asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation seven months prior to scheduled long duration spaceflight. The presenter will discuss the decision-making process as well as the clinical and operational outcomes.

  18. Increased plasma aldosterone during atrial fibrillation declines following cardioversion

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    Soeby-Land, C; Dixen, U; Therkelsen, S K;

    2011-01-01

    The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) may be activated during atrial fibrillation (AF); our aim was to evaluate the level of aldosterone in patients with either permanent AF, persistent AF scheduled for cardioversion or patients in sinus rhythm (SR). We hypothesized that an increased...

  19. Clinical considerations of anticoagulation therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Shu ZHANG

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke.New anticoagulation agents have recently provided alternative and promising approaches.This paper reviews the current state of anticoagulation therapy in AF patients,focusing on various clinical scenarios and on comparisons,where possible,between western and eastern populations.

  20. Anticoagulant treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation and ischemic stroke

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    Brunner-Frandsen, Nicole; Dammann Andersen, Andreas; Ashournia, Hamoun;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, with a lifetime risk of 25%, and it is a well-known independent risk factor for ischemic stroke. Over the last 15 years, efforts have been made to initiate relevant treatment in patients with AF. A retrospective study was...