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Acute and long-term efficacy and safety of catheter cryoablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus for treatment of type 1 atrial flutter.
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PMID:  18598956     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Atrial flutter (AFL) is commonly treated by radiofrequency catheter ablation. Catheter-based cryoablation may be an effective alternative with potential advantages. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to study the acute and long-term safety and efficacy of catheter-based cryoablation for treatment of cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent (typical and reverse typical) AFL. METHODS: Catheter-based cryoablation was performed with a 10Fr catheter in 160 patients with cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent AFL (122 men and 38 women; mean age 63.1 +/- 9.3 years, mean left ventricular ejection fraction 54.6% +/- 10.4%); 94 (58.8%) of these patients also had atrial fibrillation (AF). All patients underwent right atrial (RA) activation mapping and pacing at the cavotricuspid isthmus to demonstrate concealed entrainment and confirm cavotricuspid isthmus dependence of AFL. Catheter-based cryoablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus was performed with multiple freezes (average freeze time 2.3 +/- 0.5 minutes) until bidirectional block was demonstrated during pacing from the low lateral RA and coronary sinus, respectively. Patients were evaluated at 1, 3, and 6 months and underwent weekly and symptomatic event monitoring. Acute procedural success was defined as cavotricuspid isthmus block persisting 30 minutes after ablation. Long-term success was defined as absence of AFL during follow-up. RESULTS: Acute success was achieved in 140 (87.5%) of 160 patients. Total procedure time was 200 +/- 71 minutes, ablation time (including a 30-minute waiting period after ablation) was 139 +/- 62 minutes, and fluoroscopy time was 35 +/- 26 minutes. An average of 20.5 +/- 11.3 freezes, for a total ablation time of 47.4 +/- 24.3 minutes, were required to achieve cavotricuspid isthmus block, with average and nadir temperatures of -81.5 degrees C +/- 3.7 degrees C and -85.6 degrees +/- 3.6 degrees C, respectively. Four patients (2.5%) had procedure-related adverse events. Of 132 patients with acute efficacy who completed 6-month follow-up, 8 (6%) were lost to follow-up or were noncompliant with event recordings. Using survival analysis, 106 (80.3%) remained free of AFL on strict analysis of event recordings only, and 119 (90.2%) remained clinically free of AFL. CONCLUSION: This large pivotal study demonstrated the acute and long-term efficacy and safety of catheter-based cryoablation for cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent AFL, similar to rates previously reported for radiofrequency catheter ablation.
Gregory K Feld; James P Daubert; Raul Weiss; William M Miles; William Pelkey;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-03-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1556-3871     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Rhythm     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-07     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  2009-10-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101200317     Medline TA:  Heart Rhythm     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1009-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California, San Diego, California 92103, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Flutter / classification,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Catheter Ablation / methods*
Middle Aged
Stroke Volume
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Tricuspid Valve / surgery*
Vijendra Swarup / ; James Daubert / ; Gregory Botteron / ; Roy John / ; Jazbir Sra / ; Jack Kron / ; John Miller / ; Mark Niebauer / ; Raul Weiss / ; Thabet Al-Sheikh / ; Robert Hoyt / ; David Callans / ; Donald Rubenstein / ; Gregory K Feld / ; Charles Athill / ; Eric Johnson / ; William Miles / ; Peter Zimetbaum / ; Kalyanam Shivkumar / ; Andrew Corsello / ; Arjun Sharma / ; Michael Kwasman / ; Abraham Kocheril / ; Tariq Salam /

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