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Impact of Steerable Sheaths on Contact Forces and Reconnection Sites in Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.
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PMID:  25346514     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: In preclinical studies, catheter contact force (CF) during radiofrequency ablation correlates with the subsequent lesion size. We investigated the impact of steerable-sheaths on ablation CF, its consistency, and wide area circumferential ablation (WACA) line reconnection sites.
METHODS AND RESULTS: 5464 ablations were analyzed across 60 patients undergoing first-time ablation for persistent AF using a CF-sensing catheter: 19 manual non-steerable sheath (Manual-NSS), 11 manual steerable-sheath and 30 robotic steerable-sheath (Sensei, Hansen Medical Inc.) procedures were studied. Ablation CFs were higher in the steerable-sheath groups for all left atrial ablations and also WACA ablations specifically (p<0.006), but less consistent per WACA segment (p<0.005). There were significant differences in the CFs around both WACAs by group: in the left WACA CFs were lower with Manual-NSS, other than at the anterior-inferior and posterior-superior regions, and lower in the right WACA, other than the anterior-superior region. There was a difference in the proportion of segments chronically reconnecting across groups: Manual-NSS 26.5%, manual steerable-sheath 4.6%, robotic 12% (p<0.0005). The left atrial appendage/PV ridge and right posterior wall were common sites of reconnection in all groups.
CONCLUSIONS: Steerable-sheaths increased ablation CF; however, there were region-specific heterogeneities in the extent of increment, with some segments where they failed to increase CF. Steerable-sheath use was associated with reduced WACA-segment reconnection. It may be that the benefits of steerable-sheath use in terms of higher CFs could be translated to improved clinical outcomes if regional weaknesses of this technology are taken into account during ablation procedures. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Waqas Ullah; Ross J Hunter; Ailsa McLean; Mehul Dhinoja; Mark J Earley; Simon Sporton; Richard J Schilling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1540-8167     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cardiovasc. Electrophysiol.     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-28    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9010756     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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