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N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide level at long-term follow-up after atrial fibrillation ablation: a marker of reverse atrial remodelling and successful ablation.
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PMID:  21993599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: We investigated the relationship between arrhythmia burden, left atrial volume (LAV) and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) at baseline and after long-term follow-up of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS: We studied 38 patients (23 paroxysmal, 6 women, mean age 56 ± 11) scheduled for AF ablation. LAV was calculated on the basis of computed tomography images at baseline and long-term follow-up, and arrhythmia burden was graded from self-reported frequency and duration of AF episodes. RESULTS: After a mean period of 22 ± 5 months, 28/38 patients (11/15 persistent) were free from AF recurrence. At baseline there were no differences in mean LAV (125 vs. 130 cm(3), p = 0.7) or median NT-pro-BNP (33.5 vs. 29.5 pmol/L, p = 0.9) between patients whose ablation had been successful or otherwise. At long-term follow-up, there was a marked decrease in LAV (105 vs. 134 cm(3), p < 0.05) and level of NT-pro-BNP (7 vs. 17.5 pmol/L, p < 0.05) in the successful ablation patients. NT-pro-BNP correlated with LAV both at baseline (r = 0.71, p < 0.001) and at follow-up (r = 0.57, p < 0.001). Arrhythmia burden correlated with both NT-pro-BNP (r = 0.47, p < 0.01) and LAV (r = 0.52, p < 0.01). A decrease in NT-pro-BNP at follow-up of >25% of baseline value had a specificity of 0.89 and a sensitivity of 0.6 (receiver operator characteristics, accuracy 0.82) for ablation success. CONCLUSIONS: NT-pro-BNP correlates with LAV and arrhythmia burden in AF patients and both NT-pro-BNP and LAV decrease significantly after successful ablation. A decrease in NT-pro-BNP of >25% from the baseline value could be useful as a marker of ablation success.
Eivind Solheim; Morten Kristian Off; Per Ivar Hoff; Alessandro De Bortoli; Peter Schuster; Ole-Jørgen Ohm; Jian Chen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of interventional cardiac electrophysiology : an international journal of arrhythmias and pacing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8595     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9708966     Medline TA:  J Interv Card Electrophysiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Medicine, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway,
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