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2022 ◽  
Vol 23 (1) ◽  
pp. 1
Philipp Krisai ◽  
Ghassen Cheniti ◽  
Takamitsu Takagi ◽  
Tsukasa Kamakura ◽  
Elodie Surget ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 38 (3) ◽  
Xiaoru Qin ◽  
Xiaofei Jiang ◽  
Qiyan Yuan ◽  
Guangli Xu ◽  
Xianzhi He

Objective: To explore the optimal ablation index (AI) parameters for radiofrequency catheter ablation (RA) for treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Method: Patients with AF (186) who underwent bilateral PVAI in the Department of Cardiology, Zhuhai People’s Hospital, Guangdong Province, from March 2018 to October 2019 and received catheter ablation as first-round treatment, were grouped according to the received AI. Control group included patients (95) who received the recommended AI ablation (350–400 for posterior wall, 400–450 for non-posterior wall). Patients in optimal AI group were ablated with optimal AI (300–330 for posterior wall, 350–380 for non-posterior wall). Results: Of 186 patients, 66 patients had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a mean CHA2DS2-VASc score of 2.83±1.64. Isolation rates of bilateral PVI in both groups were 91.4% and 93.6%, for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and 81.7% and 80% for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (P > 0.05). Left atrial function index (LAFI) decreased under the condition of sinus rhythm at the 3rd and 6th months (P < 0.05). LAFI improvement was significantly better in the optimal AI group than in the control group (P < 0.05). Rates of pain and cough during the ablation, and postoperative gastrointestinal discomfort and use of PPIs were higher in the control group (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Radiofrequency ablation of AF, guided by optimal AI combined with impedance, can minimize atrial injury, prevent atrial failure, promote the recovery of atrial function, reduces intraoperative cough, pain, and postoperative gastrointestinal discomfort and use of PPIs. doi: How to cite this:Qin X, Jiang X, Yuan Q, Xu G, He X. Optimal ablation index parameters for radiofrequency ablation therapy of atrial fibrillation. Pak J Med Sci. 2022;38(3):---------. doi: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

2022 ◽  
Vol 8 ◽  
Minghui Yang ◽  
Rongfeng Zhang ◽  
Huamin Tang ◽  
Guocao Li ◽  
Xumin Guan ◽  

Aims: Catheter ablation should be considered in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF; HFrEF) to improve survival and reduce heart failure hospitalization. Careful patient selection for AF ablation is key to achieving similar outcome benefits. However, limited data exist regarding predictors of recovered ejection fraction. We aimed to evaluate the predictors of recovered ejection fraction in consecutive patients with HF undergoing AF ablation.Methods and Results: A total of 156 patients [67.3% men, median age 63 (11)] with AF and HF underwent initial catheter ablation between September 2017 and October 2019 in the First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University. Overall, the percentage of recovered ejection fractions was 72.3%. Recovered EFs were associated with a 39% reduction in all-cause hospitalization compared to non-recovered EFs at the 1-year follow-up [23.8 vs. 62.8 (odds ratio) OR 2.09 (1.40–3.12), P &lt; 0.001]. Univariate analysis for recovered EFs showed that diabetes (P = 0.083), prevalent HF (P = 0.014), prevalent AF (P = 0.051), LVEF (P = 0.022), and E/E′ (P = 0.001) were associated with EF improvement. Multivariate analysis showed that the only independent predictor of EF recovery was E/E′ [OR 1.13 (1.03–1.24); P = 0.011]. A receiver operating characteristic analysis determined that the suitable cut-off value for E/E′ was 15 (sensitivity 38.7%, specificity 89.2%, the area under curve 0.704).Conclusions: Ejection fraction (EF) recovery occurred in 72.3% of patients, associated with a 39% reduction in all-cause hospitalization compared to the non-recovered EFs in our cohort. The only independent predictor of recovered EF was E/E′ &lt; 15 in our series.

Tomofumi Mizuno ◽  
Nobuhiro Nishii ◽  
Hiroshi Morita ◽  
Hiroshi Ito

Abstract Background The frequency of arrhythmias increases after the Fontan operation over time; atrial tachycardia (AT) and sinus node dysfunction (SND) are frequently observed. Case summary Our patient was 63-year-old woman who underwent a lateral tunnel Fontan operation for double outlet right ventricle at age 36. She experienced paroxysmal AT for one year, and antiarrhythmic medication was not feasible due to symptomatic SND. Computed tomography revealed a 45 mm-sized thrombus in the high right atrium (RA). The patient had three coexisting conditions: paroxysmal AT, symptomatic SND and the RA thrombus, for which total cavopulmonary connection conversion and epicardial PMI would have been effective; however, given her age and comorbidities, surgical treatment was considered high-risk. Catheter ablation was avoided because of the RA thrombus. Finally, a transvenous pacemaker was implanted via the right femoral vein to avoid the RA thrombus and severe venous tortuosity from the left subclavian vein to the RA. After PMI, the patient was prescribed amiodarone and bisoprolol for AT suppression. AT occurred once in the third month after discharge. We increased the dose of amiodarone, and she has been tachycardia-free. Discussion Transvenous PMI must be considered in cases where open thoracic surgery or catheter ablation cannot be performed. This is the first report of transvenous PMI via the right femoral vein and successful AT and SND management in an elderly Fontan patient.

2022 ◽  
Antonia Kellnar ◽  
Stephanie Fichtner ◽  
Michael Mehr ◽  
Thomas Czermak ◽  
Moritz F. Sinner ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 2022 (1) ◽  
Samer Al Said ◽  
Pankaj Garg ◽  
Sam Jenkins ◽  
Mahmood Ahmad ◽  
Mohammed Qintar ◽  

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