PURPOSE: A strategy based on the attainment of the specific parameter of - 40 °C within the first 60 s during cryoenergy applications in the setting of cryoballoon ablation (CB-A) without the use of an inner lumen mapping catheter (ILMC) (Achieve; Medtronic, USA) for the visualization of real-time recordings (RTR) has been previously described. The latter has proven to be very effective in guaranteeing freedom from atrial arrhythmias in patients affected by paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) at 1-year follow-up. The purpose of this retrospective observational study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of this strategy in a multicenter experience on a long-term follow-up of 3 years.
METHODS: A total of 192 patients having undergone CB ablation for paroxysmal AF (PAF) starting from September 2015 to November 2016 that underwent a temperature-guided approach were included.
RESULTS: Mean procedural time was 68.77 ± 18.88. The mean number of freezes in the LSPV was 1.2 ± 0.4, 1.2 ± 0.4 in the LIPV, 1.1 ± 0.4 in the RSPV, and 1.2 ± 0.4 in the RIPV. Considering a blanking period of 3 months, freedom from AF off-AAD was achieved in 77.6% (149/192) at mean 34.5 ± 5.5 months and median 35.1 months (IQR, 32.3-37.0 months) follow-up after 1 procedure.
CONCLUSIONS: A temperature-guided approach affords freedom from AF at a 3-year follow-up period in a large majority of patients affected by PAF having undergone a single CB-A procedure.
|Tijdschrift||Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology : An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||1|
|Status||Published - jun 2021|