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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32462550


PURPOSE: The prospective, multicenter SMART SF trial demonstrated the acute safety and effectiveness of the 56-hole porous tip irrigated contact force (CF) catheter for drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) ablation with a low primary adverse event rate (2.5%), leading to FDA approval of the catheter. Here, we are reporting the long-term effectiveness and safety results that have not yet been reported. METHODS: Ablations were performed using the 56-hole porous tip irrigated CF catheter guided by the 3D mapping system stability module. The primary effectiveness endpoint was freedom from atrial tachyarrhythmia (including atrial fibrillation, atrial tachycardia, and/or atrial flutter), based on electrocardiographic data at 12 months. Atrial tachyarrhythmia recurrence occurring 3 months post procedure, acute procedural failures such as lack of entrance block confirmation of all PVs, and undergoing repeat procedure for atrial fibrillation in the evaluation period (91 to 365 days post the initial ablation procedure) were considered to be effectiveness failures. RESULTS: Seventy-eight patients (age 64.8 ± 9.7 years; male 52.6%; Caucasian 96.2%) participated in the 12-month effectiveness evaluation. Mean follow-up time was 373.5 ± 45.4 days. The Kaplan-Meier estimate of freedom from 12-month atrial tachyarrhythmia was 74.9%. Two procedure-related pericardial effusion events were reported at 92 and 180 days post procedure. There were no pulmonary vein stenosis complications or deaths reported through the 12-month follow-up period. CONCLUSIONS: The SMART SF 12-month follow-up evaluation corroborates the early safety and effectiveness success previously reported for PAF ablation with STSF.

Europace ; 20(FI_3): f392-f400, 2018 11 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29016769


Aims: THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter is a new contact-force (CF)-sensing catheter with 56-hole porous tip designed for improved cooling and reduced fluid delivery compared with a standard 6-hole open-irrigated catheter. The SMART SF study examined the periprocedural safety, acute effectiveness, and procedural efficiency of the catheter for drug-refractory symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) ablation. Methods and results: The prospective, open-label, non-randomized SMART-SF was conducted at 17 US sites. Circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) isolation was performed with confirmation of entrance block in all PVs. Stable ablation sites were identified using CARTO VISITAG™ Module. Primary adverse events (AEs; ≤1 week of index procedure), periprocedural AEs within 30 days of ablation procedure, acute effectiveness (confirmation of entrance block for targeted PVs), CF, and procedural parameters were assessed. Overall, 165 patients were enrolled (mean age, 62.7 years; male, 57.9%; white, 97%; left ventricular ejection fraction, 60.1 ± 7%; left atrium diameter, 38.8 ± 6 mm); 159 underwent radiofrequency ablation and comprised the safety cohort. Primary safety performance criteria were met: primary AE rate was 2.5% (4/159; cardiac tamponade [n = 2], thrombo-embolism [n = 1], transient ischaemic attack [n = 1]). All primary AEs resolved/improved within the 1-month follow-up period. Acute procedural effectiveness was attained in 96.2% (95% confidence interval: 92.0-98.6%) of patients. Procedure time, fluoroscopy time, and fluid delivered were observed in comparison to predecessor catheters. Conclusion: In the SMART-SF trial, the predetermined safety performance goal was met, demonstrating the safety and acute effectiveness of the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter for PAF ablation.

Fibrilação Atrial/cirurgia , Cateteres Cardíacos , Ablação por Cateter/instrumentação , Frequência Cardíaca , Veias Pulmonares/cirurgia , Irrigação Terapêutica/instrumentação , Potenciais de Ação/efeitos dos fármacos , Idoso , Antiarrítmicos/uso terapêutico , Fibrilação Atrial/diagnóstico , Fibrilação Atrial/fisiopatologia , Ablação por Cateter/efeitos adversos , Resistência a Medicamentos , Desenho de Equipamento , Feminino , Frequência Cardíaca/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Porosidade , Estudos Prospectivos , Veias Pulmonares/fisiopatologia , Fatores de Risco , Irrigação Terapêutica/efeitos adversos , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Estados Unidos
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol ; 40(4): 391-400, 2017 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28151545


BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence increases significantly with age. Little is known about the effect of AF ablation on quality of life and healthcare utilization in the elderly. The objective of this study was to quantify the healthcare utilization and quality of life benefits of catheter ablation for AF, for patients ≥65 years compared to patients <65 years. METHODS: Two multicenter U.S. registry studies enrolled patients with paroxysmal AF. Baseline characteristics and acute outcomes were collected for 736 patients receiving catheter ablation with the Navistar® ThermoCool® SF Catheter (Biosense Webster, Inc., Diamond Bar, CA, USA). Healthcare utilization and quality of life outcomes were collected through 1 year postablation for 508 patients. RESULTS: The rates of acute pulmonary vein isolation were high and similar between patients ≥65 years and <65 years (97.5% vs 95.8%, P = 0.2130). Length of stay for the index procedure was similar between age groups with 82.2% of the older group and 83.2% of the younger group having one-day hospitalization. Disease-specific quality of life instrument scores improved significantly and similarly for older and younger patients at 1 year postablation, compared to baseline. AF-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits were similar or lower in older patients compared to younger patients, as reported at 1 year postablation. CONCLUSION: For older patients undergoing catheter ablation for paroxysmal AF, healthcare utilization parameters were lower or not significantly different than for younger patients, and quality of life outcomes were similarly improved. These findings support the use of catheter ablation as a treatment option in older patients with paroxysmal AF.

Fibrilação Atrial/psicologia , Fibrilação Atrial/cirurgia , Ablação por Cateter/psicologia , Ablação por Cateter/estatística & dados numéricos , Acesso aos Serviços de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Qualidade de Vida/psicologia , Adulto , Distribuição por Idade , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Fibrilação Atrial/epidemiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prevalência , Estudos Retrospectivos , Distribuição por Sexo , Resultado do Tratamento , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia , Revisão da Utilização de Recursos de Saúde , Adulto Jovem
J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol ; 25(8): 852-858, 2014 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24602038


INTRODUCTION: This report presents safety data on the use of a new open-irrigation radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter with a 56-hole porous tip in 742 patients enrolled in 2 US prospective, multicenter observational registry studies representing real-world use of the catheter. METHODS: This analysis is comprised of patients who underwent RFA of drug-refractory recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Acute adverse events (AEs) were collected and categorized by seriousness, timing, and relatedness, with 7 days of follow-up data in one study and at least 120 days of data from a 1-year follow-up in the other. Acute serious adverse events (SAEs) that were identified as potentially related to the device and/or procedure were adjudicated by an independent safety committee. RESULTS: A total of 30 patients (4.0%) in the combined studies experienced an acute SAE related to the device and/or procedure, which was similar in the subset of patients age 65 and over (4.2%). These SAEs included 1.2% cardiac tamponade/perforation, 0.7% pericarditis, 0.5% pulmonary events, and 0.8% vascular access complications. No myocardial infarction, stroke, transient ischemic attack, or atrioesophageal fistulas within 7 days postprocedure were reported. In the study with extended follow-up, 1 pulmonary vein stenosis and 1 esophageal injury were seen beyond 7 days postprocedure (0.2% each). There were no device or procedure related deaths. CONCLUSION: Results from 2 large observational studies demonstrated that a new porous tip RFA catheter was safe for the treatment of drug refractory, recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal AF, including treatment of older patients (≥65 years).

Fibrilação Atrial/cirurgia , Cateteres Cardíacos , Ablação por Cateter/instrumentação , Irrigação Terapêutica/instrumentação , Idoso , Fibrilação Atrial/complicações , Fibrilação Atrial/diagnóstico , Fibrilação Atrial/fisiopatologia , Ablação por Cateter/efeitos adversos , Desenho de Equipamento , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Prospectivos , Recidiva , Sistema de Registros , Fatores de Risco , Irrigação Terapêutica/efeitos adversos , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Estados Unidos
J Invasive Cardiol ; 24(12): E308-10, 2012 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23220990


Despite over 6 decades of progress in the development of pharmacological therapy for hypertension, severe drug-resistant hypertension remains a major problem. Endovascular radiofrequency ablation of the proximal renal arteries has been reported to decrease renal artery sympathetic activity and improve long-term hypertensive control. Existing "approved" catheters for this procedure are solid tip, non-irrigated, and often difficult to steer. The existing technique uses angiography and lends itself to increased risk of renal scarring and possible stenosis. We describe a patient with multi-drug resistant hypertension who underwent catheter ablation of the bilateral renal arteries, using for the first time, an open irrigated cardiac ablation catheter with both electro-anatomical guidance and computerized tomography anatomical integration. We used "off-label" irrigated catheters, which are less prone to overheating and char formation at the catheter-surface interface, thereby decreasing the possibility of distal embolization to the renal parenchyma. The integration of electro-anatomical mapping into this procedure allowed us to avoid inadvertent circumferential ablation of the artery using electro-anatomical mapping may lower the risk of subsequent renal artery stenosis.

Ablação por Cateter/métodos , Procedimentos Endovasculares/métodos , Hipertensão/cirurgia , Artéria Renal/inervação , Simpatectomia/métodos , Idoso , Anti-Hipertensivos/uso terapêutico , Resistência a Medicamentos , Humanos , Hipertensão/tratamento farmacológico , Masculino , Obstrução da Artéria Renal/epidemiologia , Obstrução da Artéria Renal/prevenção & controle , Fatores de Risco , Resultado do Tratamento