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  1. Radiofrequency catheter ablation for the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias.

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    Wood, M; Ellenbogen, K; Stambler, B

    1993-10-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques allow for safe and highly effective curative therapy of a variety of cardiac dysrhythmias. The technique involves the delivery of a high-frequency, alternating electrical current through an intravascular catheter to sites of arrhythmogenic myocardium. This current induces resistive electrical heating of the tissue, resulting in discrete areas of myocardial destruction through coagulation and desiccation. Dysrhythmias most commonly treated with these techniques are atrioventricular nodal reentry and tachycardias related to accessory atrioventricular bypass tracts. For these dysrhythmias, success rates of 90% to 95% are achievable with a low (2% to 4%) risk of complications. Radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques also have been used to treat ventricular tachycardias, atrial flutter, ectopic atrial tachycardia, and sinus node reentry, albeit with lower success rates. These techniques are still evolving, alternate energy sources (such as microwave and laser) and improved catheter technology should enhance the technique's safety and efficacy for a wider range of dysrhythmias.

  2. Radiation exposure to operator and patients during cardiac electrophysiology study, radiofrequency catheter ablation and cardiac device implantation procedures

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    Lee, C. H.; Cho, J. H.; Park, S. J.; Kim, J. S.; On, Y. K.; Huh, J.

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to measure the radiation exposure to operator and patient during cardiac electrophysiology study, radiofrequency catheter ablation and cardiac device implantation procedures and to calculate the allowable number of cases per year. We carried out 9 electrophysiology studies, 40 radiofrequency catheter ablation and 11 cardiac device implantation procedures. To measure occupational radiation dose and dose-area product (DAP), 13 photoluminescence glass dosimeters were placed at eyes (inside and outside lead glass), thyroids (inside and outside thyroid collar), chest (inside and outside lead apron), wrists, genital of the operator (inside lead apron), and 6 of photoluminescence glass dosimeters were placed at eyes, thyroids, chest and genital of the patient. Exposure time and DAP values were 11.7 ± 11.8 min and 23.2 ± 26.2 Gy cm2 for electrophysiology study; 36.5 ± 42.1 min and 822.4 ± 125.5 Gy cm2 for radiofrequency catheter ablation; 16.2 ± 9.3 min and 27.8 ± 16.5 Gy cm2 for cardiac device implantation procedure, prospectively. 4591 electrophysiology studies can be conducted within the occupational exposure limit for the eyes (150 mSv), and 658-electrophysiology studies with radiofrequency catheter ablation can be carried out within the occupational exposure limit for the hands (500 mSv). 1654 cardiac device implantation procedure can be conducted within the occupational exposure limit for the eyes (150 mSv). The amounts of the operator and patient's radiation exposure were comparatively small. So, electrophysiology study, radio frequency catheter ablation and cardiac device implantation procedures are safe when performed with modern equipment and optimized protective radiation protect equipment.

  3. An efficient cardiac mapping strategy for radiofrequency catheter ablation with active learning.

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    Feng, Yingjing; Guo, Ziyan; Dong, Ziyang; Zhou, Xiao-Yun; Kwok, Ka-Wai; Ernst, Sabine; Lee, Su-Lin

    2017-07-01

    A major challenge in radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures is the voltage and activation mapping of the endocardium, given a limited mapping time. By learning from expert interventional electrophysiologists (operators), while also making use of an active-learning framework, guidance on performing cardiac voltage mapping can be provided to novice operators or even directly to catheter robots. A learning from demonstration (LfD) framework, based upon previous cardiac mapping procedures performed by an expert operator, in conjunction with Gaussian process (GP) model-based active learning, was developed to efficiently perform voltage mapping over right ventricles (RV). The GP model was used to output the next best mapping point, while getting updated towards the underlying voltage data pattern as more mapping points are taken. A regularized particle filter was used to keep track of the kernel hyperparameter used by GP. The travel cost of the catheter tip was incorporated to produce time-efficient mapping sequences. The proposed strategy was validated on a simulated 2D grid mapping task, with leave-one-out experiments on 25 retrospective datasets, in an RV phantom using the Stereotaxis Niobe(®) remote magnetic navigation system, and on a tele-operated catheter robot. In comparison with an existing geometry-based method, regression error was reduced and was minimized at a faster rate over retrospective procedure data. A new method of catheter mapping guidance has been proposed based on LfD and active learning. The proposed method provides real-time guidance for the procedure, as well as a live evaluation of mapping sufficiency.

  4. [Radiofrequency catheter ablation in children with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and sudden cardiac death who had been resuscitated].

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    Benito Bartolomé, F; Sánchez Fernández-Bernal, C

    2001-04-01

    Sudden death may be the first manifestation of the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, especially in children and adolescents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of radiofrequency catheter ablation in children with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome with aborted sudden death. We report four patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome who survived cardiac arrest. The patients were aged from 2.5 months to 16 years. The two first patients were lactating infants; in the first sudden death occurred during digoxin treatment for supraventricular tachycardia secondary to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and in the second the syndrome was diagnosed after an episode of sudden death. In these patients a free wall accessory pathway (left posterior and left lateral, respectively) was successfully ablated using a transseptal approach. The third patient was diagnosed with asymptomatic Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome; sudden death occurred during exercise. In the fourth patient, sudden death occurred after intravenous therapy with adenosine triphosphate and amiodarone for rapid atrial fibrillation. In both patients, one accessory pathway, located in right posteroseptal and right anterior free wall, respectively, was ablated. After a mean follow-up of 43.5 26.4 months, no recurrence of sudden death had occurred and electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm without delta wave. The third patient presented severe sequelae of hypoxemic encephalopathy, which persisted during the follow-up. Radiofrequency catheter ablation is the treatment of choice in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome with episodes of aborted sudden death.

  5. Incidence and Factors Predicting Skin Burns at the Site of Indifferent Electrode during Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Ibrahim, Hussain; Finta, Bohuslav; Rind, Jubran

    2016-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) has become a mainstay for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Skin burns at the site of an indifferent electrode patch have been a rare, serious, and likely an underreported complication of RFA. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of skin burns in cardiac RFA procedures performed at one institution. Also, we wanted to determine the factors predicting skin burns after cardiac RFA procedures at the indifferent electrode skin pad site. Methods. A retrospective case control study was performed to compare the characteristics in patients who developed skin burns in a 2-year period. Results. Incidence of significant skin burns after RFA was 0.28% (6/2167). Four of the six patients were female and all were Caucasians. Four controls for every case were age and sex matched. Burn patients had significantly higher BMI, procedure time, and postprocedure pain, relative to control subjects (p < 0.05, one-tailed testing). No one in either group had evidence of dispersive pad malattachment. Conclusions. Our results indicate that burn patients had higher BMI and longer procedure times compared to control subjects. These findings warrant further larger studies on this topic. PMID:27213077

  6. Contact Geometry Affects Lesion Formation in Radio-Frequency Cardiac Catheter Ablation

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    Gallagher, Neal; Fear, Elise C.; Byrd, Israel A.; Vigmond, Edward J.

    2013-01-01

    One factor which may be important for determining proper lesion creation during atrial ablation is catheter-endocardial contact. Little information is available that relates geometric contact, depth and angle, to ablation lesion formation. We present an electrothermal computer model of ablation that calculated lesion volume and temperature development over time. The Pennes bioheat equation was coupled to a quasistatic electrical problem to investigate the effect of catheter penetration depth, as well as incident catheter angle as may occur in practice. Biological experiments were performed to verify the modelling of electrical phenomena. Results show that for deeply penetrating tips, acute catheter angles reduced the rate of temperature buildup, allowing larger lesions to form before temperatures elevated excessively. It was also found that greater penetration did not lead to greater transmurality of lesions. We conclude that catheter contact angle plays a significant role in lesion formation, and the time course must be considered. This is clinically relevant because proper identification and prediction of geometric contact variables could improve ablation efficacy. PMID:24086275

  7. Factors influencing lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Eick, Olaf J

    2003-07-01

    In radiofrequency (RF) ablation, the heating of cardiac tissue is mainly resistive. RF current heats cardiac tissue and in turn the catheter electrode is being heated. Consequently, the catheter tip temperature is always lower--or ideally equal--than the superficial tissue temperature. The lesion size is influenced by many parameters such as delivered RF power, electrode length, electrode orientation, blood flow and tissue contact. This review describes the influence of these different parameters on lesion formation and provides recommendations for different catheter types on selectable parameters such as target temperatures, power limits and RF durations.

  8. Factors Influencing Lesion Formation During Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Eick, Olaf J

    2003-01-01

    In radiofrequency (RF) ablation, the heating of cardiac tissue is mainly resistive. RF current heats cardiac tissue and in turn the catheter electrode is being heated. Consequently, the catheter tip temperature is always lower - or ideally equal - than the superficial tissue temperature. The lesion size is influenced by many parameters such as delivered RF power, electrode length, electrode orientation, blood flow and tissue contact. This review describes the influence of these different parameters on lesion formation and provides recommendations for different catheter types on selectable parameters such as target temperatures, power limits and RF durations. PMID:16943910

  9. Impact of Additional Transthoracic Electrical Cardioversion on Cardiac Function and Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Who Underwent Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation.

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    Wang, Deguo; Zhang, Fengxiang; Wang, Ancai

    2016-01-01

    Backgrounds and Objective. During the procession of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), transthoracic electrical cardioversion (ECV) is required to terminate AF. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of additional ECV on cardiac function and recurrence of AF. Methods and Results. Persistent AF patients received extensive encircling pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and additional line ablation. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether they need transthoracic electrical cardioversion to terminate AF: electrical cardioversion (ECV group) and nonelectrical cardioversion (NECV group). Among 111 subjects, 35 patients were returned to sinus rhythm after ablation by ECV (ECV group) and 76 patients had AF termination after the ablation processions (NECV group). During the 12-month follow-ups, the recurrence ratio of patients was comparable in ECV group (15/35) and NECV group (34/76) (44.14% versus 44.74%, P = 0.853). Although left atrial diameters (LAD) decreased significantly in both groups, there were no significant differences in LAD and left ventricular cardiac function between ECV group and NECV group. Conclusions. This study revealed that ECV has no significant impact on the maintenance of SR and the recovery of cardiac function. Therefore, ECV could be applied safely to recover SR during the procedure of catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation.

  10. Basic aspects of radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Nath, S; DiMarco, J P; Haines, D E

    1994-10-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has become the treatment of choice for many symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias. It is presumed that the primary cause of tissue injury by RF ablation is thermally mediated, resulting in a relatively discrete homogeneous lesion. The mechanism by which RF current heats tissue is resistive heating of a narrow rim (< 1 mm) of tissue that is in direct contact with the ablation electrode. Deeper tissue heating occurs as a result of passive heat conduction from this small region of volume heating. Lesion size is proportional to the temperature at the electrode-tissue interface and the size of the ablation electrode. Temperatures above 50 degrees C are required for irreversible myocardial injury, but temperatures above 100 degrees C result in coagulum formation on the ablation electrode, a rapid rise in electrical impedance, and loss of effective tissue heating. Lesion formation is also dependent on optimal electrode-tissue contact and duration of RF delivery. Newer developments in RF ablation include temperature monitoring, longer ablation electrodes coupled to high-powered RF generators, and novel ablation electrode designs.

  11. Management and Outcome of Periprocedural Cardiac Perforation and Tamponade with Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias: A Single Medium-Volume Center Experience.

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    Mujović, Nebojša; Marinković, Milan; Marković, Nebojša; Kocijančić, Aleksandar; Kovačević, Vladan; Simić, Dragan; Ristić, Arsen; Stanković, Goran; Miličić, Biljana; Putnik, Svetozar; Vujisić-Tešić, Bosiljka; Potpara, Tatjana S

    2016-10-01

    Cardiac tamponade (CT) is a life-threatening complication of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The course and outcome of CT in low-to-medium volume electrophysiology centers are underreported. We analyzed the incidence, management and outcomes of CT in 1500 consecutive RFAs performed in our center during 2011-2016. Of 1500 RFAs performed in 1352 patients (age 55 years, interquartile range: 41-63), 569 were left-sided procedures (n = 406 with transseptal access). Conventional RFA or irrigated RFA was performed in 40.9% and 59.1% of procedures, respectively. Ablation was performed mostly for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (25.4%), atrial fibrillation (AF; 18.5%), atrial flutter (18.4%), accessory pathway (16.5%) or idiopathic ventricular arrhythmia (VA; 12.3%), and rarely for structural VA (2.1%). CT occurred in 12 procedures (0.8%): 10 AF ablations, 1 idiopathic VA and 1 typical atrial flutter ablation. Factors significantly associated with CT were older age, pre-procedural oral anticoagulation, left-sided procedures, transseptal access, AF ablation, irrigated RFA and longer fluoroscopy time (on univariate analysis), and AF ablation (on multivariable analysis). The perforation site was located in the left atrium (n = 7), right atrium (n = 3), or in the left ventricle or coronary sinus (n = 1 each). Upon pericardiocentesis, two patients underwent urgent cardiac surgery because of continued bleeding. There was no fatal outcome. During the follow-up of 19 ± 14 months, eight patients were arrhythmia free. Incidence of RFA-related CT in our medium-volume center was low and significantly associated with AF ablation. The outcome of CT was mostly favorable after pericardiocentesis, but readily accessible cardiothoracic surgery back-up should be mandatory in RFA centers.

  12. Dual-enhancement cardiac computed tomography for assessing left atrial thrombus and pulmonary veins before radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Hur, Jin; Pak, Hui-Nam; Kim, Young Jin; Lee, Hye-Jeong; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Hong, Yoo Jin; Choi, Byoung Wook

    2013-07-15

    Noninvasive imaging that provides anatomic information while excluding intracardiac thrombus would be of significant clinical value for patients referred for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study assessed the diagnostic performance of a dual-enhancement single-phase cardiac computed tomography (CT) protocol for thrombus and circulatory stasis detection in AF patients before catheter ablation. We studied 101 consecutive symptomatic AF patients (71 men and 30 women; mean age, 61.8 years) who were scheduled to have catheter ablation. All patients had undergone pre-AF ablation CT imaging and transesophageal echocardiography on the same day. CT was performed with prospective electrocardiographic gating, and scanning began 180 seconds after the test bolus. Mean left atrial appendage (LAA)/ascending aorta Hounsfield unit (HU) ratios were measured on CT images. Among the 101 patients, 9 thrombi and 18 spontaneous echo contrasts were detected by transesophageal echocardiography. The overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of CT for the detection of thrombi in the LAA were 89%, 100%, 100%, and 99%, respectively. The mean LAA/ascending aorta HU ratios were significantly different between thrombus and circulatory stasis (0.17 vs 0.33, p = 0.002). Dual-enhancement single-scan cardiac CT is a sensitive modality for detecting and differentiating LAA thrombus and circulatory stasis.

  13. Efficacy and effects on cardiac function of radiofrequency catheter ablation vs. direct current cardioversion of persistent atrial fibrillation with left ventricular systolic dysfunction

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    Wang, Maojing; Cai, Shanglang; Ding, Wei; Deng, Yujie; Zhao, Qing

    2017-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of catheter ablation vs. direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and to define baseline features of patients that will get more benefit from ablation. Methods From July 2013 to October 2014, 97 consecutive single-center patients with persistent AF and symptomatic heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <50%) underwent DCC followed by amiodarone (n = 40) or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n = 57) according to patient’s preference were recruited in the study. Post-ablation recurrence was treated with atrial roof and mitral isthmus lines ablation with or without PVI based on restoration or not of pulmonary vein (PV) potential conduction. Study outcomes were 12-month rate of sustained sinus rhythm (SR) and cardiac function. Baseline characteristics were compared between patients with and without cardiac function improvement post ablation. Results With similarly distributed characteristics at baseline, ablation (mean 1.8 procedures) relative to DCC yielded significantly higher level of 12-month SR maintenance rate (68.42% vs. 35%, P = 0.001); and better LVEF and New York Heart Association class. with significant effect for DCC only in maintained SR cases. Post ablation LVEF increased (>20% or to over 55%) in 31 (54.39%) patients with worse baseline cardiac function and ventricular rate control. Conclusions Catheter ablation relative to cardioversion of persistent AF with symptomatic heart failure yielded better 12-month SR maintenance and cardiac function. Compared with non-responders, patients with improved LVEF post-ablation had poorer ventricular rate control and cardiac function at baseline, suggesting a significant component of tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy in this group. PMID:28350861

  14. In Vivo Evaluation and Proof of Radiofrequency Safety of a Novel Diagnostic MR-Electrophysiology Catheter

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    Weiss, Steffen; Wirtz, Daniel; David, Bernd; Krueger, Sascha; Lips, Oliver; Caulfield, Dennis; Pedersen, Steen Fjord; Bostock, Julian; Razavi, Reza; Schaeffter, Tobias

    2013-01-01

    An MR-electrophysiology (EP) catheter is presented that provides full diagnostic EP functionality and a high level of radiofrequency safety achieved by custom-designed transmission lines. Highly resistive wires transmit intracardiac electrograms and currents for intracardiac pacing. A transformer cable transmits the localization signal of a tip coil. Specific absorption rate simulations and temperature measurements at 1.5 T demonstrate that a wire resistance > 3 kΩ/m limits dielectric heating to a physiologically irrelevant level. Additional wires do not increase tip specific absorption rate significantly, which is important because some clinical catheters require up to 20 electrodes. It is further demonstrated that radiofrequency-induced and pacing-induced resistive heating of the wires is negligible under clinical conditions. The MR-EP catheters provided uncompromised recording of electrograms and cardiac pacing in combination with a standard EP recorder in MR-guided in vivo EP studies, and the tip coil enabled fast and robust catheter localization. In vivo temperature measurements during such a study did not detect any device-related heating, which confirms the high level of safety of the catheter, whereas unacceptable heating was found with a standard EP catheter. The presented concept for the first time enables catheters with full diagnostic EP functionality and active tracking and at the same time a sufficient level of radiofrequency safety for MRI without specific absorption rate-related limitations. PMID:21337409

  15. In vivo evaluation and proof of radiofrequency safety of a novel diagnostic MR-electrophysiology catheter.

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    Weiss, Steffen; Wirtz, Daniel; David, Bernd; Krueger, Sascha; Lips, Oliver; Caulfield, Dennis; Pedersen, Steen Fjord; Bostock, Julian; Razavi, Reza; Schaeffter, Tobias

    2011-03-01

    An MR-electrophysiology (EP) catheter is presented that provides full diagnostic EP functionality and a high level of radiofrequency safety achieved by custom-designed transmission lines. Highly resistive wires transmit intracardiac electrograms and currents for intracardiac pacing. A transformer cable transmits the localization signal of a tip coil. Specific absorption rate simulations and temperature measurements at 1.5 T demonstrate that a wire resistance > 3 kΩ/m limits dielectric heating to a physiologically irrelevant level. Additional wires do not increase tip specific absorption rate significantly, which is important because some clinical catheters require up to 20 electrodes. It is further demonstrated that radiofrequency-induced and pacing-induced resistive heating of the wires is negligible under clinical conditions. The MR-EP catheters provided uncompromised recording of electrograms and cardiac pacing in combination with a standard EP recorder in MR-guided in vivo EP studies, and the tip coil enabled fast and robust catheter localization. In vivo temperature measurements during such a study did not detect any device-related heating, which confirms the high level of safety of the catheter, whereas unacceptable heating was found with a standard EP catheter. The presented concept for the first time enables catheters with full diagnostic EP functionality and active tracking and at the same time a sufficient level of radiofrequency safety for MRI without specific absorption rate-related limitations.

  16. Anesthetic Management in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia.

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    Deng, Yi; Naeini, Payam S; Razavi, Mehdi; Collard, Charles D; Tolpin, Daniel A; Anton, James M

    2016-12-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is increasingly being used to treat patients who have ventricular tachycardia, and anesthesiologists frequently manage their perioperative care. This narrative review is intended to familiarize anesthesiologists with preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural implications of this ablation. Ventricular tachycardia typically arises from structural heart disease, most often from scar tissue after myocardial infarction. Many patients thus affected will benefit from radiofrequency catheter ablation in the electrophysiology laboratory to ablate the foci of arrhythmogenesis. The pathophysiology of ventricular tachycardia is complex, as are the technical aspects of mapping and ablating these arrhythmias. Patients often have substantial comorbidities and tenuous hemodynamic status, necessitating pharmacologic and mechanical cardiopulmonary support. General anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care, when used for sedation during ablation, can lead to drug interactions and side effects in the presence of ventricular tachycardia, so anesthesiologists should also be aware of potential perioperative complications. We discuss variables that can help anesthesiologists safely guide patients through the challenges of radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia.

  17. [Thrombus visualisation during radiofrequency catheter ablation. A case report].

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    Maciag, Aleksander; Szwed, Hanna; Pytkowski, Mariusz; Kraska, Alicja; Sterliński, Maciej

    2005-10-01

    We report two patients in whom thrombus formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation was detected by echocardiography. Resolution of thrombus after intravenous use of heparin was observed in both patients. Transesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography may be useful in management of this complication.

  18. Pulmonary vein stenosis after catheter ablation: electroporation versus radiofrequency.

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    van Driel, Vincent J H M; Neven, Kars G E J; van Wessel, Harry; du Pré, Bastiaan C; Vink, Aryan; Doevendans, Pieter A F M; Wittkampf, Fred H M

    2014-08-01

    Radiofrequency ablation inside pulmonary vein (PV) ostia can cause PV stenosis. A novel alternative method of ablation is irreversible electroporation, but the long-term response of PVs to electroporation ablation is unknown. In ten 6-month-old pigs (60-75 kg), the response of PVs to circular electroporation and radiofrequency ablation was compared. Ten consecutive, nonarcing, electroporation applications of 200 J were delivered 5 to 10 mm inside 1 of the 2 main PVs, using a custom-deflectable, 18-mm circular decapolar catheter. Inside the other PV, circular radiofrequency ablation was performed using 30 W radiofrequency applications via an irrigated 4-mm ablation catheter. PV angiograms were made before ablation, immediately after ablation, and after 3-month survival. PV diameters and heart size were measured. With electroporation ablation, PV ostial diameter decreased 11±10% directly after ablation, but had increased 19±11% after 3 months. With radiofrequency ablation, PV ostial diameter decreased 23±15% directly after ablation and remained 7±17% smaller after 3 months compared with preablation diameter despite a 21±7% increase in heart size during aging from 6 to 9 months. In this porcine model, multiple circumferential 200-J electroporation applications inside the PV ostia do not affect PV diameter at 3-month follow-up. Radiofrequency ablation inside PV ostia causes considerable PV stenosis directly after ablation, which persists after 3 months. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  19. Position Control of Motion Compensation Cardiac Catheters

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    Kesner, Samuel B.; Howe, Robert D.

    2011-01-01

    Robotic catheters have the potential to revolutionize cardiac surgery by enabling minimally invasive structural repairs within the beating heart. This paper presents an actuated catheter system that compensates for the fast motion of cardiac tissue using 3D ultrasound image guidance. We describe the design and operation of the mechanical drive system and catheter module and analyze the catheter performance limitations of friction and backlash in detail. To mitigate these limitations, we propose and evaluate mechanical and control system compensation methods, including inverse and model-based backlash compensation, to improve the system performance. Finally, in vivo results are presented that demonstrate that the catheter can track the cardiac tissue motion with less than 1 mm RMS error. The ultimate goal of this research is to create a fast and dexterous robotic catheter system that can perform surgery on the delicate structures inside of the beating heart. PMID:21874124

  20. The effect of radiofrequency catheter ablation on permanent pacemakers: an experimental study.

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    Chin, M C; Rosenqvist, M; Lee, M A; Griffin, J C; Langberg, J J

    1990-01-01

    Radiofrequency current is being investigated as an alternative to direct current shock for transcatheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias. Permanent pacemakers are known to be susceptible to high frequency electromagnetic interference. This study was performed to examine the effects of transcatheter radiofrequency ablation on permanent pacemakers in a worst-case scenario. Nineteen pulse generators representing 16 models from seven manufacturers were acutely implanted in 12 dogs to assess their function during and after ablation. Pulse generators were implanted subcutaneously in the neck and connected to a transvenous permanent pacing lead positioned in the right ventricular apex. A 6F quadripolar electrode catheter was positioned approximately 1 cm from the tip of the permanent pacing lead. Radiofrequency current from an electrosurgical unit was applied between the distal electrode of the catheter and a large diameter skin electrode placed below the left scapula. Three additional ablation sessions were performed with the catheter situated 4-5 cm from the permanent pacing lead. Each ablation consisted of 15 W of radiofrequency power, delivered for up to 30 seconds. Twelve pulse generators were falsely inhibited during radiofrequency ablation while programmed to the VVI or DDD mode, nine of which continued to be inhibited while programmed to the VOO or DOO mode. Five pulse generators paced at abnormal rates, including three examples of one pulse generator model that displayed pacemaker runaway. Runaway was observed during eight ablations, resulting in two episodes of ventricular fibrillation. Eleven pulse generators reverted to noise mode behavior during ablation. Only three pulse generators were unaffected during ablation. No reprogramming or pacing system malfunctions were observed after cessation of radiofrequency current application or during ablations greater than 4 cm from the permanent lead.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  1. Irrigated Tip Catheters for Radiofrequency Ablation in Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Grothoff, Matthias; Dinov, Borislav; Kosiuk, Jedrzej; Richter, Sergio; Sommer, Philipp; Breithardt, Ole A.; Bollmann, Andreas; Arya, Arash; Hindricks, Gerhard

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) ablation with irrigated tip catheters decreases the likelihood of thrombus and char formation and enables the creation of larger lesions. Due to the potential dramatic consequences, the prevention of thromboembolic events is of particular importance for left-sided procedures. Although acute success rates of ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation are satisfactory, recurrence rate is high. Apart from the progress of the underlying disease, reconduction and the lack of effective transmural lesions play a major role for VT recurrences. This paper reviews principles of lesion formation with radiofrequency and the effect of tip irrigation as well as recent advances in new technology. Potential areas of further development of catheter technology might be the improvement of mapping by better substrate definition and resolution, the introduction of bipolar and multipolar ablation techniques into clinical routine, and the use of alternative sources of energy. PMID:25705659

  2. Anesthetic Management in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Naeini, Payam S.; Razavi, Mehdi; Collard, Charles D.; Tolpin, Daniel A.; Anton, James M.

    2016-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is increasingly being used to treat patients who have ventricular tachycardia, and anesthesiologists frequently manage their perioperative care. This narrative review is intended to familiarize anesthesiologists with preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural implications of this ablation. Ventricular tachycardia typically arises from structural heart disease, most often from scar tissue after myocardial infarction. Many patients thus affected will benefit from radiofrequency catheter ablation in the electrophysiology laboratory to ablate the foci of arrhythmogenesis. The pathophysiology of ventricular tachycardia is complex, as are the technical aspects of mapping and ablating these arrhythmias. Patients often have substantial comorbidities and tenuous hemodynamic status, necessitating pharmacologic and mechanical cardiopulmonary support. General anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care, when used for sedation during ablation, can lead to drug interactions and side effects in the presence of ventricular tachycardia, so anesthesiologists should also be aware of potential perioperative complications. We discuss variables that can help anesthesiologists safely guide patients through the challenges of radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia. PMID:28100967

  3. Fiber-optic catheter-based polarization-sensitive OCT for radio-frequency ablation monitoring

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    Fu, Xiaoyong; Wang, Zhao; Wang, Hui; Wang, Yves T; Jenkins, Michael W; Rollins, Andrew M

    2015-01-01

    An all-fiber optic catheter-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system is demonstrated. A novel multiplexing method was used to illuminate the sample, splitting the light from a 58.5kHz Fourier-domain mode-locked laser such that two different polarization states, alternated in time, are generated by two semiconductor optical amplifiers. A 2.3mm forward-view cone-scanning catheter probe was designed, fabricated, and used to acquire sample scattering intensity and phase retardation images. The system was first verified with a quarter-wave plate and then by obtaining intensity and phase retardation images of high-birefringence plastic, human skin in vivo, and untreated and thermally ablated porcine myocardium ex vivo. The system can potentially in vivo image of the cardiac wall to aid radio-frequency ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias. PMID:25166075

  4. Radiofrequency Ablation to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death.

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    Atoui, Moustapha; Gunda, Sampath; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Mahapatra, Srijoy

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation may prevent or treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Since some of these arrhythmias are associated with sudden cardiac death, it has been hypothesized that ablation may prevent sudden death in certain cases. We performed a literature search to better understand under which circumstances ablation may prevent sudden death and found little randomized data demonstrating the long-term effects of ablation. Current literature shows that ablation clearly prevents symptoms of arrhythmia and may reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death in select patients, although data does not indicate improved mortality. Ongoing clinical trials are needed to better define the role of ablation in preventing sudden cardiac death.

  5. Compensation for Unconstrained Catheter Shaft Motion in Cardiac Catheters

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    Degirmenci, Alperen; Loschak, Paul M.; Tschabrunn, Cory M.; Anter, Elad; Howe, Robert D.

    2016-01-01

    Cardiac catheterization with ultrasound (US) imaging catheters provides real time US imaging from within the heart, but manually navigating a four degree of freedom (DOF) imaging catheter is difficult and requires extensive training. Existing work has demonstrated robotic catheter steering in constrained bench top environments. Closed-loop control in an unconstrained setting, such as patient vasculature, remains a significant challenge due to friction, backlash, and physiological disturbances. In this paper we present a new method for closed-loop control of the catheter tip that can accurately and robustly steer 4-DOF cardiac catheters and other flexible manipulators despite these effects. The performance of the system is demonstrated in a vasculature phantom and an in vivo porcine animal model. During bench top studies the robotic system converged to the desired US imager pose with sub-millimeter and sub-degree-level accuracy. During animal trials the system achieved 2.0 mm and 0.65° accuracy. Accurate and robust robotic navigation of flexible manipulators will enable enhanced visualization and treatment during procedures. PMID:27525170

  6. Atrial fibrillation ablation using a closed irrigation radiofrequency ablation catheter.

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    Golden, Keith; Mounsey, John Paul; Chung, Eugene; Roomiani, Pahresah; Morse, Michael Andew; Patel, Ankit; Gehi, Anil

    2012-05-01

    Catheter ablation is an effective therapy for symptomatic, medically refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Open-irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheters produce transmural lesions at the cost of increased fluid delivery. In vivo models suggest closed-irrigated RF catheters create equivalent lesions, but clinical outcomes are limited. A cohort of 195 sequential patients with symptomatic AF underwent stepwise AF ablation (AFA) using a closed-irrigation ablation catheter. Recurrence of AF was monitored and outcomes were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox proportional hazards models. Mean age was 59.0 years, 74.9% were male, 56.4% of patients were paroxysmal and mean duration of AF was 5.4 years. Patients had multiple comorbidities including hypertension (76.4%), tobacco abuse (42.1%), diabetes (17.4%), and obesity (mean body mass index 30.8). The median follow-up was 55.8 weeks. Overall event-free survival was 73.6% with one ablation and 77.4% after reablation (reablation rate was 8.7%). Median time to recurrence was 26.9 weeks. AF was more likely to recur in patients being treated with antiarrhythmic therapy at the time of last follow-up (recurrence rate 30.3% with antiarrhythmic drugs, 13.2% without antiarrhythmic drugs; hazard ratio [HR] 2.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.1-4.4, P = 0.024) and in those with a history of AF greater than 2 years duration (HR 2.7, 95% CI 1.1-6.9, P = 0.038). Our study represents the largest cohort of patients receiving AFA with closed-irrigation ablation catheters. We demonstrate comparable outcomes to those previously reported in studies of open-irrigation ablation catheters. Given the theoretical benefits of a closed-irrigation system, a large head-to-head comparison using this catheter is warranted. ©2012, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Cost analysis of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Gorenek, Bulent; Kudaiberdieva, Gulmira

    2013-09-10

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Its management requires high healthcare expenditures; 52%-70% of expenses for AF care are constituted by hospitalization costs. The current management strategies of pharmacological rhythm control and pharmacological or invasive rate control show no difference in impact on major outcomes in patients with AF. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) has been shown to reduce the risk of AF recurrence, improve quality of life and reduce hospitalization rate as compared to pharmacological rhythm control and rate control strategies. This review summarizes current knowledge on cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of RFA for patients with atrial fibrillation.

  8. Temperature-Guided Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Accessory Pathway

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    Choi, Yun Shik; Nam, Gi Byoung; Kim, Hyo Soo; Sohn, Dae Won; Oh, Byung Hee; Lee, Myung Mook; Park, Young Bae; Seo, Jung Don; Lee, Young Woo

    1997-01-01

    Objectives This study was performed to evaluate the usefulness of temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation for the elimination of accessory pathway conduction in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Methods Temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation was attempted in 138 patients with 144 accessory pathways (88 pathways along the left free wall, 5 in the anteroseptal region, 2 in the midseptal region, 19 in the posteroseptal region and 30 along the right free wall). The energy source was a HAT 200S which regulated the power automatically to the set temperature of 70°C. Radiofrequency current was delivered through a thermocatheter to the atrial or ventricular side of mitral or tricuspid annulus. Results Accessory pathway conduction was eliminated in 130 of 144 pathways (90.3%). The mean power outputs of the successful ablations at the atrial side of the annulus were higher than those at the ventricular side (34.0±8.9W versus 20.0±7.6W, p<0.01). but the maximum temperatures were lower at the atrial side of the annulus than those at the ventricular side (66.4±14.0°C versus 77.2±6.4°C, p<0.01). There were 3 non-fatal complications (2.1%), 2 patients with hemopericardium and 1 with femoral artery thrombus, during or after ablation procedures. Recurrences of AV re-entrant tachycardia or delta wave on the electrocardiogram occured in 4 patients (2.8%) who had successful second procedures. There were no late complications during a mean follow-up period of 41±25 months (range, 3 to 55). Conclusion We conclude that 1) temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation can be performed reliably and safely in eliminating accessory pathway conduction in patients with WPW syndrome, and 2) temperature monitoring and adjustment of the power to the set temperature during ablation would be useful for the avoidance of impedance rises and coagulum formation. PMID:9439158

  9. Neurohumoral indicators of efficacy radiofrequency cardiac denervation

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    Evtushenko, A. V. Evtushenko, V. V.; Saushkina, Yu. V.; Gusakova, A. M.; Suslova, T. E.; Dymbrylova, O. N.; Smyshlyaev, K. A.; Kurlov, I. O.; Lishmanov, Yu. B.; Anfinogenova, Ya. D.; Sergeevichev, D. S.; Bykov, A. N.; Syryamkin, V. I.; Kistenev, Yu. V.; Lotkov, A. I.; Pokushalov, E. A.

    2015-11-17

    In this study, we compared pre- and postoperative parameters of the cardiac sympathetic innervation. The aim of the study was to examine the approaches to evaluating the quality of radiofrequency (RF)-induced cardiac denervation by using non-invasive and laboratory methods. The study included 32 people with long-lasting persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). The patients were divided into 2 groups according to the objectives of the study: group 1 (main) - 21 patients with mitral valve diseases, which simultaneously with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) AF carried out on the effects of the paraganglionic nervous plexuses by C. Pappone (2004) and N. Doll (2008) schemes. The second group (control) contained 11 patients with heart diseases in sinus rhythm (the RF denervation not been performed). All patients, who underwent surgical treatment, were received examination of cardiac sympathetic tone by using {sup 123}I-MIBG. All of them made blood analysis from ascending aorta and coronary sinus to determine the level of norepinephrine and its metabolites before and after cardiac denervation. Data of radionuclide examination are correlating with laboratory data.

  10. Neurohumoral indicators of efficacy radiofrequency cardiac denervation

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    Evtushenko, A. V.; Evtushenko, V. V.; Saushkina, Yu. V.; Lishmanov, Yu. B.; Pokushalov, E. A.; Sergeevichev, D. S.; Gusakova, A. M.; Suslova, T. E.; Dymbrylova, O. N.; Bykov, A. N.; Syryamkin, V. I.; Kistenev, Yu. V.; Anfinogenova, Ya. D.; Smyshlyaev, K. A.; Lotkov, A. I.; Kurlov, I. O.

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we compared pre- and postoperative parameters of the cardiac sympathetic innervation. The aim of the study was to examine the approaches to evaluating the quality of radiofrequency (RF)-induced cardiac denervation by using non-invasive and laboratory methods. The study included 32 people with long-lasting persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). The patients were divided into 2 groups according to the objectives of the study: group 1 (main) - 21 patients with mitral valve diseases, which simultaneously with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) AF carried out on the effects of the paraganglionic nervous plexuses by C. Pappone (2004) and N. Doll (2008) schemes. The second group (control) contained 11 patients with heart diseases in sinus rhythm (the RF denervation not been performed). All patients, who underwent surgical treatment, were received examination of cardiac sympathetic tone by using 123I-MIBG. All of them made blood analysis from ascending aorta and coronary sinus to determine the level of norepinephrine and its metabolites before and after cardiac denervation. Data of radionuclide examination are correlating with laboratory data.

  11. Ultraminiature manometer-tipped cardiac catheter

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    Coon, G. W.

    1967-01-01

    Miniature diaphragm-type capacitance transducer capable of being mounted on the end of a cardiac catheter has been developed for measurement of intravascular pressures. The transducer can be inserted in small ducts /arteries and veins/ without disturbing the flow characteristics. It is very useful for making measurements in babies.

  12. Ultraminiature manometer-tipped cardiac catheter

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    Coon, G. W.

    1967-01-01

    Miniature diaphragm-type capacitance transducer capable of being mounted on the end of a cardiac catheter has been developed for measurement of intravascular pressures. The transducer can be inserted in small ducts /arteries and veins/ without disturbing the flow characteristics. It is very useful for making measurements in babies.

  13. Advances in irrigated tip catheter technology for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Peichl, Petr; Kautzner, Josef

    2013-04-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation without active cooling of the catheter tip is associated with significantly increased risk of thrombus formation and thromboembolism, especially when multiple and high-energy deliveries are considered. Therefore, irrigation of the distal electrode has become obligatory for catheter ablation of complex cardiac arrhythmias. The advancement in the cooling catheter technology is aimed to further reduce the risk of steam pop as well as coagulum formation on both electrode and tissue, and to maximize energy transfer to the tissue. Whether novel catheter designs will translate into better success rates of catheter ablation and lower risk of complications remains to be evaluated by upcoming studies. In future, a combination with novel sensors that enable online monitoring of lesion creation is expected. Such technology should allow optimization of radiofrequency delivery without risk of deep tissue overheating and steam pop creation. Recent patents in the field of irrigated ablation catheter focus mainly on novel porous materials that would enable diffuse irrigation around the catheter tip and alternative layout of irrigation holes. Additionally, some patents deal with combination of irrigation fluid tubing and different sensors located within the catheter tip.

  14. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch repair left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Cao, Hao; Zhang, Qi; He, Yanzhong; Feng, Xiaodong; Liu, Zhongmin

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. Methods: We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery. Results: Teflon-buttressed sutures of the tear in the left ventricular posterolateral wall and pericardium patch applied to the contusion region on the wall repaired the rupture safely and effectively. Conclusion: Timely surgical intervention under CPB facilitated the survival of the patient. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch achieved the successful repair of the rupture. PMID:27661047

  15. Noninvasive Assessment of Tissue Heating During Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation Using MRI Thermography

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    Kolandaivelu, Aravindan; Zviman, Menekhem M.; Castro, Valeria; Lardo, Albert C.; Berger, Ronald D.; Halperin, Henry R.

    2010-01-01

    Background Failure to achieve properly localized, permanent tissue destruction is a common cause of arrhythmia recurrence after cardiac ablation. Current methods of assessing lesion size and location during cardiac radiofrequency ablation are unreliable or not suited for repeated assessment during the procedure. MRI thermography could be used to delineate permanent ablation lesions because tissue heating above 50°C is the cause of permanent tissue destruction during radiofrequency ablation. However, image artifacts caused by cardiac motion, the ablation electrode, and radiofrequency ablation currently pose a challenge to MRI thermography in the heart. In the current study, we sought to demonstrate the feasibility of MRI thermography during cardiac ablation. Methods and Results An MRI-compatible electrophysiology catheter and filtered radiofrequency ablation system was used to perform ablation in the left ventricle of 6 mongrel dogs in a 1.5-T MRI system. Fast gradient-echo imaging was performed before and during radiofrequency ablation, and thermography images were derived from the preheating and postheating images. Lesion extent by thermography was within 20% of the gross pathology lesion. Conclusions MR thermography appears to be a promising technique for monitoring lesion formation and may allow for more accurate placement and titration of ablation, possibly reducing arrhythmia recurrences. PMID:20657028

  16. Chronic incomplete atrioventricular block induced by radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Huang, S.K.; Bharati, S.; Graham, A.R.; Gorman, G.; Lev, M. )

    1989-10-01

    To determine if catheter ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) junction with radiofrequency energy can induce chronic incomplete (first- and second-degree) AV block to avoid the need for a permanent pacemaker, 20 closed-chest dogs were studied. Group 1 (10 dogs) received radiofrequency energy (750 kHz) with a fixed power setting (5 or 10 W) while increasing the pulse duration from 10 to 50 seconds for each application. Group 2 (10 dogs) received energy with a fixed pulse duration (20 or 30 seconds) while increasing the power setting from 5 to 10 W or from 10 to 20 W during each energy delivery. Radiofrequency energy was delivered between a chest-patch electrode and the distal electrode of a regular 7F tripolar His bundle catheter. For each application, the energy delivery was interrupted when (1) the PR interval prolonged (greater than 50%) or (2) second-degree or complete AV block occurred and persisted up to 5 seconds. The ablation procedure ended when there was (1) persistent PR prolongation (greater than 50%) or persistent second-degree AV block (lasting greater than 30 minutes) after ablation, (2) occurrence of two consecutive transient (less than 1 minute) complete AV blocks after each energy delivery, or (3) complete AV block (lasting greater than 2 minutes) after ablation. Of seven dogs in group 1 and five dogs in group 2 in which incomplete AV block was achieved 1 hour after the procedure, six in group 1 and five in group 2 remained in incomplete AV block 2-3 months after ablation. One dog in group 1 progressed into complete AV block. Of the remaining three dogs in group 1 and five dogs in group 2 in which complete AV block was initially achieved 1 hour after ablation, two in group 1 and four in group 2 continued to have complete AV block, whereas one in each group had AV conduction returned to incomplete at 1-2 months of follow-up.

  17. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a military parachuter.

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    Ozturk, Cengiz; Cakmak, Tolga; Aparci, Mustafa; Metin, Suleyman; Yildirim, Ali Osman

    2013-10-01

    Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) presenting as isolated complexes are insignificant, but if they present as salvos they are considered indicators of high risk for potentially fatal arrhythmias. We present the case of a 39-yr-old male military parachuter with PVCs and ventricular tachycardia that were incidentally detected on ECG and treated with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). He had no significant past medical history. Physical examination and biochemical tests were normal. Transthoracic echocardiography showed no structural heart disease. Due to frequent ventricular extrasystoles (VES) detected on his ECG, 24-h Holter monitoring was conducted and revealed VES, including 13,351 isolated PVCs, 1427 episodes of bigeminy, 397 of trigeminy, 30 couplets, and 4 salvo periods. After beta-blocker and calcium channel blocker treatment for 1 mo, his repeat 24-h Holter monitoring showed 18,414 isolated PVCs, 819 episodes of bigeminy, 181 of trigeminy, and 6 couplet VES, but no episodes of salvos. Electrophysiological studies (EPS) were performed and the baseline measurements were: basic cycle length: 890 ms; atrium His interval: 78 ms; and ventricular His interval: 54 ms. VES were found to orginate from the right ventricular outflow tract and were terminated by RFCA. Medical treatment was stopped. Repeat Holter showed no VES. The parachuter was qualified for full duties. As the patient is an aircrew member and further usage of antiarrhythmic agents will interfere with his flying status, instead of initiating a drug therapy again, we performed EPS and RFCA as an effective and dependable method in order to treat and to determine his fitness.

  18. Intracardiac rhabdomyomas producing symptoms in infancy: the role of radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Emmel, M.; Brockmeier, K.; Sreeram, N.

    2006-01-01

    Background Cardiac rhabdomyomas, although benign, may produce symptoms related to arrhythmia or mechanical obstruction. Surgical excision is the therapy of choice for symptomatic rhabdomyomas in infancy. Patients and Methods Two infants with intracardiac rhabdomyomas producing symptoms underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of the tumour. In patient 1 the diagnosis of multiple rhabdomyomas associated with recurrent supraventricular tachyarrhythmias and foetal hydrops was made in utero. After birth, several antiarrhythmic agents were administered, without successful suppression of the tachyarrhythmia. At seven months of age, the infant had one large residual tumour on the left atrial aspect of the anterior mitral valve leaflet with associated pre-excitation and re-entrant supraventricular tachyarrhythmia suggestive of a left-sided pathway. Catheter ablation of the accessory pathway was performed via a retrograde femoral arterial approach, targeting the earliest site of ventricular activation. Patient 2 presented as a neonate with multiple rhabdomyomas, one of which, measuring 15 mm × 15 mm, was producing severe mitral valve inflow obstruction resulting in symptoms of heart failure due to a large left-to-right shunt at atrial level and persistent pulmonary hypertension. Via the femoral vein, a 5F ablation catheter was advanced across the atrial septum, and the tumour directly ablated. Results Echocardiography performed 24 hours later demonstrated alteration in tumour morphology, with the development of a large central echolucent area, followed by progressive tumour shrinkage in both infants. Patient 1 was discharged at 24 hours, and patient 2 at seven days post-ablation, without symptoms. Follow-up at four weeks confirmed further tumour shrinkage. Conclusion Transcatheter tumour ablation may be beneficial in selected infants and children. ImagesFigure 2AFigure 2BFigure 2CFigure 3AFigure 3BFigure 3C PMID:25696636

  19. Catheter ablation.

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    Fromer, M; Shenasa, M

    1991-02-01

    Catheter ablation is gaining increasing interest for the therapy of symptomatic, sustained arrhythmias of various origins. The scope of this review is to give an overview of the biophysical aspects and major characteristics of some of the most widely used energy sources in catheter ablation, e.g., the discharge of conventional defibrillators, modified defibrillators, laser light, and radiofrequency current application. Results from animal studies are considered to explain the basic mechanisms of catheter ablation. The recent achievements with the use of radiofrequency current to modify or ablate cardiac conduction properties are outlined in more detail.

  20. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction from the left ventricle

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    Sousa, J.; el-Atassi, R.; Rosenheck, S.; Calkins, H.; Langberg, J.; Morady, F. )

    1991-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe a new technique for catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction using radiofrequency energy delivered in the left ventricle. Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) junction using a catheter positioned across the tricuspid annulus was unsuccessful in eight patients with a mean {plus minus} SD age of 51 {plus minus} 19 years who had AV nodal reentry tachycardia (three patients), orthodromic tachycardia using a concealed midseptal accessory pathway, atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter (two patients), or atrial fibrillation. Before attempts at catheter ablation of the AV junction, each patient had been refractory to pharmacological therapy, and four had failed attempts at either catheter modification of the AV node using radiofrequency energy or surgical and catheter ablation of the accessory pathway. Conventional right-sided catheter ablation of the AV junction using radiofrequency energy in six patients and both radiofrequency energy and direct current shocks in two patients was ineffective. The mean amplitude of the His bundle potential recorded at the tricuspid annulus at the sites of unsuccessful AV junction ablation was 0.1 {plus minus} 0.08 mV, with a maximum His amplitude of 0.03-0.28 mV. A 7F deflectable-tip quadripolar electrode catheter with a 4-mm distal electrode was positioned against the upper left ventricular septum using a retrograde aortic approach from the femoral artery. Third-degree AV block was induced in each of the eight patients with 20-36 W applied for 15-30 seconds. The His bundle potential at the sites of successful AV junction ablation ranged from 0.06 to 0.99 mV, with a mean of 0.27 {plus minus} 0.32 mV. There was no rise in the creatine kinase-MB fraction and no complications occurred. An intrinsic escape rhythm of 30-60 beats/min was present in seven of the eight patients.

  1. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch repair left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation: A case report.

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    Cao, Hao; Zhang, Qi; He, Yanzhong; Feng, Xiaodong; Liu, Zhongmin

    2016-09-01

    Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery. Teflon-buttressed sutures of the tear in the left ventricular posterolateral wall and pericardium patch applied to the contusion region on the wall repaired the rupture safely and effectively. Timely surgical intervention under CPB facilitated the survival of the patient. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch achieved the successful repair of the rupture.

  2. Integrated RFA/OCT catheter for real-time guidance of cardiac RFA therapy (Conference Presentation)

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    Fu, Xiaoyong; Blumenthal, Colin; Dosluoglu, Deniz; Wang, Yves T.; Jenkins, Michael W.; Souza, Rakesh; Snyder, Christopher; Arruda, Mauricio; Rollins, Andrew M.

    2016-03-01

    Currently, cardiac radiofrequency ablation is guided by indirect signals. We demonstrate an integrated radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe for directly monitoring of the RFA procedure with OCT images in real time. The integrated RFA/OCT probe is modified from a standard commercial RFA catheter, and a newly designed and fabricated miniature forward-viewing cone-scanning OCT probe is integrated into the modified probe. The OCT system is verified with the human finger images, and the results show the integrated RFA/OCT probe can acquire high quality OCT images. The radiofrequency energy delivering function of the integrated probe is verified by comparing the RFA lesion sizes with standard commercial RFA probe. For the standard commercial probe, the average width and depth of the 10 lesions were 3.5 mm and 1.8 mm respectively. For the integrated RFA/OCT probe, the average width and depth of the 10 lesions were 3.6 mm and 1.7 mm respectively. The lesions created by the two probes are indistinguishable in size. This demonstrates that our glass window in the integrated probe has little effect on the RF energy delivery. And the integrated probe is used to monitoring the cardiac RFA procedure in real time. The results show that the RFA lesion formation can be confirmed by the loss of birefringence in the heart tissue. The system can potentially in vivo image of the cardiac wall to aid RFA therapy for cardiac arrhythmias.

  3. Microembolism and catheter ablation I: a comparison of irrigated radiofrequency and multielectrode-phased radiofrequency catheter ablation of pulmonary vein ostia.

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    Haines, David E; Stewart, Mark T; Dahlberg, Sarah; Barka, Noah D; Condie, Cathy; Fiedler, Gary R; Kirchhof, Nicole A; Halimi, Franck; Deneke, Thomas

    2013-02-01

    Cerebral diffusion-weighted MRI lesions have been observed after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that conditions predisposing to microembolization could be identified using a porcine model of pulmonary vein ablation and an extracorporeal circulation loop. Ablations of the pulmonary veins were performed in 18 swine with echo monitoring. The femoral artery and vein were cannulated and an extracorporeal circulation loop with 2 ultrasonic bubble detectors and a 73-μm filter were placed in series. Microemboli and microbubbles were compared between ablation with an irrigated radiofrequency system (Biosense-Webster) and a phased radiofrequency multielectrode system (pulmonary vein ablation catheter [PVAC], Medtronic, Inc, Carlsbad, CA) in unipolar and 3 blended unipolar/bipolar modes. Animal pathology was examined. The size and number of microbubbles observed during ablation ranged from 30 to 180 μm and 0 to 3253 bubbles per ablation. Microbubble volumes with PVAC (29.1 nL) were greater than with irrigated radiofrequency (0.4 nL; P=0.045), and greatest with type II or III microbubbles on transesophageal echocardiography. Ablation with the PVAC showed fewest microbubbles in the unipolar mode (P=0.012 versus bipolar). The most occurred during bipolar energy delivery with overlap of proximal and distal electrodes (median microbubble volume, 1744 nL; interquartile range, 737-4082 nL; maximum, 19 516 nL). No cerebral MRI lesions were seen, but 2 animals had renal embolization. Left atrial ablation with irrigated radiofrequency and PVAC catheters in swine is associated with microbubble and microembolus production. Avoiding overlap of electrodes 1 and 10 on PVAC should reduce the microembolic burden associated with this procedure.

  4. Tachycardiomyopathy Induced by Ventricular Premature Complexes: Complete Recovery after Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Rhee, Kyoung-Hoon; Jung, Ju-Young; Kim, Hyun-Sook; Chae, Jei-Keon; Kim, Won-Ho; Ko, Jae-Ki

    2006-01-01

    Ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) are known to be one of the most benign cardiac arrhythmias when they occur in structurally normal hearts. We experienced a 32-year old man who presented with dyspnea, palpitations and very frequent VPCs (31% of the total heart beats). Echocardiography revealed a dilated left ventricle (LV 66 mm at end-diastole and 57 mm at end-systole) and a decreased ejection fraction (34%). Very frequent VPCs had been detected 10 years previously and he underwent a failed radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) procedure at that time. The patient had been treated with heart failure medications including betablockers, ACE inhibitors and spironolactone for the two most recent years. Six months after we eliminated these VPCs with a second RFCA procedure, the heart returned to normal function and size. Long standing and very frequent VPCs could be the cause of left ventricular dysfunction in a subset of patients who suffer with dilated cardiomyopathy, and RFCA should be the choice of therapy for these patients. PMID:17017676

  5. Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation: A Clinical Update for Nurses.

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    Shoulders, Bridget; Mauriello, Jillian; Shellman, Tamika; Follett, Corrinne

    2016-01-01

    The field of electrophysiology (EP) has rapidly evolved from a focus on diagnostic procedures to an emphasis on interventions. Many cardiac arrhythmias traditionally treated with antiarrhythmic agents, cardioversion, or cardiac surgery are now routinely cured with cardiac ablation. To optimally manage the care of cardiac ablation patients, it is essential that nurses have an understanding of the EP procedures and related nursing implications. There are extensive evidence-based resources available in the medical literature; however, there are limited publications geared toward nurses caring for cardiac ablation patients.This article provides an overview of EP diagnostic and cardiac radio-frequency ablation procedures for select atrial and ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Evidence-based nursing practices related to postprocedure care will be addressed. The objective of this article is to increase nurses' knowledge of common cardiac ablation procedures and the nursing management of the patient postprocedure.

  6. Initial impedance decrease as an indicator of good catheter contact: insights from radiofrequency ablation with force sensing catheters.

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    Reichlin, Tobias; Knecht, Sven; Lane, Christopher; Kühne, Michael; Nof, Eyal; Chopra, Nagesh; Tadros, Thomas M; Reddy, Vivek Y; Schaer, Beat; John, Roy M; Osswald, Stefan; Stevenson, William G; Sticherling, Christian; Michaud, Gregory F

    2014-02-01

    Good catheter-tissue contact force (CF) is critical for transmural and durable lesion formation during radiofrequency (RF) ablation but is difficult to assess in clinical practice. Tissue heating during RF application results in an impedance decrease at the catheter tip. The purpose of this study was to correlate achieved CF and initial impedance decreases during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. We correlated achieved CF and initial impedance decreases in patients undergoing ablation for AF with two novel open-irrigated CF-sensing RF catheters (Biosense Webster SmartTouch, n = 647 RF applications; and Endosense TactiCath, n = 637 RF applications). We then compared those impedance decreases to 691 RF applications with a standard open-irrigated RF catheter (Biosense Webster ThermoCool). When RF applications with the CF-sensing catheters were analyzed according to an achieved average CF <5 g, 5-10 g, 10-20 g, and >20 g, the initial impedance decreases during ablation were larger with greater CF. Corresponding median values at 20 seconds were 5 Ω (interquartile range [IQR] 2-7), 8 Ω (4-11), 10 Ω (7-16), and 14 Ω (10-19) with the SmartTouch and n/a, 4 Ω (0-10), 8 Ω (5-12), and 13 Ω (8-18) with the TactiCath (P <.001 between categories for both catheters). When RF applications with the SmartTouch (CF-sensing catheter, median achieved CF 12 g) and ThermoCool (standard catheter) were compared, the initial impedance decrease was significantly greater in the CF-sensing group with median decreases of 10 Ω (6-14 Ω) vs 5 Ω (2-10 Ω) at 20 seconds (P <.001 between catheters). The initial impedance decrease during RF applications in AF ablations is larger when greater catheter contact is achieved. Monitoring of the initial impedance decrease is a widely available indicator of catheter contact and may help to improve formation of durable ablation lesions. © 2013 Heart Rhythm Society Published by Heart Rhythm Society All rights reserved.

  7. Automated Pointing of Cardiac Imaging Catheters

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    Loschak, Paul M.; Brattain, Laura J.; Howe, Robert D.

    2013-01-01

    Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheters enable high-quality ultrasound imaging within the heart, but their use in guiding procedures is limited due to the difficulty of manually pointing them at structures of interest. This paper presents the design and testing of a catheter steering model for robotic control of commercial ICE catheters. The four actuated degrees of freedom (4-DOF) are two catheter handle knobs to produce bi-directional bending in combination with rotation and translation of the handle. An extra degree of freedom in the system allows the imaging plane (dependent on orientation) to be directed at an object of interest. A closed form solution for forward and inverse kinematics enables control of the catheter tip position and the imaging plane orientation. The proposed algorithms were validated with a robotic test bed using electromagnetic sensor tracking of the catheter tip. The ability to automatically acquire imaging targets in the heart may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of intracardiac catheter interventions by allowing visualization of soft tissue structures that are not visible using standard fluoroscopic guidance. Although the system has been developed and tested for manipulating ICE catheters, the methods described here are applicable to any long thin tendon-driven tool (with single or bi-directional bending) requiring accurate tip position and orientation control. PMID:24683501

  8. Materials for multifunctional balloon catheters with capabilities in cardiac electrophysiological mapping and ablation therapy

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    Kim, Dae-Hyeong; Lu, Nanshu; Ghaffari, Roozbeh; Kim, Yun-Soung; Lee, Stephen P.; Xu, Lizhi; Wu, Jian; Kim, Rak-Hwan; Song, Jizhou; Liu, Zhuangjian; Viventi, Jonathan; de Graff, Bassel; Elolampi, Brian; Mansour, Moussa; Slepian, Marvin J.; Hwang, Sukwon; Moss, Joshua D.; Won, Sang-Min; Huang, Younggang; Litt, Brian; Rogers, John A.

    2011-04-01

    Developing advanced surgical tools for minimally invasive procedures represents an activity of central importance to improving human health. A key challenge is in establishing biocompatible interfaces between the classes of semiconductor device and sensor technologies that might be most useful in this context and the soft, curvilinear surfaces of the body. This paper describes a solution based on materials that integrate directly with the thin elastic membranes of otherwise conventional balloon catheters, to provide diverse, multimodal functionality suitable for clinical use. As examples, we present sensors for measuring temperature, flow, tactile, optical and electrophysiological data, together with radiofrequency electrodes for controlled, local ablation of tissue. Use of such ‘instrumented’ balloon catheters in live animal models illustrates their operation, as well as their specific utility in cardiac ablation therapy. The same concepts can be applied to other substrates of interest, such as surgical gloves.

  9. Endovascular radiofrequency ablation. Effect on the vein diameter using the ClosureFast(®) catheter.

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    Bauzá Moreno, Hernán; Dotta, Mariana; Katsini, Roxana; Marquez Fosser, Carolina; Rochet, Sofía; Pared, Carlos; Martinez, Hugo

    2016-01-01

    Endovascular radiofrequency with first generation catheters was not successful due to its technical difficulty and restrictions in veins with diameters larger than 12mm. However, using the new catheter there is not enough scientific evidence to affirm that the diameter represents a technical limitation. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare pre and post-operative venous trunks diameter, aiming at the reduction of size after 6 months with last generation catheters. Retrospective observational and descriptive study on a cohort of patients with insufficiency of the great saphenous vein, small saphenous vein and anterior accessory vein operated on with last generation radiofrequency catheters. The diameters were evaluated in the pre and post-operative period with ultrasound. Between 2007 and 2014 a total of 365 ablations were performed in veins with an average diameter of 9±3.1mm showing a reduction of it after 6 months with a mean value of 5.2±0.8mm (P<.0001). Total occlusion was also observed in 100% of cases and complications such as deep vein thrombosis in 0.5% and heat-induced thrombosis in 1.1%. A significant reduction in venous diameter after endovascular treatment with the new ClosureFast(®) catheters was checked, even in veins with diameters greater than 12mm. Copyright © 2016 AEC. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Pulmonary artery catheter entrapment in cardiac surgery: a simple percutaneous solution.

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    Divakaran, Vijay; Caldera, Angel; Stephens, Jack; Gonzalez, Rafael

    2015-10-01

    Pulmonary artery catheter entrapment is a reported complication after cardiac surgery from inadvertent suturing of the catheter to the vena-caval wall during surgery. This article reports a simple percutaneous technique to retrieve the trapped catheter.

  11. Bradycardia during Transradial Cardiac Catheterization due to Catheter Manipulation: Resolved by Catheter Removal

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    Kumar, Vishesh; Stys, Adam

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. To report the resolution of bradycardia encountered during transradial cardiac catheterization through the catheter pullback technique in two cases. Case Report. A 62-year-old male and an 81-year-old male underwent coronary angiogram to evaluate for coronary artery disease and as a result of positive stress test, respectively. Upon engagement of the FL 3.5 catheter into the ascending aorta through the transradial approach, the first case developed bradycardia with a heart rate of 39 beats per minute. The second case developed profound bradycardia with a heart rate of 25 beats per minute upon insertion of the 5 Fr FL 3.5 catheter near the right brachiocephalic trunk through the right radial access. Conclusion. Bradycardia can be subsided by removal of the catheter during catheter manipulation in patients undergoing transradial coronary angiogram if there is a suspicion of excessive stretching of aortic arch receptors and/or carotid sinus receptors. PMID:28348915

  12. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance for Evaluating Catheter Related FDG Avidity

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    Gage, Kenneth L.; Berman, Claudia G.; Montilla-Soler, Jaime L.

    2016-01-01

    A 53-year-old female with a history of metastatic left arm melanoma presented for F(18) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) which showed a moderately FDG avid focus at her port catheter tip near the cavoatrial junction. Although catheter tip related FDG avidity has previously been suggested to be bland thrombus or infection, melanoma can metastasize to unusual locations including the superior vena cava. In addition, the patient had an elevated risk of anticoagulation due to a history of hemorrhagic brain metastases. Therefore, confirmatory cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) was obtained and findings were consistent with bland catheter-related thrombus. PMID:27867676

  13. Color Doppler imaging of cardiac catheters using vibrating motors.

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    Reddy, Kalyan E; Light, Edward D; Rivera, Danny J; Kisslo, Joseph A; Smith, Stephen W

    2008-10-01

    A miniature motor rotating at 11,000 rpm was attached onto the proximal end of cardiac electrophysiological (EP) catheters in order to produce vibrations at the tip that were then visualized by color Doppler on ultrasound scanners. The catheter tip was imaged within a vascular graft submerged in a water tank using the Volumetrics Medical Imaging 3D scanner, the Siemens Sonoline Antares 2D scanner and the Philips ie33 3D ultrasound scanner with TEE probe. The vibrating catheter tip was visualized in each case, although results varied with the color Doppler properties of the individual scanner.

  14. Color Doppler Imaging of Cardiac Catheters Using Vibrating Motors

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    Reddy, Kalyan E.; Light, Edward D.; Rivera, Danny J.; Kisslo, Joseph A.; Smith, Stephen W.

    2010-01-01

    We attached a miniature motor rotating at 11,000 rpm onto the proximal end of cardiac electrophysiological (EP) catheters in order to produce vibrations at the tip which were then visualized by color Doppler on ultrasound scanners. We imaged the catheter tip within a vascular graft submerged in a water tank using the Volumetrics Medical Imaging 3D scanner, the Siemens Sonoline Antares 2D scanner, and the Philips ie33 3D ultrasound scanner with TEE probe. The vibrating catheter tip was visualized in each case though results varied with the color Doppler properties of the individual scanner. PMID:19514134

  15. Cardiac tamponade caused by central venous catheter in two newborns.

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    Monteiro, Andrey José; Canale, Leonardo Secchin; Barbosa, Rodrigo; Méier, Milton

    2008-01-01

    Cardiac tamponade secondary to the use of central venous catheter is a rare complication; however, it is potentially reversible when it is caught in time. We report two cases of cardiac tamponade that was diagnosed using a transthoracic echocardiography, followed by urgent pericardiocentesis and surgical pericardial drainage as a complication from umbilical venous catheterization. In one case, the tip of the catheter was properly placed, and in the other case, it was not. In both cases, a hyperosmolar solution was being injected. Although it may be an uncommon situation, it should be always considered as a possibility in a newborn who develops cardiogenic shock without an apparent cause.

  16. New-onset ventricular arrhythmias post radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Wu, Lingmin; Lu, Yanlai; Yao, Yan; Zheng, Lihui; Chen, Gang; Ding, Ligang; Hou, Bingbo; Qiao, Yu; Sun, Wei; Zhang, Shu

    2016-01-01

    Abstract As a new complication, new-onset ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) post atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation have not been well defined. This prospective study aimed to describe the details of new-onset VAs post AF ablation in a large study cohort. One thousand fifty-three consecutive patients who underwent the first radiofrequency catheter ablation for AF were enrolled. All patients had no evidence of pre-ablation VAs. New-onset VAs were defined as new-onset ventricular tachycardia (VT) or premature ventricular contractions (PVC) ≥1000/24 h within 1 month post ablation. There were 46 patients (4.4%) who had 62 different new-onset VAs, among whom 42 were PVC alone, and 4 were PVC coexisting with nonsustained VT. Multivariate analysis showed that increased serum leukocyte counts ≥50% post ablation were independently associated with new-onset VAs (OR: 1.9; 95% CI: 1.0–3.5; P = 0.043). The median number of PVC was 3161 (1001–27,407) times/24 h. Outflow tract VAs were recorded in 35 (76.1%) patients. No significant differences were found in origin of VAs (P = 0.187). VAs disappeared without any treatment in 6 patients (13.0%). No VAs-related adverse cardiac event occurred. The study revealed a noticeable prevalence but relatively benign prognosis of new-onset VAs post AF ablation. Increased serum leukocyte counts ≥50% post ablation appeared to be associated with new-onset VAs, implying that inflammatory response caused by ablation might be the mechanism. PMID:27603357

  17. Cost comparison of radiofrequency catheter ablation versus cryoablation for atrial fibrillation in hospitals using both technologies.

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    Hunter, Tina D; Palli, Swetha R; Rizzo, John A

    2016-10-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the cost of radiofrequency (RF) ablation vs cryoablation (Cryo) for atrial fibrillation (AF). This retrospective cohort study used 2013-2014 records from the Premier Healthcare Database for adults with AF catheter ablation. Exclusions included non-AF ablation, surgical ablation, valve replacement or repair, or cardiac implant. Hospitals were required to perform ≥20 procedures using each technology, with the technology identifiable in at least 90% of cases. The primary endpoint was total variable visit cost, modeled separately for inpatient and outpatient visits, and adjusted for patient and hospital characteristics. Technology was categorized as RF or Cryo, with dual-technology procedures classified as Cryo. The Cryo cohort was further divided into Cryo only and Cryo with RF for sensitivity analyses. A composite adverse event endpoint was also compared. A total of 1261 RF procedures and 1276 Cryo procedures, of which 500 also used RF, met study criteria. RF patients were slightly older and sicker, and had more cardiovascular disease and additional arrhythmias. Adjusted inpatient costs were $2803 (30.0%) higher for Cryo, and adjusted outpatient costs were $2215 (19.5%) higher. Sensitivity models showed higher costs in both Cryo sub-groups compared with RF. Procedural complication rates were not significantly different between cohorts (p-values: 0.4888 inpatient, 0.5072 outpatient). AF ablation using RF results in significantly lower costs compared with Cryo, despite an RF population with more cardiovascular disease. This saving cannot be attributed to a difference in complication rates.

  18. [Cardiac tamponade after withdrawal of a peripheral access central catheter].

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    García-Galiana, E; Sanchis-Gil, V; Martínez-Navarrete, M Á

    2015-03-01

    Central venous catheterization is a very common technique, although its complications can be multiple and sometimes fatal. A case is presented of cardiac tamponade by parenteral nutrition a few hours after moving a central venous catheter peripherally inserted a few days before. The diagnosis was made by echocardiography, and an emergency pericardiocentesis was performed, achieving complete recovery of the patient. Peripherally inserted central venous catheters are more likely to change their position secondary to the movements of the patient's arm, thus it is important to use soft catheters, make sure the tip lies above the carina to avoid perforation of the pericardial reflexion, and fix it well to the skin. Diagnosis must be made as soon as possible, given the high mortality rate of this complication, and the essential diagnostic tool is echocardiography. Elective treatment consists of early catheter withdrawal and emergency pericardiocentesis.

  19. Optoacoustic monitoring of real-time lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Pang, Genny A.; Bay, Erwin; Deán-Ben, Xosé L.; Razansky, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Current radiofrequency cardiac ablation procedures lack real-time lesion monitoring guidance, limiting the reliability and efficacy of the treatment. The objective of this work is to demonstrate that optoacoustic imaging can be applied to develop a diagnostic technique applicable to radiofrequency ablation for cardiac arrhythmia treatment with the capabilities of real-time monitoring of ablated lesion size and geometry. We demonstrate an optoacoustic imaging method using a 256-detector optoacoustic imaging probe and pulsed-laser illumination in the infrared wavelength range that is applied during radiofrequency ablation in excised porcine myocardial tissue samples. This technique results in images with high contrast between the lesion volume and unablated tissue, and is also capable of capturing time-resolved image sequences that provide information on the lesion development process. The size and geometry of the imaged lesion were shown to be in excellent agreement with the histological examinations. This study demonstrates the first deep-lesion real-time monitoring for radiofrequency ablation generated lesions, and the technique presented here has the potential for providing critical feedback that can significantly impact the outcome of clinical radiofrequency ablation procedures.

  20. Radiofrequency catheter ablation versus balloon cryoablation of atrial fibrillation: markers of myocardial damage, inflammation, and thrombogenesis.

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    Antolič, Bor; Pernat, Andrej; Cvijić, Marta; Žižek, David; Jan, Matevž; Šinkovec, Matjaž

    2016-07-01

    Evidence from animal and human studies suggests that cryoablation might be associated with a lesser inflammatory response and activation of coagulation compared with radiofrequency ablation. The study was aimed at comparing the effect of cryoballoon and radiofrequency catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation on markers of myocardial damage, inflammation, and activation of coagulation. Forty-one patients received either cryoballoon (n = 23) or radiofrequency (n = 18) ablation of atrial fibrillation. We measured troponin I, high-sensitivity CRP, and interleukin 6 at baseline from the cubital vein, and from the right and left atrium before and after ablation, and from the cubital vein the following day. Prothrombin fragments 1 + 2, soluble P‑selectin, and D‑dimer were measured before and after ablation from both atria. We observed higher troponin I release in the cryoballoon than in the radiofrequency group (7.01 mcg/l (interquartile range [IQR]: 5.30-9.09) vs 2.32 mcg/l (IQR: 1.45-2.98), p < 0.001). The levels of inflammatory markers (high-sensitivity CRP and interleukin 6) in the two groups were comparable, as were the levels of markers of coagulation activation. Procedure duration, fluoroscopy times, and mid-term success (23 months, IQR 7-32) of the two groups were also comparable. Cryoballoon ablation of atrial fibrillation causes more significant myocardial damage, that is, more extensive ablation lesions, compared with radiofrequency catheter ablation. However, no major differences between these two ablation techniques with regard to the inflammatory response and activation of the coagulation system were observed.

  1. Cardiac ablation catheter guidance by means of a single equivalent moving dipole inverse algorithm.

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    Lee, Kichang; Lv, Wener; Ter-Ovanesyan, Evgeny; Barley, Maya E; Voysey, Graham E; Galea, Anna M; Hirschman, Gordon B; Leroy, Kristen; Marini, Robert P; Barrett, Conor; Armoundas, Antonis A; Cohen, Richard J

    2013-07-01

    We developed and evaluated a novel system for guiding radiofrequency catheter ablation therapy of ventricular tachycardia. This guidance system employs an inverse solution guidance algorithm (ISGA) using a single equivalent moving dipole (SEMD) localization method. The method and system were evaluated in both a saline tank phantom model and in vivo animal (swine) experiments. A catheter with two platinum electrodes spaced 3 mm apart was used as the dipole source in the phantom study. A 40-Hz sinusoidal signal was applied to the electrode pair. In the animal study, four to eight electrodes were sutured onto the right ventricle. These electrodes were connected to a stimulus generator delivering 1-ms duration pacing pulses. Signals were recorded from 64 electrodes, located either on the inner surface of the saline tank or on the body surface of the pig, and then processed by the ISGA to localize the physical or bioelectrical SEMD. In the phantom studies, the guidance algorithm was used to advance a catheter tip to the location of the source dipole. The distance from the final position of the catheter tip to the position of the target dipole was 2.22 ± 0.78 mm in real space and 1.38 ± 0.78 mm in image space (computational space). The ISGA successfully tracked the locations of electrodes sutured on the ventricular myocardium and the movement of an endocardial catheter placed in the animal's right ventricle. In conclusion, we successfully demonstrated the feasibility of using an SEMD inverse algorithm to guide a cardiac ablation catheter. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Toward guidance of epicardial cardiac radiofrequency ablation therapy using optical coherence tomography

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    Fleming, Christine P.; Quan, Kara J.; Rollins, Andrew M.

    2010-07-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the standard of care to cure many cardiac arrhythmias. Epicardial ablation for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia has limited success rates due in part to the presence of epicardial fat, which prevents proper rf energy delivery, inadequate contact of ablation catheter with tissue, and increased likelihood of complications with energy delivery in close proximity to coronary vessels. A method to directly visualize the epicardial surface during RFA could potentially provide feedback to reduce complications and titrate rf energy dose by detecting critical structures, assessing probe contact, and confirming energy delivery by visualizing lesion formation. Currently, there is no technology available for direct visualization of the heart surface during epicardial RFA therapy. We demonstrate that optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging has the potential to fill this unmet need. Spectral domain OCT at 1310 nm is employed to image the epicardial surface of freshly excised swine hearts using a microscope integrated bench-top scanner and a forward imaging catheter probe. OCT image features are observed that clearly distinguish untreated myocardium, ablation lesions, epicardial fat, and coronary vessels, and assess tissue contact with catheter-based imaging. These results support the potential for real-time guidance of epicardial RFA therapy using OCT imaging.

  3. Robust classification of contact orientation between tissue and an integrated spectroscopy and radiofrequency ablation catheter

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    Zaryab, Mohammad; Singh-Moon, Rajinder P.; Hendon, Christine P.

    2017-02-01

    Using light-based catheters for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapies grants the ability to accurately derive tissue properties such as lesion depth and overtreatment from spectroscopic information. However, this information is heavily reliant on contact quality with the treatment area and the orientation of the catheter. Thus to improve assessments of tissue properties, this work utilizes Bayesian modelling to classify whether the catheter is indeed in proper contact with the tissue. Initially in-laboratory experiments were conducted with ten fresh swine hearts submerged in blood. A total of 1555 unique near infrared spectra were collected from a spectrometer using a light-based catheter and manually tagged as "full perpendicular contact," "angled contact," and "no contact," between the catheter and heart tissue. Three features were prominent in all spectra for distinguishing purposes: area underneath the spectra, an intensity "valley" between 730 nm and 800 nm, along with the slope between 850 nm and 1150 nm. A classifier featuring bootstrapping, adaboost, and k-means techniques was thus created and achieved a 96.05% accuracy in classifying full contact, 98.33% accuracy in classifying angled contact, and 100% accuracy in classifying no contact.

  4. In vitro assessment of a combined radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring catheter for treatment of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Boronyak, Steven M; Merryman, W David

    2014-03-21

    Percutaneous approaches to mitral valve repair are an attractive alternative to surgical repair or replacement. Radiofrequency ablation has the potential to approximate surgical leaflet resection by using resistive heating to reduce leaflet size, and cryogenic temperatures on a percutaneous catheter can potentially be used to reversibly adhere to moving mitral valve leaflets for reliable application of radiofrequency energy. We tested a combined cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter using excised porcine mitral valves placed in a left heart flow loop capable of reproducing physiologic pressure and flow waveforms. Transmitral flow and pressure were monitored during the cryo-anchoring procedure and compared to baseline flow conditions, and the extent of radiofrequency energy delivery to the mitral valve was assessed post-treatment. Long term durability of radiofrequency ablation treatment was assessed using statically treated leaflets placed in a stretch bioreactor for four weeks. Transmitral flow and pressure waveforms were largely unaltered during cryo-anchoring. Parameter fitting to mechanical data from leaflets treated with radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring revealed significant mechanical differences from untreated leaflets, demonstrating successful ablation of mitral valves in a hemodynamic environment. Picrosirius red staining showed clear differences in morphology and collagen birefringence between treated and untreated leaflets. The durability study indicated that statically treated leaflets did not significantly change size or mechanics over four weeks. A cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter can adhere to and ablate mitral valve leaflets in a physiologic hemodynamic environment, providing a possible percutaneous alternative to surgical leaflet resection of mitral valve tissue.

  5. Radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation during concomitant cardiac surgery.

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    Pinho-Gomes, Ana C; Amorim, Mário J; Oliveira, Sílvia M; Azevedo, Luís; Almeida, Jorge; Monteiro, Vítor; Maciel, Maria Júlia; Pinho, Paulo; Leite-Moreira, Adelino F

    2014-01-01

    We present the experience of our centre with radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation concomitantly with cardiac surgery Methods: 170 patients underwent atrial fibrillation ablation with uni/bipolar-radiofrequency. They were followed for 3-months and then as appropriate for the cardiac disease. In 2013, patients still alive underwent rhythm monitoring with ECG and 24-hour tape if in sinus rhythm Mean age was 65 years old and 42% of the patients were male. Paroxysmal AF was rare (7%). Most patients had preserved ejection fraction and dilated left atria (diameter 53.2±7.5 mm). The most common indication for cardiac surgery was valve disease. More than 75% of the patients underwent prophylactic closure of the left atrial appendage. Pulmonary vein isolation was performed in all patients, followed by other left atrial ablation lines. Overall, surgical complications were rare, being the most frequent pacemaker implantation (15%). Median length of stay was 9 days (p25-p75:7-14). At discharge, 69% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 90% on anticoagulation and 69% on amiodarone. In-hospital mortality was less than 3% (5 patients), none of them related to the ablation procedure. At 3 months, 50% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 92% on anticoagulation and 75% on antiarrhythmic drugs. Direct current cardioversion was successful in 8 of 12 patients. In the multivariate analysis, being in sinus rhythm at discharge was the single independent predictor of maintaining sinus rhythm at 3 months. In 2013 (469 patients-year), 40% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 80% on anticoagulation and 45% on antiarrhythmic drugs. Concurrent atrial fibrillation ablation with radiofrequency achieves satisfactory and stable recovery of sinu rhythm without adding significant operative risk and post-operative complications.

  6. [Successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of the symptomatic ventricular tachycardia in structurally normal heart. Case report].

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    Maciag, Aleksander; Sterliński, Maciej; Pytkowski, Mariusz; Jankowska, Agnieszka; Szwed, Hanna

    2003-12-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) in structurally normal heart ventricular arrhythmias has been found to be promising direction of develop. Authors presented the case of successful RFA of symptomatic ventricular tachycardia originating from right ventricle outflow tract (RVOT). Arrhythmogenic locus was localised basing on ECG pattern, analyze of endocardial potentials and pace mapping method. In two-year follow up she was free of symptoms and ventricular arrhythmia, no medication needed. RFA is an effective and safe therapy in ventricular tachycardia in structurally normal heart.

  7. [Infectious mitral endocarditis after radiofrequency catheter ablation of a left lateral accessory pathway].

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    Benito Bartolomé, F; Sánchez Fernández-Bernal, C

    2001-08-01

    A 2-years-old child with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome associated with life-threatening symptoms underwent radiofrequency ablation of a left lateral accessory pathway. A deflectable 5F bipolar electrode catheter positioned above the atrioventricular groove by transeptal approach was used for ablation. The catheters were repeatedly used after ethylene oxide sterilisation. Although immediate post-ablation echocardiography demonstrated no complications, the patient was readmitted two days later with fever and a new mitral murmur. Penicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus was isolated and intravenous antibiotics were administered. In the following weeks, the patient developed constrictive pericarditis requiring surgical treatment and acute hemiplegia caused by brain embolism arising from valvular vegetation. At 5 years of follow-up the patient presents residual hemiparesia and grade II/IV mitral insufficiency.

  8. Towards patient-specific modelling of lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Soor, Navjeevan; Morgan, Ross; Varela, Marta; Aslanidi, Oleg V.

    2017-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures are a first-line method of clinical treatment for atrial fibrillation. However, they suffer from suboptimal success rates and are also prone to potentially serious adverse effects. These limitations can be at least partially attributed to the inter- and intra- patient variations in atrial wall thickness, and could be mitigated by patient-specific approaches to the procedure. In this study, a modelling approach to optimising ablation procedures in subject-specific 3D atrial geometries was applied. The approach enabled the evaluation of optimal ablation times to create lesions for a given wall thickness measured from MRI. A nonliner relationship was revealed between the thickness and catheter contact time required for fully transmural lesions. Hence, our approach based on MRI reconstruction of the atrial wall combined with subject-specific modelling of ablation can provide useful information for improving clinical procedures.

  9. Fluoroless Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias: A 5-Year Experience.

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    Razminia, Mansour; Willoughby, Michael Cameron; Demo, Hany; Keshmiri, Hesam; Wang, Theodore; D'Silva, Oliver J; Zheutlin, Terry A; Jibawi, Hakeem; Okhumale, Paul; Kehoe, Richard F

    2017-04-01

    Catheter ablations have been traditionally performed with the use of fluoroscopic guidance, which exposes the patient and staff to the inherent risks of radiation. We have developed techniques to eliminate the use of fluoroscopy during cardiac ablations and have been performing completely fluoroless catheter ablations on our patients for over 5 years. We present a retrospective analysis of the safety, efficacy, and feasibility data from 500 consecutive patients who underwent nonfluoroscopic catheter ablation, targeting a total of 639 arrhythmias, including atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT), atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), atrial tachycardia (AT), atrial fibrillation (AF), premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), and ventricular tachycardia (VT). We perform fluoroless ablations using intracardiac electrograms, electroanatomic mapping, and for most cases intracardiac echocardiography. Our experience includes exclusively endocardial cardiac ablations. The mean follow-up was 20.5 months. Recurrence rate for AVRT was 6.5%, for AVNRT 2.5%, for macro-reentrant AT 6.4%, for focal AT 5.4%, for AF 22.6%, for PVC 6.7%, and for VT 21.4%. Major complications occurred in five patients (1.0%); minor complications occurred in three patients (0.6%). No deaths occurred. Fluoroscopy was used in one instance, for 0.3 minutes, to confirm venous access. Completely fluoroless catheter ablations may be routinely performed for all endocardial ablations without compromising safety, efficacy, or procedural duration. © 2017 The Authors. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. In vitro cardiac catheter navigation via augmented reality surgical guidance

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    Linte, Cristian A.; Moore, John; Wiles, Andrew; Lo, Jennifer; Wedlake, Chris; Peters, Terry M.

    2009-02-01

    Catheter-driven cardiac interventions have emerged in response to the need of reducing invasiveness associated with the traditional cut-and-sew techniques. Catheter manipulation is traditionally performed under real-time fluoroscopy imaging, resulting in an overall trade-off of procedure invasiveness for radiation exposure of both the patient and clinical staff. Our approach to reducing and potentially eliminating the use of flouroscopy in the operating room entails the use of multi-modality imaging and magnetic tracking technologies, wrapped together into an augmented reality environment for enhanced intra-procedure visualization and guidance. Here we performed an in vitro study in which a catheter was guided to specific targets located on the endocardial atrial surface of a beating heart phantom. "Therapy delivery" was modeled in the context of a blinded procedure, mimicking a beating heart, intracardiac intervention. The users navigated the tip of a magnetically tracked Freezor 5 CRYOCATH catheter to the specified targets. Procedure accuracy was determined as the distance between the tracked catheter tip and the tracked surgical target at the time of contact, and it was assessed under three different guidance modalities: endoscopic, augmented reality, and ultrasound image guidance. The overall RMS targeting accuracy achieved under augmented reality guidance averaged to 1.1 mm. This guidance modality shows significant improvements in both procedure accuracy and duration over ultrasound image guidance alone, while maintianing an overall targeting accuracy comparable to that achieved under endoscopic guidance.

  11. Initial outcome following invasive cardiac electrophysiologic studies and radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Uwanuruochi, Kelechukwu; Saravanan, Sabari; Ganasekar, Anita; Solomon, Benjamin S; Murugesan, Ravikumar; Shah, Ruchit A; Krishnamoorthy, Jaishankar; Pandurangi, Ulhas M

    2016-01-01

    Background: Cardiac electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have become an established mode of treatment for patients with refractory arrhythmias. These procedures are carried out regularly at the cardiac catheterization laboratory of Madras Medical Mission India. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate our experience with cardiac electrophysiologic studies (EPS) and RFA catheter of atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study carried out in the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department of the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Madras Medical Mission, India. All cases diagnosed to have AF following cardiac EPS between January 2010 and April 2014 was selected for the study. The records, which were obtained from the Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinical Research Office of Madras Medical Mission, were reviewed. Forty-nine cases were chosen for analysis, using SPSS statistical software version 15. Results: There were 49 patients, 23 males and 26 females. The mean age was 57.53 years. Commonly associated diseases were diabetes mellitus 8 (16.3%), hypertension 18 (36.7%), and coronary heart disease 14 (28.5%). The ventricular rate was rapid most cases (91.2%). AF was diagnosed as being paroxysmal in 40 (81.6%), persistent in 5 (10.2%), chronic in 3 (6.1%), and lone in 1 (2.0%). Ablation was carried out in 28 (57.1%), the success rate being 90% for pulmonary vein isolation, and 90.9% for atrioventricular node ablation. Complication rate was 2.04%. Conclusions: Treatment of AF by RFA is highly effective and safe. PMID:27127736

  12. PATH OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF A SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY ACTUATED CATHETER FOR ENDOCARDIAL RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION

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    Wiest, Jennifer H.; Buckner, Gregory D.

    2014-01-01

    This paper introduces a real-time path optimization and control strategy for shape memory alloy (SMA) actuated cardiac ablation catheters, potentially enabling the creation of more precise lesions with reduced procedure times and improved patient outcomes. Catheter tip locations and orientations are optimized using parallel genetic algorithms to produce continuous ablation paths with near normal tissue contact through physician-specified points. A nonlinear multivariable control strategy is presented to compensate for SMA hysteresis, bandwidth limitations, and coupling between system inputs. Simulated and experimental results demonstrate efficient generation of ablation paths and optimal reference trajectories. Closed-loop control of the SMA-actuated catheter along optimized ablation paths is validated experimentally. PMID:25684857

  13. Pacemakers implantation and radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures during medical missions in Morocco: an 8-year experience.

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    Bun, Sok-Sithikun; Latcu, Decebal Gabriel; Errahmouni, Abdelkarim; Zarqane, Naïma; Yaïci, Khelil; Moustaghfir, Abdelhamid; Tazi-Mezalek, Amale; Saoudi, Nadir

    2016-07-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for arrhythmias in the context of short-term medical missions (MM) in a developing country has not been reported so far. We describe here our experience with RFCA and pacemaker implantation in Morocco with a fully portable electrophysiological (EP) system under the auspice of the Monaco-Morocco Cardiology Association. Since November 2007, two to three MM (mean duration 4 days including transportation) per year were conducted (including two physicians and one nurse from Monaco) and were alternately located in Marrakech, Fes, Agadir, Casablanca, Rabat, Essaouira, and Oujda. All patients' files were sent by local teams and/or referring Moroccan cardiologists before MM. Each case was discussed with the Monaco EP team before the MM. Pacemakers and leads were donated by companies (Sorin Group, Medtronic, Saint-Jude Medical). The EP system (EP Tracer, CardioTek) as well as diagnostic/ablation catheters were brought for RFCA procedures. After the procedures, follow-up was performed by local teams. Procedures took place in gynaecological or orthopaedic operating room, or, when available, in the interventional cardiology cathlab. Thirty-one RFCA were performed during 11 MM (atrioventricular node re-entrant tachycardia = 12; atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardia/Mahaïm fibre = 15; typical atrial flutter = 3; ventricular ectopy = 1). Acute success was 93.5% for RFCA. Two major RFCA-related complications occurred (air embolism and complete atrioventricular block). No complication was related to pacemaker implantations (n = 44; mean 4 pacemakers per mission). Radiofrequency catheter ablation for arrhythmias in developing countries is technically challenging but feasible, despite technical and cultural difficulties. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Simplified method for esophagus protection during radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation--prospective study of 704 cases.

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    Mateos, José Carlos Pachón; Mateos, Enrique I Pachón; Peña, Tomas G Santillana; Lobo, Tasso Julio; Mateos, Juán Carlos Pachón; Vargas, Remy Nelson A; Pachón, Carlos Thiene C; Acosta, Juán Carlos Zerpa

    2015-01-01

    Although rare, the atrioesophageal fistula is one of the most feared complications in radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation due to the high risk of mortality. This is a prospective controlled study, performed during regular radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, to test whether esophageal displacement by handling the transesophageal echocardiography transducer could be used for esophageal protection. Seven hundred and four patients (158 F/546M [22.4%/77.6%]; 52.8 ± 14 [17-84] years old), with mean EF of 0.66 ± 0.8 and drug-refractory atrial fibrillation were submitted to hybrid radiofrequency catheter ablation (conventional pulmonary vein isolation plus AF-Nests and background tachycardia ablation) with displacement of the esophagus as far as possible from the radiofrequency target by transesophageal echocardiography transducer handling. The esophageal luminal temperature was monitored without and with displacement in 25 patients. The mean esophageal displacement was 4 to 9.1cm (5.9 ± 0.8 cm). In 680 of the 704 patients (96.6%), it was enough to allow complete and safe radiofrequency delivery (30W/40ºC/irrigated catheter or 50W/60ºC/8 mm catheter) without esophagus overlapping. The mean esophageal luminal temperature changes with versus without esophageal displacement were 0.11 ± 0.13ºC versus 1.1 ± 0.4ºC respectively, P<0.01. The radiofrequency had to be halted in 68% of the patients without esophageal displacement because of esophageal luminal temperature increase. There was no incidence of atrioesophageal fistula suspected or confirmed. Only two superficial bleeding caused by transesophageal echocardiography transducer insertion were observed. Mechanical esophageal displacement by transesophageal echocardiography transducer during radiofrequency catheter ablation was able to prevent a rise in esophageal luminal temperature, helping to avoid esophageal thermal lesion. In most cases, the esophageal displacement was

  15. Simplified method for esophagus protection during radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation - prospective study of 704 cases

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    Mateos, José Carlos Pachón; Mateos, Enrique I Pachón; Peña, Tomas G Santillana; Lobo, Tasso Julio; Mateos, Juán Carlos Pachón; Vargas, Remy Nelson A; Pachón, Carlos Thiene C; Acosta, Juán Carlos Zerpa

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Although rare, the atrioesophageal fistula is one of the most feared complications in radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation due to the high risk of mortality. Objective This is a prospective controlled study, performed during regular radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, to test whether esophageal displacement by handling the transesophageal echocardiography transducer could be used for esophageal protection. Methods Seven hundred and four patients (158 F/546M [22.4%/77.6%]; 52.8±14 [17-84] years old), with mean EF of 0.66±0.8 and drug-refractory atrial fibrillation were submitted to hybrid radiofrequency catheter ablation (conventional pulmonary vein isolation plus AF-Nests and background tachycardia ablation) with displacement of the esophagus as far as possible from the radiofrequency target by transesophageal echocardiography transducer handling. The esophageal luminal temperature was monitored without and with displacement in 25 patients. Results The mean esophageal displacement was 4 to 9.1cm (5.9±0.8 cm). In 680 of the 704 patients (96.6%), it was enough to allow complete and safe radiofrequency delivery (30W/40ºC/irrigated catheter or 50W/60ºC/8 mm catheter) without esophagus overlapping. The mean esophageal luminal temperature changes with versus without esophageal displacement were 0.11±0.13ºC versus 1.1±0.4ºC respectively, P<0.01. The radiofrequency had to be halted in 68% of the patients without esophageal displacement because of esophageal luminal temperature increase. There was no incidence of atrioesophageal fistula suspected or confirmed. Only two superficial bleeding caused by transesophageal echocardiography transducer insertion were observed. Conclusion Mechanical esophageal displacement by transesophageal echocardiography transducer during radiofrequency catheter ablation was able to prevent a rise in esophageal luminal temperature, helping to avoid esophageal thermal lesion. In most

  16. Acute myocardial infarction after radiofrequency catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter.

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    Yune, Sehyo; Lee, Woo Joo; Hwang, Ji-won; Kim, Eun; Ha, Jung Min; Kim, June Soo

    2014-02-01

    A 53-yr-old man underwent radiofrequency ablation to treat persistent atrial flutter. After the procedure, the chest pain was getting worse, and the electrocardiogram showed ST-segment elevation in inferior leads with reciprocal changes. Immediate coronary angiography showed total occlusion with thrombi at the distal portion of the right coronary artery, which was very close to the ablation site. Intervention with thrombus aspiration and balloon dilatation was successful, and the patient recovered without any kind of sequelae. Although the exact mechanism is obscure, the most likely explanation is a thermal injury to the vascular wall that ruptured into the lumen and formed thrombus. Vasospasm and thromboembolism can also be other possibilities. This case raise the alarm to cardiologists who perform radiofrequency ablation to treat various kinds of cardiac arrhythmias, in that myocardial infarction has been rarely considered one of the complications.

  17. Cardiac tissue ablation with catheter-based microwave heating.

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    Rappaport, C

    2004-11-01

    The common condition of atrial fibrillation is often treated by cutting diseased cardiac tissue to disrupt abnormal electrical conduction pathways. Heating abnormal tissue with electromagnetic power provides a minimally invasive surgical alternative to treat these cardiac arrhythmias. Radio frequency ablation has become the method of choice of many physicians. Recently, microwave power has also been shown to have great therapeutic benefit in medical treatment requiring precise heating of biological tissue. Since microwave power tends to be deposited throughout the volume of biological media, microwave heating offers advantages over other heating modalities that tend to heat primarily the contacting surface. It is also possible to heat a deeper volume of tissue with more precise control using microwaves than with purely thermal conduction or RF electrode heating. Microwave Cardiac Ablation (MCA) is used to treat heart tissue that allows abnormal electrical conduction by heating it to the point of inactivation. Microwave antennas that fit within catheter systems can be positioned close to diseased tissue. Specialized antenna designs that unfurl from the catheter within the heart can then radiate specifically shaped fields, which overcome problems such as excessive surface heating at the contact point. The state of the art in MCA is reviewed in this paper and a novel catheter-based unfurling wide aperture antenna is described. This antenna consists of the centre conductor of a coaxial line, shaped into a spiral and insulated from blood and tissue by a non-conductive fluid filled balloon. Initially stretched straight inside a catheter for transluminal guiding, once in place at the cardiac target, the coiled spiral antenna is advanced into the inflated balloon. Power is applied in the range of 50-150 W at the reserved industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) frequency of 915 MHz for 30-90 s to create an irreversible lesion. The antenna is then retracted back into the

  18. Clinical course of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in the era of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Komura, Masatoshi; Suzuki, Jun-Ichi; Adachi, Susumu; Takahashi, Atsushi; Otomo, Kenichiro; Nitta, Junichi; Nishizaki, Mitsuhiro; Obayashi, Tohru; Nogami, Akihiko; Satoh, Yasuhiro; Okishige, Kaoru; Hachiya, Hitoshi; Hirao, Kenzo; Isobe, Mitsuaki

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the clinical course of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) patients and in particular evaluated the contribution of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) and an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to the treatment of ARVC. ARVC is a myocardial disorder and a cause of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT). Little is known about its prognosis in Japanese ARVC patients. Thirty-five ARVC patients were studied. Mean age of patients whose onset of ARVC was congestive heart failure (CHF) (66.0 +/- 4.0 years) was significantly higher than those whose onset was VT (44.5 +/- 14.8 years, P < 0.05). ARVC patients with CHF onset showed significantly higher death rates compared to those with VT onset. ICD treatment significantly reduced episodes of hospitalization due to VT (0.1 +/- 0.4 episodes) in comparison to treatment by RFCA (1.7 +/- 2.2 episodes, P < 0.03). RFCA treatment did not reduce recurrence of VT in the follow-up period. ICD therapy showed comparable mortality to RFCA treatment. The prognosis of ARVC with CHF onset is poor. ICD therapy significantly reduced hospitalization due to VT compared with RFCA treatment. ICD implantation in combination with medication may be a better treatment for ARVC.

  19. Irrigated-tip catheters for radiofrequency ablation of right-sided accessory pathways in adolescents.

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    Telishevska, Marta; Faelchle, Johannes; Buiatti, Allessandra; Busch, Sonia; Reents, Tilko; Bourier, Felix; Semmler, Verena; Kaess, Bernhardt; Horndasch, Michaela; Kornmayer, Marielouise; Kottmaier, Marc; Deisenhofer, Isabel; Hessling, Gabriele

    2017-09-01

    Catheter ablation of right sided accessory pathways (AP) has lower success and higher recurrence rates compared to left-sided substrates. Irrigated-tip catheter (ITC) ablation might offer an advantage in this setting but data about its use in patients below 18 years is scarce. Aim of this study was to compare an ITC approach to conventional catheter ablation. A retrospective analysis of all patients < 18 years undergoing radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for right-sided APs from 2004 to 2014 at our institution was performed. Patients either underwent an ITC approach in combination with 3-D mapping (Group 1; n = 53) or a conventional non-ITC approach (Group 2; n = 52). Study endpoints were acute procedural success, safety and recurrence rate. A total of 105 mostly adolescent patients (56.2% male; median age 14 years) with 107 right sided- APs were included. The prevailing anatomic AP locations were right posteroseptal (44.9%), right anterior/anterolateral (24.3%) and right lateral (13.1%). Acute success (94.3% vs 94.2%) did not differ between the groups. One major complication (pericardial effusion) occurred in the non-ITC group. Overall, freedom from AP recurrence was 94% at 4 year in the ITC group, and 81% at 4 year in the non-ITC group (p = 0.04). The use of irrigated tip catheters in combination with 3-D mapping system for ablation of right- sided APs in adolescents has a high acute success rate, is safe and associated with a significantly reduced recurrence rate compared to a non-ITC/conventional approach. It might be considered as alternative approach in this age group. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  20. An In Vitro Assessment of Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging for Visualizing Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation Lesions

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    Eyerly, Stephanie A.; Hsu, Stephen J.; Agashe, Shruti H.; Trahey, Gregg E.; Li, Yang; Wolf, Patrick D.

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Lesion placement and transmurality are critical factors in the success of cardiac transcatheter radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments for supraventricular arrhythmias. This study investigated the capabilities of catheter transducer based acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) ultrasound imaging for quantifying ablation lesion dimensions. Methods and Results RFA lesions were created in vitro in porcine ventricular myocardium and imaged with an intracardiac ultrasound catheter transducer capable of acquiring spatially registered B-mode and ARFI images. The myocardium was sliced along the imaging plane and photographed. The maximum ARFI-induced displacement images of the lesion were normalized and spatially registered with the photograph by matching the surfaces of the tissue in the B-mode and photographic images. The lesion dimensions determined by a manual segmentation of the photographed lesion based on the visible discoloration of the tissue were compared to automatic segmentations of the ARFI image using two different calculated thresholds. ARFI imaging accurately localized and sized the lesions within the myocardium. Differences in the maximum lateral and axial dimensions were statistically below 2 mm and 1 mm respectively for the two thresholding methods, with mean percent overlap of 68.7±5.21% and 66.3±8.4% for the two thresholds used. Conclusion ARFI imaging is capable of visualizing myocardial RFA lesion dimensions to within 2 mm in vitro. Visualizing lesions during transcatheter cardiac ablation procedures could improve the success of the treatment by imaging lesion line discontinuity and potentially reducing the required number of ablation lesions and procedure time. PMID:20021518

  1. Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia Diagnosed and Treated as Depression Successfully Treated by Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation.

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    Masumoto, Akihiro; Takemoto, Masao; Mito, Takahiro; Tanaka, Atsushi; Kawano, Yuki; Kumeda, Hiroshi; Kang, Honsa; Matsuo, Atsutoshi; Hida, Satoru; Okazaki, Teiji; Tayama, Kei-Ichiro; Yoshitake, Kiyonobu; Kosuga, Kenichi

    2017-01-01

    We experienced a man in his 20s with inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) initially diagnosed and treated as depression who was steadily treated with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) using an EnSite™ system. The patient has remained well without any symptoms or medications, including antidepressants, for two years since the RFCA. To avoid missing IST and treating it as an emotional problem and/or mental illness such as depression, physicians - including cardiologists - should be aware of these conditions when examining patients with multiple and incapacitating complaints including palpitations and general fatigue and/or tachycardia, especially characterized by an elevated resting heart rate or a disproportionate increase in the heart rate with minimal exertion.

  2. Computational Modeling of Open-Irrigated Electrodes for Radiofrequency Cardiac Ablation Including Blood Motion-Saline Flow Interaction

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    González-Suárez, Ana; Berjano, Enrique; Guerra, Jose M.; Gerardo-Giorda, Luca

    2016-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is a routine treatment for cardiac arrhythmias. During RFCA, the electrode-tissue interface temperature should be kept below 80°C to avoid thrombus formation. Open-irrigated electrodes facilitate power delivery while keeping low temperatures around the catheter. No computational model of an open-irrigated electrode in endocardial RFCA accounting for both the saline irrigation flow and the blood motion in the cardiac chamber has been proposed yet. We present the first computational model including both effects at once. The model has been validated against existing experimental results. Computational results showed that the surface lesion width and blood temperature are affected by both the electrode design and the irrigation flow rate. Smaller surface lesion widths and blood temperatures are obtained with higher irrigation flow rate, while the lesion depth is not affected by changing the irrigation flow rate. Larger lesions are obtained with increasing power and the electrode-tissue contact. Also, larger lesions are obtained when electrode is placed horizontally. Overall, the computational findings are in close agreement with previous experimental results providing an excellent tool for future catheter research. PMID:26938638

  3. Novel use of epidural catheter: Air injection for neuroprotection during radiofrequency ablation of spinal osteoid osteoma

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    Doctor, JR; Solanki, SL; Patil, VP; Divatia, JV

    2016-01-01

    Osteoid osteoma (OO) is a benign bone tumor, with a male-female ratio of approximately 2:1 and mainly affecting long bones. Ten percent of the lesions occur in the spine, mostly within the posterior elements. Treatment options for OO include surgical excision and percutaneous imaging-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Lesions within the spine have an inherent risk of thermal damage to the vital structure because of proximity to the neural elements. We report a novel use of the epidural catheter for air injection for the neuroprotection of nerves close to the OO of the spine. A 12-year-old and 30 kg male child with an OO of the L3 vertebra was taken up for RFA. His preoperative examinations were within normal limits. The OO was very close to the L3 nerve root. Under general anesthesia, lumbar epidural catheter was placed in the L3-L4 space under imaging guidance. Ten ml of aliquots of air was injected under imaging guidance to avoid injury to the neural structures due to RFA. The air created a gap between neural elements and the tumor and served as an insulating material thereby protecting the neural elements from damage due to the RFA. Postoperatively, the patient did not develop any neurological deficit. PMID:27375396

  4. The biophysics of radiofrequency catheter ablation in the heart: the importance of temperature monitoring.

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    Haines, D E

    1993-03-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation is a technique whereby high frequency alternating electrical current with frequencies of 350 kHz to 1 MHz is delivered through electrode catheters to myocardial tissue creating a thermal lesion. The mechanism by which RF current heats tissue is resistive (or ohmic) heating of a narrow rim (< 1 mm) of tissue that is in direct contact with the electrode. Deeper tissue planes are then heated by conduction from the small region of volume heating. Heat is dissipated from the region by further heat conduction into normothermic tissue, and by heat convection via the circulating blood pool and larger coronary vessels. The lesion size is proportional to the temperature at the electrode-tissue interface (which is also a function of power level if electrical factors remain constant), and to the size of the electrode. At temperatures above 100 degrees C, boiling occurs at the electrode-tissue contact point resulting in a rapid rise in electrical impedance. Therefore, a theoretical maximum lesion size exists for any given electrode geometry. Other factors that are important for RF lesion formation include electrode-tissue contact pressure and duration of RF delivery. Temperature rises monoexponentially, and duration of energy delivery should be at least 35 to 45 seconds to approach steady state.

  5. The results of electrophysiological study and radio-frequency catheter ablation in pediatric patients with tachyarrhythmia.

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    Celiker, Alpay; Kafali, Gülden; Karagöz, Tevfik; Ceviz, Naci; Ozer, Sema

    2003-01-01

    A total of 135 consecutive pediatric patients (pts) with tachyarrhythmia ranging from two to 21 years of age (median age 11 years) underwent electrophysiological study (EPS) between January 1994 and July 2001. Tachycardia could not be induced in 38 of 135 pts (28%) and studies in these patients were accepted as the normal EPS. Supraventricular tachyarrhythmia mechanisms were atrioventricular (AV) accessory pathways in 47 patients (manifest accessory pathways in 23 patients, concealed accessory pathways in 17 patients, permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia in 7 patients), re-entry without accessory pathway in 26 patients (AV nodal reentry tachycardia in 20 patients, atrial flutter in 5 patients, sinus node re-entry tachycardia in 1 patient) and atrial ectopic tachycardia in eight patients. The diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia (VT) was made in 16 patients. Seventy-three of the 97 patients with the diagnosis of tachyarrhythmia as a result of EPS underwent radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation. The indications, early results, complications, safety and efficacy of RF catheter ablation were reviewed in these patients. Among the 73 patients who underwent RF ablation (85 procedures), the overall final success rate for all the diagnoses was 82% (60 of 73 patients). The median follow-up period for all patients was 16 months (range 2 to 60 months). Total recurrence rate in 73 patients was 4% (3 patients). Re-ablation was performed in only one of them and was successful. Procedure-related complications occurred in eight patients (11%): transient third-degree AV block in one patient, transient second-degree AV block in one patient, atrial flutter in two patients (1 needed direct current cardioversion), and atrial fibrillation in three patients (2 needed defibrillation and transient pacemaker implantation). In one patient with permanent third-degree AV block a transvenous pacemaker implantation was required. These midterm results suggest that RF catheter ablation

  6. Ablation with an internally irrigated radiofrequency catheter: learning how to avoid steam pops.

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    Cooper, Joshua M; Sapp, John L; Tedrow, Usha; Pellegrini, Christine P; Robinson, David; Epstein, Laurence M; Stevenson, William G

    2004-09-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using electrode temperature, impedance, and power to predict and thereby potentially prevent steam pops during cooled radiofrequency (RF) ablation. When myocardial temperature reaches 100 degrees C during RF catheter ablation, steam explosions are seen. Saline-cooled RF ablation reduces temperatures at the electrode-tissue interface, but excessive intramyocardial heating still may occur. In anesthetized swine, 26 cooled RF applications were made in the right and left atria while observing with intracardiac echocardiography (ICE). Power delivery was increased gradually until a steam explosion was seen or a maximum output of 50 W was reached. ICE identified steam explosions in 21 RF applications. Steam explosions were associated with a large impedance increase, >25 Omega in only three cases, whereas small increases <10 Omega (mean 5.3 +/- 2.6 Omega) occurred in 18 cases. Mean electrode temperature at the time of steam explosion was 43.6 degrees C +/- 5.3; 18 of 21 explosions occurred when temperature reached >/=40 degrees C. Mean power and impedance drop were similar for applications with and without steam explosions. Five steam explosions were associated with a sudden drop in electrode temperature. Steam explosions are common when cooled electrode temperature exceeds 40 degrees C and are not predictable from power or impedance drop. Small impedance rises and sudden drops in measured electrode temperature indicate possible steam formation. Maintaining cooled electrode temperature <40 degrees C during RF likely will reduce the risk of steam explosions.

  7. Delayed efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation on ventricular arrhythmias originating from the left ventricular anterobasal wall.

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    Ding, Ligang; Hou, Bingbo; Wu, Lingmin; Qiao, Yu; Sun, Wei; Guo, Jinrui; Zheng, Lihui; Chen, Gang; Zhang, Linfeng; Zhang, Shu; Yao, Yan

    2017-03-01

    Ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular anterobasal wall (LV-ABW) may represent a therapeutic challenge. The purpose of this study was to investigate the delayed efficacy of radiofrequency catheter (RFCA) ablation without an epicardial approach on VAs originating from the LV-ABW. Eighty patients (mean age 46.9 ± 14.9 years; 47 male) with VAs originating from the LV-ABW were enrolled. After systematic mapping of the right ventricular outflow tract, aortic root, adjacent LV endocardium, and coronary venous system, 3-4 ablation attempts were made at the earliest activation sites and/or best pace-mapping sites. Delayed efficacy was evaluated in patients with acute failure. During mean follow-up of 23.8 ± 21.9 months (range 3-72 months), complete elimination of all VAs was achieved in 47 patients (59%) and partial success in 19 (24%), for an overall success rate of 83%. In 25 of 37 patients (68%) with acute failure, VAs were eliminated or significantly reduced (>80% VA burden) by the delayed effect of RFCA during follow-up. Logistic regression analysis revealed that response time to ablation was a predictor of occurrence of delayed efficacy. No complications occurred during follow-up. Instead of extensive ablation, waiting for delayed efficacy of RFCA may be a reasonable choice for patients with VAs arising from the LV-ABW. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of intractable ventricular tachycardia in an infant following arterial switch operation.

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    Costello, John P; He, Dingchao; Greene, Elizabeth A; Berul, Charles I; Moak, Jeffrey P; Nath, Dilip S

    2014-01-01

    A full-term male neonate presented with cyanosis upon delivery and was subsequently diagnosed with d-transposition of the great arteries, ventricular septal defect, and restrictive atrial septal defect. Following initiation of intravenous prostaglandins and balloon atrial septostomy, an arterial switch operation was performed on day 3 of life. The postoperative course was complicated by intractable ventricular tachycardia that was refractory to lidocaine, amiodarone, esmolol, fosphenytoin, and mexiletine drug therapy. Ventricular tachycardia was suppressed with overdrive atrial pacing but recurred upon discontinuation. Seven weeks postoperatively, radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed due to hemodynamically compromising persistent ventricular tachycardia refractory to medical therapy. The ventricular tachycardia was localized to the inferior-lateral right ventricular outlet septum. The procedure was successful without complications or recurrence. Antiarrhythmics were discontinued after the ablation procedure. Seven days after the ablation, a different, slower fascicular rhythm was noted to compete with the infant's sinus rhythm. This was consistent with the preablation amiodarone having reached subtherapeutic levels given its very long half-life. The patient was restarted on oral beta blockers and amiodarone. The patient was subsequently discharged home in predominantly sinus rhythm with intermittent fascicular rhythm.

  9. Cryoablation versus radiofrequency ablation for treatment of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia: cryoablation with 6-mm-tip catheters is still less effective than radiofrequency ablation.

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    Opel, Aaisha; Murray, Sam; Kamath, Nikhil; Dhinoja, Mehul; Abrams, Dominic; Sporton, Simon; Schilling, Richard; Earley, Mark

    2010-03-01

    The treatment of choice for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is catheter ablation of the atrioventricular nodal slow pathway. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether cryoablation (Cryo) with 6-mm-tip catheters is as effective as radiofrequency ablation (RF). Patients who had catheter ablation for AVNRT between 2005 and 2008 were identified. The main outcome measure was overall success without the use of an alternative energy source and no recurrence. Two hundred eighty-eight procedures in 272 patients were identified; 184 were female (68%), and the mean age was 53 +/- 14 (17-88) years. There were 123 Cryo and 149 RF procedures. Cryo had a lower overall success rate (83% vs. 93%; P = .02). Mean procedure times were similar in both groups (90 minutes; P = .5). Fluoroscopy time was longer with Cryo: 16 (7-48) versus 14 (5-50) minutes (P = .04). Only one case of atrioventricular block was observed in the RF group (0.7%). Cryo was more expensive than RF ( pounds sterling 3141 vs. pounds sterling 2153). Even when delivering multiple lesions with 6-mm-tip catheters, Cryo is less effective than RF. RF is recommended as a first-line treatment, although the only major complication occurred in the RF group. Copyright 2010 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Safety and feasibility of transcatheter renal sympathetic denervation using different types of catheter and various radiofrequency settings.

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    Andrea, Bruno Rustum; Atié, Jacob; Desh, Steffen; Lurz, Phillip; Hindricks, Gerhard

    2016-06-01

    To evaluate in vivo the feasibility and safety of renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) with different catheters and various radiofrequency protocols. Twenty-two pigs were included. First 2 pigs were enrolled in a feasibility protocol using one catheter and power from 5 W to 20 W. The next 10 pigs underwent RSD with three different catheters and four different RF-power settings of 5 W, 8 W, 10 W and 12 W in one minute per lesion (Protocol 1). The following 10 (Pigs 13 to 22) underwent RSD with five types of catheters (including the Symplicity® catheter), powers of 8 W and 10 W and two minutes RF-application (Protocol 2). Angiographic data were obtained at baseline, during and after RSD. At last, renal arteries were excised and analyzed macroscopically. The first pig developed severe renal stenoses with lesions of 15 to 20 W correlated with macroscopic alterations. The second feasibility pig did not develop renal stenosis with 5 and 8 W. In Protocol 1 from 60 RF-lesions, we observed 7 stenoses (≥ 30%). Three were severe (one of 80% with 10 W and two of 80% with 12 W). In Protocol 2 from 57 lesions we observed only 1 stenosis of 50% with 8 W with Symplicity® catheter. Severe stenosis was not observed. In this study, renal sympathetic denervation showed safety using five types of catheters when applying RF-energy less than 10 W, within main stems of arteries larger than 3.0 mm diameter and a distance between lesions of at least 1 time catheter tip length.

  11. Radiofrequency Ablation with an Enhanced-Irrigation Flexible-Tip Catheter versus a Standard-Irrigation Rigid-Tip Catheter.

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    Hussein, Ayman A; Oberti, Carlos; Wazni, Oussama M; Hegrenes, Jami A; Sral, John A; Lopez, John; Kowalewski, William; Kattar, Jacqueline; Kanj, Mohamed; Lindsay, Bruce; Saliba, Walid

    2015-10-01

    The flexible-tip irrigated ablation catheter Cool Flex™ (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA) was introduced to enhance cooling of the catheter-tissue interface and to conform to endocardial surface with better contact. Little is known about the performance of such catheter design compared to the widely used rigid-tip catheters. In a thigh muscle preparation, ablation using the flexible-tip and rigid-tip catheters was performed in seven pigs across a range of ablation settings and catheter orientation. Postprocedure, the thigh muscle was stained with 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium-chloride injected into the femoral artery. The muscle was excised, fixed with formalin, and examined grossly. A total of 196 lesions (95 flexible tip, 101 rigid tip) were evaluated. The flexible-tip catheter was associated with enhanced cooling of catheter-tissue interface (31.1 ± 3.3°C vs 36.3 ± 3.7°C, P = 0.0001) in both perpendicular and nonperpendicular catheter orientations. This allowed more energy delivery (37.3 ± 8.9 W vs 33.7 ± 8.1 W, P = 0.004) to targeted tissue and resulted in larger lesions (median 194.7 [interquartile range: 113.1-333.8] mm(3) vs 170.9 [88.7-261.6] mm(3) , P = 0.03) than the rigid-tip catheter with larger maximum diameter (11.1 ± 2.6 mm vs 10.3 ± 2.1 mm, P = 0.03) and larger diameter at tissue surface (10.3 ± 2.4 mm vs 9.6 ± 1.7 mm, P = 0.01). Catheter orientation during ablation affected the efficiency of rigid-tip but not the flexible-tip catheter. The use of the flexible-tip catheter was associated with significantly less char formation on tissue (none vs 5.1% with rigid tip, P = 0.009). The Cool Flex™ catheter performed better than a rigid-tip catheter with enhanced cooling, larger ablation lesions, and no charring of targeted tissue. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Development of a force-reflecting robotic platform for cardiac catheter navigation.

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    Park, Jun Woo; Choi, Jaesoon; Pak, Hui-Nam; Song, Seung Joon; Lee, Jung Chan; Park, Yongdoo; Shin, Seung Min; Sun, Kyung

    2010-11-01

    Electrophysiological catheters are used for both diagnostics and clinical intervention. To facilitate more accurate and precise catheter navigation, robotic cardiac catheter navigation systems have been developed and commercialized. The authors have developed a novel force-reflecting robotic catheter navigation system. The system is a network-based master-slave configuration having a 3-degree of freedom robotic manipulator for operation with a conventional cardiac ablation catheter. The master manipulator implements a haptic user interface device with force feedback using a force or torque signal either measured with a sensor or estimated from the motor current signal in the slave manipulator. The slave manipulator is a robotic motion control platform on which the cardiac ablation catheter is mounted. The catheter motions-forward and backward movements, rolling, and catheter tip bending-are controlled by electromechanical actuators located in the slave manipulator. The control software runs on a real-time operating system-based workstation and implements the master/slave motion synchronization control of the robot system. The master/slave motion synchronization response was assessed with step, sinusoidal, and arbitrarily varying motion commands, and showed satisfactory performance with insignificant steady-state motion error. The current system successfully implemented the motion control function and will undergo safety and performance evaluation by means of animal experiments. Further studies on the force feedback control algorithm and on an active motion catheter with an embedded actuation mechanism are underway.

  13. Medical Devices; Cardiovascular Devices; Classification of the Steerable Cardiac Ablation Catheter Remote Control System. Final order.

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    2015-09-30

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is classifying the steerable cardiac ablation catheter remote control system into class II (special controls). The special controls that will apply to the device are identified in this order and will be part of the codified language for the steerable cardiac ablation catheter remote control system's classification. The Agency is classifying the device into class II (special controls) in order to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device.

  14. Radiofrequency catheter ablation: different cooled and noncooled electrode systems induce specific lesion geometries and adverse effects profiles.

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    Dorwarth, Uwe; Fiek, Michael; Remp, Thomas; Reithmann, Cristopher; Dugas, Martin; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Hoffmann, Ellen

    2003-07-01

    The success and safety of standard catheter radiofrequency ablation may be limited for ablation of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare different cooled and noncooled catheter systems in terms of their specific lesion geometry, incidence of impedance rise, and crater and coagulum formation to facilitate appropriate catheter selection for special indications. The study investigated myocardial lesion generation of three cooled catheter systems (7 Fr, 4-mm tip): two saline irrigation catheters with a showerhead-type electrode tip (sprinkler) and a porous metal tip and an internally cooled catheter. Noncooled catheters (7 Fr) had a large tip electrode (8 mm) and a standard tip electrode (4 mm). RF energy was delivered on isolated porcine myocardium superfused with heparinized pig blood (37 degrees C) at power settings of 10-40 W. Both irrigated systems were characterized by a large lesion depth (8.1 +/- 1.6 mm) and a large lesion diameter (13.8 +/- 1.6 mm). In comparison, internally cooled lesions showed a similar lesion depth (8.0 +/- 1.0 mm), but a significantly smaller lesion diameter (12.3 +/- 1.2 mm,P = 0.04). Large tip lesions had a similar lesion diameter (14.5 +/- 1.6 mm), but a significantly smaller lesion depth (6.3 +/- 1.0 mm,P = 0.002) compared to irrigated lesions. However, lesion volume was not significantly different between the three cooled and the large tip catheter. To induce maximum lesion size, power requirements were three times higher for the irrigation systems and two times higher for the internally cooled and the large tip catheter compared to the standard catheter. Impedance rise was rarest with irrigated and large tip ablation. In case of impedance rise crater formation was a frequent observation (61-93%). Irrigated catheters prevented coagulum formation most effectively. Irrigated rather than internally cooled ablation appears to be most adequate for the induction of deep and

  15. In vitro evaluation of ice-cold saline irrigation during catheter radiofrequency ablation.

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    Squara, Fabien; Maeda, Shingo; Aldhoon, Bashar; Marginiere, Julie; Santangeli, Pasquale; Chik, William W; Michele, John; Zado, Erica; Marchlinski, Francis E

    2014-10-01

    Irrigated radiofrequency (RF) catheters allow tissue-electrode interface cooling, decreasing thrombus risk while enabling higher RF power delivery. The impact of irrigation with ice-cold saline (ICS) instead of conventional ambient-temperature saline (ATS) on lesion formation is unknown. We performed 120 RF ablations in vitro on porcine left ventricles, using ICS (<5 °C) or ATS (21 °C) irrigation. For ICS irrigation, the irrigation circuit was cooled externally to maintain delivery of cooled saline at the catheter's tip. We applied 20 g of contact force, and delivered 20 W (irrigation 8 or 17 mL/min) or 30 W (irrigation 17 or 30 mL/min) RF power. Temperatures at tissue-electrode interface and 3-mm depth were assessed by fluoroptic probes. Lesion dimensions were assessed. ICS irrigation cooled the tissue-electrode interface better than ATS (53.9 ± 9.6 °C vs. 63 ± 11.4 °C, P < 0.001). Temperatures at 3-mm depth were similar at 30 W using ICS and ATS (104.2 ± 9.3 °C vs. 105.8 ± 7.3 °C, P = 0.5), but were cooler at 20 W using ICS (71.3 ± 11.6 °C vs. 100.2 ± 11.9 °C, P < 0.001). This translated into smaller lesions at 20 W with ICS versus ATS. At 30 W with 17 mL/min flow rate, lesions had the same depth with ICS and ATS (4.9 ± 0.8 mm vs. 5.4 ± 0.7 mm, P = 0.13) but were narrower with ICS (7.7 ± 0.8 mm vs. 9.3 ± 1.2 mm, P = 0.001). At 30 mL/min, lesions had the same dimensions. Steam pop rate was similar using ICS or ATS irrigation. ICS irrigation more effectively cools tissue-electrode interface than ATS. This may improve RF safety by potentially decreasing thrombus formation, thus facilitating safe ablation at a low saline volume load. However at lower RF power, ICS reduced lesion size compared to ATS. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Non-fluoroscopic navigation systems for radiofrequency catheter ablation for supraventricular tachycardia reduce ionising radiation exposure

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    See, Jason; Amora, Jonah L; Lee, Sheldon; Lim, Paul; Teo, Wee Siong; Tan, Boon Yew; Ho, Kah Leng; Lee, Chee Wan; Ching, Chi Keong

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The use of non-fluoroscopic systems (NFS) to guide radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is associated with lower radiation exposure. This study aimed to determine if NFS reduces fluoroscopy time, radiation dose and procedure time. METHODS We prospectively enrolled patients undergoing RFCA for SVT. NFS included EnSite™ NavX™ or CARTO® mapping. We compared procedure and fluoroscopy times, and radiation exposure between NFS and conventional fluoroscopy (CF) cohorts. Procedural success, complications and one-year success rates were reported. RESULTS A total of 200 patients over 27 months were included and RFCA was guided by NFS for 79 patients; those with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), left-sided atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia (AVRT) and right-sided AVRT were included (n = 101, 63 and 36, respectively). Fluoroscopy times were significantly lower with NFS than with CF (10.8 ± 11.1 minutes vs. 32.0 ± 27.5 minutes; p < 0.001). The mean fluoroscopic dose area product was also significantly reduced with NFS (NSF: 5,382 ± 5,768 mGy*cm2 vs. CF: 21,070 ± 23,311 mGy*cm2; p < 0.001); for all SVT subtypes. There was no significant reduction in procedure time, except for left-sided AVRT ablation (NFS: 79.2 minutes vs. CF: 116.4 minutes; p = 0.001). Procedural success rates were comparable (NFS: 97.5% vs. CF: 98.3%) and at one-year follow-up, there was no significant difference in the recurrence rates (NFS: 5.2% vs. CF: 4.2%). No clinically significant complications were observed in both groups. CONCLUSION The use of NFS for RFCA for SVT is safe, with significantly reduced radiation dose and fluoroscopy time. PMID:26805664

  17. Non-fluoroscopic navigation systems for radiofrequency catheter ablation for supraventricular tachycardia reduce ionising radiation exposure.

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    See, Jason; Amora, Jonah L; Lee, Sheldon; Lim, Paul; Teo, Wee Siong; Tan, Boon Yew; Ho, Kah Leng; Lee, Chee Wan; Ching, Chi-Keong

    2016-07-01

    The use of non-fluoroscopic systems (NFS) to guide radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is associated with lower radiation exposure. This study aimed to determine if NFS reduces fluoroscopy time, radiation dose and procedure time. We prospectively enrolled patients undergoing RFCA for SVT. NFS included EnSiteTM NavXTM or CARTO® mapping. We compared procedure and fluoroscopy times, and radiation exposure between NFS and conventional fluoroscopy (CF) cohorts. Procedural success, complications and one-year success rates were reported. A total of 200 patients over 27 months were included and RFCA was guided by NFS for 79 patients; those with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), left-sided atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia (AVRT) and right-sided AVRT were included (n = 101, 63 and 36, respectively). Fluoroscopy times were significantly lower with NFS than with CF (10.8 ± 11.1 minutes vs. 32.0 ± 27.5 minutes; p < 0.001). The mean fluoroscopic dose area product was also significantly reduced with NFS (NSF: 5,382 ± 5,768 mGy*cm2 vs. CF: 21,070 ± 23,311 mGy*cm2; p < 0.001); for all SVT subtypes. There was no significant reduction in procedure time, except for left-sided AVRT ablation (NFS: 79.2 minutes vs. CF: 116.4 minutes; p = 0.001). Procedural success rates were comparable (NFS: 97.5% vs. CF: 98.3%) and at one-year follow-up, there was no significant difference in the recurrence rates (NFS: 5.2% vs. CF: 4.2%). No clinically significant complications were observed in both groups. The use of NFS for RFCA for SVT is safe, with significantly reduced radiation dose and fluoroscopy time. Copyright © Singapore Medical Association.

  18. Atrial conduction delay predicts atrial fibrillation in paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia patients after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Xu, Zhen-Xing; Zhong, Jing-Quan; Zhang, Wei; Yue, Xin; Rong, Bing; Zhu, Qing; Zheng, Zhaotong; Zhang, Yun

    2014-06-01

    This study aimed to assess whether intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay could predict atrial fibrillation (AF) for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) patients after successful treatment by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Echocardiography examination was performed on 524 consecutive PSVT patients (15 patients were excluded). Left atrial dimension, right atrial diameter and intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay were measured before ablation. Patients were divided into group A (n = 32): occurrence of AF after the ablation and group B (n = 477): remained in sinus rhythm during follow-up. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to estimate the predictive value of intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay. Both intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay were higher in group A than in group B (4.79 ± 0.30 msec vs. 4.56 ± 0.32 msec; 21.98 ± 1.32 msec vs. 20.01 ± 1.33; p < 0.05). Binary logistic regression analysis showed that intra- and inter-atrial conduction were significant influential factors for the occurrence of AF (odds ratio [OR] = 13.577, 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.469-48.914; OR = 2.569, 95% CI, 1.909-3.459, p < 0.05). The ROC cure analysis revealed that intra-atrial conduction delay ≥ 4.45 msec and inter-atrial conduction delay ≥ 20.65 were the most optimal cut-off value for predicting AF in PSVT patients after RFCA. In conclusion, this is the first study to show that the intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay could effectively predict AF in post-ablation PSVT patients.

  19. Pain perception during esophageal warming due to radiofrequency catheter ablation in the left atrium.

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    Galeazzi, Marco; Ficili, Sabina; Dottori, Serena; Elian, Mohamed Abdelkader; Pasceri, Vincenzo; Venditti, Franco; Russo, Maurizio; Lavalle, Carlo; Pandozi, Angela; Pandozi, Claudio; Santini, Massimo

    2010-03-01

    We investigated the relationship among esophageal warming, pain perception, and the site of radiofrequency (RF) delivery in the left atrium (LA) during the course of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Such a procedure in awake patients is often linked to the development of visceral pain and esophageal warming. As a consequence, potentially dangerous complications have been described. Twenty patients undergoing RF ablation in the LA were studied. An esophageal probe (EP) capable of measuring endoesophageal temperature (ET) was positioned before starting the procedure. The relative position of the EP and the tip of the ablator were evaluated through fluoroscopy imaging before starting each RF delivery, during which the highest value of the temperature was collected. After RF withdrawal, the patients were asked to define the intensity of the experienced pain by using a score index ranging from 0 (no pain) to 4 (pain requiring immediate RF interruption). The mean ET value during ablation was 39.59 +/- 4.71 degrees C. The EP proximity to the ablator's tip showed a high correlation with the development of the highest ET values (Spearman's rank correlation coefficient r = 0.49, confidence interval (CI) 0.55-0.41). Moreover, the highest values of pain intensity were reported when the RF was delivered to the atrial zones close to the EP projection (r = 0.50, CI 0.55-0.42) and when the highest ET levels were reached (r = 0.38, CI 0.30-0.45). Pain perception in LA ablation is significantly related to esophageal warming and is higher when the RF is delivered near the esophagus. It seems advisable to perform ET monitoring in sedated patients to avoid short- and long-term jeopardizing of the esophageal wall.

  20. Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use During Cardiac Surgery in the United States, 2010 to 2014.

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    Brovman, Ethan Y; Gabriel, Rodney A; Dutton, Richard P; Urman, Richard D

    2016-06-01

    To examine patterns of use of pulmonary artery catheters in a large cohort of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. A retrospective study with univariate and multivariate logistic regression to identify independent predictors for the utilization of pulmonary artery catheters. University, small, medium and large community hospitals participating in the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry. A total of 116,333 patients undergoing pulmonary artery catheter placement during cardiac surgery in the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry from the Anesthesia Quality Institute. Age older than 50 years, American Society of Anesthesiologists classification of 3 or higher, case duration of longer than 6 hours, and presence of a resident physician or certified nurse anesthetist were associated with increased likelihood of pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) placement. Age<18 years, or presence of a board-certified anesthesiologist, were associated with a decreased likelihood of catheter placement. The use of PACs has increased from 2010 to 2014. The presence of a PAC did not alter the risk of cardiac arrest intraoperatively. A nonsignificant decrease in mortality was associated with catheter placement. Transfusion was 75% less likely in the PAC cohort than in the control group. Pulmonary artery catheter use remains a mainstay of cardiac anesthesia practice. No significant change in the incidence of intraoperative death was noted, but patients with a PAC were less likely to have blood transfused. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Force-Sensing Catheters During Pediatric Radiofrequency Ablation: The FEDERATION Study.

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    Dalal, Aarti S; Nguyen, Hoang H; Bowman, Tammy; Van Hare, George F; Avari Silva, Jennifer N

    2017-05-17

    Based on data from studies of atrial fibrillation ablations, optimal parameters for the TactiCath (TC; St. Jude Medical, Inc) force-sensing ablation catheter are a contact force of 20 g and a force-time integral of 400 g·s for the creation of transmural lesions. We aimed to evaluate TC in pediatric and congenital heart disease patients undergoing ablation. Comprehensive chart and case reviews were performed from June 2015 to March 2016. Of the 102 patients undergoing electrophysiology study plus ablation, 58 (57%) underwent ablation initially with a force-sensing catheter. Patients had an average age of 14 (2.4-23) years and weight of 58 (18-195) kg with 15 patients having abnormal cardiac anatomy. Electrophysiology diagnoses for the +TC group included 30 accessory pathway-mediated tachycardia, 24 atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, and 7 other. Baseline generator settings included a power of 20 W, temperature of 40°, and 6 cc/min flow during lesion creation with 11 patients (19%) having alterations to parameters. Seventeen patients (30%) converted to an alternate ablation source. A total of 516 lesions were performed using the TC with a median contact force of 6 g, force-time integral of 149 g·s, and lesion size index of 3.3. Median-term follow-up demonstrated 5 (10%) recurrences with no acute or median-term complications. TactiCath can be effectively employed in the treatment of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease with lower forces than previously described in the atrial fibrillation literature. Patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia or atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia may not require transmural lesions and the TC may provide surrogate markers for success during slow pathway ablation. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  2. [Clinical analysis of 19 cases of pregnant women with rapid arrhythmia in the treatment of radiofrequency catheter ablation].

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    Chu, L; Zhang, J; Li, Y N; Long, D Y

    2016-10-25

    Objective: To investigate the risk of radiofrequency catheter ablation and maternal and infant in pregnant women with rapid arrhythmia during pregnancy. Methods: The clinical data of the 19 cases of pregnancy complicated with rapid arrhythmia were retrospectively analyzed and followed up, including the gestational week, the type of arrhythmia, the treatment, and the outcome of the mother and child in Beijing Anzhen Hospital of Capital Medical University from January 2002 to March 2016. Results: (1)Clinical characteristics: the ages of the 19 cases were(31±4)years old(ranged from 26 to 35 years old), the onset gestational ages were(21±4)weeks(ranged from 15 to 32 weeks).

  3. Near-infrared spectroscopy integrated catheter for characterization of myocardial tissues: preliminary demonstrations to radiofrequency ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation

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    Singh-Moon, Rajinder P.; Marboe, Charles C.; Hendon, Christine P.

    2015-01-01

    Effects of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment of atrial fibrillation can be limited by the ability to characterize the tissue in contact. Parameters obtained by conventional catheters, such as impedance and temperature can be insufficient in providing physiological information pertaining to effective treatment. In this report, we present a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-integrated catheter capable of extracting tissue optical properties. Validation experiments were first performed in tissue phantoms with known optical properties. We then apply the technique for characterization of myocardial tissues in swine and human hearts, ex vivo. Additionally, we demonstrate the recovery of critical parameters relevant to RFA therapy including contact verification, and lesion transmurality. These findings support the application of NIRS for improved guidance in RFA therapeutic interventions. PMID:26203376

  4. Multi-detector row CT of the left atrium and pulmonary veins before radio-frequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Lacomis, Joan M; Wigginton, William; Fuhrman, Carl; Schwartzman, David; Armfield, Derek R; Pealer, Karen M

    2003-10-01

    Radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the distal pulmonary veins and posterior left atrium is increasingly being used to treat recurrent or refractory atrial fibrillation that resists pharmacologic therapy or cardioversion. Successful RFCA of atrial fibrillation requires resolution of abnormal rhythms while minimizing complications and can be achieved with precise, preprocedural, three-dimensional (3D) anatomic delineation of the target, the atriopulmonary venous junction. Three-dimensional multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) of the pulmonary veins and left atrium provides the necessary anatomic information for successful RFCA, including (a) the number, location, and angulation of pulmonary veins and their ostial branches unobscured by adjacent cardiac and vascular anatomy, and (b) left atrial volume. The 3D multi-detector row CT scanning and postprocessing techniques used for pre-RFCA planning are straightforward. Radiologists must not only understand these techniques but must also be familiar with atrial fibrillation and the technical considerations and complications associated with RFCA of this condition. In addition, radiologists must be familiar with anatomic variants of the left atrium and distal pulmonary veins and understand the importance of these variants to the referring cardiac interventional electrophysiologist. Copyright RSNA, 2003

  5. Long-Term Success of Irrigated Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia: Post-Approval THERMOCOOL VT Trial.

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    Marchlinski, Francis E; Haffajee, Charles I; Beshai, John F; Dickfeld, Timm-Michael L; Gonzalez, Mario D; Hsia, Henry H; Schuger, Claudio D; Beckman, Karen J; Bogun, Frank M; Pollak, Scott J; Bhandari, Anil K

    2016-02-16

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is used to treat recurrent ventricular tachycardia (VT). This study evaluated long-term safety and effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation using an open-irrigated catheter. Patients with sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia associated with coronary disease were analyzed for cardiovascular-specific adverse events within 7 days of treatment, hospitalization duration, 6-month sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia recurrence, quality of life measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, long-term (1-, 2-, and 3-year) survival, symptomatic VT control, and amiodarone use. Overall, 249 patients, mean age 67.4 years, were enrolled. The cardiovascular-specific adverse events rate was 3.9% (9 of 233) with no strokes. Noninducibility of targeted VT was achieved in 75.9% of patients. Post-ablation median hospitalization was 2 days. At 6 months, 62.0% (114 of 184) of patients had no sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia recurrence; the proportion of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks decreased from 81.2% to 26.8% (p < 0.0001); the frequency of VT in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patients with recurrences was reduced by ≥50% in 63.8% of patients; and the proportion with normal Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale scores increased from 48.8% to 69.1% (p < 0.001). Patient-reported VT remained steady for 1, 2, and 3 years at 22.7%, 29.8%, and 24.1%, respectively. Amiodarone use and hospitalization decreased from 55% and 77.2% pre-ablation to 23.3% and 30.7%, 18.5% and 36.7%, 17.7% and 31.3% at 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively. Radiofrequency catheter ablation reduced implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks and VT episodes and improved quality of life at 6 months. A steady 3-year nonrecurrence rate with reduced amiodarone use and hospitalizations indicate improved long-term outcomes. (NaviStar ThermoCool Catheter for Endocardial RF Ablation in Patients With

  6. Novel contact force sensor incorporated in irrigated radiofrequency ablation catheter predicts lesion size and incidence of steam pop and thrombus.

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    Yokoyama, Katsuaki; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Shah, Dipen C; Lambert, Hendrik; Leo, Giovanni; Aeby, Nicolas; Ikeda, Atsushi; Pitha, Jan V; Sharma, Tushar; Lazzara, Ralph; Jackman, Warren M

    2008-12-01

    An open-irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheter was developed to measure contact force (CF). Three optical fibers measure microdeformation of the catheter tip. The purpose of this study was to (1) validate the accuracy of CF sensor (CFS) (bench test); and (2) determine the relationship between CF and tissue temperatures, lesion size, steam pop, and thrombus during RF ablation using a canine thigh muscle preparation. CFS measurements (total 1409) from 2 catheters in 3 angles (perpendicular, parallel, and 45 degrees ) were compared with a certified balance (range, 0 to 50 g). CFS measurements correlated highly (R(2) > or =0.988; mean error, < or =1.0 g). In 10 anesthetized dogs, a skin cradle over the thigh muscle was superfused with heparinized blood at 37 degrees C. A 7F catheter with 3.5-mm saline-irrigated electrode and CFS (Endosense) was held perpendicular to the muscle at CF of 2, 10, 20, 30, and 40 g. RF was delivered (n=100) for 60 seconds at 30 or 50 W (irrigation 17 or 30 mL/min). Tissue temperature (3 and 7 mm depths), lesion size, thrombus, and steam pop increased significantly with increasing CF at each RF power. Lesion size was greater with applications of lower power (30 W) and greater CF (30 to 40 g) than at high power (50 W) with lower CF (2 to 10 g). This novel ablation catheter, which accurately measures CF, confirmed CF is a major determinant of RF lesion size. Steam pop and thrombus incidence also increases with CF. CFS in an open-irrigated ablation catheter that may optimize the selection of RF power and application time to maximize lesion formation and reduce the risk of steam pop and thrombus.

  7. Efficacy of an Anatomical Approach in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Idiopathic Ventricular Arrhythmias Originating From the Left Ventricular Outflow Tract.

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    Yamada, Takumi; Yoshida, Naoki; Doppalapudi, Harish; Litovsky, Silvio H; McElderry, H Thomas; Kay, G Neal

    2017-05-01

    When anatomic obstacles preclude radiofrequency catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), an alternative approach from the anatomically opposite side (endocardial versus epicardial or above versus below the aortic valve) may be considered (anatomic ablation). The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of an anatomic ablation in idiopathic LVOT VAs. We studied 229 consecutive patients with idiopathic LVOT VAs. Radiofrequency ablation from the first suitable site was successful in 190 patients, and in the remaining 39 patients, it was unsuccessful or had to be abandoned because of anatomic obstacles. In 22 of these 39 patients, an anatomic ablation was successful, and the VA origins were located in the intramural LVOT in 17 patients, basal left ventricular summit in 4, and LVOT septum near the His bundle in 1. The anatomic ablation was highly successful for idiopathic VAs originating from the intramural LVOT (>75%) and lateral LVOT, whereas it was unlikely to be successful for idiopathic VAs originating from the basal left ventricular summit (25%) and sepal LVOT. When a standard catheter ablation targeting the best electrophysiological measure of idiopathic LVOT VAs was unsuccessful or had to be abandoned because of anatomic obstacles, an anatomic ablation was moderately successful. These idiopathic LVOT VAs with a successful anatomic ablation commonly arose from the intramural LVOT among the left coronary cusp, aortomitral continuity, and epicardium, occasionally the basal left ventricular summit, and rarely the LVOT septum near the His bundle. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. Effect of Irrigant Characteristics on Lesion Formation After Radiofrequency Energy Delivery Using Ablation Catheters with Actively Cooled Tips.

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    Nguyen, Duy T; Olson, Matthew; Zheng, Lijun; Barham, Waseem; Moss, Joshua D; Sauer, William H

    2015-07-01

    The delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy through irrigated ablation catheters may be affected by irrigant osmolarity and by catheter position. We sought to characterize lesion formation characteristics using different irrigants in both open and closed irrigated catheter. An ex vivo model consisting of viable bovine myocardium and a submersible load cell was assembled in a circulating saline bath at 37°C. An externally irrigated ablation catheter and a closed irrigated catheter were positioned with 10 g of force in both perpendicular and parallel positions. A series of ablation lesions using different irrigants were delivered using a constant rate of irrigation (30 cc/min) at 50 W. Potential clinical applicability was evaluated in vivo by targeting porcine epicardium with different irrigants during open irrigation ablation and assessing lesion sizes. Ablation in the perpendicular position produced significantly larger lesions for all irrigants, compared to their respective parallel position ablation. For both open and closed irrigated ablation, half normal saline (HNS) ablation created larger lesions than normal saline (NS), and dextrose water (D5W) lesions were significantly larger than both HNS and NS lesions. Steam pops were mostly observed in the perpendicular position, and the rate of steam pops was statistically higher only for open irrigated D5W, but not for HNS, when compared to NS. Both open and closed irrigated ablation with D5W and HNS in the parallel position created larger lesions than parallel NS ablation without causing more steam pops. In an in vivo porcine model, open irrigated ablation with D5W created larger lesions compared to standard NS irrigation. In ex vivo and in vivo models, decreased osmolarity and charge density increased RF energy delivery to tissue, resulting in larger lesions for both open and closed irrigated ablations. A perpendicular catheter position created larger lesions across all irrigants for both open and closed irrigation

  9. Ultrasound Current Source Density Imaging of the Cardiac Activation Wave Using a Clinical Cardiac Catheter

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    Qin, Yexian; Li, Qian; Ingram, Pier; Barber, Christy; Liu, Zhonglin

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasound current source density imaging (UCSDI), based on the acoustoelectric (AE) effect, is a noninvasive method for mapping electrical current in 4-D (space + time). This technique potentially overcomes limitations with conventional electrical mapping procedures typically used during treatment of sustained arrhythmias. However, the weak AE signal associated with the electrocardiogram is a major challenge for advancing this technology. In this study, we examined the effects of the electrode configuration and ultrasound frequency on the magnitude of the AE signal and quality of UCSDI using a rabbit Langendorff heart preparation. The AE signal was much stronger at 0.5 MHz (2.99 μV/MPa) than 1.0 MHz (0.42 μV/MPa). Also, a clinical lasso catheter placed on the epicardium exhibited excellent sensitivity without penetrating the tissue. We also present, for the first time, 3-D cardiac activation maps of the live rabbit heart using only one pair of recording electrodes. Activation maps were used to calculate the cardiac conduction velocity for atrial (1.31 m/s) and apical (0.67 m/s) pacing. This study demonstrated that UCSDI is potentially capable of real-time 3-D cardiac activation wave mapping, which would greatly facilitate ablation procedures for treatment of arrhythmias. PMID:25122512

  10. Large-deflection statics analysis of active cardiac catheters through co-rotational modelling.

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    Peng Qi; Chen Qiu; Mehndiratta, Aadarsh; I-Ming Chen; Haoyong Yu

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents a co-rotational concept for large-deflection formulation of cardiac catheters. Using this approach, the catheter is first discretized with a number of equal length beam elements and nodes, and the rigid body motions of an individual beam element are separated from its deformations. Therefore, it is adequate for modelling arbitrarily large deflections of a catheter with linear elastic analysis at the local element level. A novel design of active cardiac catheter of 9 Fr in diameter at the beginning of the paper is proposed, which is based on the contra-rotating double helix patterns and is improved from the previous prototypes. The modelling section is followed by MATLAB simulations of various deflections when the catheter is exerted different types of loads. This proves the feasibility of the presented modelling approach. To the best knowledge of the authors, it is the first to utilize this methodology for large-deflection static analysis of the catheter, which will enable more accurate control of robot-assisted cardiac catheterization procedures. Future work would include further experimental validations.

  11. [Cardiac tamponade associated with umbilical venous catheter (UVC) placed in inappropriate position].

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    Gálvez-Cancino, Franco; de la Luz Sánchez-Tirado, María

    2015-01-01

    Umbilical venous catheter (UVC) is widely used in neonatal intensive care units. Pericardial effusion is an uncommon but life-threatening complication; and tamponade have been reported in 3% of neonates having such catheters. We present a case of cardiac tamponade as a complication of venous catheter in a neonate. The patient was diagnosed at the appropriate time by echocardiography and the pericardiocentesis was performed, and after removal of the complete pericardial effusion,an improvement of the critical condition was achieved. It is important to document the optimal positioning of UVC before the start of infusions.

  12. [Right ventricular perforation and cardiac tamponade caused by a central venous catheter].

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    Fukuda, H; Kasuda, H; Shimizu, R

    1993-02-01

    A 5 year old girl with ASD was scheduled for open heart surgery. A central venous catheter was placed via the right infraclavicular vein after induction of anesthesia. Thirty minutes after insertion of the catheter, a decrease in arterial pressure and pulse pressure, an increase in heart rate and central venous pressure were observed. Cardiac tamponade was revealed by rapid opening of the chest. Gushing blood out of a hole in the right ventricular free wall was confirmed by pericardiotomy. The hemodynamics were stabilized by blood transfusion and surgical closure of the hole on the ventricle. This perforation was thought to be caused by careless insertion of a relatively stiff central venous catheter.

  13. Instantaneous and continuous cardiac output in humans obtained with a Doppler pulmonary artery catheter.

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    Segal, J; Nassi, M; Ford, A J; Schuenemeyer, T D

    1990-11-01

    A new Doppler pulmonary artery catheter was used to measure instantaneous and continuous cardiac output in both an in vitro model and in 44 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. Cardiac output was calculated with use of the Doppler catheter-determined instantaneous space-average velocity and the ultrasonically determined instantaneous vessel area. Doppler flow and thermodilution were compared with electromagnetic flow in the in vitro model and with Fick cardiac output in patients. Doppler catheter-determined flow was highly predictive of electro-magnetic flow in the pulsatile flow model (r = 0.99, slope [m] = 1.01 and SEE = 0.05) and appeared comparable to thermodilution measurements (r = 1.00, m = 1.03 and SEE = 0.02). In patients undergoing cardiac catheterization, Doppler catheter-determined cardiac output appeared to modestly underestimate Fick cardiac output (r = 0.82, m = 0.80 and SEE = 0.09; mean error +/- SEM = -0.26 +/- 0.14 liters/min). However, predictive accuracy was comparable to simultaneously obtained thermodilution measurements (r = 0.85, m = 1.07 and SEE = 0.10; mean error +/- SEM = 0.61 +/- 0.16 liters/min). This new Doppler catheter system utilizes multiple ultrasound transducers to provide angle-independent measurements of vessel diameter and instantaneous velocity within the main pulmonary artery, resulting in a more accurate assessment of Doppler-derived cardiac output. In addition, useful information concerning hemodynamic variables such as peak flow, acceleration, deceleration, stroke work and pulmonary impedance may be derived.

  14. Catheter-Malposition-Induced Cardiac Tamponade via Contrast Media Leakage During Computed Tomography Study

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    Liang, C.-D. Ko, S.-F.; Huang, C.-F.; Chien, S.J.; Tiao, M.M.

    2005-12-15

    We present a rare case of a central venous catheter-malposition-induced life-threatening cardiac tamponade as a result of computed tomography (CT) with contrast enhancement in an infant with a ventricular septal defect and pulmonary atresia after a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt. The diagnosis was confirmed by chest radiographs and CT study with catheter perforation through the right atrial wall and extravasation of the contrast medium into the pericardium, leading to cardiac tamponade and subsequent circulatory collapse. Two hours after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient gradually resumed normal hemodynamic status.

  15. Results of Cryoenergy and Radiofrequency-Based Catheter Ablation for Treating Ventricular Arrhythmias Arising From the Papillary Muscles of the Left Ventricle, Guided by Intracardiac Echocardiography and Image Integration.

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    Rivera, Santiago; Ricapito, Maria de la Paz; Tomas, Leandro; Parodi, Josefina; Bardera Molina, Guillermo; Banega, Rodrigo; Bueti, Pablo; Orosco, Agustin; Reinoso, Marcelo; Caro, Milagros; Belardi, Diego; Albina, Gaston; Giniger, Alberto; Scazzuso, Fernando

    2016-04-01

    Catheter radiofrequency ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) arising from the left ventricle's papillary muscles has been associated with inconsistent results. The use of cryoenergy versus radiofrequency has not been compared yet. This study compares outcomes and complications of catheter ablation of VA from the papillary muscles of the left ventricle with either cryoenergy or radiofrequency. Twenty-one patients (40±12 years old; 47% males; median ejection fraction 59±7.3%) with drug refractory premature ventricular contractions or ventricular tachycardia underwent catheter cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation. VAs were localized using 3-dimensional mapping, multidetector computed tomography, and intracardiac echocardiography, with arrhythmia foci being mapped at either the anterolateral papillary muscle or posteromedial papillary muscles of the left ventricle. Focal ablation was performed using an 8-mm cryoablation catheter or a 4-mm open-irrigated radiofrequency catheter, via transmitral approach. Acute success rate was 100% for cryoenergy (n=12) and 78% for radiofrequency (n=9; P=0.08). Catheter stability was achieved in all patients (100%) treated with cryoenergy, and only in 2 (25%) patients treated with radiofrequency (P=0.001). Incidence of multiple VA morphologies was observed in 7 patients treated with radiofrequency (77.7%), whereas none was observed in those treated with cryoenergy (P=0.001). VA recurrence at 6 months follow-up was 0% for cryoablation and 44% for radiofrequency (P=0.03). Cryoablation was associated with higher success rates and lower recurrence rates than radiofrequency catheter ablation, better catheter stability, and lesser incidence of polymorphic arrhythmias. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  16. Characterization of Pulmonary Vein Dimensions Using High-Definition 64-Slice Computed Tomography prior to Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Gebhard, Catherine; Krasniqi, Nazmi; Stähli, Barbara E; Klaeser, Bernd; Fuchs, Tobias A; Ghadri, Jelena R; Haegeli, Laurent; Lüscher, Thomas F; Kaufmann, Philipp A; Duru, Firat

    2014-01-01

    Background. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography is commonly acquired before radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation (AFib) to guide the procedure. We analyzed pulmonary vein (PV) ostial diameter and volumes on a high-definition 64-slice CT (HDCT) scanner in patients with AFib prior to RFCA. Methods and Results. This retrospective study included 50 patients (mean age 60.2 ± 11.4 years, 30 males) undergoing cardiac HDCT scanning before RFCA for drug refractory AFib and 50 age-, BMI-, and sex-matched controls with normal sinus rhythm undergoing HDCT. PV ostial diameter and volume were measured and calculated using a semiautomatic calliper tool. Total ostial PV volume was significantly increased in patients with AFib as compared to controls (P < 0.005). Similarly, total ostial PV diameter was significantly increased in AFib compared to controls (P < 0.001). In AFib, the largest PV volume and diameters were measured in right superior PV (P < 0.05 versus controls). The difference in PV volume between patients and controls was most pronounced in right superior PVs (P = 0.015). Right middle PVs were found more often in patients with AFib (16/50; 32%) than in normal subjects (7/50; 14%). Conclusion. Enlargement of PV ostial area and enlargement of volume are frequent findings in patients with drug refractory AFib. These parameters may add to the risk stratification for AFib recurrence following RFCA.

  17. Development of a simultaneous cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter for percutaneous treatment of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Boronyak, Steven M; Merryman, W David

    2012-09-01

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is one subtype of mitral valve (MV) disease and is often characterized by enlarged leaflets that are thickened and have disrupted collagen architecture. The increased surface area of myxomatous leaflets with MVP leads to mitral regurgitation, and there is need for percutaneous treatment options that avoid open-chest surgery. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is one potential therapy in which resistive heating can be used to reduce leaflet size via collagen contracture. One challenge of using RF ablation to percutaneously treat MVP is maintaining contact between the RF ablation catheter tip and a functioning MV leaflet. To meet this challenge, we have developed a RF ablation catheter with a cryogenic anchor for attachment to leaflets in order to apply RF ablation. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the dual-energy catheter in vitro by examining changes in leaflet biaxial compliance, thermal distribution with infrared (IR) imaging, and cryogenic anchor strength. We report that 1250 J of RF energy with cryo-anchoring reduced the determinant of the deformation gradient tensor at systolic loading by 23%. IR imaging revealed distinct regions of cryo-anchoring and tissue ablation, demonstrating that the two modalities do not counteract one another. Finally, cryogenic anchor strength to the leaflet was reduced but still robust during the application of RF energy. These results indicate that a catheter having combined RF ablation and cryo-anchoring provides a novel percutaneous treatment strategy for MVP and may also be useful for other percutaneous procedures where anchored ablation would provide more precise spatial control.

  18. Radiofrequency delivery through a cooled catheter tip allows the creation of larger endomyocardial lesions in the ovine heart.

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    Ruffy, R; Imran, M A; Santel, D J; Wharton, J M

    1995-12-01

    The delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy through conventional catheter electrodes is often associated with coagulation necrosis at the tissue-electrode interface, with resultant impedance rise and limited lesion size. This study was performed to examine the effects of catheter tip cooling during RF delivery, to test the hypothesis that such cooling would decrease the likelihood if impedance rise and allow the creation of larger endomyocardial lesions. The experiments were performed in eight open chest, anesthetized sheep. RF lesions were created within both ventricular chambers of each animal through a catheter tip that could be cooled with a saline perfusate. Assignment of cooled versus noncooled RF delivery to either ventricle was alternated from one animal to the next. In each set of experiments, lesion volumes relative to the mode of RF delivery were compared. The mean power delivered via the cooled electrode (22.04 +/- 4.51 W) was significantly higher than that delivered via the noncooled electrode (6.10 +/- 2.47 W; P < 0.001). The mean duration of RF delivery was 42.7 +/- 11.2 sec for noncooled lesions versus 49.2 +/- 6.8 sec for cooled lesions (P < 0.01). Mean lesion volume was 436.07 +/- 177.00 mm3 for noncooled RF delivery versus 1247.78 +/- 520.51 mm3 for cooled RF delivery (P < 0.001). This significantly larger lesion size with cooled RF delivery was associated with no instance of impedance rise in 27 attempts versus 11 impedance rises in 28 attempts with noncooled RF (P < 0.001). Delivery of RF energy through a cooled catheter tip allows the creation of larger endomyocardial lesions by limiting the occurrence of impedance rise despite the delivery of greater energy. These observations suggest that, under certain conditions, resistive tissue heating at a distance from the site of current delivery may play an important role in RF ablation therapy.

  19. [Catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: new generation cryoballoon or contact force sensing radiofrequency ablation?].

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    Nagy, Zsófia; Kis, Zsuzsanna; Som, Zoltán; Földesi, Csaba; Kardos, Attila

    2016-05-29

    Contact force sensing radiofrequency ablation and the new generation cryoballoon ablation are prevalent techniques for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The authors aimed to compare the procedural and 1-year outcome of patients after radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablation. 96 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (radiofrequency ablation: 58, cryoballoon: 38 patients; 65 men and 31 women aged 28-70 years) were enrolled. At postprocedural 1, 3, 6 and 12 months ECG, Holter monitoring and telephone interviews were performed. Procedure and fluorosocopy time were: radiofrequency ablation, 118.5 ± 15 min and 15.8 ± 6 min; cryoballoon, 73.5 ± 16 min (p<0.05) and 13.8 ± 4.,1 min (p = 0.09), respectively. One year later freedom from atrial fibrillation was achieved in 76.5% of patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation and in 81% of patients treated with cryoballoon. Temporary phrenic nerve palsy occurred in two patients and pericardial tamponade developed in one patient. In this single center study freedom from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was similar in the two groups with significant shorter procedure time in the cryoballoon group.

  20. Using central venous catheter for suprapubic catheterization in cardiac surgery.

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    Bilehjani, Eissa; Fakhari, Solmaz

    2017-01-01

    Suprapubic catheterization is an alternative method for urinary drainage that is used when transurethral catheterization fails. Traditionally, inserted large-bore suprapubic catheters may cause fatal complications. During the past decade, we used a small central venous catheter (CVC) suprapubicly in 16 male patients for the purpose of urinary drainage, when transurethral catheterization failed. The procedure is performed in no more than 10 minutes. Success rate was 100% and this approach did not lead to any complications. In conclusion, placing a CVC for suprapubic drainage is a safe method with a high success rate and we recommend it in patients with failed transurethral catheterization after a few attempts (2-3 attempts).

  1. An Endovascular Approach to the Entrapped Central Venous Catheter After Cardiac Surgery.

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    Desai, Shamit S; Konanur, Meghana; Foltz, Gretchen; Malaisrie, S Chris; Resnick, Scott

    2016-03-01

    Entrapment of central venous catheters (CVC) at the superior vena cava (SVC) cardiopulmonary bypass cannulation site by closing purse-string sutures is a rare complication of cardiac surgery. Historically, resternotomy has been required for suture release. An endovascular catheter release approach was developed. Four cases of CVC tethering against the SVC wall and associated resistance to removal, suggestive of entrapment, were encountered. In each case, catheter removal was achieved using a reverse catheter fluoroscopically guided over the suture fixation point between catheter and SVC wall, followed by the placement of a guidewire through the catheter. The guidewire was snared and externalized to create a through-and-through access with the apex of the loop around the suture. A snare placed from the femoral venous access provided concurrent downward traction on the distal CVC during suture release maneuvers. In the initial attempt, gentle traction freed the CVC, which fractured and was removed in two sections. In the subsequent three cases, traction alone did not release the CVC. Therefore, a cutting balloon was introduced over the guidewire and inflated. Gentle back-and-forth motion of the cutting balloon atherotomes successfully incised the suture in all three attempts. No significant postprocedural complications were encountered. During all cases, a cardiovascular surgeon was present in the interventional suite and prepared for emergent resternotomy, if necessary. An endovascular algorithm to the "entrapped CVC" is proposed, which likely reduces risks posed by resternotomy to cardiac surgery patients in the post-operative period.

  2. Delayed cardiac tamponade: A rare but life-threatening complication of catheter ablation.

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    Yetter, Elizabeth; Brazg, Jared; Del Valle, Diane; Mulvey, Laura; Dickman, Eitan

    2016-11-17

    Delayed cardiac tamponade (DCT) is a rare and life-threatening complication of catheter ablation performed as a treatment of atrial fibrillation, with few cases described in the medical literature. We present the case of a 57year-old man presenting with DCT 61days following a catheter ablation procedure. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most delayed case of cardiac tamponade (CT) following catheter ablation described in the literature. We also discuss the importance of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in the diagnosis and treatment of CT. Emergency physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion in making the diagnosis of CT as patients may present with vague symptoms such as neck or back pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, or altered mental status, often without chest pain. Common risk factors for CT include cancer, renal failure, pericarditis, cardiac surgery, myocardial rupture, trauma, and retrograde aortic dissection. In addition, although rare, both catheter ablation and use of anticoagulation carry risks of developing CT. A worldwide survey of medical centers performing catheter ablation found CT as a complication in less than 2% of cases [1]. Some proposed mechanisms of DCT include small pericardial hemorrhages following post-procedural anticoagulation or rupture of the sealed ablation-induced left atrial wall [2]. Clinical examination and electrocardiography may be helpful. However, the criterion standard for diagnosing CT is echocardiography [3].

  3. Radiofrequency Coils and Pulse Sequences for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Applications: New Perspectives and Future Developments.

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    Giovannetti, Giulio; De Marchi, Daniele; Pingitore, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is a relevant diagnostic tool for the evaluation of cardiac morphology, function, and mass. The assessment of myocardial tissue content through the measurement of longitudinal (T1) and transversal (T2) relaxation properties and the development of different technical advances are important clinical novelties of CMR. Recently, magnetic resonance spectroscopy has been explored for the assessment of the metabolic state of tissue for cardiac function evaluation by using nuclei other than protons, such as (13)C and (23)Na, expanding our knowledge of the kinetics of metabolic processes. The design and development of dedicated radiofrequency coils and pulse sequences are fundamental to maximizing signal-to-noise ratio data while achieving faster cardiac examination. This review highlights the new technical developments in CMR sequences and coils.

  4. Atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death: catheter-based sensor and mapping system of the heart

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    Ramasamy, Mouli; Kumar, Prashanth S.; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2017-04-01

    Ventricular arrhythmias in the heart and the rapid heartbeat of ventricular tachycardia can lead to sudden cardiac death. This is a major health issue worldwide. What is needed is to develop a catheter based sensor and mapping approach which will provide the mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmia, and effectively prevent and treat the same, potentially save life.

  5. Three-Degree-of-Freedom MR-Compatible Multisegment Cardiac Catheter Steering Mechanism.

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    Ataollahi, Asghar; Karim, Rashed; Fallah, Arash Soleiman; Rhode, Kawal; Razavi, Reza; Seneviratne, Lakmal D; Schaeffter, Tobias; Althoefer, Kaspar

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents a novel MR-compatible 3-DOF cardiac catheter steering mechanism. The catheter's steerable structure is tendon driven and consists of miniature deflectable, helical segments created by a precise rapid prototyping technique. The created catheter prototype has an outer diameter of 9 Fr (3 mm) and a steerable distal end that can be deflected in a 3-D space via four braided high-tensile Spectra fiber tendons. Any longitudinal twist commonly observed in helical structures is compensated for by employing clockwise (CW) and counter clockwise (CCW) helical segments in an alternating fashion. A 280 μm flexible carbon fiber rod is used as a backbone in a central channel to improve the structure's steering and positioning repeatability. In addition to the backbone, a carbon fiber tube can be inserted into the structure to a varying amount capable of changing the structure's forcibility and, thus, providing a means to change the curvature and to modify the deflectable length of the catheter leading to an extension of reachable points in the catheter-tip workspace. A unique feature of this helical segment structure is that the stiffness can be further adjusted by appropriately tensioning tendons simultaneously. An experimental study has been conducted examining the catheter-tip trajectory in a 3-D space and its positioning repeatability using a 5-DOF magnetic coil tracking system. Furthermore, MRI experiments in a 1.5-T scanner confirmed the MR-compatibility of the catheter prototype. The study shows that the proposed concept for catheter steering has great potential to be employed for robotically steered and MR-guided cardiac catheterization.

  6. Visualization and enhancement patterns of radiofrequency ablation lesions with iodine contrast-enhanced cardiac C-arm CT

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    Girard-Hughes, Erin; Al-Ahmad, Amin; Moore, Teri; Lauritsch, Günter; Boese, Jan; Fahrig, Rebecca

    2009-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether contrast-enhanced C-arm CT (3D rotational angiography) can distinguish radiofrequency (RF) ablation lesions created in the left ventricle. Ablation lesions were created on the endocardial surface of the left ventricle of 6 swine using a 7 F RF ablation catheter with a 4 mm electrode. An ECGgated C-arm CT imaging protocol was used to acquire projection images during iodine contrast injection and every 5 min for up to 30 min, with no additional contrast. Reconstructed images were analyzed offline and the mean and standard deviation of the signal intensity of the ablation lesion, normal myocardium, and blood were measured. Eleven ablation lesions were visualized and the time-attenuation curve of the signal intensity was plotted. A mean signal intensity increase of 64.8 +/-33.6 HU was measured in the late enhancement of seven lesions compared to normal myocardium. This is the first study to demonstrate RF ablation lesion enhancement patterns similar to those seen for MR imaging using C-arm CT, an imaging modality that can provide valuable feedback during cardiac interventional procedures.

  7. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Targeting the Vein of Marshall in Difficult Mitral Isthmus Ablation or Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

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    Lee, Ji Hyun; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Kim, Minsu; Hwang, You Mi; Hwang, Jongmin; Kim, Jun; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2017-04-01

    The ligament of Marshall may hinder the creation of mitral isthmus (MI) block or pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) in radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to assess the benefit of RF ablation targeting the vein of Marshall (VOM) in failed cases of MI block or PVI. We reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent RF ablation targeting the VOM after failed MI ablation or left PVI using the conventional method, which included circumferential point-by-point ablation around the PV antrum and carina for PVI, and endocardial MI and epicardial distal coronary sinus (CS) ablation for MI block. The VOM was identified by using selective VOM venography with an external irrigation RF ablation catheter. RF ablation targeting the VOM was performed with RF application at the ostium of the VOM inside the CS or at the endocardial region facing the VOM course. During the set period, CS venography was performed in 42 patients after failure of left PVI (n = 5) or MI block (n = 37). Under CS venography, the VOM was visualized in 22 of 42 patients (MI = 19 and PVI = 3). During selective venography of the VOM, no procedure-related complication was observed. RF application targeting the VOM successfully achieved MI block in 13 patients (68.4%) and PVI in 2 patients (66.7%). Selective VOM venography using an irrigated ablation catheter is feasible and safe. RF ablation targeting the VOM may provide additional benefit in failed cases of MI block or PVI. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Using central venous catheter for suprapubic catheterization in cardiac surgery

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    Bilehjani, Eissa; Fakhari, Solmaz

    2017-01-01

    Suprapubic catheterization is an alternative method for urinary drainage that is used when transurethral catheterization fails. Traditionally, inserted large-bore suprapubic catheters may cause fatal complications. During the past decade, we used a small central venous catheter (CVC) suprapubicly in 16 male patients for the purpose of urinary drainage, when transurethral catheterization failed. The procedure is performed in no more than 10 minutes. Success rate was 100% and this approach did not lead to any complications. In conclusion, placing a CVC for suprapubic drainage is a safe method with a high success rate and we recommend it in patients with failed transurethral catheterization after a few attempts (2–3 attempts). PMID:28116283

  9. Three-dimensional tracking of cardiac catheters using an inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy system.

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    Speidel, Michael A; Tomkowiak, Michael T; Raval, Amish N; Van Lysel, Michael S

    2010-12-01

    Scanning beam digital x-ray (SBDX) is an inverse geometry fluoroscopic system with high dose efficiency and the ability to perform continuous real-time tomosynthesis at multiple planes. This study describes a tomosynthesis-based method for 3D tracking of high-contrast objects and present the first experimental investigation of cardiac catheter tracking using a prototype SBDX system. The 3D tracking algorithm utilizes the stack of regularly spaced tomosynthetic planes that are generated by SBDX after each frame period (15 frames/s). Gradient-filtered versions of the image planes are generated, the filtered images are segmented into object regions, and then a 3D coordinate is calculated for each object region. Two phantom studies of tracking performance were conducted. In the first study, an ablation catheter in a chest phantom was imaged as it was pulled along a 3D trajectory defined by a catheter sheath (10, 25, and 50 mm/s pullback speeds). SBDX tip tracking coordinates were compared to the 3D trajectory of the sheath as determined from a CT scan of the phantom after the registration of the SBDX and CT coordinate systems. In the second study, frame-to-frame tracking precision was measured for six different catheter configurations as a function of image noise level (662-7625 photons/mm2 mean detected x-ray fluence at isocenter). During catheter pullbacks, the 3D distance between the tracked catheter tip and the sheath centerline was 1.0 +/- 0.8 mm (mean +/- one standard deviation). The electrode to centerline distances were comparable to the diameter of the catheter tip (2.3 mm), the confining sheath (4 mm outside diameter), and the estimated SBDX-to-CT registration error (+/- 0.7 mm). The tip position was localized for all 332 image frames analyzed and 83% of tracked positions were inside the 3D sheath volume derived from CT. The pullback speeds derived from the catheter trajectories were within 5% of the programed pullback speeds. The tracking precision of

  10. Three-dimensional tracking of cardiac catheters using an inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy system

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    Speidel, Michael A.; Tomkowiak, Michael T.; Raval, Amish N.; Van Lysel, Michael S.

    2010-12-15

    Purpose: Scanning beam digital x-ray (SBDX) is an inverse geometry fluoroscopic system with high dose efficiency and the ability to perform continuous real-time tomosynthesis at multiple planes. This study describes a tomosynthesis-based method for 3D tracking of high-contrast objects and present the first experimental investigation of cardiac catheter tracking using a prototype SBDX system. Methods: The 3D tracking algorithm utilizes the stack of regularly spaced tomosynthetic planes that are generated by SBDX after each frame period (15 frames/s). Gradient-filtered versions of the image planes are generated, the filtered images are segmented into object regions, and then a 3D coordinate is calculated for each object region. Two phantom studies of tracking performance were conducted. In the first study, an ablation catheter in a chest phantom was imaged as it was pulled along a 3D trajectory defined by a catheter sheath (10, 25, and 50 mm/s pullback speeds). SBDX tip tracking coordinates were compared to the 3D trajectory of the sheath as determined from a CT scan of the phantom after the registration of the SBDX and CT coordinate systems. In the second study, frame-to-frame tracking precision was measured for six different catheter configurations as a function of image noise level (662-7625 photons/mm{sup 2} mean detected x-ray fluence at isocenter). Results: During catheter pullbacks, the 3D distance between the tracked catheter tip and the sheath centerline was 1.0{+-}0.8 mm (mean {+-}one standard deviation). The electrode to centerline distances were comparable to the diameter of the catheter tip (2.3 mm), the confining sheath (4 mm outside diameter), and the estimated SBDX-to-CT registration error ({+-}0.7 mm). The tip position was localized for all 332 image frames analyzed and 83% of tracked positions were inside the 3D sheath volume derived from CT. The pullback speeds derived from the catheter trajectories were within 5% of the programed pullback speeds

  11. Three-dimensional tracking of cardiac catheters using an inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy system

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    Speidel, Michael A.; Tomkowiak, Michael T.; Raval, Amish N.; Van Lysel, Michael S.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Scanning beam digital x-ray (SBDX) is an inverse geometry fluoroscopic system with high dose efficiency and the ability to perform continuous real-time tomosynthesis at multiple planes. This study describes a tomosynthesis-based method for 3D tracking of high-contrast objects and present the first experimental investigation of cardiac catheter tracking using a prototype SBDX system. Methods: The 3D tracking algorithm utilizes the stack of regularly spaced tomosynthetic planes that are generated by SBDX after each frame period (15 frames∕s). Gradient-filtered versions of the image planes are generated, the filtered images are segmented into object regions, and then a 3D coordinate is calculated for each object region. Two phantom studies of tracking performance were conducted. In the first study, an ablation catheter in a chest phantom was imaged as it was pulled along a 3D trajectory defined by a catheter sheath (10, 25, and 50 mm∕s pullback speeds). SBDX tip tracking coordinates were compared to the 3D trajectory of the sheath as determined from a CT scan of the phantom after the registration of the SBDX and CT coordinate systems. In the second study, frame-to-frame tracking precision was measured for six different catheter configurations as a function of image noise level (662–7625 photons∕mm2 mean detected x-ray fluence at isocenter). Results: During catheter pullbacks, the 3D distance between the tracked catheter tip and the sheath centerline was 1.0±0.8 mm (mean ±one standard deviation). The electrode to centerline distances were comparable to the diameter of the catheter tip (2.3 mm), the confining sheath (4 mm outside diameter), and the estimated SBDX-to-CT registration error (±0.7 mm). The tip position was localized for all 332 image frames analyzed and 83% of tracked positions were inside the 3D sheath volume derived from CT. The pullback speeds derived from the catheter trajectories were within 5% of the programed pullback speeds. The

  12. Heat distribution and heat transport in bone during radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Rachbauer, F; Mangat, J; Bodner, G; Eichberger, P; Krismer, M

    2003-04-01

    To assess the feasibility of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation in large bone tumours, the heat distribution in cortical bone and marrow around inserted electrodes was measured. Fresh bovine cadaver tibial bones were locally heated through drill holes for a maximum of half an hour using water-cooled single radiofrequency electrodes (Radionics Instruments Inc) by pulsed energy. Temperatures were measured in the marrow canal as well as in cortical bone by thermocouples at various distances from the inserted probes. Perpendicular to the probe, hyperthermia of more than 50 degrees C could be created in bone marrow in a sphere of approximately 3 cm, and of approximately 1 cm in cortical bone. As irreversible cellular damage can be expected when increasing the temperature to 50 degrees C for a duration of 6 min, this method may be effective for the minimal invasive ablation of neoplasms within human bone in cigar-shaped regions of approximately 3-cm diameter.

  13. An augmented reality system for patient-specific guidance of cardiac catheter ablation procedures.

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    De Buck, Stijn; Maes, Frederik; Ector, Joris; Bogaert, Jan; Dymarkowski, Steven; Heidbüchel, Hein; Suetens, Paul

    2005-11-01

    We present a system to assist in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias by catheter ablation. A patient-specific three-dimensional (3-D) anatomical model, constructed from magnetic resonance images, is merged with fluoroscopic images in an augmented reality environment that enables the transfer of electrocardiography (ECG) measurements and cardiac activation times onto the model. Accurate mapping is realized through the combination of: a new calibration technique, adapted to catheter guided treatments; a visual matching registration technique, allowing the electrophysiologist to align the model with contrast-enhanced images; and the use of virtual catheters, which enable the annotation of multiple ECG measurements on the model. These annotations can be visualized by color coding on the patient model. We provide an accuracy analysis of each of these components independently. Based on simulation and experiments, we determined a segmentation error of 0.6 mm, a calibration error in the order of 1 mm and a target registration error of 1.04 +/- 0.45 mm. The system provides a 3-D visualization of the cardiac activation pattern which may facilitate and improve diagnosis and treatment of the arrhytmia. Because of its low cost and similar advantages we believe our approach can compete with existing commercial solutions, which rely on dedicated hardware and costly catheters. We provide qualitative results of the first clinical use of the system in 11 ablation procedures.

  14. Surface evaluation of cardiac angiographic catheters after simulated use and reprocessing

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    Lucas, Thabata Coaglio; Oréfice, Rodrigo Lambert; Pinotti, Marcos; Huebner, Rudolf

    2009-12-01

    Reprocessing of single-use intravascular catheters is a common practice in public health services and hospitals. The determination of safe number of reprocessing cycles before the catheter integrity becomes compromised has been a priority issue. The present paper addresses the evaluating molecular and micro-structural integrity of reprocessed cardiac angiographic catheters. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy were carried out to elucidate morphological changes. The tensile test was performed on catheters to examine changes in bulk characteristics. In this work, samples of catheters were reprocessed until nine times and sterilized by hydrogen peroxide plasma. It was observed that the number of hydrogen-bonded carbonyls groups increased in 0.05 u.a. ( p < 0.001) after each reprocessing cycle. The spectra indicated degradation products included acids, esters, alcohols, and small amounts of other products containing a carbonyl functional group. The micrographs revealed that only after the fourth reprocessing cycle the effect increased in the surface roughness was more pronounced. On the other hand, after each reprocessing cycle and as consequence of extensive aging of polyamide/polyurethane blends of the catheters surface, it was observed that the micro-fissures, micro-scratches and micro-pores increased in quantity and length. The mechanical test proved that the Young modulus increased in average 3.26 MPa ( p = 0.0003) at increasing number of reprocessing cycles, also suggestive of crosslinking in this material.

  15. Renal sympathetic denervation using an externally irrigated radiofrequency ablation catheter for treatment of resistant hypertension – Acute safety and short term efficacy

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    Yalagudri, Sachin; Raju, Narayana; Das, Bharati; Daware, Ashwin; Maiya, Shreesha; Jothiraj, Kannan; Ravikishore, A.G.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives This study was conducted to assess the acute safety and short term efficacy of renal sympathetic denervation (RSDN) using solid tip radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter and saline irrigation through the renal guiding catheter to achieve effective denervation. Background RSDN using a specialized solid-tip RFA catheter has recently been demonstrated to safely reduce systemic blood pressure in patients with refractory hypertension, the limitation being inadequate power delivery in renal arteries. So, we used solid-tip RFA catheter along with saline irrigation for RSDN. Methods Nine patients with resistant hypertension underwent CT and conventional renal angiography, followed by bilateral or unilateral RSDN using 5F RFA catheter with saline irrigation through renal guiding catheter. Repeat renal angiography was performed at the end of the procedure. In all patients, pre- and post-procedure serum creatinine was measured. Results Over 1-month period: 1) the systolic/diastolic blood pressure decreased by −57 ± 20/−25 ± 7.5 mm Hg; 2) all patients experienced a decrease in systolic blood pressure of at least −36 mm Hg (range 36–98 mm Hg); 3) there was no evidence of renal artery injury immediate post-procedure. There was no significant change in serum creatinine level. Conclusions This data shows the acute procedural safety and short term efficacy of RSDN using modified externally irrigated solid tip RFA catheter. PMID:26138176

  16. [Cardiac tamponade: a rare complication of central venous catheter - a clinical case report].

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    Azevedo, Ana Catarina; Flor de Lima, Isabel; Brito, Vânia; Centeno, Maria João; Fernandes, Antero

    2016-03-22

    The extensive use of central venous catheters (CVC) in a hospital environment leads to increased iatrogenic complications, as more catheters are used enclosed and its maintenance is prolonged. Several complications are known to be related to central venous catheter, of which the uncommon cardiac tamponade (CT), hardly recognized and associated with high mortality. We present a clinical case, with favorable outcome, of a patient who developed a CT 17 days after CVC placement, and try to reflect on the measures that can be taken to reduce its incidence, as well as the therapeutic approaches to practice in the presence of a suspected CT. Copyright © 2016 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  17. Long-Term Outcomes of Radio-Frequency Catheter Ablation on Ventricular Tachycardias Due to Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: A Single Center Experience

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    Xue, Yumei; Fang, Xianhong; Huang, Jun; Liu, Yang; Deng, Hai; Liang, Yuanhong; Liao, Zili; Liu, Fangzhou; Lin, Weidong; Zhan, Xianzhang; Wu, Shulin

    2017-01-01

    Aims To summarize our experience of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for recurrent drug-refractory ventricular tachycardias (VTs) due to arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in our center over the past 11 years and its related factors. Methods and Results We reviewed 48 adults (mean age 39.9 ± 12.9 years, range: 14 to 65) who met the present ARVC diagnostic criteria and accepted RFCA for VTs from December 2004 to April 2016. The patients received a total of 70 procedures using two ablation approaches, the endocardial approach in 52 RFCAs, and the combined epicardial and endocardial approach (the combined approach) in 18 RFCAs. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that the combined approach achieved better acute procedural success (p = 0.003) and better long-term outcomes (p = 0.028) than the endocardial approach. Patients who obtained acute procedural success with non-inducibility had better long-term outcomes (p < 0.001). COX regression of multivariate analysis showed that procedural success was the only factor that benefited long-term outcome, irrespective of the endocardial or the combined approach (p = 0.001). The rate of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients without procedural success was significantly higher than that in patients with procedural success (p = 0.005). All patients without implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation who had successful final RFCA survived. Conclusions The combined approach resulted in better procedural success and long-term VT-free survival compared with the endocardial approach in ARVC patients with recurrent VTs. Acute procedural success with non-inducibility was strongly related to better long-term VT-free survival and reduced SCD, irrespective of whether this was achieved by the endocardial approach or the combined approach. PMID:28122031

  18. An Endovascular Approach to the Entrapped Central Venous Catheter After Cardiac Surgery

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    Desai, Shamit S.; Konanur, Meghana; Foltz, Gretchen; Malaisrie, S. Chris; Resnick, Scott

    2016-03-15

    PurposeEntrapment of central venous catheters (CVC) at the superior vena cava (SVC) cardiopulmonary bypass cannulation site by closing purse-string sutures is a rare complication of cardiac surgery. Historically, resternotomy has been required for suture release. An endovascular catheter release approach was developed.Materials and MethodsFour cases of CVC tethering against the SVC wall and associated resistance to removal, suggestive of entrapment, were encountered. In each case, catheter removal was achieved using a reverse catheter fluoroscopically guided over the suture fixation point between catheter and SVC wall, followed by the placement of a guidewire through the catheter. The guidewire was snared and externalized to create a through-and-through access with the apex of the loop around the suture. A snare placed from the femoral venous access provided concurrent downward traction on the distal CVC during suture release maneuvers.ResultsIn the initial attempt, gentle traction freed the CVC, which fractured and was removed in two sections. In the subsequent three cases, traction alone did not release the CVC. Therefore, a cutting balloon was introduced over the guidewire and inflated. Gentle back-and-forth motion of the cutting balloon atherotomes successfully incised the suture in all three attempts. No significant postprocedural complications were encountered. During all cases, a cardiovascular surgeon was present in the interventional suite and prepared for emergent resternotomy, if necessary.ConclusionAn endovascular algorithm to the “entrapped CVC” is proposed, which likely reduces risks posed by resternotomy to cardiac surgery patients in the post-operative period.

  19. Restoration of Atrial Mechanical Function after Successful Radio-Frequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Flutter

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    Rhee, Kyoung-Suk; Kang, Duk-Hyun; Song, Jae-Kwan; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2001-01-01

    Background: Atrial mechanical dysfunction and its recovery time course after successful radiofrequency ablation of chronic atrial flutter (AFL) has been largely unknown. We serially evaluated left atrial function by echocardiography after successful ablation of chronic atrial flutter. Methods: In 13 patients with chronic AFL, mitral E wave A wave, and the ratio of A/E velocity were measured at 1 day, 1 month, 3 months and 6–12 months after successful radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) technique was also used to avoid load-dependent variation in the flow velocity pattern. Results: Left atrial mechanical function, assessed by A wave velocity and the annular motion, was depressed at 1 day, but improved significantly at 1 month and maintained through 6–12 months after the ablation. Left atrial size did not change significantly. Conclusion: Left atrial mechanical function was depressed immediately after successful RF ablation of chronic AFL, but it improved significantly after 1 month and was maintained over one year. PMID:11590904

  20. 3D X-ray imaging methods in support catheter ablations of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Stárek, Zdeněk; Lehar, František; Jež, Jiří; Wolf, Jiří; Novák, Miroslav

    2014-10-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are a very frequent illness. Pharmacotherapy is not very effective in persistent arrhythmias and brings along a number of risks. Catheter ablation has became an effective and curative treatment method over the past 20 years. To support complex arrhythmia ablations, the 3D X-ray cardiac cavities imaging is used, most frequently the 3D reconstruction of CT images. The 3D cardiac rotational angiography (3DRA) represents a modern method enabling to create CT like 3D images on a standard X-ray machine equipped with special software. Its advantage lies in the possibility to obtain images during the procedure, decreased radiation dose and reduction of amount of the contrast agent. The left atrium model is the one most frequently used for complex atrial arrhythmia ablations, particularly for atrial fibrillation. CT data allow for creation and segmentation of 3D models of all cardiac cavities. Recently, a research has been made proving the use of 3DRA to create 3D models of other cardiac (right ventricle, left ventricle, aorta) and non-cardiac structures (oesophagus). They can be used during catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias to improve orientation during the construction of 3D electroanatomic maps, directly fused with 3D electroanatomic systems and/or fused with fluoroscopy. An intensive development in the 3D model creation and use has taken place over the past years and they became routinely used during catheter ablations of arrhythmias, mainly atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. Further development may be anticipated in the future in both the creation and use of these models.

  1. Catheter Ablation of Idiopathic Ventricular Arrhythmias Arising From the Cardiac Outflow Tracts - Recent Insights and Techniques for the Successful Treatment of Common and Challenging Cases.

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    Heeger, Christian-Hendrik; Hayashi, Kentaro; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Ouyang, Feifan

    2016-04-25

    Ventricular arrhythmias (VA), like premature ventricular contractions (PVC) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients without structural heart disease (idiopathic VA), mainly arise from the right and left ventricular outflow tracts (RVOT/LVOT). The prognosis for OT VA is generally good in the majority of patients, but there is potential for developing dilated cardiomyopathies from the high burden of VA, as well as a certain risk for sudden cardiac death because of fast monomorphic VT or polymorphic VT triggered by short-coupling PVC. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) has evolved into a widely accepted treatment strategy for patients suffering from VAs. A detailed knowledge of surface ECGs and complex cardiac anatomy, especially within the ventricular OTs, is essential for the understanding of cardiac OT-VAs and highly related to safe and successful RFCA procedures. This review article focuses on RFCA of idiopathic VA arising from the cardiac OT as well as adjacent regions and will illustrate recent insights and technical issues. (Circ J 2016; 80: 1073-1086).

  2. Prevention and Treatment of Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis after Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation: Results of a Prospective active controlled Study

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    Li, Lan; Zhang, Bao-jian; Zhang, Bao-ku; Ma, Jun; Liu, Xu-zheng; Jiang, Shu-bin

    2016-01-01

    We conducted a prospective, single-center, active controlled study from July 2013 to January 2015, in Chinese patients with rapid ventricular arrhythmia who had received radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) treatment to determine formation of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (LDVT) post RFCA procedure, and evaluated the effect of rivaroxaban on LDVT. Patients with asymptomatic pulmonary thromboembolism who had not received any other anticoagulant and had received no more than 36 hours of treatment with unfractionated heparin were included. Post RFCA procedure, patients received either rivaroxaban (10 mg/d for 14 days beginning 2–3 hours post-operation; n = 86) or aspirin (100 mg/d for 3 months beginning 2–3 hours post-operation; n = 90). The primary outcome was a composite of LDVT occurrence, change in diameter of femoral veins, and safety outcomes that were analyzed based on major or minor bleeding events. In addition, blood flow velocity was determined. No complete occlusive thrombus or bleeding events were reported with either of the group. The lower incidence rate of non-occluded thrombus in rivaroxaban (5.8%) compared to the aspirin group (16.7%) indicates rivaroxaban may be administered post-RFCA to prevent and treat femoral venous thrombosis in a secure and effective way with a faster inset of action than standard aspirin therapy. PMID:27329582

  3. Unintended Thermal Injuries from Radiofrequency Ablation: Organ Protection with an Angioplasty Balloon Catheter in an Animal Model

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    Knuttinen, Martha-Grace; Van Ha, Thuong G.; Reilly, Christopher; Montag, Anthony; Straus, Christopher

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate a novel approach of using a balloon catheter as a protective device to separate liver from the diaphragm or nearby bowel during radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of hepatic dome tumors in an animal model. Materials and Methods: All experimental procedures were approved by animal Institutional Review Board. Using a 3 cm RF needle electrode, 70 hepatic ablation zones were created using ultrasound in 7 pigs. 50 lesions were created using balloon interposition between liver and diaphragm; 20 lesions were created using the balloon device interposed posteriorly between liver and bowel. Additional 21 control lesions were performed. Animals were sacrificed immediately; diaphragm and bowel were then visually inspected and sectioned. Diaphragmatic and bowel injury was then classified according to the depth of thickness. Results: Control lesions caused full thickness injury, either to diaphragm or bowel. During ablation of lesions with balloon interposition, there was significantly less diaphragmatic injury, P < 0.001 and less bowel injury, P < 0.01. Conclusion: Using balloon interposition as a protective device has advantages over previous saline infusion or CO2 insufflation, providing a safe way to expand percutaneous RFA of liver tumors located on the undersurface of the diaphragm. In addition, this method may be used in protection of other organs adjacent to areas being ablated. PMID:24678433

  4. [Possibilities of minimal invasive cardiac catheter interventions in the dog].

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    Glaus, T M; Unterer, S; Tomsa, K; Baumgartner, C; Geissbühler, U; Gardelle, O; Reusch, C

    2003-09-01

    The therapeutic possibilities in veterinary cardiology have developed rapidly in the past few years. Whereas until recently cardiac intervention in dogs could only be performed by thoracotomy, new minimally invasive techniques are adopted. Procedures like balloondilatation of pulmonic stenosis, coil embolisation of patent ductus arteriosus, pacemaker implantation in symptomatic bradyarrhyhtmia, and palliative balloon pericardiotomy are becoming more and more established. These alternative interventional methods are attractive, because no postsurgical pain and no complications potentially associated with thoracotomy ensue. The knowledge of such new treatment modalities and particularly the indications for an intervention are prerequisites to apply them optimally and broadly.

  5. An Update on the Energy Sources and Catheter Technology for the Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Arora, Pawan K; Hansen, James C; Price, Adam D; Koblish, Josef; Avitall, Boaz

    2010-01-01

    The ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is an area of intense research in cardiac electrophysiology. In this review, we discuss the development of catheter-based interventions for AF ablation. We outline the pathophysiologic and anatomic bases for ablative lesion sets and the evolution of various catheter designs for the delivery of radiofrequency (RF), cryothermal, and other ablative energy sources. The strengths and weaknesses of various specialized RF catheters and alternative energy systems are delineated, with respect to efficacy and patient safety.

  6. Visualizing intramyocardial steam formation with a radiofrequency ablation catheter incorporating near-field ultrasound.

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    Wright, Matthew; Harks, Erik; Deladi, Szabolcs; Fokkenrood, Steven; Zuo, Fei; Van Dusschoten, Anneke; Kolen, Alexander F; Belt, Harm; Sacher, Frederic; Hocini, Mélèze; Haïssaguerre, Michel; Jaïs, Pierre

    2013-12-01

    Steam pops are a risk of irrigated RF ablation even when limiting power delivery. There is currently no way to predict gas formation during ablation. It would be useful to visualize intramyocardial gas formation prior to a steam pop occurring using near-field ultrasound integrated into a RF ablation catheter. In an in vivo open-chest ovine model (n = 9), 86 lesions were delivered to the epicardial surface of the ventricles. Energy was delivered for 15-60 seconds, to achieve lesions with and without steam pops, based on modeling data. The ultrasound image was compared to a digital audio recording from within the pericardium by a blinded observer. Of 86 lesions, 28 resulted in an audible steam pop. For lesions that resulted in a steam pop compared to those that did not (n = 58), the mean power delivered was 8.0 ± 1.8 W versus 6.7 ± 2.0 W, P = 0.006. A change in US contrast due to gas formation in the tissue occurred in all lesions that resulted in a steam pop. In 4 ablations, a similar change in US contrast was observed in the tissue and RF delivery was stopped; in these cases, no pop occurred. The mean depth of gas formation was 0.9 ± 0.8 mm, which correlated with maximal temperature predicted by modeling. Changes in US contrast occurred 7.6 ± 7.2 seconds before the impedance rise and 7.9 ± 6.2 seconds (0.1-17.0) before an audible pop. Integrated US in an RF ablation catheter is able to visualize gas formation intramyocardially several seconds prior to a steam pop occurring. This technology may help prevent complications arising from steam pops. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Catheter-Based Radiofrequency Renal Denervation: Location Effects on Renal Norepinephrine

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    Zhang, Yongxing; Hata, Cary; Narciso, Irvin; Hall, Michael E.; Hall, John E.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Clinical studies indicate that blood pressure (BP)-lowering effects of radiofrequency (RF) renal denervation (RD) are sustained for up to 2 years, although a recent clinical trial failed to find a major effect compared to sham treatment. In most previous studies, the efficacy of RD has not been assessed. The current study determined whether RD in different regions of the renal artery causes different degrees of RD as assessed with renal norepinephrine (NE) levels. METHODS AND RESULTS Unilateral RD was performed on 14 pigs divided into 3 groups: RD near the ostium, in the main renal artery near the bifurcation, and in extrarenal branches of the renal artery. After 2 weeks post-RD, the pigs were euthanized, renal cortex tissue was collected for NE measurement, and renal arteries were prepared for histological analysis. Renal NE decreased by 12% with RD at the ostium, 45% with RD near the bifurcation in the main renal artery, and 74% when RD was performed in extrarenal artery branches. The number of renal nerves was greatest in extrarenal branches and in the main artery compared to the ostium and the average distance from the lumen was greatest for nerves at the ostium and least at the branches. CONCLUSIONS RF RD lowers renal NE more significantly when performed in branches of the renal artery closer to the kidney. Increased efficacy of RF RD in extrarenal arterial branches may be due to the greater number of nerves in close proximity to the artery lumen in the branches. PMID:25576624

  8. Use of an Intravascular Heat Exchange Catheter and Intravenous Lipid Emulsion for Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest After Cyclobenzaprine Overdose.

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    Westrol, Michael S; Awad, Nadia I; Bridgeman, Patrick J; Page, Erika; McCoy, Jonathan V; Jeges, Janos

    2015-09-01

    In this case report, a 22-year-old male developed severe hypothermia after an accidental overdose of cyclobenzaprine. During transport, the patient developed cardiac arrest. He received active rewarming measures, including pleural lavage, gastric lavage, an intravascular heat exchange catheter, and cardiopulmonary bypass. Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) was also administered. A discussion of cyclobenzaprine toxicity, hypothermia, ILE, and accidental hypothermic cardiac arrest follows.

  9. Idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias originating from the papillary muscles in the left ventricle: prevalence, electrocardiographic and electrophysiological characteristics, and results of the radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Yamada, Takumi; Doppalapudi, Harish; McElderry, Hugh T; Okada, Taro; Murakami, Yoshimasa; Inden, Yasuya; Yoshida, Yukihiko; Kaneko, Shinji; Yoshida, Naoki; Murohara, Toyoaki; Epstein, Andrew E; Plumb, Vance J; Kay, G Neal

    2010-01-01

    Idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) can originate from the left ventricular (LV) papillary muscles (PAMs). This study investigated the prevalence, electrocardiographic and electrophysiological characteristics, and results of catheter ablation of these VAs, and compared them with other LV VAs. We studied 71 patients with VAs originating from the LV anterolateral and posteroseptal regions among 159 patients undergoing successful catheter ablation of idiopathic LV VAs. PAM VAs were uncommon, rare in a sustained form, and more common from the posterior papillary muscle (PPM) than anterior papillary muscle (APM). A younger age was a good predictor for differentiating left posterior fascicular VAs from PPM VAs. There were several electrocardiographic features that accurately differentiated PAM and LV fascicular VAs from mitral annular VAs. However, an R/S ratio < or =1 in lead V6 in the LV anterolateral region and a QRS duration >160 ms in the LV posteroseptal region were the only reliable predictors for differentiating PAM VAs from LV fascicular VAs. A sharp ventricular prepotential was recorded at the successful ablation site during 42% of the PAM VAs. Radiofrequency current with an irrigated or conventional 8-mm tip ablation catheter was required to achieve a lasting ablation of the PAM VA origins whereas that with a nonirrigated 4-mm tip ablation catheter produced excellent results in LV fascicular and mitral annular VAs. There are differences in the electrocardiographic and electrophysiological features among VAs originating from these regions that are helpful for their diagnosis and effective catheter ablation.

  10. Radiofrequency ablation of numerous premature ventricular contractions in a cardiac resynchronisation therapy patient: a long-term follow-up.

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    Farkowski, Michał Mirosław; Chwyczko, Tomasz; Sterliński, Maciej; Syska, Paweł; Szwed, Hanna; Pytkowski, Mariusz

    2013-01-01

    We present a case study of a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy and a cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) device who was repeatedly hospitalised due to heart failure (HF) exacerbations. A successful radiofrequency ablation of numerous premature ventricular contractions enabled the proper action of CRT and stabilised the patient's condition in NYHA II without HF subsequent hospitalisations during a 30 month follow-up.

  11. High Patient Satisfaction with Deep Sedation for Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmia.

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    Münkler, Paula; Attanasio, Philipp; Parwani, Abdul Shokor; Huemer, Martin; Boldt, Leif-Hendrik; Haverkamp, Wilhelm; Wutzler, Alexander

    2017-02-27

    Patients' satisfaction with invasive procedures largely relies on periprocedural perception of pain and discomfort. The necessity for intraprocedural sedation during catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias for technical reasons is widely accepted, but data on patients' experience of pain and satisfaction with the procedural sedation are scarce. We have assessed patients' pain and discomfort during and after the procedure using a standardized questionnaire. One-hundred seventeen patients who underwent catheter ablation answered a standardized questionnaire on periprocedural perception of pain and discomfort after different anesthetic protocols with propofol/midazolam with and without additional piritramide and ketamine/midazolam. Patients report a high level of satisfaction with periprocedural sedation with 83% judging sedation as good or very good. The majority of patients was unconscious of the whole procedure and did not recollect experiencing pain. Procedural pain was reported by 7.7% of the patients and 16% reported adverse effects, e.g. postprocedural nausea and episodes of headache. The results of our study show, that deep sedation during catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias is generally well tolerated and patients are satisfied with the procedure. Yet, a number of patients reports pain or adverse events. Therefore, studies comparing different sedation strategies should be conducted in order to optimize sedation and analgesia. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  12. Predictors of sick sinus syndrome in patients after successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial flutter.

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    Song, Changho; Jin, Moo-Nyun; Lee, Jung-Hee; Kim, In-Soo; Uhm, Jae-Sun; Pak, Hui-Nam; Lee, Moon-Hyoung; Joung, Boyoung

    2015-01-01

    The identification of sick sinus syndrome (SSS) in patients with atrial flutter (AFL) is difficult before the termination of AFL. This study investigated the patient characteristics used in predicting a high risk of SSS after AFL ablation. Out of 339 consecutive patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation for AFL from 1991 to 2012, 27 (8%) had SSS (SSS group). We compared the clinical characteristics of patients with and without SSS (n=312, no-SSS group). The SSS group was more likely to have a lower body mass index (SSS: 22.5±3.2; no-SSS: 24.0±3.0 kg/m²; p=0.02), a history of atrial septal defects (ASD; SSS: 19%; no-SSS: 6%; p=0.01), a history of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG; SSS: 11%; no-SSS: 2%; p=0.002), and a longer flutter cycle length (CL; SSS: 262.3±39.2; no-SSS: 243.0±40; p=0.02) than the no-SSS group. In multivariate analysis, a history of ASD [odds ratio (OR) 3.7, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.2-11.4, p=0.02] and CABG (7.1, 95% CI 1.5-32.8, p=0.01) as well as longer flutter CL (1.1, 95% CI 1.0-1.2, p=0.04) were independent risk factors for SSS. A history of ASD and CABG as well as longer flutter CL increased the risk of SSS after AFL ablation. While half of the patients with SSS after AFL ablation experienced transient SSS, heart failure was associated with irreversible SSS.

  13. Real-time x-ray fluoroscopy-based catheter detection and tracking for cardiac electrophysiology interventions

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    Ma Yingliang; Housden, R. James; Razavi, Reza; Rhode, Kawal S.; Gogin, Nicolas; Cathier, Pascal; Gijsbers, Geert; Cooklin, Michael; O'Neill, Mark; Gill, Jaswinder; Rinaldi, C. Aldo

    2013-07-15

    Purpose: X-ray fluoroscopically guided cardiac electrophysiology (EP) procedures are commonly carried out to treat patients with arrhythmias. X-ray images have poor soft tissue contrast and, for this reason, overlay of a three-dimensional (3D) roadmap derived from preprocedural volumetric images can be used to add anatomical information. It is useful to know the position of the catheter electrodes relative to the cardiac anatomy, for example, to record ablation therapy locations during atrial fibrillation therapy. Also, the electrode positions of the coronary sinus (CS) catheter or lasso catheter can be used for road map motion correction.Methods: In this paper, the authors present a novel unified computational framework for image-based catheter detection and tracking without any user interaction. The proposed framework includes fast blob detection, shape-constrained searching and model-based detection. In addition, catheter tracking methods were designed based on the customized catheter models input from the detection method. Three real-time detection and tracking methods are derived from the computational framework to detect or track the three most common types of catheters in EP procedures: the ablation catheter, the CS catheter, and the lasso catheter. Since the proposed methods use the same blob detection method to extract key information from x-ray images, the ablation, CS, and lasso catheters can be detected and tracked simultaneously in real-time.Results: The catheter detection methods were tested on 105 different clinical fluoroscopy sequences taken from 31 clinical procedures. Two-dimensional (2D) detection errors of 0.50 {+-} 0.29, 0.92 {+-} 0.61, and 0.63 {+-} 0.45 mm as well as success rates of 99.4%, 97.2%, and 88.9% were achieved for the CS catheter, ablation catheter, and lasso catheter, respectively. With the tracking method, accuracies were increased to 0.45 {+-} 0.28, 0.64 {+-} 0.37, and 0.53 {+-} 0.38 mm and success rates increased to 100%, 99

  14. Real-time x-ray fluoroscopy-based catheter detection and tracking for cardiac electrophysiology interventions.

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    Ma, YingLiang; Gogin, Nicolas; Cathier, Pascal; Housden, R James; Gijsbers, Geert; Cooklin, Michael; O'Neill, Mark; Gill, Jaswinder; Rinaldi, C Aldo; Razavi, Reza; Rhode, Kawal S

    2013-07-01

    X-ray fluoroscopically guided cardiac electrophysiology (EP) procedures are commonly carried out to treat patients with arrhythmias. X-ray images have poor soft tissue contrast and, for this reason, overlay of a three-dimensional (3D) roadmap derived from preprocedural volumetric images can be used to add anatomical information. It is useful to know the position of the catheter electrodes relative to the cardiac anatomy, for example, to record ablation therapy locations during atrial fibrillation therapy. Also, the electrode positions of the coronary sinus (CS) catheter or lasso catheter can be used for road map motion correction. In this paper, the authors present a novel unified computational framework for image-based catheter detection and tracking without any user interaction. The proposed framework includes fast blob detection, shape-constrained searching and model-based detection. In addition, catheter tracking methods were designed based on the customized catheter models input from the detection method. Three real-time detection and tracking methods are derived from the computational framework to detect or track the three most common types of catheters in EP procedures: the ablation catheter, the CS catheter, and the lasso catheter. Since the proposed methods use the same blob detection method to extract key information from x-ray images, the ablation, CS, and lasso catheters can be detected and tracked simultaneously in real-time. The catheter detection methods were tested on 105 different clinical fluoroscopy sequences taken from 31 clinical procedures. Two-dimensional (2D) detection errors of 0.50 ± 0.29, 0.92 ± 0.61, and 0.63 ± 0.45 mm as well as success rates of 99.4%, 97.2%, and 88.9% were achieved for the CS catheter, ablation catheter, and lasso catheter, respectively. With the tracking method, accuracies were increased to 0.45 ± 0.28, 0.64 ± 0.37, and 0.53 ± 0.38 mm and success rates increased to 100%, 99.2%, and 96.5% for the CS, ablation

  15. Acute success and short-term follow-up of catheter ablation of isthmus-dependent atrial flutter; a comparison of 8 mm tip radiofrequency and cryothermy catheters

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    Janse, P.; Alings, M.; Scholten, M. F.; Mekel, J. M.; Miltenburg, M.; Jessurun, E.; Jordaens, L.

    2008-01-01

    Objectives To compare the acute success and short-term follow-up of ablation of atrial flutter using 8 mm tip radiofrequency (RF) and cryocatheters. Methods Sixty-two patients with atrial flutter were randomized to RF or cryocatheter (cryo) ablation. Right atrial angiography was performed to assess the isthmus. End point was bidirectional isthmus block on multiple criteria. A pain score was used and the analgesics were recorded. Patients were followed for at least 3 months. Results The acute success rate for RF was 83% vs 69% for cryo (NS). Procedure times were similar (mean 144 ± 48 min for RF, vs 158 ± 49 min for cryo). More applications were given with RF than with cryo (26 ± 17 vs. 18 ± 10, p < 0.05). Fluoroscopy time was longer with RF (29 ± 15 vs. 19 ± 12 min, p < 0.02). Peak CK, CK-MB and CK-MB mass were higher, also after 24 h in the cryo group. Troponin T did not differ. Repeated transient block during application (usually with cryoablation) seemed to predict failure. Cryothermy required significantly less analgesia (p < 0.01), and no use of long sheaths (p < 0.005). The isthmus tended to be longer in the failed procedures (p = 0.117). This was similar for both groups, as was the distribution of anatomic variations. Recurrences and complaints in the successful patients were similar for both groups, with a very low recurrence of atrial flutter after initial success. Conclusions In this randomized study there was no statistical difference but a trend to less favorable outcome with 8 mm tip cryocatheters compared to RF catheters for atrial flutter ablation. Cryoablation was associated with less discomfort, fewer applications, shorter fluoroscopy times and similar procedure times. The recurrence rate was very low. Cryotherapy can be considered for atrial flutter ablation under certain circumstances especially when it has been used previously in the same patient, such as in an AF ablation. PMID:18363087

  16. Factors affecting survival in pediatric cardiac tamponade caused by central venous catheters.

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    Kayashima, Kenji

    2015-12-01

    Pediatric central venous catheter (CVC) placement is useful but associated with complications such as cardiac tamponade. We aimed to identify risk factors for death in cardiac tamponade. Published articles on pediatric CVC-associated cardiac tamponade were obtained by searching PubMed and Google and retrospectively reviewed to analyze risk factors for death. Factors examined for their effect on mortality risk included patient age, weight, CVC size, days from CVC insertion to tamponade occurrence, substances administered, insertion site, treatment, CVC material, and initial CVC tip position. Of 110 patients reported in 62 articles, 69 survived and 41 died. Among survivors, 55 of 69 patients were treated; among deaths, only 7 of 38 (OR 537.9, 95% CI 29.3-9,877, p < 0.0001). Multiple regression analysis in 44 cases showed that treatment (p < 0.0001) and initial CVC tip position (p = 0.020) were independent predictive factors related to improved cardiac tamponade survival. Past studies have mainly discussed how to avoid pediatric cardiac tamponade; by contrast, the present study focused on how to avoid deaths. The findings of this review suggest that cardiac tamponade survival is better when tamponade is detected early and treated promptly and might be affected by initial CVC tip position.

  17. The optimal range of international normalized ratio for radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation during therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin.

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    Kim, Jin-Seok; Jongnarangsin, Krit; Latchamsetty, Rakesh; Chugh, Aman; Ghanbari, Hamid; Crawford, Thomas; Yokokawa, Miki; Good, Eric; Bogun, Frank; Pelosi, Frank; Morady, Fred; Oral, Hakan

    2013-04-01

    Uninterrupted anticoagulation with warfarin during radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) of atrial fibrillation is associated with a lower risk of periprocedural complications than when warfarin is temporarily discontinued. However, the optimal international normalized ratio (INR) levels during RFA have not been defined. In this retrospective analysis, RFA was performed in 1133 consecutive patients (mean age, 61±10 years) with paroxysmal (550) or persistent atrial fibrillation (583). Patients were grouped based on the INR on the day of RFA. There was a quadratic relationship between the INR and bleeding and vascular complications (P<0.001). Complications were less prevalent when INR was ≥2.0 and ≤3.0 (5% [31/572]) than when INR was <2.0 (10% [49/485]; P=0.004) and >3.0 (12% [9/76]; P=0.03). The prevalence of pericardial tamponade (1%) was similar at all INRs. From the quadratic model, the optimal range of INR was calculated as 2.1 to 2.5. INRs<2.0 and >3.0 were associated with a >2-fold increase in complications, with a further steep rise beyond an INR>3.5. Concomitant clopidogrel use was associated with a significant increase in complications at all INRs (odds ratio=3.1; ±95% confidence interval, 1.4-7.4). Unfractionated heparin requirements to maintain a therapeutic activated clotting time during RFA was reduced by 50% in patients with an INR>2.0. The optimal INR range during uninterrupted periprocedural anticoagulation using warfarin is narrow. Therefore, INR levels should be carefully monitored in preparation for RFA of atrial fibrillation.

  18. Prediction of very late arrhythmia recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: The MB-LATER clinical score.

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    Mujović, Nebojša; Marinković, Milan; Marković, Nebojša; Shantsila, Alena; Lip, Gregory Y H; Potpara, Tatjana S

    2017-01-20

    Reliable prediction of very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (VLRAF) occuring >12 months after catheter ablation (CA) in apparently "cured" patients could optimize long-term follow-up and modify decision-making regarding the discontinuation of oral anticoagulant therapy. In a single-centre cohort of consecutive patients post radiofrequency AFCA, we retrospectively derived a novel score for VLRAF prediction. Of 133 consecutive post AFCA patients (mean age 56.9 ± 11.8 years, 63.9% male, 69.2% with paroxysmal AF) who were arrhythmia-free at 12 months (excluding 3-month "blanking period"), 20 patients expirienced a VLRAF during a 29.1 ± 10.1-month follow-up, with a 3-year cumulative VLRAF rate of 31.1%. The MB-LATER score (Male, Bundle brunch block, Left atrium ≥47 mm, Type of AF [paroxysmal, persistent or long-standing persistent], and ER-AF = early recurrent AF), had better predictive ability for VLRAF (AUC 0.782) than the APPLE, ALARMc, BASE-AF2, CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc or HATCH score (AUC 0.716, 0.671, 0.648, 0.552, 0.519 and 0.583, respectively), resulted in an improved net reclassification index (NRI) of 48.6-95.1% and better identified patients with subsequent VLRAF using decision-curve analysis (DCA). The MB-LATER score provides a readily available VLRAF risk assessment, and performs better than other scores. Validation of the MB-LATER score in other cohorts is underway.

  19. Prediction of very late arrhythmia recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: The MB-LATER clinical score

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    Mujović, Nebojša; Marinković, Milan; Marković, Nebojša; Shantsila, Alena; Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Potpara, Tatjana S.

    2017-01-01

    Reliable prediction of very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (VLRAF) occuring >12 months after catheter ablation (CA) in apparently “cured” patients could optimize long-term follow-up and modify decision-making regarding the discontinuation of oral anticoagulant therapy. In a single-centre cohort of consecutive patients post radiofrequency AFCA, we retrospectively derived a novel score for VLRAF prediction. Of 133 consecutive post AFCA patients (mean age 56.9 ± 11.8 years, 63.9% male, 69.2% with paroxysmal AF) who were arrhythmia-free at 12 months (excluding 3-month “blanking period”), 20 patients expirienced a VLRAF during a 29.1 ± 10.1-month follow-up, with a 3-year cumulative VLRAF rate of 31.1%. The MB-LATER score (Male, Bundle brunch block, Left atrium ≥47 mm, Type of AF [paroxysmal, persistent or long-standing persistent], and ER-AF = early recurrent AF), had better predictive ability for VLRAF (AUC 0.782) than the APPLE, ALARMc, BASE-AF2, CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc or HATCH score (AUC 0.716, 0.671, 0.648, 0.552, 0.519 and 0.583, respectively), resulted in an improved net reclassification index (NRI) of 48.6–95.1% and better identified patients with subsequent VLRAF using decision-curve analysis (DCA). The MB-LATER score provides a readily available VLRAF risk assessment, and performs better than other scores. Validation of the MB-LATER score in other cohorts is underway. PMID:28106147

  20. Efficacy and Safety of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Tachyarrhythmias in 123 Children Under 3 Years of Age.

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    Jiang, H E; Li, Xiao-Mei; Li, Yan-Hui; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Hai-Ju

    2016-08-01

    The risk-benefit ratio of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in infants and toddlers remains controversial. Experience with RFCA in these patients is limited. This work is intended to describe the efficacy and safety of RFCA in children under 3 years of age with tachycardia complicated by drug resistance, drug intolerance, or tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy. We retrospectively reviewed data from 123 consecutive children under 3 years of age (mean, 2.3 ± 0.8 years; weight, 13.6 ± 2.8 kg) with tachycardia complicated by drug resistance, drug intolerance, or tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy; the children underwent an electrophysiology study between 1994 and 2014 at our center. Fifteen children had congenital heart disease, and 27 children were under 1 year of age. Among the 109 children who underwent RFCA, acute success rate (no inducible arrhythmia before procedure completion), 2-year rate of symptomatic tachyarrhythmia recurrence, and complication rate were assessed. Among the 123 children studied, 76.4% had atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia, 5.7% had atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, 2.4% had focal atrial tachycardia, 6.5% had atrial flutter, and 4.1% had idiopathic left ventricular tachycardia. For RFCA, the acute success rate was 94.5%, and the 2-year recurrence rate was 6.8%, without any major complications. RFCA appears to be an effective and safe therapeutic option in selected small children with tachycardia resistant to conventional medical management, tachycardia complicated by drug intolerance, or tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Safety and Efficacy of Switching Anticoagulation to Aspirin Three Months after Successful Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Uhm, Jae-Sun; Won, Hoyoun; Joung, Boyoung; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Choi, Kee-Joon; Lee, Moon-Hyoung; Kim, You-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Although current guidelines recommend continuing the same antithrombotic strategy regardless of rhythm control after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF), anticoagulation has a risk of major bleeding. We evaluated the safety of switching warfarin to aspirin in patients with successful AF ablation. Materials and Methods Among 721 patients who underwent RFCA of AF, 608 patients (age, 57.3±10.9 years; 77.0% male, 75.5% paroxysmal AF) who had no evidence of AF recurrence at 3 months post-RFCA were included. We compared the thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events in patients for whom warfarin was switched to aspirin (ASA group; n=296) and patients who were kept on warfarin therapy (W group; n=312). Results There were no significant differences in CHA2DS2-VASc or HAS-BLED scores between the groups. In 30 patients in the ASA group and 37 patients in W group, AF recurred and warfarin was restarted or maintained during the 18.0±12.2 months of follow-up. There were no significant differences in thromboembolic (0.3% vs. 1.0%, p=0.342) and major bleeding incidences (0.7% vs. 0.6%, p=0.958) between ASA and W groups during the follow-up period. In the 259 patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2, there were no significant differences in thromboembolism (0.8% and 2.2%, p=0.380) or major bleeding incidences (0.8% and 1.4%, p=0.640) between ASA and W groups. Conclusion Switching warfarin to aspirin 3 months after successful RFCA of AF could be as safe and efficacious as long-term anticoagulation even in patients with CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2. However, strict rhythm monitoring cannot be overemphasized. PMID:25048480

  2. The Role of Intravenous Dopamine on Hemodynamic Support during Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Poorly Tolerated Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Ahn, Jinhee; Kim, Dong-Hyeok; Roh, Seung-Young; Lee, Kwang No; Lee, Dae-In; Shim, Jaemin; Choi, Jong-Il

    2017-01-01

    Background and Objectives Hemodynamically unstable idiopathic ventricular tachycardias (VTs) are a challenge for activation or entrainment mapping technique. Mechanical circulatory support is an option, but is not always readily available. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of hemodynamic support using intravenous (IV) dopamine solely during radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of hemodynamically unstable VT. Subjects and Methods Seven out of 86 patients with hemodynamically unstable idiopathic VT underwent de novo RFCA using dopamine in our single center. They were included in the study and reviewed retrospectively to investigate the procedural characteristics and outcomes. Results All patients were male, and the mean age was 50.7±5.3 years. One patient had implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for the secondary prevention. No evidence of myocardial ischemia was found in all patients. During the procedure, the mean blood pressure during VT without dopamine was 52.3±4.1 mmHg and increased to 82.6±3.8 mmHg after administering dopamine (Δ28.8±3.2 mmHg; total average dopamine dosage was 1266.1±389.6 mcg/kg). In all patients, activation mapping was safely applied, and VTs were terminated during energy delivery. Non-inducibility of clinical VT was achieved in all cases. There was no evidence of deterioration due to hypoperfusion during the peri-procedural period. No recurrence of ventricular tachyarrhythmias was observed in any of the patients, during a median follow-up of 23.0±6.1 months. Conclusion Hemodynamic support using IV dopamine during RFCA of hemodynamically unstable idiopathic VT facilitated detailed mapping to guide successful ablation. PMID:28154593

  3. [Radiofrequency catheter ablation for ventricular premature beats of left coronary cusp under the guidance of 3-dimensional mapping system].

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    Wang, Hong; Hong, Lang; Zhou, Yuan-feng; Lai, Heng-li; Chen, Zai-hua; Qiu, Yun

    2012-04-10

    To explore the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RCA) for ventricular premature beats originating from left coronary sinus under the guidance of 3-dimensional mapping system (CARTO). A total of 15 patients with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) originating from left coronary sinus underwent CARTO-guided RCA. Anatomical structures were constructed and three-dimension (3D) electrical activation sequence was plotted for left ventricle and aortic sinus. The distance of earliest activation point of PVCs and origin of left coronary artery were surveyed after left coronary arteriography. The electrocardiogram (ECG) results showed that R-wave was upward in leads II, III and avF, QRS waves in lead I was mainly of rS, rs and rsr types, QS type in lead avL, RS, Rs and rS type in lead V(1), RS type in lead V(3) and absence of S wave in lead V(5)/V(6). Intraoperative mapping detected the earliest activation point on the posterior-inferior origin of left coronary artery (LMCA) ostium (n = 7), on the anterio-inferior of LMCA ostium (n = 3) and on the inferior of LMCA ostium (n = 5). The earliest activation point (local activation time) was shorter 86 - 120 ms than surface electrocardiogram QRS wave, discharge melting on the earliest activation point and nearby succeeded. PVCs disappeared, PVCs failed to be induced under similar preoperative conditions (aleudrin intravenous) and no complication occurred intraoperatively and postoperatively. The CARTO-guided RCA is a safe and effective in the treatment of PVCs originating from left coronary sinus.

  4. Low Cardiac Output Secondary to a Malpositioned Umbilical Venous Catheter: Value of Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography

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    Weisz, Dany E.; Poon, Wei Bing; James, Andrew; McNamara, Patrick J.

    2014-01-01

    Systemic hypotension is common in very low birthweight preterm infants but the nature of the precipitating cause may be unclear. Targeted neonatal echocardiography (TnEcho) is being increasingly used to support hemodynamic decisions in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including identifying impairments in the transitional circulation of preterm infants, providing timely re-evaluation after institution of therapies and evaluating the placement of indwelling catheters. We present a case of a preterm infant with systemic hypotension and low cardiac output secondary to a large transatrial shunt induced by a malpositioned umbilical venous catheter. Repositioning of the line led to resolution of the hemodynamic disturbance and clinical instability, highlighting the utility of TnEcho in the NICU. PMID:25032055

  5. Catheters, wires, tubes and drains on postoperative radiographs of pediatric cardiac patients: the whys and wherefores.

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    Teele, Sarah A; Emani, Sitaram M; Thiagarajan, Ravi R; Teele, Rita L

    2008-10-01

    Surgical treatment of congenital heart disease has advanced dramatically since the first intracardiac repairs in the mid-20th century. Previously inoperable lesions have become the focus of routine surgery and patients are managed successfully in intensive care units around the world. As a result, increasing numbers of postoperative images are processed by departments of radiology in children's hospitals. It is important that the radiologist accurately documents and describes the catheters, wires, tubes and drains that are present on the chest radiograph. This article reviews the reasons for the placement and positioning of perioperative equipment in children who have surgical repair of atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect or transposition of the great arteries. Also included are a brief synopsis of each cardiac anomaly, the surgical procedure for its correction, and an in-depth discussion of the postoperative chest radiograph including illustrations of catheters, wires, tubes and drains.

  6. Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia in Patients with Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Thompson, Nathaniel; Frontera, Antonio; Takigawa, Masateru; Cheniti, Ghassen; Massoullie, Gregoire; Cochet, Hubert; Denis, Arnaud; Chaumeil, Arnaud; Derval, Nicolas; Hocini, Meleze; Haissaguerre, Michel; Jais, Pierre; Sacher, Frederic

    2017-03-01

    Although catheter ablation has been successful in reducing the recurrence of ventricular tachycardia in patients with ischemic disease, outcomes in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) have not met with the same results. Success is predicated on a methodical approach to diagnosis of disease type and identification of critical substrate, and the ablation strategies used. Cardiac MRI with delayed enhancement is able to identify areas of substrate involvement, particularly in situations when conventional catheter mapping is not able to do so. Radiofrequency needle, irrigated bipolar radiofrequency, and transcoronary alcohol ablation are effective and alternative techniques to endocardial and epicardial ablation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Real-time optical monitoring of permanent lesion progression in radiofrequency ablated cardiac tissue (Conference Presentation)

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    Singh-Moon, Rajinder P.; Hendon, Christine P.

    2016-02-01

    Despite considerable advances in guidance of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapies for atrial fibrillation, success rates have been hampered by an inability to intraoperatively characterize the extent of permanent injury. Insufficient lesions can elusively create transient conduction blockages that eventually reconduct. Prior studies suggest significantly greater met-myoglobin (Mmb) concentrations in the lesion core than those in the healthy myocardium and may serve as a marker for irreversible tissue damage. In this work, we present real-time monitoring of permanent injury through spectroscopic assessment of Mmb concentrations at the catheter tip. Atrial wedges (n=6) were excised from four fresh swine hearts and submerged under pulsatile flow of warm (37oC) phosphate buffered saline. A commercial RFA catheter inserted into a fiber optic sheath allowed for simultaneous measurement of tissue diffuse reflectance (DR) spectra (500-650nm) during application of RF energy. Optical measurements were continuously acquired before, during, and post-ablation, in addition to healthy neighboring tissue. Met-myoglobin, oxy-myoglobin, and deoxy-myoglobin concentrations were extracted from each spectrum using an inverse Monte Carlo method. Tissue injury was validated with Masson's trichrome and hematoxylin and eosin staining. Time courses revealed a rapid increase in tissue Mmb concentrations at the onset of RFA treatment and a gradual plateauing thereafter. Extracted Mmb concentrations were significantly greater post-ablation (p<0.0001) as compared to healthy tissue and correlated well with histological assessment of severe thermal tissue destruction. On going studies are aimed at integrating these findings with prior work on near infrared spectroscopic lesion depth assessment. These results support the use of spectroscopy-facilitated guidance of RFA therapies for real-time permanent injury estimation.

  8. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging predicts cardiac catheter findings for great artery stenosis in children with congenital cardiac disease.

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    Oswal, Nilesh; Sullivan, Ian; Khambadkone, Sachin; Taylor, Andrew M; Hughes, Marina L

    2012-04-01

    To assess the cardiac catheterisation findings of all children in whom cardiac magnetic resonance imaging found great artery stenosis. We conducted a retrospective analysis of all 45 consecutive children with congenital cardiac disease who were undergoing cardiac catheterisation for intervention on cardiac magnetic resonance-defined great vessel stenosis, between January, 2006 and August, 2008. Following cardiac magnetic resonance, 60 significant great vessel stenoses were identified and referred to cardiac catheterisation for intervention. All patients were catheterised within a median and interquartile range of 84 and 4-149 days, respectively, of cardiac magnetic resonance. At cardiac catheterisation, the children were aged 11.5 years - with an interquartile range of 3.8-16.9 years - and weighed 34 kilograms - with an interquartile range of 15-56 kilograms. Comparing cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac catheterisation findings, 53 (88%) findings were concordant and seven were discordant. In six of seven (86%) discordant observations, cardiac magnetic resonance defined moderate-severe great vessel stenosis - involving three branch pulmonary arteries and three aortas. This was not confirmed by cardiac catheterisation, which revealed mild stenoses and haemodynamic gradients insufficient for intervention. In one patient, a mild, proximal right pulmonary artery narrowing was found at cardiac catheterisation, which was not mentioned in the cardiac magnetic resonance report. There was no difference between discordant and concordant groups on the basis of patient age, weight, interval between cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac catheterisation, or type of lesion. Invasive assessment confirmed cardiac magnetic resonance-diagnosed great vessel stenosis in the majority of this cohort. The predominant discordant finding was lower catherisation gradient than predicted by morphologic and functional cardiac magnetic resonance assessment. Flow volume diversion - for

  9. Pulmonary vein reconnection following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation using the second-generation cryoballoon versus open-irrigated radiofrequency: results of a multicenter analysis.

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    Aryana, Arash; Singh, Sheldon M; Mugnai, Giacomo; de Asmundis, Carlo; Kowalski, Marcin; Pujara, Deep K; Cohen, Andrew I; Singh, Steve K; Fuenzalida, Charles E; Prager, Nelson; Bowers, Mark R; O'Neill, Padraig Gearoid; Brugada, Pedro; d'Avila, André; Chierchia, Gian-Battista

    2016-12-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (CAAF) using the cryoballoon has emerged as an alternate strategy to point-by-point radiofrequency. However, there is little comparative data on long-term durability of pulmonary vein (PV) isolation comparing these two modalities. In this multicenter, retrospective analysis, the incidences/patterns of late PV reconnection following an index CAAF using the second-generation cryoballoon versus open-irrigated, non-force-sensing radiofrequency were examined. Of the 2002 patients who underwent a first-time CAAF, 186/1126 patients (16.5 %) ablated using cryoballoon and 174/876 patients (19.9 %) with non-contact force-guided radiofrequency required a repeat procedure at 11 ± 5 months. During follow-up, the incidence of atrial flutters/tachycardias was lower (19.9 vs. 32.8 %; p = 0.005) and fewer patients exhibited PV reconnection (47.3 vs. 60.9 %; p = 0.007) with cryoballoon versus radiofrequency. Additionally, fewer PVs had reconnected with cryoballoon versus radiofrequency (18.8 vs. 34.6 %; p < 0.001). With cryoballoon, the right inferior (p < 0.001) and left common (p = 0.039) PVs were more likely to exhibit late reconnection, versus the left superior PV with radiofrequency (p = 0.012). However, when comparing the two strategies, the left common PV was more likely to exhibit reconnection with cryoballoon, whereas all other PVs with the exception of the right inferior PV demonstrated a lower reconnection rate with cryoballoon versus radiofrequency. Lastly, in a logistic regression multivariate analysis, cryoballoon ablation and PV ablation time emerged as significant predictors of durable PV isolation at repeat procedure. In this large multicenter, retrospective analysis, CAAF using the second-generation cryoballoon was associated with improved durability of PV isolation compared to open-irrigated, non-force-sensing radiofrequency.

  10. A finite-element model of a microwave catheter for cardiac ablation

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    Kaouk, Z.; Khebir, A.; Savard, P.

    1996-10-01

    To investigate the delivery of microwave energy by a catheter located inside the heart for the purpose of ablating small abnormal regions producing cardiac arrhythmias, a numerical model was developed. This model is based on the finite element method and can solve both the electromagnetic field and the temperature distribution resulting from the radiated power for axisymmetrical geometries. The antenna, which is fed by a coaxial cable with a 2.4 mm diameter, is constituted by a monopole which is terminated by a metallic cylindrical cap. The heart model can be either homogeneous or constituted of coaxial cylindrical shells with different electrical and thermal conductivities representing the intracavitary blood masses, the heart, and the torso. Experimental measurements obtained in an homogeneous tissue equivalent medium, such as the reflection coefficient of the antenna at different frequencies and for different monopole lengths, the radial and axial steady-state temperature profiles, and the time course of the temperature rise, were all in close agreement with the values computed with the model. Accurate modeling is a useful prerequisite for the design of antennas, and these results confirm the validity of the catheter-heart model for the investigation and the development of microwave catheters.

  11. Materials for Multifunctional Balloon Catheters With Capabilities in Cardiac Electrophysiological Mapping and Ablation Therapy

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    Kim, Dae-Hyeong; Lu, Nanshu; Ghaffari, Roozbeh; Kim, Yun-Soung; Lee, Stephen P.; Xu, Lizhi; Wu, Jian; Kim, Rak-Hwan; Song, Jizhou; Liu, Zhuangjian; Viventi, Jonathan; de Graff, Bassel; Elolampi, Brian; Mansour, Moussa; Slepian, Marvin J.; Hwang, Sukwon; Moss, Joshua D.; Won, Sang-Min; Huang, Younggang; Litt, Brian; Rogers, John A.

    2011-01-01

    Development of advanced surgical tools for minimally invasive procedures represents an activity of central importance to improvements in human health. A key materials challenge is in the realization of bio-compatible interfaces between the classes of semiconductor and sensor technologies that might be most useful in this context and the soft, curvilinear surfaces of the body. This paper describes a solution based on biocompatible materials and devices that integrate directly with the thin elastic membranes of otherwise conventional balloon catheters, to provide multimodal functionality suitable for clinical use. We present sensors for measuring temperature, flow, tactile, optical and electrophysiological data, together with radio frequency (RF) electrodes for controlled, local ablation of tissue. These components connect together in arrayed layouts designed to decouple their operation from large strain deformations associated with deployment and repeated inflation/deflation. Use of such ‘instrumented’ balloon catheter devices in live animal models and in vitro tests illustrates their operation in cardiac ablation therapy. These concepts have the potential for application in surgical systems of the future, not only those based on catheters but also on other platforms, such as surgical gloves. PMID:21378969

  12. Remote Magnetic Navigation for Accurate, Real-time Catheter Positioning and Ablation in Cardiac Electrophysiology Procedures

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    Filgueiras-Rama, David; Estrada, Alejandro; Shachar, Josh; Castrejón, Sergio; Doiny, David; Ortega, Marta; Gang, Eli; Merino, José L.

    2013-01-01

    New remote navigation systems have been developed to improve current limitations of conventional manually guided catheter ablation in complex cardiac substrates such as left atrial flutter. This protocol describes all the clinical and invasive interventional steps performed during a human electrophysiological study and ablation to assess the accuracy, safety and real-time navigation of the Catheter Guidance, Control and Imaging (CGCI) system. Patients who underwent ablation of a right or left atrium flutter substrate were included. Specifically, data from three left atrial flutter and two counterclockwise right atrial flutter procedures are shown in this report. One representative left atrial flutter procedure is shown in the movie. This system is based on eight coil-core electromagnets, which generate a dynamic magnetic field focused on the heart. Remote navigation by rapid changes (msec) in the magnetic field magnitude and a very flexible magnetized catheter allow real-time closed-loop integration and accurate, stable positioning and ablation of the arrhythmogenic substrate. PMID:23628883

  13. Three catheter-based strategies for cardiac delivery of therapeutic gelatin microspheres.

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    Hoshino, K; Kimura, T; De Grand, A M; Yoneyama, R; Kawase, Y; Houser, S; Ly, H Q; Kushibiki, T; Furukawa, Y; Ono, K; Tabata, Y; Frangioni, J V; Kita, T; Hajjar, R J; Hayase, M

    2006-09-01

    Gelatin hydrogel microspheres (GHMs) have been reported as novel non-viral vectors for gene or protein delivery (GHM therapy). However, the components of an effective catheter-based delivery strategy for GHM therapy are unknown. We evaluated the effectiveness of three catheter-based strategies for cardiac GHM therapy: (1) antegrade injection (AI) via coronary arteries; (2) retrograde injection (RI) via coronary veins; and (3) direct myocardial injection (DI) via the coronary sinus. AI distributed microspheres homogeneously throughout the target area with 73+/-11% retention. RI scattered microspheres non-homogenously with 22+/-8% retention. DI distributed microspheres in the needle-advanced area with 47+/-14% retention. However, despite high efficiency, AI did not show biological effects of inducing angiogenesis from basic fibroblast growth factor bound to GHMs. Furthermore, focal micro-infarctions, owing to micro-embolism of aggregated GHMs into small coronary arterioles, were detected in the AI group. Conversely, only RI and DI groups displayed increased coronary flow reserve. DI groups also demonstrated increased capillary density. These results suggest that RI and DI are effective for cardiac GHM therapy, while AI appears inappropriate owing to the risk of focal infarctions.

  14. Video Fluoroscopy for Positioning of Pulmonary Artery Catheters in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery.

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    Weinberg, Laurence; Miles, Lachlan F; Allaf, Maysana; Pillai, Param; Peyton, Philip; Doolan, Laurie

    2015-12-01

    To determine whether video fluoroscopy combined with traditional pressure waveform analyses facilitates optimal pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) flotation and final positioning compared with the traditional pressure waveform flotation technique alone. Prospective, single-center, randomized, controlled trial. Single-center university teaching hospital. The study included 50 cardiac surgery patients at higher risk for PAC complications. Use of video fluoroscopy to facilitate optimal PAC flotation and positioning. The primary outcome was the time taken to float and position the PAC balloon in the pulmonary artery as confirmed by transesophageal echocardiography. Secondary outcomes included number of attempts at flotation, ventricular rhythm disturbances, and catheter malposition. Patients were evenly matched in baseline demographics, New York Heart Association symptoms of heart failure, severity of left and right ventricular dysfunction, end-diastolic pressures and dimensions, severity of tricuspid valvular disease, and atrial and pulmonary artery pressures. Mean (SD) time to float the PAC was significantly shorter in the video fluoroscopy group than in the usual care group: 73 seconds (SD, 65.1) versus 176 seconds (SD, 180.6), respectively; p = 0.014. The median (interquartile range [IQR]) number of attempts to successful flotation was fewer in the video fluoroscopy group than in the usual care group: 1 (IQR 1:2) attempt versus 2 (IQR 1:4) attempts, respectively; p = 0.007. The composite complication rate (malposition and arrhythmias) was lower in the video fluoroscopy group than in the usual care group (16% v 52%, respectively; p = 0.01). In cardiac surgery patients at higher risk for PAC complications, video fluoroscopy facilitated faster and safer catheter flotation and positioning compared with the traditional pressure waveform flotation technique. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Design of parallel transmission radiofrequency pulses robust against respiration in cardiac MRI at 7 Tesla.

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    Schmitter, Sebastian; Wu, Xiaoping; Uğurbil, Kâmil; Van de Moortele, Pierre-François

    2015-11-01

    Two-spoke parallel transmission (pTX) radiofrequency (RF) pulses have been demonstrated in cardiac MRI at 7T. However, current pulse designs rely on a single set of B1(+)/B0 maps that may not be valid for subsequent scans acquired at another phase of the respiration cycle because of organ displacement. Such mismatches may yield severe excitation profile degradation. B1(+)/B0 maps were obtained, using 16 transmit channels at 7T, at three breath-hold positions: exhale, half-inhale, and inhale. Standard and robust RF pulses were designed using maps obtained at exhale only, and at multiple respiratory positions, respectively. Excitation patterns were analyzed for all positions using Bloch simulations. Flip-angle homogeneity was compared in vivo in cardiac CINE acquisitions. Standard one- and two-spoke pTX RF pulses are sensitive to breath-hold position, primarily due to B1(+) alterations, with high dependency on excitation trajectory for two spokes. In vivo excitation inhomogeneity varied from nRMSE = 8.2% (exhale) up to 32.5% (inhale) with the standard design; much more stable results were obtained with the robust design with nRMSE = 9.1% (exhale) and 10.6% (inhale). A new pTX RF pulse design robust against respiration induced variations of B1(+)/B0 maps is demonstrated and is expected to have a positive impact on cardiac MRI in breath-hold, free-breathing, and real-time acquisitions. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Ventricular tachycardia in cardiac sarcoidosis: characterization of ventricular substrate and outcomes of catheter ablation.

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    Kumar, Saurabh; Barbhaiya, Chirag; Nagashima, Koichi; Choi, Eue-Keun; Epstein, Laurence M; John, Roy M; Maytin, Melanie; Albert, Christine M; Miller, Amy L; Koplan, Bruce A; Michaud, Gregory F; Tedrow, Usha B; Stevenson, William G

    2015-02-01

    Cardiac sarcoid-related ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rare disorder; the underlying substrate and response to ablation are poorly understood. We sought to examine the ventricular substrate and outcomes of catheter ablation in this population. Of 435 patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy referred for VT ablation, 21 patients (5%) had cardiac sarcoidosis. Multiple inducible VTs were observed with mechanism consistent with scar-mediated re-entry in all VTs. Voltage maps showed widespread and confluent right ventricular scarring. Left ventricular scarring was patchy with a predilection for the basal septum, anterior wall, and perivalvular regions. Epicardial right ventricular scar overlay and exceeded the region of corresponding endocardial scar. After ≥1 procedures, ablation abolished ≥1 inducible VT in 90% and eliminated VT storm in 78% of patients; however, multiple residual VTs remained inducible. Failure to abolish all inducible VTs was because of septal intramural circuits or extensive right ventricular scarring. Multiple procedure VT-free survival was 37% at 1 year, but VT control was achievable in the majority of patients with fewer antiarrhythmic drugs compared with preablation (2.1±0.8 versus 1.1±0.8; P<0.001). Patients with cardiac sarcoidosis and VT exhibit ventricular substrate characterized by confluent right ventricular scarring and patchy left ventricular scarring capable of sustaining a large number of re-entrant circuits. Catheter ablation is effective in terminating VT storm and eliminating ≥1 inducible VT in the majority of patients, but recurrences are common. Ablation in conjunction with antiarrhythmic drugs can help palliate VT in this high-risk population. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  17. Anaesthesia for caesarean section in women with complex cardiac disease: 34 cases using the Braun Spinocath spinal catheter.

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    Dresner, M; Pinder, A

    2009-04-01

    Cardiac disease in pregnancy is now the leading medical cause of maternal mortality in the UK. Whilst anaesthesia has not been the precipitant of this morbidity, its safety cannot be taken for granted. Spinal catheter anaesthesia, a relatively uncommon choice in obstetric practice, offers the potential of maintaining haemodynamic stability through accurate and gradual titration of neuraxial blockade. Thirty-four women with cardiac disease requiring caesarean section were selected for spinal catheter anaesthesia. All received invasive arterial pressure measurement but in only two were central venous catheters sited. After inserting a 24-gauge Braun Spinocath, spinal anaesthesia was induced using diamorphine 300 microg and 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine in 0.25-mL increments. Technical problems, block quality and haemodynamic stability were recorded. Successful anaesthesia was achieved in 33 women. Spinal catheterisation proved impossible in one case, but the catheter was successfully used to provide epidural anaesthesia. There were no conversions to general anaesthesia. Eight women (24%) received supplementation with intravenous alfentanil, but all reported high satisfaction. Mild, transient hypotension occurred in six women (18%), and there was one case of vasovagal syncope induced by rapid exteriorisation of the uterus. Three patients (8.8%) experienced post dural puncture headache requiring a blood patch; two had received repeat dural puncture during catheter insertion. Incremental spinal catheter anaesthesia offers effective anaesthesia with excellent haemodynamic control. Post dural puncture headache is of concern, and whilst it may be addressed by product modification, it currently limits widespread use of the Braun Spinocath in obstetric practice.

  18. Catheter-Based Educational Experiences: A Canadian Survey of Current Residents and Recent Graduates in Cardiac Surgery.

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    Juanda, Nadzir; Chan, Vincent; Chan, Ryan; Rubens, Fraser D

    2016-03-01

    The past decade has witnessed significant developments in the use of catheter-based therapies in cardiovascular medicine. We sought to assess the educational opportunities for cardiac surgery trainees to determine their readiness for participation in these strategies. A web-based survey was distributed to current residents, recent graduates, and program directors in Canadian cardiac surgery residency programs from 2008-2013. The survey was distributed to 110 residents and graduates. Forty-five percent completed the survey. Thirty-five percent expressed that they experienced resistance organizing their rotations because they had to compete with non-cardiac surgery colleagues, and 6 were denied local cardiac catheterization rotations. By the end of the rotation, 56% were comfortable performing a diagnostic cardiac catheterization independently. Exposure to being the operator performing diagnostic catheterization was significantly associated with the positive perception of being able to perform a diagnostic catheterization independently (odds ratio [OR], 5.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.33-19.81; P = 0.017). Eighty-eight percent of respondents expressed the need for more exposure in catheter-based rotations. Seven of 11 program directors completed the survey. All believed such rotations should be mandatory and foresaw a bigger role for hybrid catheter-based/cardiac surgery procedures in the future. Trainees and program directors perceive that increased exposure to catheter-based therapies is important to career development as a cardiac surgeon. This survey will contribute to the development of a cardiac surgery training curriculum as we foresee more hybrid and team procedures.

  19. A method for the in vitro testing of cardiac ablation catheters

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    Hsu, S.S.; Hoh, L.; Rosenbaum, R.M.; Rosen, A.; Walinsky, P.; Greenspon, A.J.

    1996-10-01

    The authors have developed a flow-phantom model in order to measure the temperature profile of radio frequency (RF) and microwave (MW) catheters. The model consists of a muscle equivalent phantom in a perfusion chamber with constant saline infusion of 4 L/min immersed in a 37 C saline bath. RF (4 or 8 mm, 550 kHz) or MW (12 mm helical antenna, 915 MHz) catheters were placed on the surface of the phantom and various energies were applied. Temperature measurements were obtained with fiberoptic thermometry probes placed at various distances from the catheter. Temperature contours were generated, and lesion volumes were estimated using 47 C isotherm ({Delta}T {ge} 10 C). The dosimetry of power versus {Delta}T was linear. A 2.59 fold increase in power density was required to achieve a similar surface temperature with the 8 mm versus 4 mm electrode tip. The volumes of lesions created with an 8 mm electrode were 2.5x larger than those made with a 4 mm electrode at a similar surface temperature. The RF phantom data compared favorably with the lesion volumes seen in the in vivo canine left ventricular model. The temperature profile of the microwave electrode showed heating along the length of the catheter due to imperfect tuning of the antenna. Deeper heating was seen with 8 mm RF and MW electrodes than with an RF 4 mm electrode given the same surface temperature. Measurements obtained with both a static and flow-phantom model demonstrated the cooling effects of flow on surface temperature measured during power delivery. The flow-phantom model accurately predicts the lesion geometry but underestimates the lesion volume at higher temperature when compared to the in vivo left ventricular canine model. Static phantom models will overestimate lesion size due to the surface cooling effects of cardiac blood flow. Changes in microwave catheter design may be carefully analyzed with the flow-phantom model prior to in vivo testing.

  20. Long-Term Outcomes of Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia in Patients With Cardiac Sarcoidosis.

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    Muser, Daniele; Santangeli, Pasquale; Pathak, Rajeev K; Castro, Simon A; Liang, Jackson J; Magnani, Silvia; Hayashi, Tatsuya; Garcia, Fermin C; Hutchinson, Mathew D; Supple, Gregory E; Frankel, David S; Riley, Michael P; Lin, David; Schaller, Robert D; Desjardins, Benoit; Dixit, Sanjay; Callans, David J; Zado, Erica S; Marchlinski, Francis E

    2016-08-01

    Catheter ablation (CA) of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis can be challenging because of the complex underlying substrate. We sought to determine the long-term outcome of CA of VT in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis. We enrolled 31 patients (age, 55±10 years) with diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis based on Heart Rhythm Society criteria and VT who underwent CA. In 23 (74%) patients, preprocedure cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomographic (PET) evaluation were performed. Preprocedure magnetic resonance imaging was positive for late gadolinium enhancement in 21 of 23 (91%) patients, whereas abnormal 18-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake was found in 15 of 23 (65%) cases. In 14 of 15 patients with positive PET at baseline, PET was repeated after 6.1±3.7-month follow-up. After a median follow-up of 2.5 (range, 0-10.5) years, 1 (3%) patient died and 4 (13%) underwent heart transplant. Overall VT-free survival was 55% at 2-year follow-up. Among the 16 (52%) patients with VT recurrences, CA resulted in a significant reduction of VT burden, with 8 (50%) having only isolated (1-3) VT episodes and only 1 patient with recurrent VT storm. The presence of late gadolinium enhancement at magnetic resonance imaging, a positive PET at baseline, and lack of PET improvement over follow-up were associated with increased risk of recurrent VT. In patients with cardiac sarcoidosis and VT, CA is effective in achieving long-term freedom from VT or improvement in VT burden in the majority of patients. The presence of late gadolinium enhancement at magnetic resonance imaging, a positive PET scan at baseline, or lack of improvement at repeat PET over follow-up predict worse arrhythmia-free survival. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Compatibility of Radiofrequency Surgical Sponge Detection Technology with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices and Temporary Pacemakers.

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    Salcedo, Jonathan D; Pretorius, Victor G; Hsu, Jonathan C; Lalani, Gautam G; Schricker, Amir A; Hebsur, Shrinivas M; McGARRY, Thomas J; Hunter, Jessica A; Lewis, Kathryn E; Krummen, David E; Feld, Gregory K; Birgersdotter-Green, Ulrika

    2016-11-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) technology has improved detection of retained surgical sponges with a reported 100% sensitivity and specificity. However, the potential for interactions of the RF signals emitted by the detection system with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) or temporary pacemakers may limit its use in those patients with these devices. This study investigated whether RF detection technology causes interference or clinically significant changes in the programmed settings of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators or temporary epicardial pacemakers. Fifty patients who were scheduled either for CIED removal or placement of a temporary epicardial pacemaker (at the time of open heart surgery) were recruited for this study. Device settings and measurements from separate interrogations before and after scanning with the RF detection system were compared. For the temporary pacemakers, we observed for any changes in hemodynamics or signs of pacing interference. Twenty (40%) pacemakers, 20 (40%) implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and 10 (20%) temporary pacemakers were analyzed in this study. During scanning, no signal interference was detected in any permanent device, and there were no significant changes in programmed settings after scanning with the RF detection system. However, pacing inhibition was detected with temporary pacing systems when programmed to a synchronous mode (DDD). RF detection technology can be safely used to scan for retained surgical sponges in patients with permanent CIEDs and temporary pacemakers set to asynchronous mode. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Fast catheter segmentation from echocardiographic sequences based on segmentation from corresponding X-ray fluoroscopy for cardiac catheterization interventions.

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    Wu, Xianliang; Housden, James; Ma, YingLiang; Razavi, Benjamin; Rhode, Kawal; Rueckert, Daniel

    2015-04-01

    Echocardiography is a potential alternative to X-ray fluoroscopy in cardiac catheterization given its richness in soft tissue information and its lack of ionizing radiation. However, its small field of view and acoustic artifacts make direct automatic segmentation of the catheters very challenging. In this study, a fast catheter segmentation framework for echocardiographic imaging guided by the segmentation of corresponding X-ray fluoroscopic imaging is proposed. The complete framework consists of: 1) catheter initialization in the first X-ray frame; 2) catheter tracking in the rest of the X-ray sequence; 3) fast registration of corresponding X-ray and ultrasound frames; and 4) catheter segmentation in ultrasound images guided by the results of both X-ray tracking and fast registration. The main contributions include: 1) a Kalman filter-based growing strategy with more clinical data evalution; 2) a SURF detector applied in a constrained search space for catheter segmentation in ultrasound images; 3) a two layer hierarchical graph model to integrate and smooth catheter fragments into a complete catheter; and 4) the integration of these components into a system for clinical applications. This framework is evaluated on five sequences of porcine data and four sequences of patient data comprising more than 3000 X-ray frames and more than 1000 ultrasound frames. The results show that our algorithm is able to track the catheter in ultrasound images at 1.3 s per frame, with an error of less than 2 mm. However, although this may satisfy the accuracy for visualization purposes and is also fast, the algorithm still needs to be further accelerated for real-time clinical applications.

  3. Does diffuse irrigation result in improved radiofrequency catheter ablation? A prospective randomized study of right atrial typical flutter ablation.

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    Ramoul, Khaled; Wright, Matthew; Sohal, Manav; Shah, Ashok; Castro-Rodriguez, Jose; Verbeet, Thierry; Knecht, Sébastien

    2015-02-01

    Recent developments of open irrigated catheters have sought to create uniform cooling of the entire ablating electrode. The aim of this randomized study was to assess whether the diffuse irrigation of the Coolflex(®) (CF) catheter results in improved short-term procedural benefits in patients undergoing ablation of right atrial typical flutter. Sixty consecutive patients (age 62 ± 13) with typical atrial flutter were prospectively randomized to ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) using either a standard 3.5 mm tip ablation catheter with six distal irrigation channels (6C) (30 patients) or a 4 mm tip fully irrigated ablation catheter (CF) (30 patients). There were no significant differences seen between procedures performed with the diffusely irrigated CF catheter and the standard six-channel irrigated-tip catheter. This concerned the total procedural duration RF duration, fluoroscopic duration, the total amount of irrigation fluid, and the occurrence of steam pop. The use of a diffuse irrigation at the ablation catheter tip does neither facilitate lesion formation nor reduce the amount of irrigation during RF ablation for typical right atrial flutter using recommended flow and power settings. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Comparison of antiarrhythmic drug therapy and radiofrequency catheter ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Wilber, David J; Pappone, Carlo; Neuzil, Petr; De Paola, Angelo; Marchlinski, Frank; Natale, Andrea; Macle, Laurent; Daoud, Emile G; Calkins, Hugh; Hall, Burr; Reddy, Vivek; Augello, Giuseppe; Reynolds, Matthew R; Vinekar, Chandan; Liu, Christine Y; Berry, Scott M; Berry, Donald A

    2010-01-27

    Antiarrhythmic drugs are commonly used for prevention of recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) despite inconsistent efficacy and frequent adverse effects. Catheter ablation has been proposed as an alternative treatment for paroxysmal AF. To determine the efficacy of catheter ablation compared with antiarrhythmic drug therapy (ADT) in treating symptomatic paroxysmal AF. A prospective, multicenter, randomized (2:1), unblinded, Bayesian-designed study conducted at 19 hospitals of 167 patients who did not respond to at least 1 antiarrhythmic drug and who experienced at least 3 AF episodes within 6 months before randomization. Enrollment occurred between October 25, 2004, and October 11, 2007, with the last follow-up on January 19, 2009. Catheter ablation (n = 106) or ADT (n = 61), with assessment for effectiveness in a comparable 9-month follow-up period. Time to protocol-defined treatment failure. The proportion of patients who experienced major treatment-related adverse events within 30 days of catheter ablation or ADT was also reported. At the end of the 9-month effectiveness evaluation period, 66% of patients in the catheter ablation group remained free from protocol-defined treatment failure compared with 16% of patients treated with ADT. The hazard ratio of catheter ablation to ADT was 0.30 (95% confidence interval, 0.19-0.47; P < .001). Major 30-day treatment-related adverse events occurred in 5 of 57 patients (8.8%) treated with ADT and 5 of 103 patients (4.9%) treated with catheter ablation. Mean quality of life scores improved significantly in patients treated by catheter ablation compared with ADT at 3 months; improvement was maintained during the course of the study. Among patients with paroxysmal AF who had not responded to at least 1 antiarrhythmic drug, the use of catheter ablation compared with ADT resulted in a longer time to treatment failure during the 9-month follow-up period. clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00116428.

  5. Successful radiofrequency ablation of atrial tachycardias in surgically repaired Ebstein's anomaly using the Carto XP system and the QwikStar catheter.

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    Drago, Fabrizio; Brancaccio, Gianluca; Grutter, Giorgia; De Santis, Antonella; Fazio, Giovanni; Silvetti, Massimo Stefano

    2007-06-01

    We describe the case of a child with three different atrial tachyarrhythmias originating from the right atrium, in whom a limited modified maze procedure was performed during surgical repair of an Ebstein's anomaly. Successful radiofrequency transcatheter ablation of all atrial tachyarrhythmias, one re-entrant and two focal, was obtained using the Carto XP EP three-dimensional navigation and ablation system, the new QwikMap software technology and the new mapping/ablation QwikStar multipolar catheter. No conventional mapping was used in addition to the three-dimensional system. Total procedural time was about 3 h and fluoroscopy time was 40 min. There were neither recurrences of the tachycardias nor complications during the follow-up (15 months).

  6. Effect of radiofrequency energy emitted from monopolar "Bovie" instruments on cardiac implantable electronic devices.

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    Robinson, Thomas N; Varosy, Paul D; Guillaume, Girard; Dunning, James E; Townsend, Nicole T; Jones, Edward L; Paniccia, Alessandro; Stiegmann, Greg V; Weyer, Christopher; Rozner, Marc A

    2014-09-01

    The monopolar "Bovie" instrument emits radiofrequency energy that can disrupt the function of other implanted electronic devices through a phenomenon termed electromagnetic interference. The purpose of this study was to quantify the electromagnetic interference occurring on cardiac implantable devices (CIEDs) resulting from monopolar instrument use in common, modifiable clinical scenarios. Three anesthetized pigs underwent CIED placement (1 pacemaker and 2 defibrillators). Electromagnetic interference was quantified when changing the monopolar instrument parameters of generator power, generator mode, surgical technique, orientation of active electrode cord, pathway of current vector, and proximity of active electrode to the CIED. Monopolar instrument parameters that decreased the electromagnetic interference occurring on the CIED included decreasing generator power from 60 W to 30 W (p < 0.001), using cut mode rather than coag mode (p < 0.001), using desiccation technique rather than fulguration technique (p < 0.001), orienting the active electrode cord from the feet rather than across the chest wall (p < 0.001), and avoiding the current vector from crossing the CIED system (p < 0.001). Increasing the distance between the active electrode tool and the CIED system decreased electromagnetic interference occurring on the CIED in a dose-response fashion up to a distance of 10 cm (ANOVA, p < 0.001), after which the magnitude of electromagnetic interference remained constant. Electromagnetic interference occurring on CIEDs resulting from monopolar instruments is minimized by decreasing generator power, using cut mode, using desiccation technique, orienting the active electrode cord from the feet, avoiding the current vector for crossing the CIED system, and increasing the distance between the active electrode and the CIED. Surgeons and operating room staff can minimize electromagnetic interference on CIEDs during monopolar instrument use by accounting for these

  7. Smart meters and routers radiofrequency disturbances study with pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators.

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    Ostiguy, Geneviève; Black, Tom; Bluteau, Louis-Jean; Dupont, Louis; Dyrda, Katia; Girard, Guillaume; Nguyen, Duc-Hai; Plante, Michel; Thibault, Bernard

    2013-11-01

    There is no scientific literature that examines radiofrequency (RF) interference from Smart Meters with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The objective of this in vitro study was to assess any potential interference with Medtronic CIEDs (Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA). In the Quebec testing, five models of Medtronic CIEDs were placed in an acrylic cylinder filled with a saline solution and faced a Landis+Gyr Smart Meter or Router (Landis+Gyr AG, Zug, Switzerland). The distance between CIEDs and the meter casing or router antenna was 10 cm. The Meter's normal operating conditions were modified to artificially set the number of impulsions at an abnormally high level (one, two, and three impulses per second). Each scenario was repeated one to five times, for 1 minute each. In the U.S. testing, 6 cm and 15 cm (∼2.25' and ∼6') separated the six models of Medtronic CIEDs from the Schlumberger Smart Meter (Itron Inc., Liberty Lake, WA, USA), which generally sent out a 96-bit Standard Consumption Message over 3 seconds. The transmission varied in frequencies along with the interval between cycles. A total of 6,966 RF transmissions were completed during the 34 tests conducted in Quebec. In the United States, the CIED was exposed to the meter for 10 minutes to provide a minimum of 200 completed RF transmissions. No interference was observed in worst-case scenarios (testing of meters and CIEDs at their performance limits). Landis+Gyr Smart Meters/Routers and Schlumberger Smart Meters do not interfere with the functioning of the Medtronic CIEDs tested, when placed, respectively, 10 cm and 6 cm and 15 cm apart. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Catheter Ablation

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    ... you during the procedure. Machines will measure your heart’s activity. All types of ablation require cardiac catheterization to place flexible tubes, or catheters, inside your heart to make the scars. Your doctor will clean ...

  9. Biophysics and pathology of catheter energy delivery systems.

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    Nath, S; Haines, D E

    1995-01-01

    Catheter ablation has rapidly emerged as the treatment of choice for many symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias. The initial experience with catheter ablation used high-energy DC as the energy source. However, over the last several years radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has become the dominant mode of energy delivery. Currently, a major limitation of RF ablation is the small lesion size created by this technique that has reduced its success rate in ablation of larger arrhythmogenic substrates such as coronary artery disease-related ventricular tachycardia. Alternate energy sources such as microwave or ultrasound catheter ablation are being developed that have the potential for producing larger lesions than RF ablation. This review will discuss the biophysics and pathophysiology of the various energy modalities used in catheter ablation.

  10. Cardiac lymphoscintigraphy following closed-chest catheter injection of radiolabeled colloid into the myocardium of dogs: concise communication

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    Osbakken, M.D.; Kopiwoda, S.Y.; Swan, A.; Castronovo, F.P.; Strauss, H.W.

    1982-10-01

    A catheter technique for injection of radiolabeled colloids into the myocardium was developed and tested in a series of 15 dogs. A multipurpose angiographic catheter was modified to permit an inner core of PE-50 polyethylene tubing, tipped with a 23-gage needle, to pass through the lumen for intra-myocardial injection of radiocolloids. For injection of the left ventricle, the catheter is introduced through the femoral artery: for the right ventricle, the femoral vein. The catheter advanced under fluoroscopy until the desired surface for injection is reached. The inner core is then extended to lodge the needle in the endocardium. A mixture of Renografin (to confirm the endocardial injection site) and radiolabeled colloid was injected in 13 animals. Ten minutes after injection, scintigraphy was begun and continued for up to 6 hr. In three dogs the procedure was repeated 3 or 4 times. From two to five nodes were visible in all animals, irrespective of whether the right or left ventricular myocardium was injected. In two animals the injection was given intravenously, and no nodes were seen. These data suggest that cardiac lymphatic drainage can be studied with a catheter injection method.

  11. Induction of ventricular tachycardia during radiofrequency ablation via pulmonary vein ablation catheter in a patient with an implanted pacemaker.

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    Hammwöhner, Matthias; Stachowitz, Jörg; Willich, Tobias; Goette, Andreas

    2012-02-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation in a dual-chamber pacemaker patient using the pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) system resulted in perpetual induction of ventricular tachycardia (VT) during radio frequency energy application. Induction of VT was abolished by programming the PVAC-system to a pure bipolar ablation mode. Patients with implanted devices should be closely monitored when using the PVAC system in unipolar modes.

  12. Cardiac Memory in WPW Patients : Noninvasive Imaging of Activation and Repolarization Before and After Catheter Ablation

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    Ghosh, Subham; Rhee, Edward K; Avari, Jennifer N; Woodard, Pamela K.; Rudy, Yoram

    2009-01-01

    Background Cardiac memory refers to change in ventricular repolarization induced by, and persisting for minutes to months after cessation of a period of altered ventricular activation (e.g. due to pacing or pre-excitation in Wolff-Parkinson-White [WPW] patients). Electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) is a novel imaging modality for noninvasive electro-anatomic mapping of epicardial activation and repolarization. Methods and Results Fourteen pediatric WPW patients, in absence of any other congenital disease, were imaged with ECGI a day before, and 45 mins, 1 week and 1 month after successful catheter ablation. ECGI determined pre-excitation sites were consistent with sites of successful ablation in all cases to within one hour arc of each atrio-ventricular (AV) annulus. In the pre-excited rhythm, activation-recovery interval (ARI) was the longest (349±6 ms) in the area of pre-excitation leading to high average base-to-apex ARI dispersion (ARId) of 95±9 ms (normal is about 40 ms). The ARId remained the same 45 minutes post-ablation, though the activation sequence was restored to normal. ARId was still high (79±9 ms) one week later and returned to normal (45±6 ms) one month post-ablation. Conclusions The study demonstrates that ECGI can noninvasively localize ventricular insertion sites of accessory pathways and evaluate its outcome to guide ablation in pediatric WPW patients. WPW is associated with high ARId in the pre-excited rhythm which persists after ablation and gradually returns to normal over a period of one month, demonstrating the presence of cardiac memory. The one-month time course is consistent with transcriptional reprogramming and remodeling of ion-channels. PMID:18697818

  13. Minimal Use of Fluoroscopy to Reduce Fetal Radiation Exposure during Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Maternal Supraventricular Tachycardia

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    Raman, Ajay Sundara; Hariharan, Ramesh

    2015-01-01

    Electrophysiologic procedures in the young engender concern about the potential long-term effects of radiation exposure. This concern is manifold if such procedures are contemplated during pregnancy. Catheter ablations in pregnancy are indicated only in the presence of an unstable tachycardia that cannot be controlled by antiarrhythmic agents. This report describes the case of an 18-year-old pregnant woman and our stratagem to minimize irradiation of the mother and the fetus. PMID:25873828

  14. Prevalence, risk, and benefits of radiofrequency catheter ablation at the aortic cusp for the treatment of mid- to anteroseptal supra-ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

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    Park, Junbeom; Wi, Jin; Joung, Boyoung; Lee, Moon Hyoung; Kim, Young-Hoon; Hwang, Chun; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2013-08-10

    Some outflow tract ventricular tachycardias (VTs) are known to be successfully ablated from the aortic cusp (AC). However, radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) at the AC for the treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVT) has limited experience. We performed RFCA at the AC in 19 patients (male 64.7%, 46.9 ± 21.9 years old) with mid- to anteroseptal SVTs (12 atrial tachycardias [AT], 7 atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia [AVRT]), and analyzed the prevalence, electrophysiologic findings, clinical outcome, and compilation risk. 1. Among 113 patients with AT, 13 patients had mid- to anteroseptal AT and 12 patients (8.8%, 53.4 ± 19.8 years old, 58.3% female) underwent successful ablation from the non-coronary cusp (NCC; n=10), right CC (RCC; n=1) or left CC (LCC; n=1) without complication (3.1 ± 2.3 times RF delivery, 6.15 ± 3.08 s for termination). During 19.7 ± 9.8 months of follow-up, AT recurred in a patient with multiple foci. 2. Among 580 patients with AVRT, 27 patients had a mid- to anteroseptal bypass tract (4.7%), and 7 of them (1.1%, 2 pre-excitation syndrome, 5 concealed bypass tract) were successfully ablated at the NCC (n=2) or RCC (n=5) (7.0 ± 7.1 times RF delivery, 9.1 ± 4.4s for termination). Among 5 patients with AVRT successfully ablated at the RCC, one patient developed complete heart block 48 h after procedure, and 2 patients recurred AVRT or delta-wave in ECG during 13.9 ± 11.7 month follow-up. Catheter ablation within the AC is an effective procedure to eliminate mid- to anteroseptal SVTs. However, RFCA on RCC requires a caution for heart block in our limited experience. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Long-term follow-up after catheter ablation for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia: a comparison of cryothermal and radiofrequency energy in a large series of patients

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    Knops, Paul; Janse, Petter; Kimman, Geert; Van Belle, Yves; Szili-Torok, Tamas; Jordaens, Luc

    2010-01-01

    Background Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is highly successful but carries a risk for inadvertent atrioventricular block. Cryoablation (cryo) has the potential to assess the safety of a site before the energy is applied. Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of cryothermal ablation in a large series of patients and compare it to RF. Methods All consecutive routinely performed AVNRT ablations from our centre between 1999 and 2007 were retrospectively analysed. Results In total, 274 patients were elegible: 150 cryoablations and 124 RF. Overall procedural success was 96% (262/274), and equal in both groups, but nine patients were crossed to another arm. Mean fluoroscopy time was longer in the group treated with RF (27 ± 22 min vs. cryo 19 ± 15 min; p = 0.002). Mean procedure time was not different (RF 138 ± 71 min vs. cryo 146 ± 60 min). A permanent pacemaker was necessary in two RF patients. The questionnaire revealed a high incidence of late arrhythmia related symptoms (48%), similar in both groups, with improved perceived quality of life. The number of redo procedures for AVNRT over 4.3 ± 2.5-years follow-up was not statistically different (11% after cryo and 5% after RF). Conclusions Our data confirm that cryo and RF ablation with 4-mm tip catheters for AVNRT are equally effective, even after long-term follow-up. PMID:21153914

  16. [Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: Health Technology Assessment Report from the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC)].

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    Themistoclakis, Sakis; Tritto, Massimo; Bertaglia, Emanuele; Berto, Patrizia; Bongiorni, Maria Grazia; Catanzariti, Domenico; De Fabrizio, Giuseppe; De Ponti, Roberto; Grimaldi, Massimo; Pandozi, Claudio; Tondo, Claudio; Gulizia, Michele

    2011-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and significantly impact patients' quality of life, morbidity and mortality. The number of affected patients is expected to increase as well as the costs associated with AF management, mainly driven by hospitalizations. Over the last decade, catheter ablation techniques targeting pulmonary vein isolation have demonstrated to be effective in treating AF and preventing AF recurrence. This Health Technology Assessment report of the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC) aims to define the current role of catheter ablation of AF in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness. On the basis of an extensive review of the available literature, this report provides (i) an overview of the epidemiology, clinical impact and socio-economic burden of AF; (ii) an evaluation of therapeutic options other than catheter ablation of AF; and (iii) a detailed presentation of clinical outcomes and cost-benefit ratio associated with catheter ablation. The costs of catheter ablation of AF in Italy were obtained using a bottom-up analysis of a resource utilization survey of 52 hospitals that were considered a representative sample, including 4 Centers that contributed with additional unit cost information in a separate questionnaire. An analysis of budget impact was also performed to evaluate the impact of ablation on the management costs of AF. Results of this analysis show that (1) catheter ablation is effective, safe and superior to antiarrhythmic drug therapy in maintaining sinus rhythm; (2) the cost of an ablation procedure in Italy typically ranges from €8868 to €9455, though current reimbursement remains insufficient, covering only about 60% of the costs; (3) the costs of follow-up are modest (about 8% of total costs); (4) assuming an adjustment of reimbursement to the real cost of an ablation procedure and a 5-10% increase in the annual rate of ablation procedures, after

  17. Central Venous Catheter Insertion Site and Colonization in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

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    2017-09-12

    Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI); Central Venous Catheter Associated Bloodstream Infection; Heart; Surgery, Heart, Functional Disturbance as Result; Congenital Heart Disease; Newborn; Infection

  18. Initial experience with percutaneous coronary sinus catheter placement in minimally invasive cardiac surgery in an academic center.

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    Hanada, Satoshi; Sakamoto, Hajime; Swerczek, Michael; Ueda, Kenichi

    2016-07-11

    Placement of a percutaneous coronary sinus catheter (CSC) by an anesthesiologist for retrograde cardioplegia in minimally invasive cardiac surgery is relatively safe in experienced hands. However, the popularity of its placement remains limited to a small number of centers due to its perceived complexity and potential complications. We retrospectively reviewed all cardiac cases performed by one surgeon between December 2009 and April 2012. The reviewed cases were divided into two groups: cardiac cases with percutaneous CSC placement (CSC group) and cardiac cases without placement (control group). Anesthesia preparation time (APT) was then compared between the CSC group and control group. In the CSC group, cases were further divided into two groups. One group contained cases with an APT of less than 90 min (success group) and the other contained cases with an APT greater than or equal to 90 min or cases with CSC placement failure (delay/failure group). Patients' characteristics, type of surgery, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) findings were compared between the two groups (success group vs. delay/failure group) to identify variables associated with prolongation of the APT or CSC placement failure. Percutaneous CSC placement was required in 83 cases (CSC group). The catheter was successfully placed in 74 of those cases. We experienced one complication, coronary sinus injury after multiple attempts at placing the catheter. The mean APT was 102 ± 31 min in the CSC group (n = 81) and 42 ± 15 min in the control group (n = 285). We could not identify any variables associated with prolongation of the APT or catheter placement failure. The success rate of the placement was 89.1 % in our academic center. On average, placing the CSC added approximately one additional hour to the APT. This time is not an accurate representation of true catheter placement time, as it included time for preparation of the CSC, TEE, and fluoroscopy. We experienced

  19. Health technology assessment on reprocessing single-use catheters for cardiac electrophysiology: results of a three-years study.

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    Tessarolo, F; Disertori, M; Caola, I; Guarrera, G M; Favaretti, C; Nollo, G

    2007-01-01

    The study aims to define the technical, ethical, juridical and economic issues involved in the assessment of a reprocessing policy for single-use interventional cardiac devices (SUDs). The feasibility of reprocessing was evaluated for cardiac electrophysiology catheters by comparing the chemical, physical and functional properties of new and reprocessed devices. The issue of hygiene was addressed by developing microbiological tests for the quantification of bioburden, sterility and pyrogenic load. The results of more than 1500 tests, conducted on 531 catheters, suggested a precautionary number of regenerations of five cycles. The ethical aspects were reviewed and the European juridical framework was assessed, revealing a need for harmonization. Applying a specific economic model, potential savings were calculated for a representative cardiology department and estimated at national and European level. Potential savings of 41.2% and 32.9% were calculated for diagnostic and ablation catheters, respectively. Safe and effective reprocessing of SUDs could be pursued if quality control processes and certified procedures are met. A reprocessing policy in EP laboratory could lead to savings of about 27,250 euros per 100,000 population, but the economic benefits are strongly dependent on the maximum number of regenerations and the regeneration rate.

  20. Retrograde air embolization during routine radial artery catheter flushing in adult cardiac surgical patients: an ultrasound study.

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    Murphy, Glenn S; Szokol, Joseph W; Marymont, Jesse H; Avram, Michael J; Vender, Jeffery S

    2004-09-01

    Rapid flushing of radial artery catheters may result in retrograde embolization of air into the cerebral circulation. This study examined the incidence of central air embolization during and after flushing of an arterial pressure monitoring system. One hundred adult patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures were enrolled in this study. Ten ml of saline and blood were withdrawn into a syringe in the arterial flushing-sampling pressure system and then readministered to the patient through a 20-gauge radial artery catheter over 3-12 s. The right carotid artery, left carotid artery, and aortic arch were visualized using ultrasound imaging techniques during three manual flushes of the system. The left and right common carotid arteries were examined for the presence of macrobubbles or microbubbles using a linear array ultrasound transducer. The aortic arch was imaged using transesophageal echocardiography to detect retrograde air emboli. The severity of air embolization was quantified using a modification of an established grading system. A total of 298 ultrasound studies in 100 patients were recorded and analyzed after radial artery catheter flushing. Two aortic arch images were not obtained because of an inability to place the probe. Most clinicians (54%) returned flush solution to patients at near-maximal injection rates (2-3 ml per second). No air emboli (macrobubbles or microbubbles) were detected in the carotid arteries or aortic arch of any subject. Retrograde air embolization is a rare event after routine radial artery catheter flushing in adult patients with stable hemodynamic conditions.

  1. Long-term results of radiofrequency catheter ablation in non-ischemic sustained ventricular tachycardia with underlying heart disease. Nonuniform arrhythmogenic substrate and mode of ablation.

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    Chinushi, M; Aizawa, Y; Ohhira, K; Abe, A; Shibata, A

    1996-03-01

    This study examined 12 VTs in 8 patients who underwent radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) associated with non-ischemic underlying heart diseases, and who were followed-up for more than 24 months after ablation. The site of VT origin was determined to be within a narrow site (within 1.0 x 1.0 cm) in 5 VTs (4 patients), but VT originated from a wide origin (more than 1.0 x 1.0 cm) in the other 5 VTs (3 patients). The remaining patient had two macroreentrant VTs revolving around an anatomical obstacle in both the clockwise and counterclockwise directions. Two of 5 VTs originating from a narrow site were successfully ablated by 2-3 RF applications. In VT associated with a wide origin, two perpendicular linear RF lesions with 6.0 +/- 1.8 RF applications were required to ablate the VT. Eight of the 12 VTs (66.7%) were finally ablated by RF current (30-50 watts), and they did not recur during the follow-up period of 31.2 +/- 6.5 months. An excellent long-term outcome is expected, even in VT associated with non-ischemic underlying heart disease, if VT is successfully treated by RF ablation.

  2. Prognostic value of total atrial conduction time estimated with tissue Doppler imaging to predict the recurrence of atrial fibrillation after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    den Uijl, Dennis W; Gawrysiak, Marcin; Tops, Laurens F; Trines, Serge A; Zeppenfeld, Katja; Schalij, Martin J; Bax, Jeroen J; Delgado, Victoria

    2011-11-01

    Total atrial activation time has been identified as an independent predictor of new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF). Echocardiographic assessment of PA-TDI duration provides an estimation of total atrial conduction time. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of total atrial conduction time to predict AF recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). In 213 patients undergoing RFCA for symptomatic drug-refractory paroxysmal AF, the total atrial conduction time was estimated by measuring the time delay between the onset of the P-wave in lead II of the surface electrocardiogram and the peak A'-wave on the tissue Doppler tracing of the left atrial (LA) lateral wall (PA-TDI duration). After RFCA, all patients were evaluated on a systematic basis at the outpatient clinic. After a mean follow-up of 13 ± 3 months, 74 patients (35%) had recurrent AF whereas 139 patients (65%) maintained sinus rhythm. Left atrial maximum volume index and PA-TDI duration were identified as independent predictors of AF recurrence after RFCA. However, receiver operator characteristics curve analyses demonstrated that PA-TDI duration had a superior accuracy to predict AF recurrence compared with LA maximum volume index (area under the curve 0.765 vs. 0.561, respectively). Assessment of total atrial conduction time using tissue Doppler imaging can be used to predict AF recurrence after RFCA.

  3. Measurement of cardiac output in ventricular rupture following acute myocardial infarction--pulmonary artery catheter vs transpulmonary thermodilution--a case report.

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    Schwarzkopf, Konrad; Simon, Stefan; Preussler, Niels-Peter; Hüter, Lars

    2009-02-01

    We compared the cardiac output measured by the transpulmonary aortic single indicator thermodilution method with that by the pulmonary artery catheterization in a patient with ventricular septal rupture after acute myocardial infarction. Though the former cardiac output was lower than the latter, in the presence of the ventricular septal rupture, the cardiac outputs were equal after the rupture was closed. This indicates that, while the cardiac output measured by the pulmonary artery catheter is influenced by the ventricular left-to-right shunt, transpulmonary aortic thermodilution method measures the true cardiac output of the left heart, which is responsible for organ perfusion.

  4. Comparison of Conventional versus Steerable-Catheter Guided Coronary Sinus Lead Positioning in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Resynchronization Device Implantation

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    Er, Fikret; Yüksel, Dilek; Hellmich, Martin; Gassanov, Natig

    2015-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to compare conventional versus steerable catheter guided coronary sinus (CS) cannulation in patients with advanced heart failure undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Background Steerable catheter guided coronary sinus cannulation could reduce fluoroscopy time and contrast medium use during CRT implantation. Methods 176 consecutive patients with ischemic and non-ischemic heart failure undergoing CRT implantation from January 2008 to December 2012 at the University Hospital of Cologne were identified. During the study period two concurrent CS cannulation techniques were used: standard CS cannulation technique (standard-group, n = 113) and CS cannulation using a steerable electrophysiology (EP) catheter (EPCath-group, n = 63). Propensity-score matched pairs of conventional and EP-catheter guided CS cannulation made up the study population (n = 59 pairs). Primary endpoints were total fluoroscopy time and contrast medium amount used during procedure. Results The total fluoroscopy time was 30.9 min (interquartile range (IQR), 19.9–44.0 min) in the standard-group and 23.4 min (IQR, 14.2-34-2 min) in the EPCath-group (p = 0.011). More contrast medium was used in the standard-group (60.0 ml, IQR, 30.0–100 ml) compared to 25.0 ml (IQR, 20.0–50.0 ml) in the EPCath-group (P<0.001). Conclusions Use of steerable EP catheter was associated with significant reduction of fluoroscopy time and contrast medium use in patients undergoing CRT implantation. PMID:26599637

  5. Vascular Complications During Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias: A Comparison Between Vascular Ultrasound Guided Access and Conventional Vascular Access.

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    Sharma, Parikshit S; Padala, Santosh K; Gunda, Sampath; Koneru, Jayanthi N; Ellenbogen, Kenneth A

    2016-10-01

    Vascular access related complications are the most common complications from catheter based EP procedures and have been reported to occur in 1-13% of cases. We prospectively assessed vascular complications in a large series of consecutive patients undergoing catheter based electrophysiologic (EP) procedures with ultrasound (US) guided vascular access versus conventional access. Consecutive patients undergoing catheter ablation procedures at VCU medical center were included. US guided access was obtained in all cases starting June 2015 (US group) while modified Seldinger technique without US guidance (non-US group) was used in cases prior to this date. All vascular complications were recorded for a 30-day period after the procedure. A total of 689 patients underwent 720 procedures. Ablations for ventricular tachyarrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia: VT, premature ventricular contractions: PVCs) accounted for 89 (12%) cases; atrial fibrillation (AF) ablations accounted for 328 procedures (46%) and other catheter based procedures accounted for 42% of cases. A significantly higher incidence of complications was noted in the non-US group compared with the US group (19 [5.3%] vs. 4 [1.1%], respectively, P = 0.002). Major complications were also higher among the non-US group (9 [2.5%] vs. 2 [0.6%], P = 0.03). Increasing age (P = 0.04) and non-US guided vascular access (P = 0.002) were associated with a higher risk of vascular access complications. In a large series of patients undergoing catheter based EP procedures for cardiac arrhythmias, US guided vascular access was associated with a significantly decreased 30-day risk of vascular complications. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Electrocardiogram features of premature ventricular contractions/ventricular tachycardia originating from the left ventricular outflow tract and the treatment outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    2012-01-01

    Background Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) has been used for the ablation of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or ventricular tachycardia (VT). To date, the mapping and catheter ablation of the arrhythmias originating from the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) has not been specified. This study investigates the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature of PVCs or VT originating from the LVOT. Moreover, the treatment outcome of RFCA is analyzed. Methods Mapping and ablation were performed on the supravalvular or subvalvular aorta in 52 cases with PVCs/VT originating from the LVOT. The data were compared with those from 104 patients with PVCs/VT originating from the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT). A differential procedure was prepared based on the comparison of the ECG features of PVCs/VT originating from the RVOT, LVOT, and their different parts. Results Among 52 cases with PVCs originating from the LVOT, 47 were successfully treated by RFCA, with a success rate of 90.38%. Several differences among the 12-lead ECG features were observed from the RVOT and LVOT in the left and right coronary sinus groups, as well as under the left coronary sinus group (left fibrous trigone): (1) If the precordial leads transition 0 are considered as the diagnostic parameters of PVCs/VT originating from the LVOT, then the sensitivity, specificity, as well as positive and negative predictive values are 94.12%, 93.00%, 87.27%, and 96.88%, respectively; (2) The analysis of different subgroups of the LVOT are as follows: (a) A mainly positive wave of r or m pattern was recorded in the lead I in 72.73% of patients in the right coronary sinus group, versus 12.90% of patients in the left coronary sinus group, and 0% in the under left coronary sinus group. (b) All patients in the right coronary sinus group presented waves of RII>RIII and QSaVR>QSaVL, whereas most patients in the other two groups showed waves of RIII>RII and

  7. Relationship between catheter contact force and radiofrequency lesion size and incidence of steam pop in the beating canine heart: electrogram amplitude, impedance, and electrode temperature are poor predictors of electrode-tissue contact force and lesion size.

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    Ikeda, Atsushi; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Lambert, Hendrik; Shah, Dipen C; Fonck, Edouard; Yulzari, Aude; Sharma, Tushar; Pitha, Jan V; Lazzara, Ralph; Jackman, Warren M

    2014-12-01

    Electrode-tissue contact force (CF) is believed to be a major factor in radiofrequency lesion size. The purpose of this study was to determine, in the beating canine heart, the relationship between CF and radiofrequency lesion size and the accuracy of predicting CF and lesion size by measuring electrogram amplitude, impedance, and electrode temperature. Eight dogs were studied closed chest. Using a 7F catheter with a 3.5 mm irrigated electrode and CF sensor (TactiCath, St. Jude Medical), radiofrequency applications were delivered to 3 separate sites in the right ventricle (30 W, 60 seconds, 17 mL/min irrigation) and 3 sites in the left ventricle (40 W, 60 seconds, 30 mL/min irrigation) at (1) low CF (median 8 g); (2) moderate CF (median 21 g); and (3) high CF (median 60 g). Dogs were euthanized and lesion size was measured. At constant radiofrequency and time, lesion size increased significantly with increasing CF (P<0.01). The incidence of a steam pop increased with both increasing CF and higher power. Peak electrode temperature correlated poorly with lesion size. The decrease in impedance during the radiofrequency application correlated well with lesion size for lesions in the left ventricle but less well for lesions in the right ventricle. There was a poor relationship between CF and the amplitude of the bipolar or unipolar ventricular electrogram, unipolar injury current, and impedance. Radiofrequencylesion size and the incidence of steam pop increase strikingly with increasing CF. Electrogram parameters and initial impedance are poor predictors of CF for radiofrequency ablation. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. Intra-cardiac Light Catheter for Transmural Absorbance Spectroscopy of Perfused Myocardium: Measurement of Myoglobin Oxygenation and Mitochondria Redox State.

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    Femnou, Armel N; Kuzmiak-Glancy, Sarah; Covian, Raul; Giles, Abigail V; Kay, Matthew W; Balaban, Robert S

    2017-09-22

    Absorbance spectroscopy of intrinsic cardiac chromophores provides non-destructive assessment of cytosolic oxygenation and mitochondria redox state. Isolated perfused heart spectroscopy is usually conducted by collecting reflected light from the heart surface, which represents a combination of surface scattering events and light that traversed portions of the myocardium. Reflectance spectroscopy with complex surface scattering effects in the beating heart leads to difficulty in quantitating chromophore absorbance. In this study, surface scattering was minimized and transmural path length optimized by placing a light source within the left ventricle (LV) chamber while monitoring transmurally transmitted light at the epicardial surface. The custom designed intra-chamber light catheter was a flexible coaxial cable (2.42 French) terminated with an encapsulated side firing Light Emitting Diode (LED) of 1.8×0.8 mm, altogether similar in size to a Millar pressure catheter. The LED catheter had minimal impact on aortic flow and heart rate in Langendorff perfusion and did not impact stability of the LV working heart. Changes in transmural absorbance spectra were deconvoluted using a library of chromophore reference spectra to quantify the relative contribution of specific chromophores to the changes in measured absorbance. This broad band spectral deconvolution approach eliminated errors that may result from simple dual wavelength absorbance intensity. Myoglobin oxygenation level was only 82.2±3.0%, while cytochrome c and cytochrome a+a3 were 13.3±1.4% and 12.6±2.2% reduced, respectively, in Langendorff perfused heart. The intra-cardiac illumination strategy permits transmural optical absorbance spectroscopy in perfused hearts which provides a non-invasive real-time monitor of cytosolic oxygenation and mitochondria redox state. Copyright © 2017, American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

  9. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Improves the Quality of Life Measured with a Short Form-36 Questionnaire in Atrial Fibrillation Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Choi, Jong-Il; Kim, Young-Hoon

    2016-01-01

    Background The main purpose of performing radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is to improve the quality of life (QoL) and alleviate AF-related symptoms. We aimed to determine the qualitative and quantitative effects of RFCA on the QoL in AF patients. Methods We performed a systemic review and meta-analysis using a random effects model. We searched for the studies that reported the physical component summary score (PCS) and mental component summary score (MCS) of the short form-36, a validated system to assess and quantify the QoL, before and after RFCA in AF patients. PCS and MCS are T-scores with a mean of 50 and standard deviation of 10. Results Of the 470 studies identified through systematic search, we included 13 studies for pre-RFCA vs. the post-RFCA analysis and 5 studies for treatment success vs. AF recurrence analyses. In the pre-RFCA vs. post-RFCA analysis, RFCA was associated with a significant increase in both the PCS (weighted mean difference [WMD] = 6.33 [4.81–7.84]; p < 0.001) and MCS (WMD = 7.80 [6.15–9.44]; p < 0.001). The ΔPCS (post-RFCA PCS–pre-RFCA PCS) and ΔMCS values were used for the treatment success vs. AF recurrence analysis. Patients with successful ablation had a higher ΔPCS (WMD = 7.46 [4.44–10.49]; p < 0.001) and ΔMCS (WMD = 7.59 [4.94–10.24]; p < 0.001). Conclusions RFCA is associated with a significant increase in the PCS and MCS in AF patients. Patients without AF recurrence after RFCA had a better improvement in the PCS and MCS than patients who had AF recurrence. PMID:27681507

  10. Feasibility, efficacy, and safety of radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation guided by monitoring of the initial impedance decrease as a surrogate of catheter contact.

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    Reichlin, Tobias; Lane, Christopher; Nagashima, Koichi; Nof, Eyal; Chopra, Nagesh; Ng, Justin; Barbhaiya, Chirag; Tadros, Tomas; John, Roy M; Stevenson, William G; Michaud, Gregory F

    2015-04-01

    The initial impedance decrease during radiofrequency (RF) ablation is an indirect marker of catheter contact and lesion formation. We aimed to assess feasibility, efficacy, and safety of an ablation approach guided by initial impedance decrease. A total of 25 patients with paroxysmal AF had point-by-point, wide antral pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. RF applications were aborted if a decrease of at least 5 Ω did not occur in the first 10 seconds; otherwise, ablation was continued for at least 20 seconds. Power was 30 Watts and reduced to 15-25 Watts on the posterior wall. A total of 28% of RF applications were terminated because of inadequate impedance decrease. The remaining lesions showed a median decrease of 7.6 Ω (IQR 5.0-10.7) at 10 seconds and median duration of RF lesions was 38 seconds. Note that, 100 PVs were isolated with 49 rings. PVI occurred before anatomic completion of the ablation ring of adequate lesions in 39/49 (80%) and concurrent with ring completion in 7/49 (14%). Additional lesions were required in 3/49 (6%) rings. After PVI, additional lesions were required to eliminate dormant conduction in 2/47 (4%) and pace-capture on the ablation line in 24/49 vein pairs (49%). During short-term follow-up, 3 nonfatal esophageal injuries and 2 late pericardial effusions occurred. During a mean follow-up of 431 ± 87 days, 21/25 patients (84%) remained free of recurrent symptomatic atrial arrhythmias. PVI guided by initial impedance decrease is feasible and results in PVI concurrent with or before completion of the ablation ring in 94% of patients. Single procedure efficacy after one year of follow-up was 84%. Near-term complications suggest that deeper lesions are created, indicating that further reduction of RF-power and duration is warranted. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. [Variations of pulmonary venous drainage and venous ostium index detection in atrial fibrillation patients prior to radiofrequency catheter ablation by MDCT pulmonary venography].

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    Shan, Fei; Zhang, Zhi-Yong; Chen, Gang; Miao, Xi-Yin; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Li-Jun; Zeng, Liang-Bin

    2007-04-01

    To evaluate variations of pulmonary venous drainage and venous ostium index (VOI) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) prior to radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) by MDCT pulmonary venography. 16-detector row CT pulmonary venography was performed in 64 AF patients referred to RFCA from June, 2005 to May, 2006. Variations in pulmonary venous drainage were observed in volume render imagines. Anterior-posterior and superior-inferior diameters of pulmonary venous ostium were measured on maximum intensity projection images. VOI derived from left superior, left inferior, right superior, right inferior pulmonary veins and variations in pulmonary venous drainage were calculated. Classic pulmonary veins anatomy was found in 11 patients (17.18%), early branching veins in 45 patients (70.31%), left common ostium in 5 patients (7.81%), right common ostia in 1 patient, right accessory (middle) pulmonary vein in 5 patients (7.81%) and left accessory (middle) pulmonary vein in 1 patient (1.56%). VOI of homolateral pulmonary veins and bilateral superior pulmonary veins were similar (P > 0.05) while there was a significant difference on VOIs derived from left superior and right inferior; two inferior, left inferior versus right superior veins (P < 0.05). Right inferior pulmonary venous ostium was most rounded and had the highest index (0.88) and left inferior pulmonary venous ostium was most oval and had the lowest index (0.72). Multidetector row CT pulmonary venography (MDCT-PV) could provide valuable informations on pulmonary venous anatomy in AF patients referred to RFCA and should be used as a routine examination prior to the operation.

  12. Left atrial appendage flow velocity and time from P-wave onset to tissue Doppler-derived A' predict atrial fibrillation recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Fukushima, Keiko; Fukushima, Noritoshi; Ejima, Koichiro; Kato, Ken; Sato, Yasuto; Uematsu, Shoko; Arai, Kotaro; Manaka, Tetsuyuki; Takagi, Atsushi; Ashihara, Kyomi; Shoda, Morio; Hagiwara, Nobuhisa

    2015-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with atrial remodeling. We investigate the abilities of preprocedural echocardiographic parameters reflecting atrial remodeling to predict AF recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for paroxysmal AF (PAF). Preprocedural echocardiographic parameters were measured during sinus rhythm in 105 patients with PAF undergoing RFCA. Electrical remodeling was assessed by the time from the onset of the P-wave to the peak A'-wave on the tissue Doppler imaging (PA-TDI), functional remodeling was assessed by the left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV), and structural remodeling was assessed by the left atrial volume index (LAVI). PA-TDI, LAAFV, and LAVI values were divided into tertiles, and their abilities to predict AF recurrence were assessed using Cox regression analysis. AF recurrence occurred in 39/105 (37.1%) patients. After adjustment for confounders, the rate of AF recurrence was significantly higher in the highest tertile of PA-TDI compared with the lowest tertile (≥151.3 msec vs. <131.0 msec; hazard ratio [HR]: 2.477, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.031-5.950; P = 0.042), and in the lowest tertile of LAAFV compared with the highest tertile (<48.5 cm/sec vs. ≥64.9 cm/sec; HR: 2.680, 95% CI: 1.136-6.318; P = 0.024). The risk of AF recurrence was also higher in the highest tertile of LAVI (≥34.2 mL/m(2) ) compared with the lowest tertile, but this difference was not significant (HR: 2.146, 95% CI: 0.834-5.523; P = 0.113). LAAFV (reflecting functional remodeling) and PA-TDI (reflecting electrical remodeling) are independent predictors of AF recurrence after RFCA for PAF. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation guided by spectral mapping of atrial fibrillation nests in sinus rhythm.

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    Mateos, José Carlos Pachón; Mateos, Enrique I Pachón; Lobo, Tasso J; Pachón, Maria Zélia C; Mateos, Juán Carlos Pachón; Pachón, Denilda Queiroz V; Vargas, Remy Nelson A; Piegas, Leopoldo S; Jatene, Adib D

    2007-09-01

    Two types of myocardia can be observed through the endocardial spectral mapping (SM) in sinus rhythm: the compact type with a smooth spectrum and the fibrillar type with a segmented spectrum (atrial fibrillation nests). During the atrial fibrillation (AF), the compact type has an organized activation and low frequency (passive), whereas the fibrillar type has a rather disorganized activation and high frequency (active/resonant), with both being activated by high-frequency sustained tachycardia--the background tachycardia (BT). To describe the treatment of AF by the ablation of the AF nests and BT. 1) Catheter ablation of the AF nests with RF [4/8 mm-60 masculine/30-40 J/30s] guided by SM in sinus rhythm, outside the pulmonary vein; 2) atrial stimulation -300 ppm; 3) Additional ablation of the AF nests if AF is induced; 4) Focal ablation if BT and/or Flutter is induced; 5) Clinical follow-up+ ECG+ Holter. A total of 50+/-18 AF nests/patient were treated. After 11.3+/-8 m, 81 patients (88%) did not present AF (28.3% with antiarrhythmic drugs). After the ablation of the AF nests, AF was not reinduced in 61 patients (71%) and BT was induced and treated in 24 patients (26%). There were two episodes of pericardial bleeding (1 treated clinically and 1 surgically), caused by sheaths that are no longer used The SM in sinus rhythm can be used in the ablation of AF nests. During the AF, the AF nests present a reactive-resonant pattern and the compact myocardium is passive, stimulated by the high frequency of the BT. After the ablation of the AF nests and the BT, it was not possible to reinduce the sustained AF. The Ablation of AF nests outside the pulmonary veins showed to be safe and highly effective in the cure and/or clinical control of the AF.

  14. The role of multidetector CT in the evaluation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins anatomy before and after radio-frequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Preliminary results and work in progress. Technical note.

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    Centonze, Maurizio; Del Greco, Maurizio; Nollo, Giandomenico; Ravelli, Flavia; Marini, Massimiliano; Della Sala, Sabino Walter; Dalla Palma, Francesco

    2005-01-01

    Radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the distal pulmonary veins is increasingly being used to treat recurrent or refractory atrial fibrillation that doesn't respond to pharmacologic therapy or cardioversion. Successful RFCA of atrial fibrillation depends on the pre-procedural understanding of the complex anatomy of the distal pulmonary veins and the left atrium. Aim of this paper is to describe the technical main features that characterise the multidetector helical computed tomography in the evaluation of this anatomic region before and after RFCA procedure. The 3D post-processing techniques useful for pre-RFCA planning are straightforward.

  15. Uncalibrated continuous cardiac output measurement in liver transplant patients: LiDCOrapid™ system versus pulmonary artery catheter.

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    Costa, Maria Gabriella; Chiarandini, Paolo; Scudeller, Luigia; Vetrugno, Luigi; Pompei, Livia; Serena, Giovanni; Buttera, Stefania; Della Rocca, Giorgio

    2014-06-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the level of agreement between continuous cardiac output estimated by uncalibrated pulse-power analysis (PulseCOLiR) and intermittent (ICO) and continuous cardiac output (CCO) obtained using a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC). Prospective cohort study. University hospital intensive care unit. Twenty patients after liver transplantation. Pulmonary artery catheters were placed in all patients, and ICO and CCO were determined using thermodilution. PulseCOLiR measurements were made using a LiDCOrapid(TM) (LiDCO Ltd, Cambridge, UK). ICO data were determined after intensive care unit admission and every 8 hours until the 48th postoperative hour. CCO and PulseCOLiR measurements were recorded simultaneously at these same time intervals as well as hourly. For the 8-hour data set (140 data pairs), the mean bias and percentage errors (PE) were, respectively,-0.10 L/min and 39.2% for ICO versus PulseCOLiR and 0.79 L/min and 34.6% for CCO versus PulseCOLiR. For the hourly comparison of CCO versus PulseCOLiR (980 data pairs), the bias was 0.75 L/min and the PE 37%. To assess the ability to measure change, a 4-quadrant plot was produced for each pair of methods. The performance of PulseCOLiR was moderate in detecting changes in ICO. In conclusion, the uncalibrated PulseCOLir method should not be used as a substitute for the thermodilution technique for the monitoring of cardiac output in liver transplant patients. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Anatomical Basis for the Cardiac Interventional Electrophysiologist

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    Sánchez-Quintana, Damián; Doblado-Calatrava, Manuel; Cabrera, José Angel; Macías, Yolanda; Saremi, Farhood

    2015-01-01

    The establishment of radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques as the mainstay in the treatment of tachycardia has renewed new interest in cardiac anatomy. The interventional arrhythmologist has drawn attention not only to the gross anatomic details of the heart but also to architectural and histological characteristics of various cardiac regions that are relevant to the development or recurrence of tachyarrhythmias and procedural related complications of catheter ablation. In this review, therefore, we discuss some anatomic landmarks commonly used in catheter ablations including the terminal crest, sinus node region, Koch's triangle, cavotricuspid isthmus, Eustachian ridge and valve, pulmonary venous orifices, venoatrial junctions, and ventricular outflow tracts. We also discuss the anatomical features of important structures in the vicinity of the atria and pulmonary veins, such as the esophagus and phrenic nerves. This paper provides basic anatomic information to improve understanding of the mapping and ablative procedures for cardiac interventional electrophysiologists. PMID:26665006

  17. Use of a simply modified drainage catheter for peritoneal dialysis treatment of acute renal failure associated with cardiac surgery in infants.

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    Chen, Qiang; Cao, Hua; Hu, Yun-Nan; Chen, Liang-Wan; He, Jia-Jun

    2014-09-01

    Acute renal failure (ARF) is a common complication in infants who undergo cardiac surgery in the intensive care unit. We report on a modified drainage catheter used in peritoneal dialysis (PD) for the treatment of ARF associated with cardiac surgery in infants. Thirty-nine infants with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery who developed ARF at our center between January 2009 and January 2012 were assessed. A modified drainage catheter for PD was used in these infants. Their demographic, clinical, and surgical data were analyzed. Thirty infants with ARF were cured by PD, and the other 9 died in the first 48 hours because of the severity of the acute cardiac dysfunction. All these infants were dependent upon mechanical ventilation during the postoperative period and used vasoactive drugs. In the survival group, the interval between the procedure and initiation of PD was 13.6 ± 6.5 (range, 6-30) hours. PD duration was 3.9 ± 0.9 (3-6) days. Minor complications were encountered in some patients (asymptomatic hypokalemia, hyperglycemia, and thrombocytopenia). These complications were readily treated by drugs or resolved spontaneously. Hemodynamics, cardiac function, and renal function improved significantly during PD. These data suggest that PD using a modified drainage catheter for ARF after cardiac surgery in infants is safe, feasible, inexpensive, and yields good results.

  18. Cardiac Assist Devices and Hemodialysis Catheter Procedures - What Do the Nephrologists Need to Know?

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    Florescu, Marius C; Sacks, Andrew R; Um, John Y

    2015-01-01

    The use of ventricular assist devices (VAD) and total artificial heart (TAH) is increasing rapidly, and a large proportion of these device recipients already have or will develop severe renal dysfunction at the time of device implantation. As a consequence, nephrologists are becoming more and more involved in the care of this challenging population. As nephrologists take upon themselves many aspects of dialysis vascular access care, they need to be familiar with the special circumstances of performing hemodialysis catheter procedures in these patients. This review describes the important characteristics of these devices that have serious implications for the technique of placing or replacing dialysis catheters. These implications apply for both tunneled and nontunneled dialysis catheters and so concern all nephrologists, not only the interventionalists. We describe the important anatomical factors, anticoagulation management, device management, vascular access management and technical considerations of placing or replacing tunneled and nontunneled hemodialysis catheters from the perspective of a nephrologist establishing and maintaining lifesaving dialysis vascular access. Without a good understanding of these devices, serious consequences such as VAD rotor damage or blockage, or artificial heart valve blockage or damage can occur. These artificial devices are lifesaving, and any such complication is unacceptable. This review describes steps to minimize the risks.

  19. Iatrogenic acute cardiac tamponade during percutaneous removal of a fractured peripherally inserted central catheter in a premature neonate.

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    Minghui, Zou; Hujun, Cui; Li, Ma; Weidan, Chen; Yanqin, Cui; Xinxin, Chen

    2015-01-01

    Acute cardiac tamponade (ACT) is a life-threatening complication associated with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in premature neonates. We present a case of ACT in a 4-day-old male infant. On the second admission day, a PICC was inserted. After 2.5 months, chest radiography showed PICC fracture, and its distal portion had migrated into the right pulmonary artery. Percutaneous removal through cardiac catheterization was attempted. However, right ventriculography demonstrated intrapericardial spillage of contrast agents, and iatrogenic ACT was confirmed. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was immediately started with open-chest cardiac massage. Further surgical exploration revealed right atrial appendage perforation. After 25-min CPR, the patient restored spontaneous circulation, and removal of the foreign bodies was performed. The post-operative course was uneventful. PICC fracture is an uncommon complication, but may be life-threatening. Precaution should be taken to avoid ACT during removal of a broken PICC. Once the tamponade is diagnosed, immediate interventions are mandatory.

  20. Iatrogenic catheter-related cardiac tamponade: a case report of fatal hydropericardium following subcutaneous implantation of a chemotherapeutic injection port.

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    Shields, Lisa B E; Hunsaker, Donna M; Hunsaker, John C

    2003-03-01

    The need to obtain dependable access to the vascular system constitutes a significant component in the treatment and management of critically ill patients. Intravenous chemotherapy administered to cancer patients over an extended period of time often results in loss of peripheral vascular access due to vein sclerosis, "exhaustion" or tissue necrosis. Medical investigators have designed and steadily upgraded a variety of devices constructed to improve venous access for long-term utilization. As with the introduction of any foreign object into the body, each of these devices has complications which may be life threatening and occasionally fatal. We present an unusual case of iatrogenic acute hydropericardium and cardiac tamponade caused by the percutaneous infusion of chemotherapeutic fluid via a right subclavian central venous implant system (Port-a-Cath). Failure to implant and monitor the device with a radiograph following placement according to manufacturer's guidelines and accepted standards of medical practice were causally related to an unusual complication, namely, perforation of the right cardiac ventricle by the catheter tip, resulting in sudden and unexpected cardiac death.

  1. Continuous cardiac output measurement by un-calibrated pulse wave analysis and pulmonary artery catheter in patients with septic shock.

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    Ganter, Michael T; Alhashemi, Jamal A; Al-Shabasy, Adel M; Schmid, Ursina M; Schott, Peter; Shalabi, Sanaa A; Badri, Ahmed M; Hartnack, Sonja; Hofer, Christoph K

    2016-02-01

    Septic shock is a serious medical condition. With increased concerns about invasive techniques, a number of non-invasive and semi-invasive devices measuring cardiac output (CO) have become commercially available. The aim of the present study was to determine the accuracy, precision and trending abilities of the FloTrac and the continuous pulmonary artery catheter thermodilution technique determining CO in septic shock patients. Consecutive septic shock patients were included in two centres and CO was measured every 4 h up to 48 h by FloTrac (APCO) and by pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) using the continuous (CCO) and intermittent (ICO) technique. Forty-seven septic shock patients with 326 matched sets of APCO, CCO and ICO data were available for analysis. Bland and Altman analysis revealed a mean bias ±2 SD of 0.0 ± 2.14 L min(-1) for APCO-ICO (%error = 34.5 %) and 0.23 ± 2.55 L min(-1) for CCO-ICO (%error = 40.4 %). Trend analysis showed a concordance of 85 and 81 % for APCO and CCO, respectively. In contrast to CCO, APCO was influenced by systemic vascular resistance and by mean arterial pressure. In septic shock patients, APCO measurements assessed by FloTrac but also the established CCO measurements using the PAC did not meet the currently accepted statistical criteria indicating acceptable clinical performance.

  2. Tracheal rupture after intubation and placement of an endotracheal balloon catheter (A-view®) in cardiac surgery.

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    Timman, Simone T; Mourisse, Jo M; van der Heide, Stefan M; Verhagen, Ad F

    2016-09-01

    The endotracheal balloon catheter (A-view®) is a device developed to locate atherosclerotic plaques of the ascending aorta (AA) in cardiac surgery to prevent stroke. The saline-filled balloon is located in the trachea and combines the advantages of transoesophageal echocardiography (e.g. used before performing the sternotomy) and intraoperative epiaortic ultrasound scanning (e.g. complete view of the AA). We report the first severe complication after the use of A-view®. This is a case of a 66-year old woman who underwent elective myocardial revascularization complicated by an intraoperative iatrogenic tracheal rupture of 6 cm, after uncomplicated intubation and the use of an endotracheal balloon catheter (A-view®), which required direct surgical repair with a posterolateral thoracotomy after the myocardial revascularization was completed, weaning from bypass and closure of the median sternotomy. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  3. Improvement of cardiac function and neurological remodeling in a patient with tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy after catheter ablation.

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    Omichi, Chikaya; Tanaka, Takeshi; Kakizawa, Yoshiko; Yamada, Ayako; Ishii, Yasuhiro; Nagashima, Hirotaka; Kanmatsuse, Katsuo; Endo, Masahiro

    2009-08-01

    Incessant ventricular tachycardia and long-standing ectopic beats lead to tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy. Catheter ablation eliminates ventricular tachycardia and reverses left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. 201-Thallium ((201)Tl) scintigraphy demonstrates perfusion defects with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Reversible perfusion defects are observed even in non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, related to regional flow or metabolism derangements. 123-I-metaiodobezylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) scintigraphy delineates regional cardiac sympathetic denervation and heterogeneity. We demonstrated the progression of tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy in a patient with idiopathic LV outflow tract tachycardia using (201)Tl and (123)I-MIBG scintigraphic findings. Regional defects were reversed predominantly in the basal interventricular septal wall in (201)Tl scintigraphy and (123)I-MIBG scintigraphic findings. This report suggests that incessant ventricular tachycardia or long-standing ventricular ectopic beats may develop adverse myocardial remodeling and sympathetic neurological remodeling. Treatment with catheter ablation for tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy can reverse sympathetic neurological remodeling as well as myocardial structural remodeling.

  4. Early release of high-sensitive cardiac troponin during complex catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

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    Reichlin, Tobias; Lockwood, Stephen J; Conrad, Michael J; Nof, Eyal; Michaud, Gregory F; John, Roy M; Epstein, Laurence M; Stevenson, William G; Jarolim, Petr

    2016-10-01

    Radiofrequency ablation results in intentional cardiac injury. We aimed to assess the kinetics of cardiac injury as measured by cardiac troponin release following ventricular ablation and atrial ablation. Patients undergoing ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) with structural heart disease (19 patients) or atrial fibrillation (AF, 24 patients) were prospectively enrolled. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) were measured before ablation as well as 30 min, 60 min, 90 min, 120 min, 4 h, 8 h, and 24 h after applying the first ablation lesion. Median ablation time, power used, and energy delivered were 28 min, 39 W, and 69,713 J in VT ablations and 55 min, 29 W, and 95,425 J in AF ablations, respectively. Release of hs-cTnT occurred promptly with both, but reached greater levels earlier for ventricular compared to atrial ablation (hs-cTnT after 30 min 191 vs. 31 ng/l, after 1 h 467 vs. 80 ng/l; hs-cTnI after 30 min 132 vs. 30 ng/l, after 1 h 331 vs. 76 ng/l; p < 0.001 for all comparisons). After 24 h, levels were similar (hs-cTnT 1325 vs. 1303 ng/l, p = 0.92; hs-cTnI 2165 vs. 1996 ng/l, p = 0.55). Levels of hs-cTnT after 24 h correlated well with the energy delivered in AF ablations (r = 0.81 and r = 0.75, p < 0.001), but not in VT ablations (r = 0.35 and r = 0.44, p = ns). Evidence of cardiac injury as indicated by the release of hs-cTnT and hs-cTnI occurs early with atrial and ventricular ablation. Higher early levels are observed in ventricular ablations, but levels are similar after 24 h. The extent of total troponin release seems to correlate well with the amount of energy delivered in AF ablations, but not in VT ablations.

  5. Contrast-enhanced specific absorption rate-efficient 3D cardiac cine with respiratory-triggered radiofrequency gating.

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    Henningsson, Markus; Chan, Raymond H; Goddu, Beth; Goepfert, Lois A; Razavi, Reza; Botnar, Rene M; Schaeffter, Tobias; Nezafat, Reza

    2013-04-01

    To investigate the use of radiofrequency (RF) gating in conjunction with a paramagnetic contrast agent to reduce the specific absorption rate (SAR) and increase the blood-myocardium contrast in balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) 3D cardiac cine. RF gating was implemented by synchronizing the RF-excitation with an external respiratory sensor (bellows), which could additionally be used for respiratory gating. For reference, respiratory-gated 3D cine images were acquired without RF gating. Free-breathing 3D cine images were acquired in eight healthy subjects before and after contrast injection (Gd-BOPTA) and compared to breath-hold 2D cine. RF-gated 3D cine reduced the SAR by nearly 40% without introducing significant artifacts while providing left ventricle (LV) measurements similar to those obtained with 2D cine. The contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) was significantly higher for 3D cine compared to 2D cine, both before and after contrast injection; however, no statistically significant CNR increase was observed for the postcontrast 3D cine compared to the precontrast acquisitions. Respiratory-triggered RF gating significantly reduces SAR in 3D cine acquisitions, which may enable a more widespread clinical use of 3D cine. Furthermore, CNR of 3D bSSFP cine is higher than of 2D and administration of Gd-BOPTA does not improve the CNR of 3D cine. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Development of an Electrophysiology (EP)-Enabled Intracardiac Ultrasound Catheter Integrated With NavX 3-Dimensional Electrofield Mapping for Guiding Cardiac EP Interventions

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    Li, Xiao Kui; Pemberton, James; Thomenius, Kai; Dentinger, Aaron; Lowe, Robert I.; Ashraf, Muhammad; Shung, K. Kirk; Chia, Raymond; Stephens, Douglas N.; O'Donnell, Matthew; Mahajan, Aman; Balaji, Seshadri; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Sahn, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Objective We have developed an integrated high-resolution intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter for electrophysiology (EP) testing, which can be coregistered in 3-dimensional space with EP testing and ablation catheters using electrofield sensing. Methods Twelve open-chest pigs (34–55 kg) and 3 closed-chest pigs were studied. After introduction from the jugular or femoral venous locations, the 9F side-looking, highly steerable (0°–180°), 64-element array catheters could be manipulated easily throughout the right side of the heart. Multisite cardiac pacing was performed for assessing left ventricular (LV) synchrony using tissue Doppler methods. Also, in the open-chest pigs, right atrial (RA) and right ventricular (RV) ablations were performed with a separate radio frequency catheter under fluoroscopic guidance and visualized with ICE to characterize the changes. In the 3 closed-chest pigs, electrofield NavX 3-dimensional coregistration (St Jude Medical Corp, Minneapolis, MN) allowed us to test whether this additional feature could shorten the time necessary to perform 4 targeted ablations in each animal while imaging the ablation catheter and the adjacent region by ICE. Results Intracardiac anatomy, tricuspid, aortic, pulmonary, and mitral valve function, and pulmonary vein flow were all imaged reproducibly from scanning locations in the RA or RV in all animals, along with assessment of cardiac motion and the effects of multisite pacing. Three-dimensional electrofield displays detailed the spatial relationship between the ICE catheter and ablation catheters such that the time to visualize and ablate 4 sites in each of the 3 closed-chest animals was reduced. Conclusions This new technology is a first step in the integration of ICE with EP procedures. PMID:17957051

  7. Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC) Accuracy and Efficacy Compared with Flow Probe and Transcutaneous Doppler (USCOM): An Ovine Cardiac Output Validation.

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    Phillips, Robert A; Hood, Sally G; Jacobson, Beverley M; West, Malcolm J; Wan, Li; May, Clive N

    2012-01-01

    Background. The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is an accepted clinical method of measuring cardiac output (CO) despite no prior validation. The ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM) is a noninvasive alternative to PAC using Doppler ultrasound (CW). We compared PAC and USCOM CO measurements against a gold standard, the aortic flow probe (FP), in sheep at varying outputs. Methods. Ten conscious sheep, with implanted FPs, had measurements of CO by FP, USCOM, and PAC, at rest and during intervention with inotropes and vasopressors. Results. CO measurements by FP, PAC, and USCOM were 4.0 ± 1.2 L/min, 4.8 ± 1.5 L/min, and 4.0 ± 1.4 L/min, respectively, (n = 280, range 1.9 L/min to 11.7 L/min). Percentage bias and precision between FP and PAC, and FP and USCOM was -17 and 47%, and 1 and 36%, respectively. PAC under-measured Dobutamine-induced CO changes by 20% (relative 66%) compared with FP, while USCOM measures varied from FP by 3% (relative 10%). PAC reliably detected -30% but not +40% CO changes, as measured by receiver operating characteristic area under the curve (AUC), while USCOM reliably detected ±5% changes in CO (AUC > 0.70). Conclusions. PAC demonstrated poor accuracy and sensitivity as a measure of CO. USCOM provided equivalent measurements to FP across a sixfold range of outputs, reliably detecting ±5% changes.

  8. Management of cardiac migration of a distal shunt catheter: the radiological pitfalls.

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    Aboukais, R; Zairi, F; Marinho, P; Lejeune, J-P

    2015-02-01

    Cardiac migration is a rare complication of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt. We report a case of a late migration of the distal shunt into the pulmonary arteries. The authors underline the radiological features that suggested the presence of a knot. Preoperative planning and the assistance of a vascular surgeon were required due to the presence of a knot.

  9. Diffuse ventricular fibrosis measured by T₁ mapping on cardiac MRI predicts success of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    McLellan, Alex J A; Ling, Liang-han; Azzopardi, Sonia; Ellims, Andris H; Iles, Leah M; Sellenger, Michael A; Morton, Joseph B; Kalman, Jonathan M; Taylor, Andrew J; Kistler, Peter M

    2014-10-01

    There is a complex interplay between the atria and ventricles in atrial fibrillation (AF). Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging provides detailed tissue characterization, identifying focal ventricular fibrosis with late gadolinium enhancement (ventricular late gadolinium enhancement) and diffuse fibrosis with postcontrast-enhanced T1 mapping. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between postcontrast ventricular T1 relaxation time on CMR and freedom from AF after pulmonary vein isolation. One hundred three patients undergoing catheter ablation for symptomatic AF (66% paroxysmal AF; age, 58±10 years; left atrial area, 27±7 cm(2)) underwent preprocedure CMR to determine postcontrast ventricular T1 time. Follow-up included clinical review and 7-day Holter monitors at 6 monthly intervals. All patients underwent successful pulmonary vein isolation. At a mean follow-up of 15±7 months, the single procedure success was 74%. Postcontrast ventricular T1 time was significantly shorter in patients with recurrent AF (366±73 ms) versus patients without AF recurrence (428±90 ms; P=0.002). Univariate predictors of AF recurrence included postcontrast ventricular T1 time, AF type (paroxysmal versus persistent), AF duration, and body mass index. After multivariate analysis, ventricular T1 time (P=0.03) and AF duration (P=0.03) were the only independent predictors. Freedom from AF was present in 84% of patients with a postcontrast ventricular T1 time >380 ms versus 56% in patients with a postcontrast ventricular T1 time <380 ms (P=0.002). A shorter postcontrast ventricular T1 relaxation time on CMR is associated with reduced freedom from AF after catheter ablation. Diffuse ventricular fibrosis as demonstrated by CMR may, in part, explain recurrent AF after AF ablation. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  10. Preparation of liposomal amiodarone and investigation of its cardiomyocyte-targeting ability in cardiac radiofrequency ablation rat model

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    Zhuge, Ying; Zheng, Zhi-Feng; Xie, Mu-Qing; Li, Lin; Wang, Fang; Gao, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop an amiodarone hydrochloride (ADHC)-loaded liposome (ADHC-L) formulation and investigate its potential for cardiomyocyte targeting after cardiac radiofrequency ablation (CA) in vivo. The ADHC-L was prepared by thin-film method combined with ultrasonication and extrusion. The preparation process was optimized by Box–Behnken design with encapsulation efficiency as the main evaluation index. The optimum formulation was quantitatively obtained with a diameter of 99.9±0.4 nm, a zeta potential of 35.1±10.9 mV, and an encapsulation efficiency of 99.5%±13.3%. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the liposomes were spherical particles with integrated bilayers and well dispersed with high colloidal stability. Pharmacokinetic studies were investigated in rats after intravenous administration, which revealed that compared with free ADHC treatment, ADHC-L treatment showed a 5.1-fold increase in the area under the plasma drug concentration–time curve over a period of 24 hours (AUC0–24 h) and an 8.5-fold increase in mean residence time, suggesting that ADHC-L could facilitate drug release in a more stable and sustained manner while increasing the circulation time of ADHC, especially in the blood. Biodistribution studies of ADHC-L demonstrated that ADHC concentration in the heart was 4.1 times higher after ADHC-L treatment in CA rat model compared with ADHC-L sham-operated treatment at 20 minutes postinjection. Fluorescence imaging studies further proved that the heart-targeting ability of ADHC-L was mainly due to the CA in rats. These results strongly support that ADHC-L could be exploited as a potential heart-targeting drug delivery system with enhanced bioavailability and reduced side effects for arrhythmia treatment after CA. PMID:27313453

  11. The association of willingness-to-pay and patient attributes: a cost-volume-profit analysis of cardiac catheter unit services in Ramallah Hospital, Palestine.

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    Jabr, Samer F K; Younis, Mustafa Mike Z; Forgione, Dana A

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to examine the association of willingness-to-pay and patient attributes in relation to the multi-service cost-volume-profit structure of a cardiac catheter unit in Ramallah Hospital. This article contributes to the literature by providing primary evidence on patient willingness-to-pay, by identifying the specific break-even parameters of three hospital cardiac catheter unit service types (diagnosis, balloon, and pacemaker), and by demonstrating the cross-subsidization of patient income groups that is inherent in the existing hospital rate structure. Our results provide information useful for (1) evidence-based policy making with respect to hospital rate setting and cross-subsidies of patient income groups; (2) the advancement of hospital management, by demonstrating the estimated variable and fixed cost parameters and the impact of patient revenue mix on the profitability of cardiac catheter unit services; and (3) the advancement of theory, by documenting the relationship of patient demand and the cost of supply in a multi-patient-group, multi-service hospital setting.

  12. Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC) Accuracy and Efficacy Compared with Flow Probe and Transcutaneous Doppler (USCOM): An Ovine Cardiac Output Validation

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    Phillips, Robert A.; Hood, Sally G.; Jacobson, Beverley M.; West, Malcolm J.; Wan, Li; May, Clive N.

    2012-01-01

    Background. The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is an accepted clinical method of measuring cardiac output (CO) despite no prior validation. The ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM) is a noninvasive alternative to PAC using Doppler ultrasound (CW). We compared PAC and USCOM CO measurements against a gold standard, the aortic flow probe (FP), in sheep at varying outputs. Methods. Ten conscious sheep, with implanted FPs, had measurements of CO by FP, USCOM, and PAC, at rest and during intervention with inotropes and vasopressors. Results. CO measurements by FP, PAC, and USCOM were 4.0 ± 1.2 L/min, 4.8 ± 1.5 L/min, and 4.0 ± 1.4 L/min, respectively, (n = 280, range 1.9 L/min to 11.7 L/min). Percentage bias and precision between FP and PAC, and FP and USCOM was −17 and 47%, and 1 and 36%, respectively. PAC under-measured Dobutamine-induced CO changes by 20% (relative 66%) compared with FP, while USCOM measures varied from FP by 3% (relative 10%). PAC reliably detected −30% but not +40% CO changes, as measured by receiver operating characteristic area under the curve (AUC), while USCOM reliably detected ±5% changes in CO (AUC > 0.70). Conclusions. PAC demonstrated poor accuracy and sensitivity as a measure of CO. USCOM provided equivalent measurements to FP across a sixfold range of outputs, reliably detecting ±5% changes. PMID:22649718

  13. Effects of chronic hypoxia on cardiac function measured by pressure-volume catheter in fetal chickens

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    Giraud, George D.; Espinoza, Herbert M.; Davis, Erica N.; Crossley, Dane A.

    2015-01-01

    Hypoxia is a common component of many developmental insults and has been studied in early-stage chicken development. However, its impact on cardiac function and arterial-ventricular coupling in late-stage chickens is relatively unknown. To test the hypothesis that hypoxic incubation would reduce baseline cardiac function but protect the heart during acute hypoxia in late-stage chickens, white Leghorn eggs were incubated at 21% O2 or 15% O2. At 90% of incubation (19 days), hypoxic incubation caused growth restriction (−20%) and increased the LV-to-body ratio (+41%). Left ventricular (LV) pressure-volume loops were measured in anesthetized chickens in normoxia and acute hypoxia (10% O2). Hypoxic incubation lowered the maximal rate of pressure generation (ΔP/ΔtMax; −22%) and output (−57%), whereas increasing end-systolic elastance (ELV; +31%) and arterial elastance (EA; +122%) at similar heart rates to normoxic incubation. Both hypoxic incubation and acute hypoxia lengthened the half-time of relaxation (τ; +24%). Acute hypoxia reduced heart rate (−8%) and increased end-diastolic pressure (+35%). Hearts were collected for mRNA analysis. Hypoxic incubation was marked by decreased mRNA expression of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2, Na+/Ca2+ exchanger 1, phospholamban, and ryanodine receptor. In summary, hypoxic incubation reduces LV function in the late-stage chicken by slowing pressure generation and relaxation, which may be driven by altered intracellular excitation-contraction coupling. Cardiac efficiency is greatly reduced after hypoxic incubation. In both incubation groups acute hypoxia reduced diastolic function. PMID:25652537

  14. Successful bipolar ablation for ventricular tachycardia with potential substrate identification by pre-procedural cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

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    Sakamoto, Kazuo; Nozoe, Masatsugu; Tsutsui, Yoshitomo; Suematsu, Nobuhiro; Kubota, Toru; Okabe, Masanori; Yamamoto, Yusuke

    2017-01-01

    Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for detecting the arrhythmogenic substrate in cardiac sarcoidosis. We herein present a case of bipolar radiofrequency catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) complicated with cardiac sarcoidosis, guided by pre-procedural cardiac MRI. Neither echocardiography nor endocardial voltage mapping suggested a septal VT substrate. However, MRI alone detected intramural lesions in the septum. Although application of endocardial energy failed to treat the VT, bipolar ablation targeting the potential substrate identified by MRI successfully eliminated the VT. Even when no abnormalities are depicted on echocardiography and endocardial voltage mapping, intramural scar tissue identified by cardiac MRI could be critical for VT. PMID:28546773

  15. Interpreting measurements of cardiac function using vendor-independent speckle tracking echocardiography in children: a prospective, blinded comparison with catheter-derived measurements.

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    Goudar, Suma P; Baker, G Hamilton; Chowdhury, Shahryar M; Reid, Kimberly J; Shirali, Girish; Scheurer, Mark A

    2016-12-01

    Adult studies demonstrate that echocardiographic measurements of cardiac function using speckle tracking correlate with invasive measurements, but such data in the pediatric population are sparse. Our aim was to compare speckle-derived measures of cardiac function to measurements routinely obtained by cardiac catheterization in children. Echocardiograms were performed on the day of cardiac catheterization. Using Tomtec 2D Cardiac Performance Analysis, longitudinal strain (LS), longitudinal strain rate (LSR), early diastolic LSR, and ejection fraction (EF) for the right and left ventricle (RV and LV) were calculated via speckle tracking. Global LS and LSR were calculated for the LV. These results were compared to cardiac index, maximum ventricular dp/dt (max dp/dt), ventricular end-diastolic pressure (EDP), and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) obtained by fluid-filled catheters. A blinded observer performed all echo measurements. Fifty studies were performed on 28 patients ages 4 months to 20 years old. Their diagnoses included cardiac transplant (48 studies), repaired AV septal defect (1), and dilated cardiomyopathy (1). RVEDP ranged from 2 to 22 mm Hg (median=6) and PCWP ranged from 6 to 32 mmHg (median 10). LV global LS and LV 2-chamber LSR by speckle-tracking negatively correlated with LV max dp/dt (LV global LS R=-.83, P=.001; LV 2-chamber LSR R=-.69, P=.009). RV LS weakly correlated with max dp/dt (R=.363, P=.002). Early diastolic strain rate did not correlate with EDP in either ventricle. Speckle-derived measurements of function in the LV have stronger correlation than the RV to catheter-derived measures. LV global LS has the strongest correlation with invasive function measures in children. © 2016, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Catheter-based Intramyocardial Injection of FGF1 or NRG1-loaded MPs Improves Cardiac Function in a Preclinical Model of Ischemia-Reperfusion

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    Garbayo, Elisa; Gavira, Juan José; de Yebenes, Manuel Garcia; Pelacho, Beatriz; Abizanda, Gloria; Lana, Hugo; Blanco-Prieto, María José; Prosper, Felipe

    2016-05-01

    Cardiovascular protein therapeutics such as neuregulin (NRG1) and acidic-fibroblast growth factor (FGF1) requires new formulation strategies that allow for sustained bioavailability of the drug in the infarcted myocardium. However, there is no FDA-approved injectable protein delivery platform due to translational concerns about biomaterial administration through cardiac catheters. We therefore sought to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous intramyocardial injection of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles (MPs) loaded with NRG1 and FGF1 using the NOGA MYOSTAR injection catheter in a porcine model of ischemia-reperfusion. NRG1- and FGF1-loaded MPs were prepared using a multiple emulsion solvent-evaporation technique. Infarcted pigs were treated one week after ischemia-reperfusion with MPs containing NRG1, FGF1 or non-loaded MPs delivered via clinically-translatable percutaneous transendocardial-injection. Three months post-treatment, echocardiography indicated a significant improvement in systolic and diastolic cardiac function. Moreover, improvement in bipolar voltage and decrease in transmural infarct progression was demonstrated by electromechanical NOGA-mapping. Functional benefit was associated with an increase in myocardial vascularization and remodeling. These findings in a large animal model of ischemia-reperfusion demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of using MPs as a delivery system for growth factors and provide strong evidence to move forward with clinical studies using therapeutic proteins combined with catheter-compatible biomaterials.

  17. Catheter-based Intramyocardial Injection of FGF1 or NRG1-loaded MPs Improves Cardiac Function in a Preclinical Model of Ischemia-Reperfusion.

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    Garbayo, Elisa; Gavira, Juan José; de Yebenes, Manuel Garcia; Pelacho, Beatriz; Abizanda, Gloria; Lana, Hugo; Blanco-Prieto, María José; Prosper, Felipe

    2016-05-17

    Cardiovascular protein therapeutics such as neuregulin (NRG1) and acidic-fibroblast growth factor (FGF1) requires new formulation strategies that allow for sustained bioavailability of the drug in the infarcted myocardium. However, there is no FDA-approved injectable protein delivery platform due to translational concerns about biomaterial administration through cardiac catheters. We therefore sought to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous intramyocardial injection of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles (MPs) loaded with NRG1 and FGF1 using the NOGA MYOSTAR injection catheter in a porcine model of ischemia-reperfusion. NRG1- and FGF1-loaded MPs were prepared using a multiple emulsion solvent-evaporation technique. Infarcted pigs were treated one week after ischemia-reperfusion with MPs containing NRG1, FGF1 or non-loaded MPs delivered via clinically-translatable percutaneous transendocardial-injection. Three months post-treatment, echocardiography indicated a significant improvement in systolic and diastolic cardiac function. Moreover, improvement in bipolar voltage and decrease in transmural infarct progression was demonstrated by electromechanical NOGA-mapping. Functional benefit was associated with an increase in myocardial vascularization and remodeling. These findings in a large animal model of ischemia-reperfusion demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of using MPs as a delivery system for growth factors and provide strong evidence to move forward with clinical studies using therapeutic proteins combined with catheter-compatible biomaterials.

  18. Catheter-based Intramyocardial Injection of FGF1 or NRG1-loaded MPs Improves Cardiac Function in a Preclinical Model of Ischemia-Reperfusion

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    Garbayo, Elisa; Gavira, Juan José; de Yebenes, Manuel Garcia; Pelacho, Beatriz; Abizanda, Gloria; Lana, Hugo; Blanco-Prieto, María José; Prosper, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    Cardiovascular protein therapeutics such as neuregulin (NRG1) and acidic-fibroblast growth factor (FGF1) requires new formulation strategies that allow for sustained bioavailability of the drug in the infarcted myocardium. However, there is no FDA-approved injectable protein delivery platform due to translational concerns about biomaterial administration through cardiac catheters. We therefore sought to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous intramyocardial injection of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles (MPs) loaded with NRG1 and FGF1 using the NOGA MYOSTAR injection catheter in a porcine model of ischemia-reperfusion. NRG1- and FGF1-loaded MPs were prepared using a multiple emulsion solvent-evaporation technique. Infarcted pigs were treated one week after ischemia-reperfusion with MPs containing NRG1, FGF1 or non-loaded MPs delivered via clinically-translatable percutaneous transendocardial-injection. Three months post-treatment, echocardiography indicated a significant improvement in systolic and diastolic cardiac function. Moreover, improvement in bipolar voltage and decrease in transmural infarct progression was demonstrated by electromechanical NOGA-mapping. Functional benefit was associated with an increase in myocardial vascularization and remodeling. These findings in a large animal model of ischemia-reperfusion demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of using MPs as a delivery system for growth factors and provide strong evidence to move forward with clinical studies using therapeutic proteins combined with catheter-compatible biomaterials. PMID:27184924

  19. Successful removal of an entrapped and kinked catheter during right transradial cardiac catheterization by snaring and unwinding the catheter via femoral access.

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    Khoubyari, Rostam; Arsanjani, Reza; Habibzadeh, Mohammad Reza; Echeverri, Jose; Movahed, Mohammad Reza

    2012-01-01

    Since its introduction by Campeau in 1989, the transradial approach for coronary angiography has gained significant popularity among interventional cardiologists due to its lower access site complication rates, cost-effectiveness, and shorter hospital course. Although the transradial approach is much safer than the transfemoral approach, it has its own inherent rare complications including radial artery occlusion, thrombosis, nonocclusive radial artery injury, vasospasm, and compartment syndrome. Herein, we present an unusual case of entrapment and kinking of a catheter in the radial artery, which was successfully removed by using a gooseneck snare via the transfemoral route. The distal and proximal tips were then simultaneously rotated in opposite directions, allowing for the unkinking and removal of the catheter. To our knowledge, this is the first report of this rare complication.

  20. Intra-procedural determination of viability by myocardial deformation imaging: a randomized prospective study in the cardiac catheter laboratory.

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    Schuh, Alexander; Karayusuf, Vadim; Altiok, Ertunc; Hamada, Sandra; Schröder, Jörg; Keszei, Andras; Kelm, Malte; de la Fuente, Matias; Frick, Michael; Radermacher, Klaus; Marx, Nikolaus; Becker, Michael

    2017-08-01

    The benefit of revascularization for functional recovery depends on the presence of viable myocardial tissue. Myocardial deformation imaging allows determination of myocardial viability. In a first approach, we assessed the optimal cutoff value to determine preserved viability by layer-specific echocardiographic myocardial deformation imaging at rest and low-dose dobutamine (DSE) echocardiography: regional endocardial circumferential strain (eCS) <-19% at rest was as accurate as eCS at DSE. In a main study, 123 patients (66% men, age 59 ± 6 years) with relevant coronary stenoses and corresponding severe regional myocardial dysfunction were included and randomized in 2 groups after coronary angiography: group A: intra-procedural myocardial deformation imaging in the cardiac catheter laboratory (CLab), determination of myocardial viability by regional eCS <-19%, in case of positive viability immediate coronary intervention in the same session. Group B: two-step determination of myocardial viability by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), in case of positive viability coronary intervention. After 18 months follow-up an analysis of the endpoints regarding cardiovascular events, left ventricular (LV) function, and comparison of cost was performed. Group A (N = 61) and group B (N = 62) showed no differences concerning localization of the coronary stenosis, comorbidities, or medical therapy. Cardiovascular events at 18-month follow-up were as follows: group A 13% (N = 10) vs. group B 14% (N = 9, p = 0.288); improvement of LV function: group A: +7 ± 2% vs. group B: +7 ± 3%, p = 0.963; costs: group A: 3096 Dollar vs. group B: 6043 Dollar, p < 0.001. Intra-procedural determination of myocardial viability by myocardial deformation imaging in the CLab is feasible, safe, and cost effective and may become an emerging alternative to the current practice of two-stage viability diagnostics.

  1. Image-based view-angle independent cardiorespiratory motion gating and coronary sinus catheter tracking for x-ray-guided cardiac electrophysiology procedures

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    Panayiotou, Maria; Rhode, Kawal S.; King, Andrew P.; Ma, Yingliang; Cooklin, Michael; O'Neill, Mark; Gill, Jaswinder; Rinaldi, C. A.; Housden, R. James

    2015-10-01

    Determination of the cardiorespiratory phase of the heart has numerous applications during cardiac imaging. In this article we propose a novel view-angle independent near-real time cardiorespiratory motion gating and coronary sinus (CS) catheter tracking technique for x-ray fluoroscopy images that are used to guide cardiac electrophysiology procedures. The method is based on learning CS catheter motion using principal component analysis and then applying the derived motion model to unseen images taken at arbitrary projections, using the epipolar constraint. This method is also able to track the CS catheter throughout the x-ray images in any arbitrary subsequent view. We also demonstrate the clinical application of our model on rotational angiography sequences. We validated our technique in normal and very low dose phantom and clinical datasets. For the normal dose clinical images we established average systole, end-expiration and end-inspiration gating success rates of 100%, 85.7%, and 92.3%, respectively. For very low dose applications, the technique was able to track the CS catheter with median errors not exceeding 1 mm for all tracked electrodes. Average gating success rates of 80.3%, 71.4%, and 69.2% were established for the application of the technique on clinical datasets, even with a dose reduction of more than 10 times. In rotational sequences at normal dose, CS tracking median errors were within 1.2 mm for all electrodes, and the gating success rate was 100%, for view angles from RAO 90° to LAO 90°. This view-angle independent technique can extract clinically useful cardiorespiratory motion information using x-ray doses significantly lower than those currently used in clinical practice.

  2. Image-based view-angle independent cardiorespiratory motion gating and coronary sinus catheter tracking for x-ray-guided cardiac electrophysiology procedures.

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    Panayiotou, Maria; Rhode, Kawal S; King, Andrew P; Ma, Yingliang; Cooklin, Michael; O'Neill, Mark; Gill, Jaswinder; Rinaldi, C A; Housden, R James

    2015-10-21

    Determination of the cardiorespiratory phase of the heart has numerous applications during cardiac imaging. In this article we propose a novel view-angle independent near-real time cardiorespiratory motion gating and coronary sinus (CS) catheter tracking technique for x-ray fluoroscopy images that are used to guide cardiac electrophysiology procedures. The method is based on learning CS catheter motion using principal component analysis and then applying the derived motion model to unseen images taken at arbitrary projections, using the epipolar constraint. This method is also able to track the CS catheter throughout the x-ray images in any arbitrary subsequent view. We also demonstrate the clinical application of our model on rotational angiography sequences. We validated our technique in normal and very low dose phantom and clinical datasets. For the normal dose clinical images we established average systole, end-expiration and end-inspiration gating success rates of 100%, 85.7%, and 92.3%, respectively. For very low dose applications, the technique was able to track the CS catheter with median errors not exceeding 1 mm for all tracked electrodes. Average gating success rates of 80.3%, 71.4%, and 69.2% were established for the application of the technique on clinical datasets, even with a dose reduction of more than 10 times. In rotational sequences at normal dose, CS tracking median errors were within 1.2 mm for all electrodes, and the gating success rate was 100%, for view angles from RAO 90° to LAO 90°. This view-angle independent technique can extract clinically useful cardiorespiratory motion information using x-ray doses significantly lower than those currently used in clinical practice.

  3. Development of a Novel Shock Wave Catheter Ablation System

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    Yamamoto, H.; Hasebe, Yuhi; Kondo, Masateru; Fukuda, Koji; Takayama, Kazuyoshi; Shimokawa, Hiroaki

    Although radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is quite effective for the treatment tachyarrhythmias, it possesses two fundamental limitations, including limited efficacy for the treatment of ventricular tachyarrhythmias of epicardial origin and the risk of thromboembolism. Consequently, new method is required, which can eradicate arrhythmia source in deep part of cardiac muscle without heating. On the other hand, for a medical application of shock waves, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter (ESWL) has been established [1]. It was demonstrated that the underwater shock focusing is one of most efficient method to generate a controlled high pressure in a small region [2]. In order to overcome limitations of existing methods, we aimed to develop a new catheter ablation system with underwater shock waves that can treat myocardium at arbitrary depth without causing heat.

  4. Urinary catheters

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    ... provider's office. An indwelling catheter has a small balloon inflated on the end of it. This prevents ... When the catheter needs to be removed, the balloon is deflated. CONDOM CATHETERS Condom catheters can be ...

  5. Reinnervation of renal afferent and efferent nerves at 5.5 and 11 months after catheter-based radiofrequency renal denervation in sheep.

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    Booth, Lindsea C; Nishi, Erika E; Yao, Song T; Ramchandra, Rohit; Lambert, Gavin W; Schlaich, Markus P; May, Clive N

    2015-02-01

    Previous studies indicate that catheter-based renal denervation reduces blood pressure and renal norepinephrine spillover in human resistant hypertension. The effects of this procedure on afferent sensory and efferent sympathetic renal nerves, and the subsequent degree of reinnervation, have not been investigated. We therefore examined the level of functional and anatomic reinnervation at 5.5 and 11 months after renal denervation using the Symplicity Flex catheter. In normotensive anesthetized sheep (n=6), electric stimulation of intact renal nerves increased arterial pressure from 99±3 to 107±3 mm Hg (afferent response) and reduced renal blood flow from 198±16 to 85±20 mL/min (efferent response). In a further group (n=6), immediately after denervation, renal sympathetic nerve activity was absent and the responses to electric stimulation were abolished. At 11 months after denervation (n=5), renal sympathetic nerve activity and the responses to electric stimulation were at normal levels. Immunohistochemical staining for renal efferent (tyrosine hydroxylase) and renal afferent nerves (calcitonin gene-related peptide), as well as renal norepinephrine levels, was normal 11 months after denervation. Findings at 5.5 months after denervation were similar (n=5). In summary, catheter-based renal denervation effectively ablated the renal afferent and efferent nerves in normotensive sheep. By 11 months after denervation the functional afferent and efferent responses to electric stimulation were normal. Reinnervation at 11 months after denervation was supported by normal anatomic distribution of afferent and efferent renal nerves. In view of this evidence, the mechanisms underlying the prolonged hypotensive effect of catheter-based renal denervation in human resistant hypertension need to be reassessed.

  6. Biophysical parameters during radiofrequency catheter ablation of scar-mediated ventricular tachycardia: epicardial and endocardial applications via manual and magnetic navigation.

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    Bourke, Tara; Buch, Eric; Mathuria, Nilesh; Michowitz, Yoav; Yu, Ricky; Mandapati, Ravi; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Tung, Roderick

    2014-11-01

    There is a paucity of data on biophysical parameters during radiofrequency ablation of scar-mediated ventricular tachycardia (VT). Data were collected from consecutive patients undergoing VT ablation with open-irrigation. Complete data were available for 372 lesions in 21 patients. The frequency of biophysical parameter changes were: >10Ω reduction (80%), bipolar EGM reduction (69%), while loss of capture was uncommon (32%). Unipolar injury current was seen in 72% of radiofrequency applications. Both EGM reduction and impedance drop were seen in 57% and a change in all 3 parameters was seen in only 20% of lesions. Late potentials were eliminated in 33%, reduced/modified in 56%, and remained after ablation in 11%. Epicardial lesions exhibited an impedance drop (90% vs. 76%, P = 0.002) and loss of capture (46% vs. 27%, P < 0.001) more frequently than endocardial lesions. Lesions delivered manually exhibited a >10Ω impedance drop (83% vs. 71%, P = 0.02) and an EGM reduction (71% vs. 40%, P < 0.001) more frequently than lesions applied using magnetic navigation, although loss of capture, elimination of LPs, and a change in all 3 parameters were similarly observed. VT ablation is inefficient as the majority of radiofrequency lesions do not achieve more than one targeted biophysical parameter. Only one-third of RF applications targeted at LPs result in complete elimination. Epicardial ablation within scar may be more effective than endocardial lesions, and lesions applied manually may be more effective than lesions applied using magnetic navigation. New technologies directed at identifying and optimizing ablation effectiveness in scar are clinically warranted. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. BIOPHYSICAL PARAMETERS DURING RADIOFREQUENCY CATHETER ABLATION OF SCAR-MEDIATED VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA: EPICARDIAL AND ENDOCARDIAL APPLICATIONS VIA MANUAL AND MAGNETIC NAVIGATION

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    Bourke, Tara; Buch, Eric; Mathuria, Nilesh; Michowitz, Yoav; Yu, Ricky; Mandapati, Ravi; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Tung, Roderick

    2014-01-01

    Background There is a paucity of data on biophysical parameters during radiofrequency ablation of scar-mediated ventricular tachycardia (VT). Methods and Results Data was collected from consecutive patients undergoing VT ablation with open-irrigation. Complete data was available for 372 lesions in 21 patients. The frequency of biophysical parameter changes were: >10Ω reduction (80%), bipolar EGM reduction (69%), while loss of capture was uncommon (32%). Unipolar injury current was seen in 72% of radiofrequency applications. Both EGM reduction and impedance drop were seen in 57% and a change in all 3 parameters was seen in only 20% of lesions. Late potentials were eliminated in 33%, reduced/modified in 56%, and remained after ablation in 11%. Epicardial lesions exhibited an impedance drop (90% vs 76%, p=0.002) and loss of capture (46% vs 27%, p<0.001) more frequently than endocardial lesions. Lesions delivered manually exhibited a >10Ω impedance drop (83% vs 71%, p=0.02) and an EGM reduction (71% vs 40%, p< 0.001) more frequently than lesions applied using magnetic navigation, although loss of capture, elimination of LPs, and a change in all 3 parameters were similarly observed. Conclusions VT ablation is inefficient as the majority of radiofrequency lesions do not achieve more than one targeted biophysical parameter. Only one-third of RF applications targeted at LPs result in complete elimination. Epicardial ablation within scar may be more effective than endocardial lesions and lesions applied manually may be more effective than lesions applied using magnetic navigation. New technologies directed at identifying and optimizing ablation effectiveness in scar are clinically warranted. PMID:24946895

  8. [Catheter ablation of atrial flutter and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation].

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    Márquez, Manlio F

    2003-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation has emerged as a curative therapy for atrial flutter based on studies demonstrating the role of the cavotricuspid isthmus. With a high rate of success and minimal complications, catheter ablation is the therapy of choice for patients with the common type of atrial flutter. Left atrial flutter, non-cavotricuspid isthmus dependent, and those associated with heart disease have a worst outcome with catheter ablation. Radiofrequency catheter ablation has also emerged as a curative therapy for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation based on studies demonstrating the role of triggering foci in the pulmonary veins for the initiation of atrial fibrillation. Catheter ablation is performed by a transseptal approach using radiofrequency energy at the ostium of each pulmonary vein. Mapping is guided by special catheters. Sequential radiofrequency applications eliminates or dissociates pulmonary vein muscle activity. Although complications exists, this is the only curative method for these patients.

  9. The CURE-AF trial: a prospective, multicenter trial of irrigated radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation during concomitant cardiac surgery.

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    Damiano, Ralph J; Badhwar, Vinay; Acker, Michael A; Veeragandham, Ramesh S; Kress, David C; Robertson, Jason O; Sundt, Thoralf M

    2014-01-01

    Ablation technology has been introduced to replace the surgical incisions of the Cox-Maze procedure in order to simplify the operation. However, the efficacy of these ablation devices has not been prospectively evaluated. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of irrigated unipolar and bipolar radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) during concomitant cardiac surgical procedures. Between May 2007 and July 2011, 150 consecutive patients were enrolled at 15 U.S. centers. Patients were followed for 6 to 9 months, at which time a 24-hour Holter recording and echocardiogram were obtained. Recurrent AF was defined as any atrial tachyarrhythmia (ATA) lasting over 30 seconds on the Holter monitor. The safety end-point was the percent of patients who suffered a major adverse event within 30 days of surgery. All patients underwent a biatrial Cox-Maze lesion set. Operative mortality was 4%, and there were 4 (3%) 30-day major adverse events. Overall freedom from ATAs was 66%, with 53% of patients free from ATAs and also off antiarrhythmic drugs at 6 to 9 months. Increased left atrial diameter, shorter total ablation time, and an increasing number of concomitant procedures were associated with recurrent AF (P <.05). Irrigated radiofrequency ablation for treatment of AF during cardiac surgery was associated with a low complication rate. No device-related complications occurred. The Cox-Maze lesion set was effective at restoring sinus rhythm and had higher success rates in patients with smaller left atrial diameters and longer ablation times. © 2013 Heart Rhythm Society Published by Heart Rhythm Society All rights reserved.

  10. Continuous registration of blood velocity and cardiac output with a hot-film anemometer probe, mounted on a Swan-Ganz thermodilution catheter.

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    Paulsen, P K; Andersen, M

    1981-01-01

    In order to construct a catheter, capable of monitoring cardiac output, a specially designed double-conical hot-film anemometer probe was fastened at the tip of a Swan-Ganz thermodilution catheter. Common sources of error for most catheter velocity probes include difficult calibration, unknown velocity profile at the point of measurement and unknown position of the probe in this profile. By using mongrel dogs and in order to exclude these sources of error, the intermittent thermodilution method was used to in vitro calibrate the hot-film anemometer, which registered velocity continuously. A mean correlation coefficient between these two methods was found to be 0.886. A mean line of regression between thermodilution (abscissa) and anemometer (ordinate) had a slope of 0.796 +/- 0.223 (+/- SD) and a y-intercept of 24 +/- 14 ml/min/kg. The slope was significantly lower than one (t test, p less than 0.05) and the y-intercept significantly larger than zero (t test, p less than 0.02). As a control of the thermodilution method, electromagnetic flow in the ascending aorta was registered and a mean correlation coefficient of 0.967 found. The hot-film sensor itself can be used as thermodilution method with the hot-film anemometer's continuous registration of velocity.

  11. In vivo intracardiac OCT imaging through percutaneous access: towards image guided radio-frequency ablation

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    Wang, Hui; Kang, Wei; Carrigan, Thomas; Bishop, Austin; Rosenthal, Noah; Arruda, Mauricio; Rollins, Andrew M.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND Complete catheter-tissue contact and permanent tissue destruction are essential for efficient radio-frequency ablation (RFA) during cardiac arrhythmia treatment. Current methods of monitoring lesion formation are indirect and unreliable. We aim to develop optical coherence tomography (OCT) as an imaging guidance for RFA. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of using OCT catheter to image endocardia wall in active beating hearts through percutaneous access. This is a critical step toward image guided RFA in a clinic setting. METHODS A cone-scanning forward-viewing OCT catheter was advanced into active beating hearts through percutaneous access in four swine. The OCT catheter was steered by an introducer to touch the endocardia wall. The images were then acquired at 10 frames per second at an axial resolution and lateral resolution of 15 μm. RESULTS We report the first in vivo intracardiac OCT imaging through percutaneous access with a thin and flexible OCT catheter. We are able to acquire high quality OCT images in active beating hearts, observe the polarization-related artifacts induced by the birefringence of myocardium and readily evaluate catheter-tissue contact. CONCLUSIONS It is feasible to acquire OCT images in beating hearts through percutaneous access. The observations indicate that OCT could be a promising technique for in vivo guidance of RFA.

  12. Transcatheter desiccation of the canine left ventricle using radiofrequency energy: a pilot study

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    Huang, S.K.; Graham, A.R.; Hoyt, R.H.; Odell, R.C.

    1987-07-01

    Catheter ablation of cardiac tissue by means of direct-current electrical energy is associated with several complications. We assessed the efficacy and safety of closed-chest catheter desiccation of the left ventricular myocardium with microbipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy (750 kHz) in five dogs. The unipolar configuration was used with RF energy delivered between the tip electrode of a standard No. 7F tripolar catheter in the left ventricle and an external patch electrode on the left lateral chest wall. A single application with different RF energy settings (100 J, 200 J, and 300 J) was delivered to three individual endocardial sites of the left ventricle. Ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation was not observed during energy application and 24 hours after ablation, as assessed by a Holter recording. There was no damage to the electrode catheter. Dogs were killed on the fifth day. Pathology showed well-delineated ovoid or round-shaped coagulation necrosis at the ablation sites. Microscopic findings consisted of circumscribed areas of necrosis surrounded by a zone of fibroblastic and mononuclear proliferation. In conclusion, catheter ablation of the ventricular myocardium with RF energy is an apparently safe procedure and can effectively produce discrete areas of injury without destruction of surrounding uninvolved myocardium. This method offers potential clinical utility for catheter ablation of refractory sustained ventricular tachycardia.

  13. Precision test apparatus for evaluating the heating pattern of radiofrequency ablation devices.

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    Chang, I; Beard, B

    2002-11-01

    Radiofrequency has established itself as a useful technique for managing cardiac arrhythmias and treating soft tissue tumors. However, despite its pervasive use, many of the biophysical principals needed to fully understand and optimize the radiofrequency ablation technique have not been explored. We have designed a test rig that is useful for studying the heat transfer mechanisms that affect the outcome of radiofrequency ablation devices. Using both solid and liquid phantom materials, which simulate body tissues and blood, the test rig is designed for systematic testing of the effects of predictable flow patterns on the temperature profiles generated within the solid phantom. The test rig consists of a custom built thermistor array, a linear test chamber, and a radiofrequency generator. We calibrate the flow of a liquid phantom material to demonstrate that predictable laminar flow profiles are generated. To demonstrate the performance of the ablation system, we present preliminary data attained using a commercially available cardiac ablation catheter. The advantages of this test system are its flexibility, its reproducibility, its precision, and its low cost. Thus, it is ideally suited for studying a variety of complex ablation problems involving multiple tissues types and complex blood flow geometries.

  14. Radiofrequency energy loop primes cardiac, neuronal, and skeletal muscle differentiation in mouse embryonic stem cells: a new tool for improving tissue regeneration.

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    Maioli, Margherita; Rinaldi, Salvatore; Santaniello, Sara; Castagna, Alessandro; Pigliaru, Gianfranco; Gualini, Sara; Fontani, Vania; Ventura, Carlo

    2012-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) waves from Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technologies have become ubiquitous, with Internet access spreading into homes, and public areas. The human body harbors multipotent stem cells with various grading of potentiality. Whether stem cells may be affected by Wi-Fi RF energy remains unknown. We exposed mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells to a Radio Electric Asymmetric Conveyer (REAC), an innovative device delivering Wi-Fi RF of 2.4 GHz with its conveyer electrodes immersed into the culture medium. Cell responses were investigated by real-time PCR, Western blot, and confocal microscopy. Single RF burst duration, radiated power, electric and magnetic fields, specific absorption rate, and current density in culture medium were monitored. REAC stimulation primed transcription of genes involved in cardiac (GATA4, Nkx-2.5, and prodynorphin), skeletal muscle (myoD) and neuronal (neurogenin1) commitment, while downregulating the self renewal/pluripotency-associated genes Sox2, Oct4, and Nanog. REAC exposure enhanced the expression of cardiac, skeletal, and neuronal lineage-restricted marker proteins. The number of spontaneously beating ES-derived myocardial cells was also increased. In conclusion, REAC stimulation provided a "physical milieu" optimizing stem cell expression of pluripotentiality and the attainment of three major target lineages for regenerative medicine, without using chemical agonists or vector-mediated gene delivery.

  15. Polymorphism rs2200733 at chromosome 4q25 is associated with atrial fibrillation recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation in the Chinese Han population

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    Chen, Feifei; Yang, Yanzong; Zhang, Rongfeng; Zhang, Shulong; Dong, Yingxue; Yin, Xiaomeng; Chang, Dong; Yang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Kejing; Gao, Lianjun; Xia, Yunlong

    2016-01-01

    To test polymorphisms rs2200733 (chromosome 4q25) and rs2106261 (ZFHX3) were associated with AF recurrence after catheter ablation in a Chinese Han cohort. A total of 235 AF patients who underwent catheter ablation were recruited consecutively. Two polymorphisms were amplified by polymerase chain reaction and genotyped using high resolution melting analysis. Primary endpoints for AF recurrence were defined as the time to the first recurrence of atrial tachycardia/flutter/fibrillation (AT/AF). AT/AF recurrence was observed in 76 patients (35%). Allelic analysis demonstrated that rs2200733 was strongly associated with AF recurrence after ablation (P = 0.011) and the minor allele T increased the risk for recurrence (OR = 1.715). Diameters of the right atrium as well as the left and right superior pulmonary veins (PVs) were associated with rs2200733 in different genetic models (P = 0.040, 0.047 and 0.028, respectively). No significant association was detected between rs2106261 and AT/AF recurrence after ablation or atrial/PV diameters in any models. On multivariate Cox regression analysis, only rs2200733 was an independent factor of AF recurrence after ablation (HR = 0.532, P = 0.022). In Chinese Han population, rs2200733 but not rs2106261 is associated with AT/AF recurrence after ablation. The patients with genotype TT have larger size of right atrium and superior PVs than those of CC genotype. The findings suggest that rs2200733 may play a key role in regulating proper development and differentiation of atria/PVs. PMID:27158361

  16. The Effects of Radiofrequency or Cryothermal Ablation on Biomechanical Properties of Isolated Human or Swine Cardiac Tissues.

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    Quallich, Stephen G; Kriege, Kevin E; Iaizzo, Paul A

    2016-01-01

    Changes in cardiac tissue properties following the application of various ablation modalities may lead to the development of an array of associated complications. The application of either radio frequency (RF) or cryothermal ablations will alter the biomechanical properties of various cardiac tissues in a differential manner; in some cases, this may be attributable to increased incidences of cardiac tamponade, pulmonary vein stenosis, and/or atrial-esophageal fistula. Thus, a greater understanding of the underlying changes in tissue properties induced by ablative therapies will ultimately promote safer and more efficacious procedures. The effects of applied RF or cryothermal energies on the biomechanical properties of the pulmonary vein, left atrial, or right atrial samples ([Formula: see text]) were examined from fresh excised porcine ([Formula: see text]) and donated human tissue ([Formula: see text]). RF ablations were found to reduce the tensile strength of the porcine cardiac specimens ([Formula: see text]), and a similar trend was noted for human samples. Cryoablations did not have a significant impact on the tissue properties compared with the untreated tissue specimens. Locational and species differences were also observed in this experimental paradigm ([Formula: see text]. Incorporating these findings into cardiac device design and computational modeling should aid to reduce the risks of complications associated with tissue property changes resulting from cardiac ablative procedures.

  17. Cardiac imaging at 7 Tesla: Single- and two-spoke radiofrequency pulse design with 16-channel parallel excitation.

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    Schmitter, Sebastian; DelaBarre, Lance; Wu, Xiaoping; Greiser, Andreas; Wang, Dingxin; Auerbach, Edward J; Vaughan, J Thomas; Uğurbil, Kâmil; Van de Moortele, Pierre-François

    2013-11-01

    Higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) and improved contrast have been demonstrated at ultra-high magnetic fields (≥7 Tesla [T]) in multiple targets, often with multi-channel transmit methods to address the deleterious impact on tissue contrast due to spatial variations in B1 (+) profiles. When imaging the heart at 7T, however, respiratory and cardiac motion, as well as B0 inhomogeneity, greatly increase the methodological challenge. In this study we compare two-spoke parallel transmit (pTX) RF pulses with static B1 (+) shimming in cardiac imaging at 7T. Using a 16-channel pTX system, slice-selective two-spoke pTX pulses and static B1 (+) shimming were applied in cardiac CINE imaging. B1 (+) and B0 mapping required modified cardiac triggered sequences. Excitation homogeneity and RF energy were compared in different imaging orientations. Two-spoke pulses provide higher excitation homogeneity than B1 (+) shimming, especially in the more challenging posterior region of the heart. The peak value of channel-wise RF energy was reduced, allowing for a higher flip angle, hence increased tissue contrast. Image quality with two-spoke excitation proved to be stable throughout the entire cardiac cycle. Two-spoke pTX excitation has been successfully demonstrated in the human heart at 7T, with improved image quality and reduced RF pulse energy when compared with B1 (+) shimming. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Comparison of radiofrequency catheter ablation of drivers and circumferential pulmonary vein isolation in atrial fibrillation: a noninferiority randomized multicenter RADAR-AF trial.

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    Atienza, Felipe; Almendral, Jesús; Ormaetxe, José Miguel; Moya, Angel; Martínez-Alday, Jesús Daniel; Hernández-Madrid, Antonio; Castellanos, Eduardo; Arribas, Fernando; Arias, Miguel Ángel; Tercedor, Luis; Peinado, Rafael; Arcocha, Maria Fe; Ortiz, Mercedes; Martínez-Alzamora, Nieves; Arenal, Angel; Fernández-Avilés, Francisco; Jalife, José

    2014-12-16

    Empiric circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) has become the therapy of choice for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Although results are suboptimal, it is unknown whether mechanistically-based strategies targeting AF drivers are superior. This study sought to determine the efficacy and safety of localized high-frequency source ablation (HFSA) compared with CPVI in patients with drug-refractory AF. This prospective, multicenter, single-blinded study of 232 patients (age 53 ± 10 years, 186 males) randomized those with paroxysmal AF (n = 115) to CPVI or HFSA-only (noninferiority design) and those with persistent AF (n = 117) to CPVI or a combined ablation approach (CPVI + HFSA, superiority design). The primary endpoint was freedom from AF at 6 months post-first ablation procedure. Secondary endpoints included freedom from atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT) at 6 and 12 months, periprocedural complications, overall adverse events, and quality of life. In paroxysmal AF, HFSA failed to achieve noninferiority at 6 months after a single procedure but, after redo procedures, was noninferior to CPVI at 12 months for freedom from AF and AF/AT. Serious adverse events were significantly reduced in the HFSA group versus CPVI patients (p = 0.02). In persistent AF, there were no significant differences between treatment groups for primary and secondary endpoints, but CPVI + HFSA trended toward more serious adverse events. In paroxysmal AF, HFSA failed to achieve noninferiority at 6 months but was noninferior to CPVI at 1 year in achieving freedom of AF/AT and a lower incidence of severe adverse events. In persistent AF, CPVI + HFSA offered no incremental value. (Radiofrequency Ablation of Drivers of Atrial Fibrillation [RADAR-AF]; NCT00674401). Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Impact of using a telescoping-support catheter system for left ventricular lead placement on implant success and procedure time of cardiac resynchronization therapy.

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    Jackson, Kevin P; Hegland, Donald D; Frazier-Mills, Camille; Piccini, Jonathan P; Koontz, Jason I; Atwater, Brett D; Daubert, James P; Worley, Seth J

    2013-05-01

    Proper positioning of the left ventricular (LV) lead improves clinical outcomes and survival in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Techniques of LV lead insertion using contrast injection and a telescoping system of delivery catheters to support advancement of the lead into the target branch may allow more efficient, targeted lead placement. We sought to evaluate the impact of an LV lead implant approach using telescoping-support catheters (group TS) on success rate, lead location, and procedural time compared to standard over-the-wire implant techniques (group OTW). Four hundred thirty-seven consecutive patients undergoing CRT implantation were divided into group TS (n = 105) or group OTW (n = 332) based upon a review of the operative technique used for LV lead implantation. The primary outcome was success of LV lead implantation at the index procedure. Secondary endpoints included optimal positioning of the LV lead and reduction in procedural fluoroscopy time. Failed LV lead placement was lower (1.9% vs 8.1%, P = 0.02) and optimal lead positioning was achieved more often for group TS than group OTW (87% vs 75%, P = 0.01). In addition, there were significantly shorter fluoroscopy times for group TS versus group OTW (29.6 minutes vs 41.9 minutes, P < 0.01). A CRT-implant approach using contrast injection and a telescoping-support catheter system results in fewer failed LV lead implants, improved LV lead location, and shorter procedure times. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Low P-wave amplitude (<0.1 mV) in lead I is associated with displaced inter-atrial conduction and clinical recurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Park, Jin-Kyu; Park, Junbeom; Uhm, Jae-Sun; Joung, Boyoung; Lee, Moon-Hyoung; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2016-03-01

    We hypothesized that P-wave amplitude in lead I is related to left atrial (LA) remodelling and inter-atrial conduction pattern, and has a predictive value for recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). A total of 525 consecutive patients with PAF (76% male, 56 ± 12 years old) who underwent RFCA were included. We compared pre-procedural sinus rhythm electrocardiograms without antiarrhythmic drug effect with LA volume (CT), LA voltage (NavX), the earliest activation site (EAS) conduction pattern of LA, and clinical recurrence rate. P-wave amplitude in lead I was significantly lower in patients with recurrence than in those that remained in sinus rhythm (P < 0.001) during 21 ± 10-month follow-up. P-wave amplitude in lead I was linearly correlated with LA voltage (β = 2.52, 95% CI 0.606-4.425, P = 0.010), LA conduction velocity (β = 1.91, 95% CI 0.941-2.876, P < 0.001), and low septal displacement of EAS (β = -1.67, 95% CI -2.352 to -0.996, P < 0.001). P-wave amplitudes <0.1 mV in lead I were independently associated with clinical recurrence of AF on multivariate Cox regression analysis (adjusted HR 2.163, 95% CI 1.307-3.581, P = 0.003). The integrated area under the curves was 0.705 (95% CI 0.655-0.755). Low P-wave amplitude (<0.1 mV) in lead I is related to LA remodelling and displaced inter-atrial conduction pattern to low septum, and independently predicts clinical recurrence after RFCA in patients with PAF. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  1. Radiofrequency Ablation of Cancer

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    Friedman, Marc; Mikityansky, Igor; Kam, Anthony; Libutti, Steven K.; Walther, McClellan M.; Neeman, Ziv; Locklin, Julia K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2004-09-15

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used for over 18 years for treatment of nerve-related chronic pain and cardiac arrhythmias. In the last 10 years, technical developments have increased ablation volumes in a controllable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive manner. The host of clinical applications for RFA have similarly expanded. Current RFA equipment, techniques, applications, results, complications, and research avenues for local tumor ablation are summarized.

  2. Radiofrequency Ablation of Cancer

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    Friedman, Marc; Mikityansky, Igor; Kam, Anthony; Libutti, Steven K.; Walther, McClellan M.; Neeman, Ziv; Locklin, Julia K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used for over 18 years for treatment of nerve-related chronic pain and cardiac arrhythmias. In the last 10 years, technical developments have increased ablation volumes in a controllable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive manner. The host of clinical applications for RFA have similarly expanded. Current RFA equipment, techniques, applications, results, complications, and research avenues for local tumor ablation are summarized. PMID:15383844

  3. Impact of latest generation cardiac interventional X-ray equipment on patient image quality and radiation dose for trans-catheter aortic valve implantations.

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    Gislason-Lee, Amber J; Keeble, Claire; Malkin, Christoper J; Egleston, Daniel; Bexon, Josephine; Kengyelics, Stephen M; Blackman, Daniel; Davies, Andrew G

    2016-11-01

    This study aimed to determine the impact on radiation dose and image quality of a new cardiac interventional X-ray system for trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) patients compared to the previously-used cardiac X-ray system. Patient dose and image data were retrospectively collected from a Philips AlluraClarity (new) and Siemens Axion Artis (reference) X-ray system. Patient dose area product (DAP) and fluoroscopy duration of 41 patient cases from each X-ray system were compared using a Wilcoxon test. Ten patient aortograms from each X-ray system were scored by 32 observers on a continuous scale to assess the clinical image quality at the given phase of the TAVI procedure. Scores were dichotomised by acceptability and analysed using a Chi-squared test. Significant reductions in patient dose (p < 0.001) were found for the new system with no significant change in fluoroscopy duration (p = 0.052); procedure DAP reduced by 55%, fluoroscopy DAP by 48% and "cine" acquisition DAP by 61%. There was no significant difference between image quality scores of the two X-ray systems (p = 0.06). The new cardiac X-ray system demonstrated a very significant reduction in patient dose with no loss of clinical image quality. Advances in Knowledge: The huge growth of TAVI may impact on the radiation exposure of cardiac patients and particularly on operators including anaesthetists; cumulative exposure of interventional cardiologists performing high volume TAVI over 30-40 years may be harmful. The Phillips Clarity upgrade including improved image enhancement and optimised X-ray settings significantly reduced radiation without reducing clinically acceptable image quality.

  4. Lumped Element Electrical Model based on Three Resistors for Electrical Impedance in Radiofrequency Cardiac Ablation: Estimations from Analytical Calculations and Clinical Data

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    Berjano, Enrique; d'Avila, Andre

    2013-01-01

    The electrical impedance measured during radiofrequency cardiac ablation (RFCA) is widely used in clinical studies to predict the heating evolution and hence the success of the procedure. We hypothesized that a model based on three resistors in series can mimic the total electrical impedance measured during RFCA. The three resistors or impedances are given by: impedance associated with the tissue around the active electrode (myocardium and circulating blood) (Z-A), that associated with the tissue around the dispersive electrode (Z-DE) and that associated with the rest of the body (Z-B). Our objective was to quantify the values associated with these three impedance types by an analytical method, after which the values obtained would be compared to those estimated from clinical data from previous studies. The results suggest that an RFCA using a 7 Fr 4-mm electrode would give a Z-A of around 75 ohms, a Z-DE around 20 ohms, and Z-B would be 15±10 ohms (for body surface area variations between 1.5 and 2.5 m^2). Finally, adaptations of the proposed model were used to explain the results of previous clinical studies using a different electrode arrangement, such as in bipolar ablation of the ventricular septum. PMID:23961299

  5. In vivo intracardiac optical coherence tomography imaging through percutaneous access: toward image-guided radio-frequency ablation

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    Wang, Hui; Kang, Wei; Carrigan, Thomas; Bishop, Austin; Rosenthal, Noah; Arruda, Mauricio; Rollins, Andrew M.

    2011-11-01

    Complete catheter-tissue contact and permanent tissue destruction are essential for efficient radio-frequency ablation (RFA) during cardiac arrhythmia treatment. Current methods of monitoring lesion formation are indirect and unreliable. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of using optical coherence tomography (OCT) catheter to image endocardial wall in actively beating hearts through percutaneous access. We reported the first in vivo intracardiac OCT imaging through percutaneous access with a thin and flexible OCT catheter. This is a critical step toward image-guided RFA in a clinical setting. A cone-scanning forward-viewing OCT catheter was advanced into beating hearts through percutaneous access in four swine. The OCT catheter was steered by an introducer to touch the endocardial wall. We are able to acquire high quality OCT images in beating hearts, observe the polarization-related artifacts induced by the birefringence of myocardium, and readily evaluate catheter-tissue contact. The observations indicate that OCT could be a promising technique for in vivo guidance of RFA.

  6. Pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade caused by a central venous catheter in a very low birth weight infant.

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    Chioukh, Fatma-Zohra; Ameur, Karim Ben; Hmida, Hayet Ben; Monastiri, Kamel

    2016-01-01

    With more and more extreme premature and very low-birth weight babies being resuscitated, umbilical central venous catheterisation is now being used more frequently in neonatal intensive care. One of the life-threatening complications is pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade; however, it is potentially reversible when it is caught in time. The authors present a case of cardiac tamponade following umbilical venous catheterisation in a neonate. The patient was diagnosed at the appropriate time by echocardiography and urgent pericardiocentesis proved lifesaving.

  7. Monoplane 3D reconstruction of mapping ablation catheters: a feasibility study.

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    Fallavollita, P

    2010-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has transformed treatment for arrhythmias and has become first-line therapy for some tachycardias. The precise localization of the arrhythmogenic site and the positioning of the RF catheter over that site are problematic: they can impair the efficiency of the procedure and are time consuming (several hours). This study evaluates the feasibility of using only single plane C-arm images in order to estimate the 3D coordinates of RF catheter electrodes in a cardiac phase. The method makes use of a priori 3D model of the RF mapping catheter assuming rigid body motion equations in order to estimate the 3D locations of the catheter tip-electrodes in single view C-arm fluoroscopy images. Validation is performed on both synthetic and clinical data using computer simulation models. The authors' monoplane reconstruction algorithm is applied to a 3D helix mimicking the shape of a catheter and undergoing solely rigid motion. Similarly, the authors test the feasibility of recovering nonrigid motion by applying their method on true 3D coordinates of 13 ventricular markers from a sheep's ventricle. The results of this study showed that the proposed monoplane algorithm recovers rigid motion adequately when using the spatial positions of a catheter in six consecutive C-arm image frames yielding maximum 3D root mean squares errors of 4.3 mm. On the other hand, the suggested algorithm did not recover nonrigid motion precisely as suggested by a maximum 3D root mean square value of 8 mm. Since RF catheter electrodes are rigid structures, the authors conclude that there is promise in recovering the 3D coordinates of the electrodes when making use of only single view images. Future work will involve adding nonrigid motion equations to their algorithm, which will then be applied to actual clinical data.

  8. The impact of dual-source parallel radiofrequency transmission with patient-adaptive shimming on the cardiac magnetic resonance in children at 3.0 T

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    Wang, Haipeng; Qiu, Liyun; Wang, Guangbin; Gao, Fei; Jia, Haipeng; Zhao, Junyu; Chen, Weibo; Wang, Cuiyan; Zhao, Bin

    2017-01-01

    Abstract The cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) of children at 3.0 T presents a unique set of technical challenges because of their small cardiac anatomical structures, fast heart rates, and the limited ability to keep motionless and hold breathe, which could cause problems associated with field inhomogeneity and degrade the image quality. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of dual-source parallel radiofrequency (RF) transmission on the B1 homogeneity and image quality in children with CMR at 3.0 T. The study was approved by the institutional ethics committee and written informed consent was obtained. A total of 30 free-breathing children and 30 breath-hold children performed CMR examinations with dual-source and single-source RF transmission. The B1 homogeneity, contrast ratio (CR) of cine images, and off-resonance artifacts in cine images between dual-source and single-source RF transmission were assessed in free-breathing and breath-hold groups, respectively. In both free-breathing and breath-hold groups, higher mean percentage of flip angle (free-breathing group: 104.2 ± 4.6 vs 95.5 ± 6.3, P < .001; breath-hold group: 101.5 ± 5.1 vs 92.5 ± 6.3, P < .001) and lower coefficient of variation (free-breathing group: 0.06 ± 0.02 vs 0.09 ± 0.03, P < .001; breath-hold group: 0.07 ± 0.03 vs 0.10 ± 0.04, P = .005) were found with dual-source than with single-source RF transmission. Both the CRs in the horizontal long axis (HLA) and short axis of cine images with dual-source RF transmission was improved (P < .05 for all). The scores of off-resonance artifacts in the HLA with dual-source RF transmission were higher in both free-breathing and breath-hold groups (P < .05 for all), with substantial interreader agreement (kappa values from 0.68 to 0.74). Compared with conventional single-source, dual-source parallel RF transmission could significantly improve the B1 homogeneity and image quality for

  9. Cardiac tissue characterization using near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Singh Moon, Rajinder; Hendon, Christine P.

    2014-03-01

    Cardiac tissue from swine and canine hearts were assessed using diffuse reflectance near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) ex vivo. Slope measured between 800-880 nm reflectance was found to reveal differences between epicardial fat and normal myocardium tissue. This parameter was observed to increase monotonically from measurements obtained from the onset of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). A sheathe-style fiber optic catheter was then developed to allow real-time sampling of the zone of resistive heating during RFA treatment. A model was developed and used to extract changes in tissue absorption and reduced scattering based on the steady-state diffusion approximation. It was found that key changes in tissue optical properties occur during application of RF energy and can be monitored using NIRS. These results encourage the development of NIRS integrated catheters for real-time guidance of the cardiac ablation treatment.

  10. Incorporating a Gaussian model at the catheter tip for improved registration of preoperative surface models

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    Rettmann, M. E.; Holmes, D. R., III; Packer, D. L.; Robb, R. A.

    2011-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia in which aberrant electrical activity cause the atria to quiver which results in irregular beating of the heart. Catheter ablation therapy is becoming increasingly popular in treating atrial fibrillation, a procedure in which an electrophysiologist guides a catheter into the left atrium and creates radiofrequency lesions to stop the arrhythmia. Typical visualization tools include bi-plane fluoroscopy, 2-D ultrasound, and electroanatomic maps, however, recently there has been increased interest in incorporating preoperative surface models into the procedure. Typical strategies for registration include landmark-based and surface-based methods. Drawbacks of these approaches include difficulty in accurately locating corresponding landmark pairs and the time required to sample surface points with a catheter. In this paper, we describe a new approach which models the catheter tip as a Gaussian kernel and eliminates the need to collect surface points by instead using the stream of continuosly tracked catheter points. We demonstrate the feasibility of this technique with a left atrial phantom model and compare the results with a standard surface based approach.

  11. Real-time circumferential mapping catheter tracking for motion compensation in atrial fibrillation ablation procedures

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    Brost, Alexander; Bourier, Felix; Wimmer, Andreas; Koch, Martin; Kiraly, Atilla; Liao, Rui; Kurzidim, Klaus; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert

    2012-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) has been identified as a major cause of stroke. Radiofrequency catheter ablation has become an increasingly important treatment option, especially when drug therapy fails. Navigation under X-ray can be enhanced by using augmented fluoroscopy. It renders overlay images from pre-operative 3-D data sets which are then fused with X-ray images to provide more details about the underlying soft-tissue anatomy. Unfortunately, these fluoroscopic overlay images are compromised by respiratory and cardiac motion. Various methods to deal with motion have been proposed. To meet clinical demands, they have to be fast. Methods providing a processing frame rate of 3 frames-per-second (fps) are considered suitable for interventional electrophysiology catheter procedures if an acquisition frame rate of 2 fps is used. Unfortunately, when working at a processing rate of 3 fps, the delay until the actual motion compensated image can be displayed is about 300 ms. More recent algorithms can achieve frame rates of up to 20 fps, which reduces the lag to 50 ms. By using a novel approach involving a 3-D catheter model, catheter segmentation and a distance transform, we can speed up motion compensation to 25 fps which results in a display delay of only 40 ms on a standard workstation for medical applications. Our method uses a constrained 2-D/3-D registration to perform catheter tracking, and it obtained a 2-D tracking error of 0.61 mm.

  12. Pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade caused by a central venous catheter in a very low birth weight infant

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    Chioukh, Fatma-Zohra; Ameur, Karim Ben; Hmida, Hayet Ben; Monastiri, Kamel

    2016-01-01

    With more and more extreme premature and very low-birth weight babies being resuscitated, umbilical central venous catheterisation is now being used more frequently in neonatal intensive care. One of the life-threatening complications is pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade; however, it is potentially reversible when it is caught in time. The authors present a case of cardiac tamponade following umbilical venous catheterisation in a neonate. The patient was diagnosed at the appropriate time by echocardiography and urgent pericardiocentesis proved lifesaving. PMID:28154705

  13. Number of ablated spots in the course of renal sympathetic denervation in CKD patients with uncontrolled hypertension: EnligHTN vs. Standard irrigated cardiac ablation catheter.

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    Kiuchi, M G; Chen, S; Rodrigues Paz, L M; Pürerfellner, H

    2017-08-04

    Hypertension was both a mutual cause and the main concern of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Blood pressure control is more problematic in the company of CKD. This study compares the effects of renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) on 24-h ambulatory blood pressure measurements (ABPM) and renal function in individuals with CKD and uncontrolled hypertension by unlike a number of ablated spots using the EnligHTN catheter and the standard irrigated cardiac ablation catheter (SICAC), Flexability. The 112 subjects were randomly divided into two groups according to the catheter that would be used in the procedure EnligHTN (n=56) or Flexability (n=56). Into each group, we created 5 subgroups according to the number of ablated spots: 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20. All of them were followed for exactly 6 months to assess all the parameters measured in this investigation. Comparing the Δ 24-h systolic ABPM according to the number of ablated spots 4 and 20 for EnligHTN vs. Flexability, respectively, the differences were: -3.6±0.9 vs. -6.3±1.4mmHg (P<0.0001), and -13.9±4.8 vs. -36.3±4.3mmHg (P<0.0001). The comparisons between Δ estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) according to the number of ablated spots 4 and 20 for EnligHTN vs. Flexability, respectively, were: +2.7±4.0 vs. +6.0±8.4mL/min/1.73m(2) (P=0.2287), and +11.9±6.0 vs. +21.4±8.7mL/min/1.73m(2) (P=0.0222). The RSD reduced the mean 24-h ABPM in subjects with CKD and uncontrolled hypertension and improved the renal function in both groups. These effects were more marked and important in subgroups underwent a great number of ablated spots using the SICAC. Copyright © 2017 SEH-LELHA. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Radiofrequency Neurotomy

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    ... 24 hours after your procedure. Avoid using a heating pad on the injection sites. Avoid baths for ... Smith AD, et al. Cervical radiofrequency neurotomy reduces central hyperexcitability and improves neck movement in individuals with ...

  15. Deep venous thrombosis of the neck and pulmonary embolism in patients with a central venous catheter admitted to cardiac rehabilitation after cardiac surgery: a prospective study of 815 patients.

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    Frizzelli, Rino; Tortelli, Ornella; Di Comite, Vincenzo; Ghirardi, Redenta; Pinzi, Claudio; Scarduelli, Cleante

    2008-12-01

    Central venous catheters (CVCs) are widely used for therapeutic purposes and to measure hemodynamic variables that cannot be recorded from a peripheral vein. However, the method can involve complications. In cardiac surgery, CVCs are electively placed in the right internal jugular vein but there is little information on deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in catheterized veins (CVC-related DVT) or on secondary pulmonary embolism (PE). The impact of CVC-related DVT and PE in cardiac surgery and measures to prevent PE were assessed. We used ultrasonography (US) to check the point of insertion of CVC in 815 patients in the intensive cardiac rehabilitation unit after heart surgery. In this series, 386 patients (48%) had CVC-related DVT; those already receiving anticoagulant, and considered at low risk, continued that therapy, while those taking an antiplatelet agent (aspirin 100 mg daily) but deemed at high risk of PE from the US findings were given an anticoagulant instead. Only patients with CVC-related DVT at low risk of PE continued taking aspirin. At 3 months, there were no cases of PE among patients receiving an anticoagulant, but six on antiplatelet had non-fatal PE. The prevalence of PE in the whole series of 815 patients was 0.7%. CVC-related DVT is a frequent complication of heart surgery. Anticoagulant therapy started early does not prevent thrombus formation but probably prevents PE, whereas antiplatelet gives no such protection. Sonographic screening of the CVC removal in intensive care unit may be useful for avoiding PE after CVC-related DVT.

  16. Ultrasound-guided deep-arm veins insertion of long peripheral catheters in patients with difficult venous access after cardiac surgery.

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    Fabiani, Adam; Dreas, Lorella; Sanson, Gianfranco

    To analyze success rate, dwell-time, and complications of long peripheral venous catheters (L-PVCs) inserted under ultrasound guidance. In difficult venous access (DVA) patients, L-PVC can represent an alternative to central or midline catheters. Prospective observational study. L-PVCs were positioned in DVA patients. The outcome of the cannulation procedure and the times and reasons for catheters removal were analyzed. A 100% placement success rate was documented. The catheter dwell-time was 14.7 ± 11.1 days. Most catheters were removed at end-use in the absence of complications. The rate of catheters appropriately or inappropriately removed before completing the intravenous therapies was 27.7/1000 catheter-days. Two thrombophlebitis (1.91/1000 catheter-days) and 1 catheter-related bloodstream infection (0.96/1000 catheter-days) occurred. L-PVC could be a viable solution in DVA patients, as it may reduce the need for multiple vein punctures, patients' discomfort, and nursing workload. A better adherence to catheter management recommendations should further reduce complications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Architecture of the pulmonary veins: relevance to radiofrequency ablation

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    Ho, S; Cabrera, J; Tran, V; Farre, J; Anderson, R; Sanchez-Quintana, D

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Radiofrequency ablation of tissues in pulmonary veins can eliminate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
OBJECTIVE—To explore the characteristics of normal pulmonary veins so as to provide more information relevant to radiofrequency ablation.
METHODS—20 structurally normal heart specimens were examined grossly. Histological sections were made from 65 pulmonary veins.
RESULTS—The longest myocardial sleeves were found in the superior veins. The sleeves were thickest at the venoatrial junction in the left superior pulmonary veins. For the superior veins, the sleeves were thickest along the inferior walls and thinnest superiorly. The sleeves were composed mainly of circularly or spirally oriented bundles of myocytes with additional bundles that were longitudinally or obliquely oriented, sometimes forming mesh-like arrangements. Fibrotic changes estimated at between 5% and 70% across three transverse sections were seen in 17 veins that were from individuals aged 30 to 72 years.
CONCLUSIONS—The myocardial architecture in normal pulmonary veins is highly variable. The complex arrangement, stretch, and increase in fibrosis may produce greater non-uniform anisotropic properties.


Keywords: arrhythmias; catheter ablation; fibrillation; cardiac veins PMID:11514476

  18. Radiofrequency: Thermage.

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    Polder, Kristel D; Bruce, Suzanne

    2011-05-01

    Nonablative procedures for facial rejuvenation have become increasingly popular. One such method to improve laxity and diminish rhytids is monopolar capacitively coupled radiofrequency (MRF). The authors discuss clinical studies using MRF. The authors also discuss their clinical experiences as well as recommendations for optimal results. MRF using the Thermage CPT system (Solta Medical, Hayward, California) offers minimal downtime with a favorable side-effect profile. Although there are many radiofrequency devices on the market for aesthetic use, MRF has the most clinical trials to date to support its use as an effective, evidence-based modality to improve rhytids and tighten the skin. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Esophageal papilloma: Flexible endoscopic ablation by radiofrequency

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    del Genio, Gianmattia; del Genio, Federica; Schettino, Pietro; Limongelli, Paolo; Tolone, Salvatore; Brusciano, Luigi; Avellino, Manuela; Vitiello, Chiara; Docimo, Giovanni; Pezzullo, Angelo; Docimo, Ludovico

    2015-01-01

    Squamous papilloma of the esophagus is a rare benign lesion of the esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation is an established endoscopic technique for the eradication of Barrett esophagus. No cases of endoscopic ablation of esophageal papilloma by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have been reported. We report a case of esophageal papilloma successfully treated with a single session of radiofrequency ablation. Endoscopic ablation of the lesion was achieved by radiofrequency using a new catheter inserted through the working channel of endoscope. The esophageal ablated tissue was removed by a specifically designed cup. Complete ablation was confirmed at 3 mo by endoscopy with biopsies. This case supports feasibility and safety of as a new potential indication for BarrxTM RFA in patients with esophageal papilloma. PMID:25789102

  20. Steam pops during irrigated radiofrequency ablation: feasibility of impedance monitoring for prevention.

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    Seiler, Jens; Roberts-Thomson, Kurt C; Raymond, Jean-Marc; Vest, John; Delacretaz, Etienne; Stevenson, William G

    2008-10-01

    Steam pops are a risk of irrigated radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) and may cause cardiac perforation. Data to guide radiofrequency (RF) energy titration to avoid steam pops are limited. This study sought to assess the frequency and consequence of audible pops and to determine the feasibility of using the magnitude of impedance change to predict pops. We reviewed consecutive endocardial open-irrigated RFA for ventricular tachycardia (VT) with continuously recorded ablation data in 142 patients with structural heart disease. Steam pops were defined as an audible pop associated with a sudden spike in impedance. Ablation lesions before or after pops served as controls. From a total of 4,107 ablation lesions, 62 (1.5%) steam pops occurred in 42 procedures in 38 patients. Perforation with tamponade occurred with 1 of 62 (2%) pops. Applications with pops had a greater impedance decrease (22 +/- 7 Omega vs. 18 +/- 8 Omega, P = .001) and a higher maximum power (45 +/- 5 W vs. 43 +/- 6 W, P = .011), but did not differ in maximum catheter tip temperature (40 degrees C +/- 4 degrees C vs. 40 degrees C +/- 4 degrees C, P = .180) from applications without pops. Eighty percent of pops occurred after impedance decreased by at least 18 Omega. During VT ablation with open irrigation, audible pops are infrequent and do not usually cause perforation. Limiting RF power to achieve an impedance decrease of <18 Omega is a feasible method of reducing the likelihood of a pop when perforation risk is of concern.

  1. Cryotherapy of cardiac arrhythmia: From basic science to the bedside.

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    Avitall, Boaz; Kalinski, Arthur

    2015-10-01

    This review focuses on the basic science of cellular destruction by tissue freezing and application of transvenous cryocatheter technology to treat cardiac arrhythmia. Ideally, foci for arrhythmias are selectively ablated, arrhythmogenic tissues are destroyed, and reentry circuits are bisected in order to silence adverse electrical activity, with the goal of restoring normal sinus rhythm. The mechanism of ablation using cryotherapy results in distinct lesion qualities advantageous to radiofrequency (Khairy P, Chauvet M, Lehman J, et al. Lower incidence of thrombus formation with cryoenergy versus radiofrequency catheter ablation. Circulation 2003;107:2045-2050). This review is devoted to the mechanism of cryoablation, postablation histopathological changes, and how this information should be used by the clinicians to improve safety and maximize ablation success. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Video assisted thoracoscopic and cardioscopic radiofrequency Maze ablation.

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    Inoue, Y; Yozu, R; Mitsumaru, A; Ueda, T; Hiraki, O; Sano, Y; Kawada, S

    1997-01-01

    The authors examined the feasibility of transthoracic radio frequency Maze ablation of atrial fibrillation using video assisted thoracoscopy and cardioscopy in the experimental setting of a beating porcine heart. In six pigs under general anesthesia, the left atrium was viewed using a video assisted thoracoscopy system (VATS), and radiofrequency linear ablation of the left atrial wall was carried out using a radiofrequency ablation catheter (HAT200S:OSYPKA) inserted through a trocar port. The right atrium was also ablated in the same manner under VATS. In six other pigs, intravenous radiofrequency ablation by cardioscopic catheter device was carried out. Atrial fibrillation was provoked by acetylcholine injection plus rapid atrial pacing. The thoracoscopic visual field created for radiofrequency catheter ablation from a transthoracic approach and the cardioscopic visual field from an intravenous approach were sufficient, and safe positioning of the ablation catheter device on the atrial epicardium and endocardium, which enabled linear ablation of the atrium, was obtained. The Optimal setting for ablation was 70-80 degrees C/ 30 sec duration per each ablation. This process was monitored and documented by a video system through the thoracoscope and cardioscope, and results were confirmed by postmortem macrohistologic examination. In conclusion, the authors' results suggest the potential usefulness of the combination of transthoracic radiofrequency catheter ablation with video assisted thoracoscopic and cardioscopic linear ablation of atrial fibrillation, and the possibility that use of this system might eliminate the need for open heart Maze surgery.

  3. Electrical storm induced by cardiac resynchronization therapy is determined by pacing on epicardial scar and can be successfully managed by catheter ablation.

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    Roque, Carla; Trevisi, Nicola; Silberbauer, John; Oloriz, Teresa; Mizuno, Hiroya; Baratto, Francesca; Bisceglia, Caterina; Sora, Nicoleta; Marzi, Alessandra; Radinovic, Andrea; Guarracini, Fabrizio; Vergara, Pasquale; Sala, Simone; Paglino, Gabriele; Gulletta, Simone; Mazzone, Patrizio; Cireddu, Manuela; Maccabelli, Giuseppe; Della Bella, Paolo

    2014-12-01

    The mechanism of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)-induced proarrhythmia remains unknown. We postulated that pacing from a left ventricular (LV) lead positioned on epicardial scar can facilitate re-entrant ventricular tachycardia. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between CRT-induced proarrhythmia and LV lead location within scar. Twenty-eight epicardial and 63 endocardial maps, obtained from 64 CRT patients undergoing ventricular tachycardia ablation, were analyzed. A positive LV lead/scar relationship, defined as a lead tip positioned on scar/border zone, was determined by overlaying fluoroscopic projections with LV electroanatomical maps. CRT-induced proarrhythmia occurred in 8 patients (12.5%). They all presented early with electrical storm (100% versus 39% of patients with no proarrhythmia; P<0.01), requiring temporary biventricular pacing discontinuation in half of cases. They more frequently presented with heart failure/cardiogenic shock (50% versus 7%; P<0.01), requiring intensive care management. Ventricular tachycardia was re-entrant in all. The LV lead location within epicardial scar was significantly more frequent in the proarrhythmia group (60% versus 9% P=0.03 on epicardial bipolar scar, 80% versus 17% P=0.02 on epicardial unipolar scar, and 80% versus 17% P=0.02 on any-epicardial scar). Ablation was performed within epicardial scar, close to the LV lead, and allowed CRT reactivation in all patients. CRT-induced proarrhythmia presented early with electrical storm and was associated with an LV lead positioning within epicardial scar. Catheter ablation allowed for resumption of biventricular stimulation in all patients. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  4. Effects of sex on the incidence of cardiac tamponade after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: results from a worldwide survey in 34 943 atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.

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    Michowitz, Yoav; Rahkovich, Michael; Oral, Hakan; Zado, Erica S; Tilz, Roland; John, Silke; Denis, Arnaud; Di Biase, Luigi; Winkle, Roger A; Mikhaylov, Evgeny N; Ruskin, Jeremy N; Yao, Yan; Josephson, Mark E; Tanner, Hildegard; Miller, John M; Champagne, Jean; Della Bella, Paolo; Kumagai, Koichiro; Defaye, Pascal; Luria, David; Lebedev, Dmitry S; Natale, Andrea; Jais, Pierre; Hindricks, Gerhard; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Marchlinski, Francis E; Morady, Fred; Belhassen, Bernard

    2014-04-01

    Cardiac tamponade is the most dramatic complication observed during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and the leading cause of procedure-related mortality. Female sex is a known risk factor for complications during AF ablation; however, it is unknown whether women have a higher risk of tamponade. A systematic Medline search was used to locate academic electrophysiological centers that reported cases of tamponade occurring during AF ablation. Centers were asked to provide information on cases of acute tamponade according to sex and their mode of management including any case of related mortality. Nineteen electrophysiological centers provided information on 34 943 ablation procedures involving 25 261 (72%) men. Overall, 289 (0.9%) cases of tamponade were reported: 120 (1.24%) in women and 169 (0.67%) in men (odds ratio, 1.83; P<0.001). There was a reciprocal association between center volume and the occurrence of tamponade with substantially lower risk in high-volume centers. Most cases of tamponade occurred during catheter manipulation or ablation; women tended to develop more tamponades during transseptal catheterization. No sex difference in the mode of management was observed. However, 16% cases of tamponade required surgery with lower rates in high-volume centers. Three cases of tamponade (1%) culminated in death. Tamponade during AF ablation procedures is relatively rare. Women have an ≈2-fold higher risk for developing this complication. The risk of tamponade among women decreases substantially in high-volume centers. Surgical backup and acute management skills for treating tamponade are important in centers performing AF ablation.

  5. Repeat left atrial catheter ablation: cardiac magnetic resonance prediction of endocardial voltage and gaps in ablation lesion sets.

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    Harrison, James L; Sohns, Christian; Linton, Nick W; Karim, Rashed; Williams, Steven E; Rhode, Kawal S; Gill, Jaswinder; Cooklin, Michael; Rinaldi, C Aldo; Wright, Matthew; Schaeffter, Tobias; Razavi, Reza S; O'Neill, Mark D

    2015-04-01

    Studies have reported an inverse relationship between late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) signal intensity and left atrial (LA) endocardial voltage after LA ablation. However, there is controversy regarding the reproducibility of atrial LGE CMR and its ability to identify gaps in ablation lesions. Using systematic and objective techniques, this study examines the correlation between atrial CMR and endocardial voltage. Twenty patients who had previous ablation for atrial fibrillation and represented with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation or atrial tachycardia underwent preablation LGE CMR. During the ablation procedure, high-density point-by-point Carto voltage maps were acquired. Three-dimensional CMR reconstructions were registered with the Carto anatomies to allow comparison of voltage and LGE signal intensity. Signal intensities around the left and right pulmonary vein antra and along the LA roof and mitral lines on the CMR-segmented LA shells were extracted to examine differences between electrically isolated and reconnected lesions. There were a total of 6767 data points across the 20 patients. Only 119 (1.8%) of the points were ≤ 0.05 mV. There was only a weak inverse correlation between either unipolar (r = -0.18) or bipolar (r = -0.17) voltage and LGE CMR signal intensities with low voltage occurring across a large range of signal intensities. Signal intensities were not statistically different for electrically isolated and reconnected lesions. This study demonstrates that there is only a weak point-by-point relationship between LGE CMR and endocardial voltage in patients undergoing repeat LA ablation. Using an objective method of assessing gaps in ablation lesions, LGE CMR is unable to reliably predict sites of electrical conduction. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  6. Radiofrequency Identification

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    Jones, Terry L.

    2017-01-01

    A national campaign is underway to increase the amount of time staff nurses spend at the bedside of hospitalized patients through redesign of the work environment. This kind of work redesign requires robust data depicting what nurses do and how they spend their time. Historically, these kinds of data have been difficult, costly, and time consuming to collect. Wireless capture of data on the movement of humans within the work environment (ie, time and motion) is now possible through radiofrequency identification technology. When small tracking devices the size of a quarter are affixed to their clothing, the movement of nurses throughout a patient care unit can be monitored. The duration and frequency of patient interaction are captured along with the duration of time spent in other locations of interest to include nurses’ station, supply room, medication room, doctors’ station, electronic documentation stations, family waiting rooms, and the hallway. Patterns of nurse movement and time allocation can be efficiently identified, and the effects of staffing practices, workflows, and unit layout evaluated. Integration of radiofrequency identification time and motion data with other databases enables nurse leaders to link nursing time to important cost and quality outcomes. Nurse leaders should explore the usefulness of radiofrequency identification technology in addressing data needs for nurse time and motion. PMID:22592451

  7. Myocardial injury during radiofrequency and cryoablation of typical atrial flutter.

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    Saygi, Serkan; Drca, Nikola; Insulander, Per; Schwieler, Jonas; Jensen-Urstad, Mats; Bastani, Hamid

    2016-08-01

    Cardiac enzyme elevation after radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial flutter (AFL) is common. Some studies found that cryoablation (CRYO) of AFL, compared to RF, is associated with higher levels of troponin, a finding that may indicate CRYO causes a greater amount of myocardial injury than RF. However, other investigations found no significant differences between troponin levels after CRYO versus RF. We have in a randomized study compared the post-procedural troponin I levels in RF and CRYO and the possible relation to procedural outcome and complications. We randomized 153 patients with cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI)-dependent AFL to CRYO or RF (78 CRYO; 75 RF). RF was performed with a 3.5-mm open-irrigated-tip catheter, and CRYO was performed with an 8-mm-tip catheter. Troponin I levels were measured before and 6 h after ablation. Acute procedural success was achieved in 71/75 patients in the RF and in 72/78 patients in the CRYO. Troponin I levels were significantly elevated in both groups (baseline 0.012, 6th hour 0.35 ng/ml; p < 0.001). Troponin I levels were similar for RF and CRYO. Troponin I levels were higher in patients with acute failure compared to patients with acute success (0.48 ± 0.4 and 0.34 ± 0.16 ng/ml, p = 0.029); however, there was no difference between patients with or without late recurrence. There were no major complications in any group. RF and CRYO for CTI-dependent AFL resulted in similar amounts of procedural myocardial injury. Troponin I levels had no prognostic value for late recurrence of AFL and there were no complications related to high troponin I levels.

  8. Robotic positioning of standard electrophysiology catheters: a novel approach to catheter robotics.

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    Knight, Bradley; Ayers, Gregory M; Cohen, Todd J

    2008-05-01

    Robotic systems have been developed to manipulate and position electrophysiology (EP) catheters remotely. One limitation of existing systems is their requirement for specialized catheters or sheaths. We evaluated a system (Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System [RCMS], Catheter Robotics, Inc., Budd Lake, New Jersey) that manipulates conventional EP catheters placed through standard introducer sheaths. The remote controller functions much like the EP catheter handle, and the system permits repeated catheter disengagement for manual manipulation without requiring removal of the catheter from the body. This study tested the hypothesis that the RCMS would be able to safely and effectively position catheters at various intracardiac sites and obtain thresholds and electrograms similar to those obtained with manual catheter manipulation. Two identical 7 Fr catheters (Blazer II; Boston Scientific Corp., Natick, Massachusetts) were inserted into the right femoral veins of 6 mongrel dogs through separate, standard 7 Fr sheaths. The first catheter was manually placed at a right ventricular endocardial site. The second catheter handle was placed in the mating holder of the RCMS and moved to approximately the same site as the first catheter using the Catheter Robotics RCMS. The pacing threshold was determined for each catheter. This sequence was performed at 2 right atrial and 2 right ventricular sites. The distance between the manually and robotically placed catheters tips was measured, and pacing thresholds and His-bundle recordings were compared. The heart was inspected at necropsy for signs of cardiac perforation or injury. Compared to manual positioning, remote catheter placement produced the same pacing threshold at 7/24 sites, a lower threshold at 11/24 sites, and a higher threshold at only 6/24 sites (p > 0.05). The average distance between catheter tips was 0.46 +/- 0.32 cm (median 0.32, range 0.13-1.16 cm). There was no difference between right atrial

  9. Umbilical catheters

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    ... arteries and one umbilical vein in the umbilical cord. After the umbilical cord is cut off, the health care provider can find these blood vessels. The catheters are placed into the blood vessel, ... Complications include: Interruption of the blood flow ...

  10. Catheter Embolization

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    ... the scrotum that may be a cause of infertility. Catheter embolization may be used alone or combined ... in patients with diabetes or other pre-existing kidney disease. top of page What are the limitations of ...

  11. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation of superficial and perforator veins.

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    Roth, Steven M

    2007-10-01

    Radiofrequency ablation of superficial and perforator veins for venous insufficiency has emerged as a leading alternative to traditional vein stripping operations. This percutaneous technique can be performed in less than an hour using local anesthetic or sedation. The VNUS Closure catheters (VNUS Medical Technologies, San Jose, California) work by resistive heating in the vein wall that is constantly monitored through a feedback loop to the VNUS Closure generator. Side effects are less than with other endovenous ablation techniques and patients resume normal activity immediately. The new ClosureFAST catheter is an important advancement that combines the speed of endovenous laser ablation with the expected fewer side effects of radiofrequency ablation.

  12. Urinary catheter - infants

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  13. Hemodynamic change in pulmonary vein stenosis after radiofrequency ablation: assessment with magnetic resonance angiography.

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    Yun, Doyoung; Jung, Jung Im; Oh, Yong Seog; Youn, Ho-Joong

    2012-01-01

    We present a case of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis after radio-frequency (RF) ablation, in which a hemodynamic change in the pulmonary artery was similar to that of congenital PV atresia on time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (TR-MRA). A 48-year-old man underwent RF ablation due to atrial fibrillation. The patient subsequently complained of hemoptysis, dyspnea on exertion, and right chest pain. Right PV stenosis after catheter ablation was diagnosed through chest computed tomography and lung perfusion scan. Pulmonary TR-MRA revealed the pulmonary artery via systemic arterial collaterals and draining systemic collateral veins. On a velocity-encoded cine image, the flow direction of the right pulmonary artery was reversed in the diastolic phase and the left pulmonary artery demonstrated continuous forward flow throughout the cardiac cycle. These hemodynamic changes were similar to those seen in congenital unilateral PV atresia.

  14. Radiofrequency and Cryo-ablation Effect on Transvenous Pacing and Defibrillatory Lead Integrity: An in vitro study

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    Darrat, Yousef H; Agarwal, Anuj; Morales, Gustavo X; Thompson, Joseph; Abdel-Latif, Ahmed; Waespe, Kelly; Biase, Luigi Di; Natale, Andrea; Patwardan, Abhijit; Elayi, Claude-Samy

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Medical societies and cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) manufacturers recommend avoiding close or direct contact between the body of transvenous leads and ablation catheters used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. These recommendations are made despite the lack of clinical studies. However, the target myocardium for successful ablation can be contiguous to CIED leads. Methods and Results We examine in vitro the effects of direct application of radiofrequency (RF) and cryo-ablation energy on the integrity and functionality of CIED leads (excluding the pacing electrodes and defibrillation coils). A saline bath was created to mimic the body milieu. CIED leads, including all commercially available lead insulation materials, were connected to a CIED pulse generator and placed in direct contact with ablation catheter in the tissue bath. RF and cryo-ablation energy were delivered under various conditions, including maximal ablation power, temperature and impedance via the RF generator. CIED lead functionality, reflective of conductor integrity, was evaluated through lead impedance monitoring during ablation. CIED leads were then visually inspected, and examined with optic and electron microscopy as per protocol. A total of 42 leads were studied. All leads showed absence of insulation damage at the site of ablation visually and with microscopy. Lead functionality was also preserved in all leads. Conclusion Catheter ablation in contact with CIED leads using radiofrequency or cryo-ablation in vitro did not affect lead body integrity and function despite aggressive ablation settings. It may be reasonable to perform ablation in contact with the body of CIED leads when clinically necessary. PMID:27138905

  15. [Cosmetic radiofrequency].

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    Huth, J

    2010-01-01

    Cosmetic radio frequency uses an electric current of high frequency that generates heat through the subcutaneous tissues enough to break the collagen fibers and allow synthesis of a neo-collagen. It permits cutaneous resurfacing, improving the tone and quality of the skin (wrinkles and enlarged pores), and delicately reshaping facial volumes. The principle of a type Ellman monopolar radiofrequency at a rate of 4 MHz Pellevé, Surgitron Dual RF S 5 is described. Its use inclines more towards anti-aging and natural rejuvenation of the face, neck and neckline. It may be associated with other rejuvenation techniques such as fillers and botulinum toxin within certain time limits.

  16. Primary Cardiac Sarcoidosis with Syncope and Refractory Atrial Arrhythmia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Thangam, Manoj; Nathan, Sriram; Kar, Biswajit; Petrovic, Marija; Patel, Manish; Loyalka, Pranav; Buja, L Maximilian; Gregoric, Igor D

    2016-06-01

    We discuss the case of a 38-year-old black man who presented at our hospital with his first episode of syncope, recently developed atrial arrhythmias refractory to pharmacologic therapy, and a left atrial thrombus. He was diagnosed with primary cardiac sarcoidosis characterized by predominant involvement of the epicardium that caused atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Histologic analysis of his epicardial lesions yielded a diagnosis of sarcoidosis. This patient's atrial arrhythmia was successfully treated with a hybrid operation that involved resection of his atrial appendage, an Epicor maze procedure, and radiofrequency ablation during a catheter-based electrophysiologic study. The cardiac sarcoidosis was successfully managed with corticosteroid therapy. Our case report shows that sarcoidosis can initially manifest itself as syncope with new-onset atrial arrhythmia. Sarcoidosis is important in the differential diagnosis because of its progressive nature and its potential for treatment with pharmacologic, surgical, and catheter-based interventions.

  17. Primary Cardiac Sarcoidosis with Syncope and Refractory Atrial Arrhythmia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Thangam, Manoj; Nathan, Sriram; Kar, Biswajit; Petrovic, Marija; Patel, Manish; Loyalka, Pranav; Buja, L. Maximilian

    2016-01-01

    We discuss the case of a 38-year-old black man who presented at our hospital with his first episode of syncope, recently developed atrial arrhythmias refractory to pharmacologic therapy, and a left atrial thrombus. He was diagnosed with primary cardiac sarcoidosis characterized by predominant involvement of the epicardium that caused atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Histologic analysis of his epicardial lesions yielded a diagnosis of sarcoidosis. This patient's atrial arrhythmia was successfully treated with a hybrid operation that involved resection of his atrial appendage, an Epicor maze procedure, and radiofrequency ablation during a catheter-based electrophysiologic study. The cardiac sarcoidosis was successfully managed with corticosteroid therapy. Our case report shows that sarcoidosis can initially manifest itself as syncope with new-onset atrial arrhythmia. Sarcoidosis is important in the differential diagnosis because of its progressive nature and its potential for treatment with pharmacologic, surgical, and catheter-based interventions. PMID:27303240

  18. Thermal compression and molding of atherosclerotic vascular tissue with use of radiofrequency energy: implications for radiofrequency balloon angioplasty

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    Lee, B.I.; Becker, G.J.; Waller, B.F.; Barry, K.J.; Connolly, R.J.; Kaplan, J.; Shapiro, A.R.; Nardella, P.C.

    1989-04-01

    The combined delivery of pressure and thermal energy may effectively remodel intraluminal atherosclerotic plaque and fuse intimal tears. To test these hypotheses with use of a non-laser thermal energy source, radiofrequency energy was delivered to postmortem human atherosclerotic vessels from a metal hot-tip catheter, block-mounted bipolar electrodes and from a prototype radiofrequency balloon catheter. Sixty-two radiofrequency doses delivered from a metal electrode tip produced dose-dependent ablation of atherosclerotic plaque, ranging from clean and shallow craters with histologic evidence of thermal compression at doses less than 40 J to tissue charring and vaporization at higher (greater than 80 J) doses. Lesion dimensions ranged between 3.14 and 3.79 mm in diameter and 0.20 and 0.47 mm in depth. Tissue perforation was not observed. To test the potential for radiofrequency fusion of intimal tears, 5 atm of pressure and 200 J radiofrequency energy were delivered from block-mounted bipolar electrodes to 48 segments of human atherosclerotic aorta, which had been manually separated into intima-media and media-adventitial layers. Significantly stronger tissue fusion resulted (28.5 +/- 3.3 g) with radiofrequency compared with that with pressure alone (4.8 +/- 0.26 g; p less than 0.0001). A prototype radiofrequency balloon catheter was used to deliver 3 atm of balloon pressure with or without 200 J radiofrequency energy to 20 postmortem human atherosclerotic arterial segments. In 10 of 10 radiofrequency-treated vessels, thermal molding of both normal and atherosclerotic vessel wall segments resulted with increased luminal diameter and histologic evidence of medial myocyte damage.

  19. Thermal compression and molding of atherosclerotic vascular tissue with use of radiofrequency energy: implications for radiofrequency balloon angioplasty.

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    Lee, B I; Becker, G J; Waller, B F; Barry, K J; Connolly, R J; Kaplan, J; Shapiro, A R; Nardella, P C

    1989-04-01

    The combined delivery of pressure and thermal energy may effectively remodel intraluminal atherosclerotic plaque and fuse intimal tears. To test these hypotheses with use of a non-laser thermal energy source, radiofrequency energy was delivered to postmortem human atherosclerotic vessels from a metal "hot-tip" catheter, block-mounted bipolar electrodes and from a prototype radiofrequency balloon catheter. Sixty-two radiofrequency doses delivered from a metal electrode tip produced dose-dependent ablation of atherosclerotic plaque, ranging from clean and shallow craters with histologic evidence of thermal compression at doses less than 40 J to tissue charring and vaporization at higher (greater than 80 J) doses. Lesion dimensions ranged between 3.14 and 3.79 mm in diameter and 0.20 and 0.47 mm in depth. Tissue perforation was not observed. To test the potential for radiofrequency fusion of intimal tears, 5 atm of pressure and 200 J radiofrequency energy were delivered from block-mounted bipolar electrodes to 48 segments of human atherosclerotic aorta, which had been manually separated into intima-media and media-adventitial layers. Significantly stronger tissue fusion resulted (28.5 +/- 3.3 g) with radiofrequency compared with that with pressure alone (4.8 +/- 0.26 g; p less than 0.0001). A prototype radiofrequency balloon catheter was used to deliver 3 atm of balloon pressure with or without 200 J radiofrequency energy to 20 postmortem human atherosclerotic arterial segments. In 10 of 10 radiofrequency-treated vessels, thermal "molding" of both normal and atherosclerotic vessel wall segments resulted with increased luminal diameter and histologic evidence of medial myocyte damage.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Ethanol for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias

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    Schurmann, Paul; Peñalver, Jorge; Valderrábano, Miguel

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Ethanol infusion was an early mode of ablative treatment for cardiac arrhythmias. Its initial descriptions involved coronary intra-arterial delivery, targeting arrhythmogenic substrates in drug-refractory ventricular tachycardia or the atrioventricular node. Largely superseded by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and other contact-based technologies as a routine ablation strategy, intracoronary arterial ethanol infusion remains as an alternative option in the treatment of ventricular tachycardia when conventional ablation fails. Arrhythmic foci that are deep-seated in the myocardium may not be amenable to catheter ablation from either the endocardium or the epicardium by RFA, but they can be targeted by an ethanol infusion. Recent findings Recently, we have explored ethanol injection through cardiac venous systems, in order to avoid the risks of complications and limitations of coronary arterial instrumentation. Vein of Marshall ethanol infusion is being studied as an adjunctive procedure in ablation of atrial fibrillation, and coronary venous ethanol infusion for ventricular tachycardia. Conclusion Ethanol ablation remains useful as a bail-out technique for refractory cases to RFA, or as an adjunctive therapy that may improve the efficacy of catheter ablation procedures. PMID:26049378

  1. [Pliability and deflection of diagnostic catheters].

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    Pelyhe, Liza; Bognár, Eszter

    2014-09-28

    The cardiac catheter is an intravascular catheter, which is introduced or implanted into the heart for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons. The catheters may break or king during their introduction and/or removal. The aim of the authors was to study the pliability of two catheters with the same material but different diameters according to the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation. The bending points, diameter decrease, deflection, and their correlation and dependence on the distance from the tip, as well as the influence of the initial diameter of the catheters were determined. The bending of catheters was performed on 9 bending points (120-280 mm from the tip by 20 mm) on 16 gauges with different radius (10-2.5 mm by 0.5 mm). A linear dependency between the diameter decrease and deflection was observed, which was independent from the placement of the measurement in both catheters examined. The larger initial diameter had significant (p = 0.05) greater diameter decrease than the smaller, but the curves characteristic of the diameter decrease and deflection were similar. The applied method seems to be useful for the examination of weak points of cardiac catheters.

  2. A novel hybrid transcatheter ablation system that combines radiofrequency and cryoenergy.

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    Khairy, Paul; Cartier, Catherine; Chauvet, Patrick; Tanguay, Jean-François; Siméon, Bertin; Lalonde, Jean-Pierre; Dubuc, Marc

    2008-02-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) and cryoenergy are largely considered independent modalities for the transcatheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias. There are numerous theoretical advantages to engineering a system capable of delivering both energy forms. We designed a hybrid steerable catheter capable of delivering RF and cryoenergy independently, sequentially, and simultaneously. The novel catheter system was tested pre-clinically by creating a total of 180 ablation lesions in 20 mongrel dogs. Right atrial and right and left ventricular sites were preselected by a randomized factorial design devised to compare sequential and simultaneous RF and cryoenergy applications to standard RF, irrigated RF, and standard cryoablation. A steerable 4-mm electrode-tip hybrid catheter ("Fire and Ice") was created by modifying a 7 F cryocatheter (Freezor, CryoCath Technologies, Montreal, Canada). RF energy was injected via a copper wire, thermocouples were isolated to reduce RF interference, and 100 KHz band pass filters and RF chokes were added. Sequential low-dose RF (20 W, 60 seconds) preceding or following cryoablation resulted in larger lesions (P = 0.0010). The addition of RF energy did, however, produce more thrombus than cryoenergy alone, with clot detected on 82.4% versus 12.1% of ablation lesions, P < 0.0001. Simultaneously applying the two energy modalities (45 W, 10 or 30 degrees C, 60 seconds) created more voluminous lesions than standard RF ablation (median 288.1 vs 126.1 mm(3), P = 0.0333) of similar dimension to irrigated RF ablation. A versatile catheter system was fashioned capable of creating standard cryoablation lesions, standard RF lesions, and simultaneous lesions of similar dimension to irrigated RF.

  3. A novel catheter design for laser photocoagulation of the myocardium to ablate ventricular tachycardia.

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    Wagshall, Alan; Abela, George S; Maheshwari, Alok; Gupta, Anoop; Bowden, Russell; Huang, S K Stephen

    2002-08-01

    Nd:YAG laser energy has been proposed as an alternative to radiofrequency energy for ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in an effort to increase lesion size and success rates. However, issues of catheter design to maintain flexibility and ensure adequate tissue contact have hindered development of laser catheters. We developed and tested a prototype 8 Fr. steerable catheter with a flexible and extendible tip (designed to ensure tissue contact and efficient ventricular mapping), which projects the laser beam through a side port containing a lens-tipped optical fiber that rests against the endocardial surface. The catheter has a channel for simultaneous saline irrigation to displace the interceding blood and discharge a laser beam between two electrodes for bipolar mapping and a thermocouple for temperature monitoring. The catheter was tested on bench top using the epicardial surface of freshly slaughtered bovine hearts and in vivo using six anaesthetized closed-chest sheep. In vitro experiments demonstrated that lesion size increased linearly with applied power up to 40 watts. When compared to radio frequency, laser energy penetrated more deeply into the myocardium. In the in vivo studies, using increasing powers of up to 40 watts for application times of 60 to 120 seconds created circular or elliptical lesions with surface dimensions up to 12 mm x 12 mm and depth of 9 mm (full LV wall thickness with a mean lesion diameter of 9.9 +/- 5.2 mm and depth 5.8 +/- 3.2 mm). Most lesions, 16 total in both right and left ventricular walls were transmural or near transmural in thickness. Lesions demonstrated coagulation necrosis with smooth well-demarcated borders. No animal suffered cardiac perforation, hypotension, hemopericardium, damage to cardiac valves, or cavitation effect from any of the ablations. Runs of VT were seen during energy application at the highest laser outputs in two animals. In conclusion, this catheter

  4. Use of endogenous NADH fluorescence for real-time in situ visualization of epicardial radiofrequency ablation lesions and gaps

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    Mercader, Marco; Swift, Luther; Sood, Sumit; Asfour, Huda; Kay, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) aims to produce lesions that interrupt reentrant circuits or block the spread of electrical activation from sites of abnormal activity. Today, there are limited means for real-time visualization of cardiac muscle tissue injury during RFA procedures. We hypothesized that the fluorescence of endogenous NADH could be used as a marker of cardiac muscle injury during epicardial RFA procedures. Studies were conducted in blood-free and blood-perfused hearts from healthy adult Sprague-Dawley rats and New Zealand rabbits. Radiofrequency was applied to the epicardial surface of the heart using a 4-mm standard blazer ablation catheter. A dual camera optical mapping system was used to monitor NADH fluorescence upon ultraviolet illumination of the epicardial surface and to record optical action potentials using the voltage-sensitive probe RH237. Epicardial lesions were seen as areas of low NADH fluorescence. The lesions appeared immediately after ablation and remained stable for several hours. Real-time monitoring of NADH fluorescence allowed visualization of viable tissue between the RFA lesions. Dual recordings of NADH and epicardial electrical activity linked the gaps between lesions to postablation reentries. We found that the fluorescence of endogenous NADH aids the visualization of injured epicardial tissue caused by RFA. This was true for both blood-free and blood-perfused preparations. Gaps between NADH-negative regions revealed unablated tissue, which may promote postablation reentry or provide pathways for the conduction of abnormal electrical activity. PMID:22408016

  5. Patient-specific left atrial wall-thickness measurement and visualization for radiofrequency ablation

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    Inoue, Jiro; Skanes, Allan C.; White, James A.; Rajchl, Martin; Drangova, Maria

    2014-03-01

    INTRODUCTION: For radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of the left atrium, safe and effective dosing of RF energy requires transmural left atrium ablation without injury to extra-cardiac structures. The thickness of the left atrial wall may be a key parameter in determining the appropriate amount of energy to deliver. While left atrial wall-thickness is known to exhibit inter- and intra-patient variation, this is not taken into account in the current clinical workflow. Our goal is to develop a tool for presenting patient-specific left atrial thickness information to the clinician in order to assist in the determination of the proper RF energy dose. METHODS: We use an interactive segmentation method with manual correction to segment the left atrial blood pool and heart wall from contrast-enhanced cardiac CT images. We then create a mesh from the segmented blood pool and determine the wall thickness, on a per-vertex basis, orthogonal to the mesh surface. The thickness measurement is visualized by assigning colors to the vertices of the blood pool mesh. We applied our method to 5 contrast-enhanced cardiac CT images. RESULTS: Left atrial wall-thickness measurements were generally consistent with published thickness ranges. Variations were found to exist between patients, and between regions within each patient. CONCLUSION: It is possible to visually determine areas of thick vs. thin heart wall with high resolution in a patient-specific manner.

  6. Cardiac Catheterization (For Teens)

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    ... a person will have only a small puncture hole where the catheter was put in. Doctors usually ... done using a cardiac catheterization, including: closing small holes inside the heart repairing leaky or narrow heart ...

  7. Nonfluoroscopic Imaging as Guidance for Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia after Mustard Repair

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    Nguyen, Dinh Q.; Sobczak, Henrik; Brandts, Bodo

    2017-01-01

    Most tachycardias in the pulmonary venous atrium are inaccessible by direct means and require either a retrograde approach or a transseptal approach for ablation. We present a case in which successful radiofrequency ablation of common atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia was accomplished via a retrograde transaortic approach guided by nonfluoroscopic mapping with use of the NavX™ mapping system. The patient was a 49-year-old woman who at the age of 4 years had undergone Mustard repair for complete dextrotransposition of the great arteries. Three-dimensional reconstructions of the ascending aorta, right ventricle, systemic venous atrium, left ventricle, and superior vena cava–inferior vena cava baffle complex were created, and the left-sided His bundle was marked. After a failed attempt at ablation from the systemic venous side, we eliminated the atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia by ablation from the pulmonary venous side. This case is, to our knowledge, the first report of successful radiofrequency ablation of common atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia after Mustard repair for this congenital cardiac malformation in which ablation was guided by 3-dimensional nonfluoroscopic imaging. This imaging technique enabled accurate anatomic location of the ablation catheters in relation to the His bundle marked from the systemic venous side. PMID:28265215

  8. Catheter-directed interventions for pulmonary embolism

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    Zarghouni, Mehrzad; Charles, Hearns W.; Maldonado, Thomas S.

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially life-threatening entity, can be treated medically, surgically, and percutaneously. In patients with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD), anticoagulation alone may be insufficient to restore cardiac function. Because of the morbidity and mortality associated with surgical embolectomy, clinical interest in catheter-directed interventions (CDI) has resurged. We describe specific catheter-directed techniques and the evidence supporting percutaneous treatments. PMID:28123985

  9. Snare coupling of the pre-pectoral pacing lead delivery catheter to the femoral transseptal apparatus for endocardial cardiac resynchronization therapy : mid-term results.

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    Patel, Mehul B; Worley, Seth J

    2013-04-01

    Limitations imposed by the coronary sinus venous anatomy triggered the transseptal approach for endocardial LV lead placement. The alignment of the interatrial septum (IAS) and its neighborhood anatomy does not favor transseptal puncture from the pre-pectoral area. Locating and advancing a pre-pectoral LV lead delivery catheter (PDC) through an opening created in the IAS via femoral transseptal puncture (FTP) is time consuming and technically difficult. We describe a method where the PDC is snare coupled to the femoral transseptal apparatus (FTA). When the FTA is advanced into the left atrium (LA) the coupled PDC follows. The catheter of a 25-mm loop snare kit is replaced with the PDC (SelectSite®). The snare loop is positioned in the right common iliac vein from the pre-pectoral access. The PDC is coupled to the FTA by advancing the transseptal apparatus through the open snare loop. After conventional FTP, the FTA is withdrawn back into the right atrium (RA) over an extra support wire positioned in the LA. The PDC with open snare loop is pulled over the FTA up to the RA. The PDC is advanced to close the snare loop on the extra support wire immediately distal to the tip of the dilator close to the puncture site. The PDC is deflected to align with the FTA. The snare coupled catheters are gently advanced across the IAS into the LA. The PDC is released from the FTA by advancing the snare and opening the loop; the snare is then removed from the PDC. The PDC is deflected and advanced into the left ventricle (LV). After positioning the 4.1 Fr lumen less LV lead, the PDC is sliced and removed. The PDC snare coupled to the FTA was advanced into the LA in all five patients, however, access was lost during catheter manipulation in the one right-sided case. Endocardial LV lead was successfully positioned in all five patients. Snare coupling the pre-pectoral SelectSite® catheter to the FTA is technically simple, reliable and a safe method for transseptal endocardial LV lead

  10. Catheter ablation of pediatric AV nodal reentrant tachycardia: results in small children.

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    Krause, Ulrich; Backhoff, David; Klehs, Sophia; Kriebel, Thomas; Paul, Thomas; Schneider, Heike E

    2015-11-01

    AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is commonly encountered in pediatric patients. Definite treatment can be achieved by catheter ablation. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AVNRT ablation focusing on children with a body weight ≤25 kg. Catheter ablation of AVNRT was attempted in 253 patients. Median age was 12.5 years; median body weight was 48.7 kg. 25 (9.9 %) children had a body weight ≤25 kg. Congenital heart disease was present in 6 patients (2.4 %). Procedural success was achieved in 98 % using radiofrequency, in 100 % using cryoenergy alone, and in 94 % using both energy sources. In patients with a body weight ≤25 kg, success was achieved in 96 %. In patients ≤25 kg, fluoroscopy and procedure duration did not differ from those >25 kg. The rate of major complications was significantly higher in the patients ≤25 kg (12 vs. 2.2 %, p = 0.04). Permanent AV block after RF ablation occurred in 2 patients with congenital heart disease and one infant with a body weight of 8.7 kg. Catheter ablation of AVNRT in children and adolescents was safe and effective. Infants and small children with a body weight ≤25 kg had a higher prevalence of serious complications. This should alert physicians in decision making toward catheter ablation in these patients. In patients with congenital heart disease and different anatomy of the cardiac conduction system, operators must be aware of an increased risk for AV block.

  11. Automatic classification of scar tissue in late gadolinium enhancement cardiac MRI for the assessment of left-atrial wall injury after radiofrequency ablation.

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    Perry, Daniel; Morris, Alan; Burgon, Nathan; McGann, Christopher; Macleod, Robert; Cates, Joshua

    2012-02-23

    Radiofrequency ablation is a promising procedure for treating atrial fibrillation (AF) that relies on accurate lesion delivery in the left atrial (LA) wall for success. Late Gadolinium Enhancement MRI (LGE MRI) at three months post-ablation has proven effective for noninvasive assessment of the location and extent of scar formation, which are important factors for predicting patient outcome and planning of redo ablation procedures. We have developed an algorithm for automatic classification in LGE MRI of scar tissue in the LA wall and have evaluated accuracy and consistency compared to manual scar classifications by expert observers. Our approach clusters voxels based on normalized intensity and was chosen through a systematic comparison of the performance of multivariate clustering on many combinations of image texture. Algorithm performance was determined by overlap with ground truth, using multiple overlap measures, and the accuracy of the estimation of the total amount of scar in the LA. Ground truth was determined using the STAPLE algorithm, which produces a probabilistic estimate of the true scar classification from multiple expert manual segmentations. Evaluation of the ground truth data set was based on both inter- and intra-observer agreement, with variation among expert classifiers indicating the difficulty of scar classification for a given a dataset. Our proposed automatic scar classification algorithm performs well for both scar localization and estimation of scar volume: for ground truth datasets considered easy, variability from the ground truth was low; for those considered difficult, variability from ground truth was on par with the variability across experts.

  12. Automatic classification of scar tissue in late gadolinium enhancement cardiac MRI for the assessment of left-atrial wall injury after radiofrequency ablation

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    Perry, Daniel; Morris, Alan; Burgon, Nathan; McGann, Christopher; MacLeod, Robert; Cates, Joshua

    2012-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is a promising procedure for treating atrial fibrillation (AF) that relies on accurate lesion delivery in the left atrial (LA) wall for success. Late Gadolinium Enhancement MRI (LGE MRI) at three months post-ablation has proven effective for noninvasive assessment of the location and extent of scar formation, which are important factors for predicting patient outcome and planning of redo ablation procedures. We have developed an algorithm for automatic classification in LGE MRI of scar tissue in the LA wall and have evaluated accuracy and consistency compared to manual scar classifications by expert observers. Our approach clusters voxels based on normalized intensity and was chosen through a systematic comparison of the performance of multivariate clustering on many combinations of image texture. Algorithm performance was determined by overlap with ground truth, using multiple overlap measures, and the accuracy of the estimation of the total amount of scar in the LA. Ground truth was determined using the STAPLE algorithm, which produces a probabilistic estimate of the true scar classification from multiple expert manual segmentations. Evaluation of the ground truth data set was based on both inter- and intra-observer agreement, with variation among expert classifiers indicating the difficulty of scar classification for a given a dataset. Our proposed automatic scar classification algorithm performs well for both scar localization and estimation of scar volume: for ground truth datasets considered easy, variability from the ground truth was low; for those considered difficult, variability from ground truth was on par with the variability across experts.

  13. Balloon catheter coronary angioplasty

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    Angelini, P.

    1987-01-01

    The author has produced a reference and teaching book on balloon angioplasty. Because it borders in surgery and is performed on an awake patient without circulatory assistance, it is a complex and demanding procedure that requires thorough knowledge before it is attempted. The text is divided into seven sections. The first section describes coronary anatomy and pathophysiology, defines the objectives and mechanisms of the procedure and lists four possible physiologic results. The next section describes equipment in the catheterization laboratory, catheters, guidewires and required personnel. The following section is on the procedure itself and includes a discussion of examination, testing, technique and follow-up. The fourth section details possible complications that can occur during the procedure, such as coronary spasms, occlusion, thrombosis, perforations and ruptures, and also discusses cardiac surgery after failed angioplasty. The fifth section details complex or unusual cases that can occur. The sixth and seventh sections discuss radiation, alternative procedures and the future of angioplasty.

  14. Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors

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    ... Other equipment such as needle electrodes, an electrical generator and grounding pads may also be used. Radiofrequency ... retractable electrodes that extend when needed. The radiofrequency generator produces electrical currents in the range of radiofrequency ...

  15. Hemodialysis Tunneled Catheter Noninfectious Complications

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    Miller, Lisa M.; MacRae, Jennifer M.; Kiaii, Mercedeh; Clark, Edward; Dipchand, Christine; Kappel, Joanne; Lok, Charmaine; Luscombe, Rick; Moist, Louise; Oliver, Matthew; Pike, Pamela; Hiremath, Swapnil

    2016-01-01

    Noninfectious hemodialysis catheter complications include catheter dysfunction, catheter-related thrombus, and central vein stenosis. The definitions, causes, and treatment strategies for catheter dysfunction are reviewed below. Catheter-related thrombus is a less common but serious complication of catheters, requiring catheter removal and systemic anticoagulation. In addition, the risk factors, clinical manifestation, and treatment options for central vein stenosis are outlined. PMID:28270922

  16. Hybrid approach to atrial fibrillation ablation using bipolar radiofrequency devices epicardially and cryoballoon endocardially.

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    Kumar, Narendra; Pison, Laurent; La Meir, Mark; Maessen, Jos; Crijns, Harry J

    2014-10-01

    Bipolar radiofrequency (RF) devices are used epicardially by cardiac surgeons and cryoballoon endocardially by cardiac electrophysiologists for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, but in separate entities. The study's objective was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of combining an endocardial cryoballoon with epicardial bipolar RF ablation for the treatment of AF. A cohort of 7 patients with AF underwent a hybrid thoracoscopic surgical and endocardial ablation. To prevent bilateral sequential lung deflation in these patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the right pulmonary veins (PVs) were isolated using an epicardial bipolar RF clamp and the contralateral veins with an endocardial cryoballoon. A box lesion set was made epicardially using a bipolar RF pen. Acutely, pacing manoeuvres proved a bidirectional block in all PVs in all patients. No complications were seen. A box lesion was made in 5 patients. During follow-up, 2 of them had AF recurrence: 1 was treated successfully with sotalol and another underwent redo RF catheter ablation with reisolation of the right inferior PV. At present, 6 of 7 patients are in sinus rhythm without any anti-arrythmic drugs during a follow-up of more than 40 ± 3 months. A hybrid approach to AF ablation using a cryoballoon endocardially and a bipolar RF device epicardially is feasible and safe. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  17. Radiofrequency ablation of fast ventricular tachycardia causing an ICD storm in an infant with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Ergul, Yakup; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Bilici, Meki; Ozturk, Erkut; Haydin, Sertaç; Guzeltas, Alper

    2017-07-27

    An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) storm involves very frequent arrhythmia episodes and ICD shocks, and it is associated with poor short-term and long-term prognosis. Radiofrequency catheter ablation can be used as an effective rescue treatment for patients with an ICD storm. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an infant with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy presenting with an ICD storm and undergoing successful radiofrequency catheter ablation salvage treatment for the fast left posterior fascicular ventricular tachycardia. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Latex anaphylaxis caused by a Swan-Ganz catheter.

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    Sekiya, Kiyoshi; Watai, Kentaro; Taniguchi, Masami; Mitsui, Chihiro; Fukutomi, Yuma; Tanimoto, Hidenori; Kawaura, Noriyuki; Akiyama, Kazuo

    2011-01-01

    A 78-year-old woman visited the division of cardiovascular disease in our hospital. She underwent a cardiac catheter examination, and a Swan-Ganz catheter was inserted. Several minutes later, she developed anaphylactic shock. She had no past history of latex allergy, but did have a banana allergy. Skin prick tests showed a positive reaction to an extract of latex gloves and an extract of the balloon of a Swan-Ganz catheter. Anaphylactic shock caused by the latex balloon of a Swan-Ganz catheter was diagnosed. It is necessary to pay attention to not only latex allergy but also fruit allergies with a cross-reactivity to latex.

  19. Catheter-Associated Infections

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    Trautner, Barbara W.; Darouiche, Rabih O.

    2010-01-01

    Intravascular catheters and urinary catheters are the 2 most commonly inserted medical devices in the United States, and they are likewise the two most common causes of nosocomially acquired bloodstream infection. Biofilm formation on the surfaces of indwelling catheters is central to the pathogenesis of infection of both types of catheters. The cornerstone to any preventive strategy of intravascular catheter infections is strict attention to infection control practices. Antimicrobial-impregnated intravascular catheters are a useful adjunction to infection control measures. Prevention of urinary catheter–associated infection is hindered by the numbers and types of organisms present in the periurethral area as well as by the typically longer duration of catheter placement. Antimicrobial agents in general have not been effective in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection in persons with long-term, indwelling urethral catheters. Preventive strategies that avoid the use of antimicrobial agents may be necessary in this population. PMID:15111369

  20. A statistical model of catheter motion from interventional x-ray images: application to image-based gating

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    Panayiotou, M.; King, A. P.; Ma, Y.; Housden, R. J.; Rinaldi, C. A.; Gill, J.; Cooklin, M.; O'Neill, M.; Rhode, K. S.

    2013-11-01

    The motion and deformation of catheters that lie inside cardiac structures can provide valuable information about the motion of the heart. In this paper we describe the formation of a novel statistical model of the motion of a coronary sinus (CS) catheter based on principal component analysis of tracked electrode locations from standard mono-plane x-ray fluoroscopy images. We demonstrate the application of our model for the purposes of retrospective cardiac and respiratory gating of x-ray fluoroscopy images in normal dose x-ray fluoroscopy images, and demonstrate how a modification of the technique allows application to very low dose scenarios. We validated our method on ten mono-plane imaging sequences comprising a total of 610 frames from ten different patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. For normal dose images we established systole, end-inspiration and end-expiration gating with success rates of 100%, 92.1% and 86.9%, respectively. For very low dose applications, the method was tested on the same ten mono-plane x-ray fluoroscopy sequences without noise and with added noise at signal to noise ratio (SNR) values of √50, √10, √8, √6, √5, √2 and √1 to simulate the image quality of increasingly lower dose x-ray images. The method was able to detect the CS catheter even in the lowest SNR images with median errors not exceeding 2.6 mm per electrode. Furthermore, gating success rates of 100%, 71.4% and 85.7% were achieved at the low SNR value of √2, representing a dose reduction of more than 25 times. Thus, the technique has the potential to extract useful information whilst substantially reducing the radiation exposure.

  1. Mapping and ablation of ventricular arrhythmias with magnetic navigation: comparison between 4- and 8-mm catheter tips.

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    Di Biase, Luigi; Burkhardt, J David; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Pillarisetti, Jayasree; Baryun, Esam Nuri; Biria, Mazda; Horton, Rodney; Sanchez, Javier; Gallinghouse, G Joseph; Bailey, Shane; Beheiry, Salwa; Hongo, Richard; Hao, Steven; Tomassoni, Gery; Natale, Andrea

    2009-11-01

    Remote magnetic navigation (RMN) has been reported as an effective and safe tool to overcome the need for advanced operator skill in the treatment of complex arrhythmias. We report a series of patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) using RMN with either a 4-mm catheter tip or an 8-mm catheter tip at four different centers. Sixty-five patients with clinical and symptomatic history of Vas were included. Two different magnetic catheters were used to deliver radiofrequency applications remotely. When ablation with the RMN catheters failed, a manual irrigated catheter was used to eliminate the VAs. Post-ablation pacing maneuvers were utilized to verify the inducibility of Vas. Twenty-eight patients (43%) had ischemic cardiomyopathy [coronary artery disease (CAD)], 16 patients (25%) had non-ischemic cardiomyopathy [idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC)], and 21 patients (32%) had structurally normal hearts (SNH) or right ventricle outflow tract tachycardia (RVOT). In patients with structural heart disease (CAD, IDC), success was achieved in 22% with the 4-mm catheter tip and in 59% with the 8-mm catheter tip (p = 0.014). In patients with SNH/RVOT, success was achieved in 85% with the 4-mm catheter tip and in 87% with the 8-mm catheter tip (p = 1.00). Our findings showed that, with RMN, there is an increased success related to the catheter tip utilized. However, in patients with right ventricular outflow origin, the standard 4-mm tip provided adequate lesions for successful ablation in most patients.

  2. Trends in inflammatory biomarkers during atrial fibrillation ablation across different catheter ablation strategies.

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    Schmidt, Martin; Marschang, Harald; Clifford, Sarah; Harald, Rittger; Guido, Ritscher; Oliver, Turschner; Johannes, Brachmann; Daccarett, Marcos

    2012-06-28

    Chest pain after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablations is a common complaint with a wide differential diagnosis including coronary events. Elevation of troponins (Trop I) has been shown with radio-frequency (RF) ablation for atrial fibrillation. New devices including cryoballoon and multipolar ablation catheters have been introduced as alternative methods. We aim to compare cardiac injury following AF ablations according to different ablation technologies. In consecutive patients undergoing AF ablations with RF ablation, cryoballoon or multipolar ablation catheter (PVAC), Trop I, creatine kinase (CK) and CRP were analyzed immediately prior to and 24h following completion of ablation. Coronary events and symptoms and serial ECGs post procedure were evaluated. A total of 243 patients were included, 18.5% of them females. The mean age was 63 ± 11 years old. Baseline Trop I, CK and CRP levels were within normal range in all patients. After RF ablation Trop I, CK and CRP levels were elevated in 100%, 20% and 91% of patients respectively (Trop I 3.55 pg/ml [range: 0.60-24.01 pg/ml], CK 147 U/l [range: 56-380 U/l] and CRP 2.15 mg/dl [range: 0.28-20.98 mg/dl]). All post-procedure Trop I levels were above the range of myocardial infarction (>0.15 ng/ml). After cryoballoon ablation, Trop I and CK levels were significantly higher than after RF or PVAC ablation (p<0.001). No ischemic ECG changes were documented. Trop I elevations are not specific for ischemia in the setting of chest pain after AF ablation. Cryoballoon ablation resulted in a higher amount of cardiac injury. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Ultrasound Current Source Density Imaging in live rabbit hearts using clinical intracardiac catheter

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    Li, Qian

    Ultrasound Current Source Density Imaging (UCSDI) is a noninvasive modality for mapping electrical activities in the body (brain and heart) in 4-dimensions (space + time). Conventional cardiac mapping technologies for guiding the radiofrequency ablation procedure for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias have certain limitations. UCSDI can potentially overcome these limitations and enhance the electrophysiology mapping of the heart. UCSDI exploits the acoustoelectric (AE) effect, an interaction between ultrasound pressure and electrical resistivity. When an ultrasound beam intersects a current path in a material, the local resistivity of the material is modulated by the ultrasonic pressure, and a change in voltage signal can be detected based on Ohm's Law. The degree of modulation is determined by the AE interaction constant K. K is a fundamental property of any type of material, and directly affects the amplitude of the AE signal detected in UCSDI. UCSDI requires detecting a small AE signal associated with electrocardiogram. So sensitivity becomes a major challenge for transferring UCSDI to the clinic. This dissertation will determine the limits of sensitivity and resolution for UCSDI, balancing the tradeoff between them by finding the optimal parameters for electrical cardiac mapping, and finally test the optimized system in a realistic setting. This work begins by describing a technique for measuring K, the AE interaction constant, in ionic solution and biological tissue, and reporting the value of K in excised rabbit cardiac tissue for the first time. K was found to be strongly dependent on concentration for the divalent salt CuSO4, but not for the monovalent salt NaCl, consistent with their different chemical properties. In the rabbit heart tissue, K was determined to be 0.041 +/- 0.012 %/MPa, similar to the measurement of K in physiologic saline: 0.034 +/- 0.003 %/MPa. Next, this dissertation investigates the sensitivity limit of UCSDI by quantifying the relation

  4. Very long-term outcome of catheter ablation of post-incisional atrial tachycardia: Role of incisional and non-incisional scar.

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    Zhou, Gong-Bu; Hu, Ji-Qiang; Guo, Xiao-Gang; Liu, Xu; Yang, Jian-du; Sun, Qi; Ma, Jian; Ouyang, Fei-Fan; Zhang, Shu

    2016-02-15

    The arrhythmogenicity of right atrial (RA) incisional scar after cardiac surgery could result in atrial tachycardia (AT). Radiofrequency catheter ablation is effective in the treatment of such tachycardia. However, data regarding long-term outcomes are limited. A total of 105 patients with prior RA incision who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of AT were included. In the first procedure, electroanatomic mapping (EAM) revealed a total of 139 ATs in 105 patients, including 88 cavotricuspid isthmus dependent atrial flutters (IDAFs), 5 mitral annulus reentrant tachycardias (MARTs), 44 intra-atrial reentrant tachycardias (IARTs) and 2 focal ATs (FATs). AT was successfully eliminated in 101 (96.1%) patients. During a mean follow-up period of 90 ± 36 months, recurrent AT was observed in 23 patients and 21 underwent a second ablation. A total of 23 ATs were identified in redo procedures including 4 IDAFs, 2 MARTs, 12 IARTs and 5 FATs. The time to recurrence was significantly different among various AT types. Acute success was achieved in 20 of 23 redo procedures. Taking a total of 21 patients presenting atrial fibrillation during follow-up into account, 85 patients (81.9%) were in sinus rhythm. No complications except for a case of RA compartmentation occurred. RA incisional scar played an essential role in promoting both IDAF and IART, while non-incisional scar contributed to a substantial rate of late recurrent AT in forms of both macroreentry and small reentry. Catheter ablation using EAM system resulted in a high success rate during long-term follow-up. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. [Indications for catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia].

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    Deneke, T; Israel, C W; Krug, J; Nentwich, K; Müller, P; Mügge, A; Schade, A

    2013-09-01

    Ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT) can cause sudden cardiac death. This can be prevented by an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) but approximately 25% of patients with an ICD develop electrical storm (≥ 3 VTs within 24 hours) during the course of 4-5 years. This is a life-threatening event even in the presence of an ICD, particularly if incessant VT is present, and may significantly deteriorate the patient's psychological state if multiple shocks are discharged. Catheter ablation of VT has developed into a standard procedure in many specialized electrophysiology centers. Patients with hemodynamically stable and unstable VT are amendable to substrate-based ablation strategies. Catheter ablation can be performed as emergency procedure in patients with electrical storm as well as electively in patients with monomorphic VT stored in ICD memory. In patients with ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, VT ablation is complementary to ICD implantation and can reduce the number of ventricular arrhythmia episodes and shocks and should be performed early. In patients with electrical storm, catheter ablation can acutely achieve rhythm stabilization and may improve prognosis in the long term. Further indications for catheter ablation exist in patients with idiopathic VT where catheter ablation represents a curative therapy, and in patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic frequent premature ventricular beats which may improve prognosis in patients with heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

  6. Towards optical spectroscopic anatomical mapping (OSAM) for lesion validation in cardiac tissue (Conference Presentation)

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    Singh-Moon, Rajinder P.; Zaryab, Mohammad; Hendon, Christine P.

    2017-02-01

    Electroanatomical mapping (EAM) is an invaluable tool for guiding cardiac radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy. The principle roles of EAM is the identification of candidate ablation sites by detecting regions of abnormal electrogram activity and lesion validation subsequent to RF energy delivery. However, incomplete lesions may present interim electrical inactivity similar to effective treatment in the acute setting, despite efforts to reveal them with pacing or drugs, such as adenosine. Studies report that the misidentification and recovery of such lesions is a leading cause of arrhythmia recurrence and repeat procedures. In previous work, we demonstrated spectroscopic characterization of cardiac tissues using a fiber optic-integrated RF ablation catheter. In this work, we introduce OSAM (optical spectroscopic anatomical mapping), the application of this spectroscopic technique to obtain 2-dimensional biodistribution maps. We demonstrate its diagnostic potential as an auxiliary method for lesion validation in treated swine preparations. Endocardial lesion sets were created on fresh swine cardiac samples using a commercial RFA system. An optically-integrated catheter console fabricated in-house was used for measurement of tissue optical spectra between 600-1000nm. Three dimensional, Spatio-spectral datasets were generated by raster scanning of the optical catheter across the treated sample surface in the presence of whole blood. Tissue optical parameters were recovered at each spatial position using an inverse Monte Carlo method. OSAM biodistribution maps showed stark correspondence with gross examination of tetrazolium chloride stained tissue specimens. Specifically, we demonstrate the ability of OSAM to readily distinguish between shallow and deeper lesions, a limitation faced by current EAM techniques. These results showcase the OSAMs potential for lesion validation strategies for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

  7. Feasibility and validation of registration of three-dimensional left atrial models derived from computed tomography with a noncontact cardiac mapping system.

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    Sra, Jasbir; Krum, David; Hare, John; Okerlund, Darin; Thompson, Helen; Vass, Melissa; Schweitzer, Jeff; Olson, Eric; Foley, W Dennis; Akhtar, Masood

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and assess the validity of registering three-dimensional (3D) models from computed tomographic (CT) images using a cardiac mapping system. Registration of 3D anatomic models with an interventional system could help identify and navigate mapping and ablation catheters over a complex structure such as the left atrium (LA). ECG-gated, contrast-enhanced cardiac CT imaging was performed in 14 patients with atrial fibrillation. Segmentation was used to create 3D models of the LA. The 3D models were registered with the mapping system using a series of fiducial points. Registration was accomplished retrospectively in the first 10 patients, and catheter navigation was visualized from recorded data. In the final four patients, registration was accomplished in real time during electrophysiologic study. The mapping catheter position, as it was navigated inside the LA, was applied to the registered model in real time. For the validation study, temporary pacing leads were implanted in the LA of 10 dogs. Following this, CT scanning, segmentation, LA model importation, and registration was described previously. After registration, a mapping catheter was positioned at the site of each buried lead according to the registered model with no fluoroscopic guidance. A radiofrequency lesion was created at this location, and the dog was sacrificed, the heart removed and stained, and the distance between the buried lead and the lesion measured. During the feasibility study, the location of the catheter in the registered model correlated with fluoroscopy, angiography, and intracardiac electrograms. LA endocardial potentials during sinus rhythm and any premature atrial contractions also were successfully delineated over the registered models. In the validation study, the mean target registration error was 2.0 +/- 3.6 mm. Registration of CT-derived 3D models of the LA using a cardiac mapping system is feasible and accurate.

  8. Cardiac electrophysiology studies and ablations for treatment of supraventricular arrhythmias--an initial experience from Karachi.

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    Shafquat, Azam; Imdad, Aamer; Khalid, Salman; Jamal, Syed Zahid

    2011-02-01

    To review the clinical experience, complications and outcome of Cardiac Electrophysiology Studies and Catheter Radiofrequency Ablation in treatment of supraventricular tachycardias in Karachi. A retrospective review of records of all patients who underwent an electrophysiological study and radiofrequency ablation at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and Aga Khan University Hospital from 2005 to 2007 was performed. Patient's demographics, disease and procedural data were collected and analyzed using SPSS.V.II. We enrolled 168 patients, 150 (89%) from National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and 18 (11%) from Aga Khan University Hospital. Sample had 86 (51%) male participants. The mean age was 43 +/- 15 years. Indications for procedure were recurrent supraventricular tachycardias (89.9%), Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome with atrial fibrillation (5.9%), syncope (2.4%), and wide QRS tachycardia (1.8%). Final diagnosis was Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome in 80 (48%) and Atriovetricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia in 88 (52%). The accessory pathway in Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome was located on left side in 61% of cases and on right side in 39% of cases. Overall acute success rate for Radio Frequency ablation was 90%. Success rate for ablation of accessory pathway in Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome was 85% while that for ablation of slow pathway in AV node re-entrant tachycardia was 95%. Complications occurred in one case. Electro Physiology Studies and Radiofrequency ablation proved to be a safe and effective method for diagnosis and treatment of supraventricular tachycardias in our patients.

  9. Effects of multipolar electrode radiofrequency energy delivery on ventricular endocardium

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    Oeff, M.; Langberg, J.J.; Franklin, J.O.; Chin, M.C.; Sharkey, H.; Finkbeiner, W.; Herre, J.M.; Scheinman, M.M. )

    1990-03-01

    This study examined the effects of radiofrequency energy applied in a bipolar fashion with single as compared with multiple sequential applications at the canine endocardium. In this closed-chest model, radiofrequency energy (750 kHz) was delivered between two adjacent poles of an electrode catheter. Single applications were performed at distinct sites in the left (n = 30) and right ventricles (n = 29) of 13 normal dogs. A multiple sequential technique, which enlarges the ablated endocardial surface, was applied in the left (n = 13) and right ventricles (n = 4) of seven normal dogs and six dogs with remote myocardial infarction. Single applications (199 +/- 200 joules) resulted in lesions with a volume of 0.12 +/- 0.06 cm3 (range 0.03 to 0.31 cm3) and an endocardial surface area of 0.29 +/- 0.15 cm2 (range 0.06 to 0.63 cm2). Changes at the catheter/tissue interface led to a rise in impedance, restricting further enlargement of the necrosis. Sequential delivery of radiofrequency energy between poles 1 and 2, 2 and 3, and 3 and 4 of a quadripolar electrode catheter repeated 9 to 11 times in slightly different positions allowed a cumulative energy of 6571 +/- 3857 joules to be applied to the endocardium, resulting in a lesion volume of 0.84 +/- 0.38 cm3, with an endocardial lesion surface area of 3.7 +/- 1.2 cm2 (range 2.9 to 5.1 cm2). Histologically, all radiofrequency lesions were restricted to the endocardium/subendocardium with a small border zone of injury. Aggressive stimulation techniques did not induce ventricular tachycardia in any of the dogs before and 19 +/- 11.4 days after multiple sequential ablations.

  10. 21 CFR 876.5130 - Urological catheter and accessories.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... generic type of device includes radiopaque urological catheters, ureteral catheters, urethral catheters, coude catheters, balloon retention type catheters, straight catheters, upper urinary tract...

  11. 21 CFR 876.5130 - Urological catheter and accessories.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... generic type of device includes radiopaque urological catheters, ureteral catheters, urethral catheters, coudé catheters, balloon retention type catheters, straight catheters, upper urinary tract...

  12. 21 CFR 876.5130 - Urological catheter and accessories.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... generic type of device includes radiopaque urological catheters, ureteral catheters, urethral catheters, coudé catheters, balloon retention type catheters, straight catheters, upper urinary tract...

  13. Steerable catheter microcoils for interventional MRI reducing resistive heating.

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    Bernhardt, Anthony; Wilson, Mark W; Settecase, Fabio; Evans, Leland; Malba, Vincent; Martin, Alastair J; Saeed, Maythem; Roberts, Timothy P L; Arenson, Ronald L; Hetts, Steven W

    2011-03-01

    The aims of this study were to assess resistive heating of microwires used for remote catheter steering in interventional magnetic resonance imaging and to investigate the use of alumina to facilitate heat transfer to saline flowing in the catheter lumen. A microcoil was fabricated using a laser lathe onto polyimide-tipped or alumina-tipped endovascular catheters. In vitro testing was performed on a 1.5-T magnetic resonance system using a vessel phantom, body radiofrequency coil, and steady-state pulse sequence. Resistive heating was measured with water flowing over a polyimide-tip catheter or saline flowing through the lumen of an alumina-tip catheter. Preliminary in vivo testing in porcine common carotid arteries was conducted with normal blood flow or after arterial ligation when current was applied to an alumina-tip catheter for up to 5 minutes. After application of up to 1 W of direct current power, clinically significant temperature increases were noted with the polyimide-tip catheter: 23°C/W at zero flow, 13°C/W at 0.28 cm(3)/s, and 7.9°C/W at 1 cm(3)/s. Using the alumina-tip catheter, the effluent temperature rise using the lowest flow rate (0.12 cm(3)/s) was 2.3°C/W. In vivo testing demonstrated no thermal injury to vessel walls at normal and zero arterial flow. Resistive heating in current carrying wire pairs can be dissipated by saline coolant flowing within the lumen of a catheter tip composed of material that facilitates heat transfer. Copyright © 2011 AUR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Novel Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Portal Vein Tumor Thrombus: Safety and Feasibility

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    Mizandari, Malkhaz; Ao, Guokun; Zhang Yaojun; Feng Xi; Shen Qiang; Chen Minshan; Lau, Wan Yee; Nicholls, Joanna; Jiao Long; Habib, Nagy

    2013-02-15

    We report our experience of the safety of partial recanalization of the portal vein using a novel endovascular radiofrequency (RF) catheter for portal vein tumor thrombosis. Six patients with liver cancer and tumor thrombus in the portal vein underwent percutaneous intravascular radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using an endovascular bipolar RF device. A 0.035-inch guidewire was introduced into a tributary of the portal vein and through which a 5G guide catheter was introduced into the main portal vein. After manipulation of the guide catheter over the thrombus under digital subtraction angiography, the endovascular RF device was inserted and activated around the thrombus. There were no observed technique specific complications, such as hemorrhage, vessel perforation, or infection. Post-RFA portography showed partial recanalization of portal vein. RFA of portal vein tumor thrombus in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma is technically feasible and warrants further investigation to assess efficacy compared with current recanalization techniques.

  15. Insights into energy delivery to myocardial tissue during radiofrequency ablation through application of the first law of thermodynamics.

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    Bunch, T Jared; Day, John D; Packer, Douglas L

    2009-04-01

    The approach to catheter-based radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation has evolved, and as a consequence, more energy is delivered in the posterior left atrium, exposing neighboring tissue to untoward thermal injury. Simultaneously, catheter technology has advanced to allow more efficient energy delivery into the myocardium, which compounds the likelihood of collateral injury. This review focuses on the basic principles of thermodynamics as they apply to energy delivery during radiofrequency ablation. These principles can be used to titrate energy delivery and plan ablative approaches in an effort to minimize complications during the procedure.

  16. The stuck central venous catheter: a word of caution.

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    Makhija, Neeti; Choudhury, Minati; Kiran, Usha; Chowdhury, Ujjwal

    2008-10-01

    The placement of central venous catheter (CVC) through internal jugular vein is not free from potential hazards. We report two cases of triple lumen central venous catheter, placed into right internal jugular vein, which got entrapped in patients who had undergone mitral valve replacement. The entrapment of catheter went unnoticed until the time of removal. Subsequent investigations, mechanism of entrapment, prevention, and removal is described. To conclude, we encountered an unusual cause of stuck central venous catheter, in the left atrial suture line. Removal of central venous catheter requires utmost care, and should never be done by forceful traction in the postoperative cardiac surgical patients, as it may lead to disruption of suture lines or rupture of vessels.

  17. Temperature measurement within myocardium during in vitro RF catheter ablation.

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    Cao, H; Vorperian, V R; Tsai, J Z; Tungjitkusolmun, S; Woo, E J; Webster, J G

    2000-11-01

    While most commercial ablation units and research systems can provide catheter tip temperature during ablation, they do not provide information about the temperature change inside the myocardium, which determines the lesion size. We present the details of a flow simulation and temperature measurement system, which allows the monitoring of the temperature change inside the myocardium during in vitro radio frequency (RF) cardiac catheter ablation at different blood flow rates to which the catheter site may be exposed. We set up a circulation system that simulated different blood flow rates of 0 to 5 L/min at 37 degrees C. We continuously measured the temperature at the catheter tip using the built-in thermistor and inside the myocardium using a three-thermocouple probe. The system provides a means for further study of the temperature inside myocardium during RF catheter ablation under different flow conditions and at different penetration depths.

  18. Contamination of transvenous pacemaker leads due to tunneled hemodialysis catheter infection: a report of 2 cases.

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    Carrillo, Roger G; Garisto, Juan D; Salman, Loay; Merrill, Donna; Asif, Arif

    2010-06-01

    Catheter-related bacteremia is a frequent complication associated with the use of tunneled hemodialysis catheters. Catheter-related bacteremia can lead to metastasis of infection to other sites. This article presents 2 patients with transvenous pacemakers (placed >2 years ago) who were receiving long-term hemodialysis therapy using tunneled hemodialysis catheters. Both were admitted to the hospital with catheter-related bacteremia. Blood cultures showed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in both cases. Transesophageal echocardiography was negative for the presence of valvular endocarditis, but showed lead-associated vegetation in both cases. Intravenous antibiotic therapy was initiated, and both the tunneled hemodialysis catheters and cardiac devices were removed by a cardiothoracic surgeon. The catheter tip and leads cultures showed MRSA in both cases. After resolution of bacteremia, both patients received an epicardial cardiac device. Antibiotic therapy was continued for 6 weeks. Renal physicians providing dialysis therapy should be aware that catheter-related bacteremia could cause contamination of transvenous pacemaker leads. Because catheter-related bacteremia is a frequent complication, epicardial leads might be considered as an alternative route to provide cardiac support to catheter-consigned patients. Epicardial leads do not navigate through the central veins, lie in the path of blood flow, or cause central venous stenosis. Copyright 2010 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Cryo-balloon catheter localization in fluoroscopic images

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    Kurzendorfer, Tanja; Brost, Alexander; Jakob, Carolin; Mewes, Philip W.; Bourier, Felix; Koch, Martin; Kurzidim, Klaus; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert

    2013-03-01

    Minimally invasive catheter ablation has become the preferred treatment option for atrial fibrillation. Although the standard ablation procedure involves ablation points set by radio-frequency catheters, cryo-balloon catheters have even been reported to be more advantageous in certain cases. As electro-anatomical mapping systems do not support cryo-balloon ablation procedures, X-ray guidance is needed. However, current methods to provide support for cryo-balloon catheters in fluoroscopically guided ablation procedures rely heavily on manual user interaction. To improve this, we propose a first method for automatic cryo-balloon catheter localization in fluoroscopic images based on a blob detection algorithm. Our method is evaluated on 24 clinical images from 17 patients. The method successfully detected the cryoballoon in 22 out of 24 images, yielding a success rate of 91.6 %. The successful localization achieved an accuracy of 1.00 mm +/- 0.44 mm. Even though our methods currently fails in 8.4 % of the images available, it still offers a significant improvement over manual methods. Furthermore, detecting a landmark point along the cryo-balloon catheter can be a very important step for additional post-processing operations.

  20. Central venous catheters - ports

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    ... of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. April 2011. ... MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. ...

  1. Assessment of reused catheters.

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    Mussivand, T; Duguay, D G; Valadares, M J; Rajagopalan, K; Mackenzie, A M; Blohon, R; Marquis, J F; Beanlands, D S; Keon, W J

    1995-01-01

    Demands for health care cost containment have prompted the assessment of recycling medical devices, including catheters. The investigation of catheter reuse for effectiveness and safety began at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in early 1994. This report provides the preliminary results from this ongoing assessment on the feasibility of catheter reuse. Burst tests were conducted to detect changes in catheter mechanical integrity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was performed to assess surface changes and protein deposition after use and the subsequent cleaning process. Results of burst testing showed no significant difference in burst patterns or burst pressures between single use and unused catheters. Surface differences were observed between used and unused catheters. SEM studies detected physical changes such as scratches, gouges, cuts, and deposits on the used catheters. Unused balloon surfaces appeared to be clean and uniform compared to used ones. Residue and cracking were identified on other used devices. In conclusion, the methods used can assess various effects of recycling. A blind study of large samples of used catheters is planned to establish statistically the level and variance of structural damage to catheters during typical use.

  2. Radiofrequency ablation for benign thyroid nodules.

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    Bernardi, S; Stacul, F; Zecchin, M; Dobrinja, C; Zanconati, F; Fabris, B

    2016-09-01

    Benign thyroid nodules are an extremely common occurrence. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is gaining ground as an effective technique for their treatment, in case they become symptomatic. Here we review what are the current indications to RFA, its outcomes in terms of efficacy, tolerability, and cost, and also how it compares to the other conventional and experimental treatment modalities for benign thyroid nodules. Moreover, we will also address the issue of treating with this technique patients with cardiac pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), as it is a rather frequent occurrence that has never been addressed in detail in the literature.

  3. Pericardial effusion associated with an appropriately placed umbilical venous catheter.

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    Sehgal, A; Cook, V; Dunn, M

    2007-05-01

    Central venous catheterization is widely used in neonatal intensive care units to support tiny preterm babies. Pericardial effusion (PCE) and cardiac tamponade are uncommon but potentially fatal complications of percutaneous, umbilical and surgically placed central venous catheters related to intracardiac position or migration. This report describes a case of PCE arising from fluid infused via umbilical venous catheter. The case study highlights two important aspects: one, occurrence of PCE in a baby with satisfactory position of the umbilical catheter, and second, the life-saving application of basic echocardiography by bedside caregivers for the diagnosis and treatment of this critical condition.

  4. [The bladder catheter].

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    Pestalozzi, D M

    1996-09-01

    The benefit of the transurethral catheter to protect or measure renal function is well accepted. Urethral stricture and infection of the lower urinary tract as the complications should lead to a cautious use of catheters. A careful placement, the choice of the best material and a correct management help to avoid complications. Alternatives are discussed.

  5. Cardiac magnetic resonance for prediction of arrhythmogenic areas

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    Ipek, Esra Gucuk; Nazarian, Saman

    2015-01-01

    Catheter ablation has been widely used to manage recurrent atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. It has been established that contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance can accurately characterize the myocardium. In this review, we summarize the role of cardiac magnetic resonance in identification of arrhythmogenic substrates, and the potential utility of cardiac magnetic resonance for catheter ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. PMID:25937045

  6. [Catheter ablation in supraventricular tachycardia].

    PubMed

    Pitschner, H F; Neuzner, J

    1996-01-01

    successful in about 60% of these patients. Those patients who are presently proposed to receive radio frequency catheter ablation usually continue to be symptomatic despite pharmacological therapy and/or have a potential risk for sudden cardiac death due to atrial fibrillation in WPW syndrome, or rate-dependent hemodynamic compromise secondary to cardiac disease. Since 1989-1995, our laboratory had a > 93% success rate in treating 466 patients with AV reentrant tachycardia via accessory AV pathways, and in treating 398 patients with AV nodal reentrant tachycardias. Forty patients with atrial flutter and 16 patients with different atrial tachycardias (14 with focal origin, 2 reentries) were free from tachycardia in 80% after ablation. This corresponds to the literature published by other centers. Some abstracts and articles suggest that ablation of atrial fibrillation may be possible. However, there is still a lack of basic experience with view to mapping procedures and, thus, insufficient knowledge of the electrophysiological pathophysiology with regard to different cardiac diseases. As a consequence, this procedure, despite first documentation of both successful treatment and severe complications occurring in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, as based on the experience of the MAZE procedure, is applied in humans, at the time being, in a purely experimental setting. The only exception relates to the ablation of the AV node at accurate diagnosis for pacemaker implantation (VVIR; DDDR switch mode) which has become part of routine therapy, although, of course, atrial fibrillation itself or necessary anticoagulation cannot be abolished. Thus, our center shows a success rate of 98% in treating 117 patients by this method. First promising reports are available describing the attempt of AV node modification in the posterior nodal part with the goal of reducing the ventricular rate in atrial fibrillation.

  7. [Current treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and ventricular tachycardia: surgical ablation versus catheter ablation?].

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    Misaki, T; Watanabe, G; Iwa, T; Watanabe, Y

    1992-09-01

    From November 1973, 454 patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome underwent surgical ablation of accessory pathways. Overall curative rate was 94% in our series including 65 cases of simultaneous surgical repair for combined heart diseases. In recent months, radiofrequency catheter ablation was applied in 7 cases. There has been 2 failures, which have taken more than 2 hours of radiation exposure and have required surgery. There has been 47 patients who underwent surgical ablation for non-ischemic ventricular tachycardia. Forty cases (85%) had a successful outcome of surgical ablation and another 2 cases required DC catheter ablation postoperatively to eliminate ventricular tachycardias. In conclusion, radiofrequency ablation of WPW syndrome in patients without combined heart disease or multiple accessory pathways is feasible. Surgical ablation is effective and safe technique compared with catheter ablation in patients with ventricular tachycardia.

  8. Force Control of Flexible Catheter Robots for Beating Heart Surgery

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    Kesner, Samuel B.; Howe, Robert D.

    2011-01-01

    Recent developments in cardiac catheter technology promise to allow physicians to perform most cardiac interventions without stopping the heart or opening the chest. However, current cardiac devices, including newly developed catheter robots, are unable to accurately track and interact with the fast moving cardiac tissue without applying potentially damaging forces. This paper examines the challenges of implementing force control on a flexible robotic catheter. In particular, catheter friction and backlash must be compensated when controlling tissue interaction forces. Force controller designs are introduced and evaluated experimentally in a number of configurations. The controllers are based on the inner position loop force control approach where the position trajectory is adjusted to achieve a desired force on the target. Friction and backlash compensation improved force tracking up to 86% with residual RMS errors of 0.11 N while following a prerecorded cardiac tissue trajectory with accelerations of up to 3800 mm/s2. This performance provides sufficient accuracy to enable a wide range of beating heart surgical procedures. PMID:21874164

  9. Force Control of Flexible Catheter Robots for Beating Heart Surgery.

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    Kesner, Samuel B; Howe, Robert D

    2011-01-01

    Recent developments in cardiac catheter technology promise to allow physicians to perform most cardiac interventions without stopping the heart or opening the chest. However, current cardiac devices, including newly developed catheter robots, are unable to accurately track and interact with the fast moving cardiac tissue without applying potentially damaging forces. This paper examines the challenges of implementing force control on a flexible robotic catheter. In particular, catheter friction and backlash must be compensated when controlling tissue interaction forces. Force controller designs are introduced and evaluated experimentally in a number of configurations. The controllers are based on the inner position loop force control approach where the position trajectory is adjusted to achieve a desired force on the target. Friction and backlash compensation improved force tracking up to 86% with residual RMS errors of 0.11 N while following a prerecorded cardiac tissue trajectory with accelerations of up to 3800 mm/s(2). This performance provides sufficient accuracy to enable a wide range of beating heart surgical procedures.

  10. Percutaneous Retrieval of a Pulmonary Artery Catheter Knot in Pacing Electrodes

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    Valenzuela-Garcia, Luis Felipe Almendro-Delia, Manuel; Gonzalez-Valdayo, Miguel; Munoz-Campos, Juan; Dorado-Garcia, Jose C.; Gomez-Rosa, Francisco; Vazquez-Garcia, Rafael; Calderon-Leal, Jose M.

    2007-09-15

    To illustrate a successful approach to resolving a pulmonary artery catheter knot in the pacing leads of a cardiac resynchronization device. When planning invasive monitoring for patients having right chamber electrodes, fluoroscopic-guided catheter insertion and extraction is advisable. In the event of coiling or knotting, an interventional radiologist should be contacted as soon as possible to avoid serious complications.

  11. Misplaced central venous catheter in the jugular venous arch exposed during dissection before sternotomy.

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    Jung, Tae-Eun; Jee, Daelim

    2008-11-01

    Subclavian vein catheterization rarely results in misplacement of the central venous catheter (CVC) into the jugular venous arch (JVA). We present a case of misplacement of the CVC into the JVA during cardiac surgery.

  12. What to Expect during Cardiac Catheterization

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    ... education Cardiac catheterization is a test during which flexible tubes called catheters are inserted into the heart ... from excess x-rays; and D, video display screens, used to review the x-ray images. Once ...

  13. A simple and safe technique for positioning a bipolar radio-frequency device for pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Shimamura, Yoshiei; Hayashi, Ichiro

    2009-08-01

    We describe a simple and safe technique to position a bipolar radio-frequency ablation device around the pulmonary veins when performing pulmonary vein isolation. The technique consists of insertion of a rubber catheter with stylet, originally an introducer from a left vent catheter, behind the pulmonary veins, and subsequent placement of the lower jaw of the ablation clamp using a rubber catheter to guide the device into position. This novel method avoids excessive compression or displacement of the heart and enables easy and safe positioning of the ablation device around the pulmonary veins.

  14. Cryoablation Versus Radiofrequency Ablation in AVNRT: Same Goal, Different Strategy.

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    Leila, Riahi; Raluca, Prisecaru; Yves, De Greef; Dirk, Stockman; Bruno, Schwagten

    2015-01-01

    Catheter ablation is nowadays the first therapeutic option for AVNRT, the most common benign supraventricular tachycardia. Both cryotherapy and radiofrequency energy may be used to ablate the slow pathway. This paper compares both techniques, evaluates results published in literature and gives feedback on some typical aspects of cryo- and RF ablation. Although both techniques have satisfying success rates in AVNRT ablation, with a higher safety profile of cryoablation towards creation of inadvertent atrioventricular block, it remains paramount that the operator respects the distinctive traits of each technique in order to obtain an optimal result in every patient.

  15. Left ventricular volumetric conductance catheter for rats.

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    Ito, H; Takaki, M; Yamaguchi, H; Tachibana, H; Suga, H

    1996-04-01

    Left ventricular (LV) volume (V) is an essential parameter for assessment of the cardiac pump function. Measurement of LVV in situ by a conductance catheter method has been widely used in dogs and humans but not yet in small experimental animals such as rats. We instituted a miniaturized six-electrode conductance catheter (3-F) for rat LVV measurement and its signal processing apparatus. We compared stroke volumes (SVs) simultaneously measured with this conductance catheter introduced into the LV through the apex and an electromagnetic flow probe placed on the ascending aorta during gradual decreases in LVV by an inferior vena caval occlusion. A high and linear correlation (r = 0.982) was obtained between these differently measured by SVs pooled from six rats. In another group of three rats, LV pressure was simultaneously measured with a 3-F catheter-tip micromanometer introduced into the LV through the apex. We obtained the slope of the end-systolic pressure-volume (P-V) relationship (Emax) by a gradual ascending aortic occlusion. After administration of propranolol, Emax obviously decreased with no change in volume intercept of the P-V relationship. The conductance volumetry proved to be useful in rats.

  16. Feasibility of real-time MR thermal dose mapping for predicting radiofrequency ablation outcome in the myocardium in vivo.

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    Toupin, Solenn; Bour, Pierre; Lepetit-Coiffé, Matthieu; Ozenne, Valéry; Denis de Senneville, Baudouin; Schneider, Rainer; Vaussy, Alexis; Chaumeil, Arnaud; Cochet, Hubert; Sacher, Frédéric; Jaïs, Pierre; Quesson, Bruno

    2017-01-25

    Clinical treatment of cardiac arrhythmia by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) currently lacks quantitative and precise visualization of lesion formation in the myocardium during the procedure. This study aims at evaluating thermal dose (TD) imaging obtained from real-time magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry on the heart as a relevant indicator of the thermal lesion extent. MR temperature mapping based on the Proton Resonance Frequency Shift (PRFS) method was performed at 1.5 T on the heart, with 4 to 5 slices acquired per heartbeat. Respiratory motion was compensated using navigator-based slice tracking. Residual in-plane motion and related magnetic susceptibility artifacts were corrected online. The standard deviation of temperature was measured on healthy volunteers (N = 5) in both ventricles. On animals, the MR-compatible catheter was positioned and visualized in the left ventricle (LV) using a bSSFP pulse sequence with active catheter tracking. Twelve MR-guided RFA were performed on three sheep in vivo at various locations in left ventricle (LV). The dimensions of the thermal lesions measured on thermal dose images, on 3D T1-weighted (T1-w) images acquired immediately after the ablation and at gross pathology were correlated. MR thermometry uncertainty was 1.5 °C on average over more than 96% of the pixels covering the left and right ventricles, on each volunteer. On animals, catheter repositioning in the LV with active slice tracking was successfully performed and each ablation could be monitored in real-time by MR thermometry and thermal dosimetry. Thermal lesion dimensions on TD maps were found to be highly correlated with those observed on post-ablation T1-w images (R = 0.87) that also correlated (R = 0.89) with measurements at gross pathology. Quantitative TD mapping from real-time rapid CMR thermometry during catheter-based RFA is feasible. It provides a direct assessment of the lesion extent in the myocardium with precision in the range of one

  17. Suprapubic catheter care

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    ... urine bag only a few times a day. Caring for Your Skin Near your Catheter Follow these ... Bethesda, MD 20894 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Page last updated: ...

  18. Sinuplasty (Balloon Catheter Dilation)

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    ... development of the balloon dilating catheter and its adaptation to sinus surgery. In the 1980s, the field ... used in endoscopic sinus surgery. It is the adaptation or application of minimally-invasive balloon technology to ...

  19. Indwelling catheter care

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    ... skin care part of your daily routine. Avoid physical activity for a week or two after your catheter is placed in your bladder. Cleaning Your Skin You will need these supplies for cleaning your ...

  20. Central venous catheter - flushing

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    ... To flush your catheter, you will need: Clean paper towels Saline syringes (clear), and maybe heparin syringes (yellow) ... your fingers before washing. Dry with a clean paper towel. Set up your supplies on a clean surface ...

  1. Complications associated with radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary veins.

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    Madrid Pérez, J M; García Barquín, P M; Villanueva Marcos, A J; García Bolao, J I; Bastarrika Alemañ, G

    Radiofrequency ablation is an efficacious alternative in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation who do not respond to or are intolerant to at least one class I or class III antiarrhythmic drug. Although radiofrequency ablation is a safe procedure, complications can occur. Depending on the location, these complications can be classified into those that affect the pulmonary veins themselves, cardiac complications, extracardiac intrathoracic complications, remote complications, and those that result from vascular access. The most common complications are hematomas, arteriovenous fistulas, and pseudoaneurysms at the puncture site. Some complications are benign and transient, such as gastroparesis or diaphragmatic elevation, whereas others are potentially fatal, such as cardiac tamponade. Radiologists must be familiar with the complications that can occur secondary to pulmonary vein ablation to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. Copyright © 2016 SERAM. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. MR-Guided Percutaneous Angioplasty: Assessment of Tracking Safety, Catheter Handling and Functionality

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    Wildermuth, Simon; Dumoulin, Charles L.; Pfammatter, Thomas; Maier, Stephan E.; Hofmann, Eugen; Debatin, Joerg F.

    1998-09-15

    Purpose: Magnetic resonance (MR)-guided percutaneous vascular interventions have evolved to a practical possibility with the advent of open-configuration MR systems and real-time tracking techniques. The purpose of this study was to assess an MR-tracking percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) catheter with regard to its safety profile and functionality. Methods: Real-time, biplanar tracking of the PTA catheter was made possible by incorporating a small radiofrequency (RF) coil in the catheter tip and connecting it to a coaxial cable embedded in the catheter wall. To evaluate potentially hazardous thermal effects due to the incorporation of the coil, temperature measurements were performed within and around the coil under various scanning and tracking conditions at 1.5 Tesla (T). Catheter force transmission and balloon-burst pressure of the MR-tracking PTA catheter were compared with those of a standard PTA catheter. The dilatative capability of the angioplasty balloon was assessed in vitro as well as in vivo, in an isolated femoral artery segment in a swine. Results: The degree of heating at the RF coil was directly proportional to the power of the RF pulses. Heating was negligible with MR tracking, conventional spin-echo and low-flip gradient-echo sequences. Sequences with higher duty cycles, such as fast spin echo, produced harmful heating effects. Force transmission of the MR-tracking PTA catheter was slightly inferior to that of the standard PTA catheter, while balloon-burst pressures were similar to those of conventional catheters. The MR-tracking PTA catheter functioned well both in vitro and in vivo. Conclusion: The in vivo use of an MR-tracking PTA catheter is safe under most scanning conditions.

  3. Cardiac catheterization

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    Catheterization - cardiac; Heart catheterization; Angina - cardiac catheterization; CAD - cardiac catheterization; Coronary artery disease - cardiac catheterization; Heart valve - cardiac catheterization; Heart failure - ...

  4. Registry of Malignant Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death - Influence of Diagnostics and Interventions

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    2016-11-30

    Ventricular Tachycardia; Ventricular Fibrillation; Sudden Cardiac Death; Coronary Angiography; Electrophysiologic Testing (EP); Catheter Ablation; Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI); Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

  5. Cryo-balloon catheter position planning using AFiT

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    Kleinoeder, Andreas; Brost, Alexander; Bourier, Felix; Koch, Martin; Kurzidim, Klaus; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert

    2012-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common heart arrhythmia. In certain situations, it can result in life-threatening complications such as stroke and heart failure. For paroxsysmal AFib, pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) by catheter ablation is the recommended choice of treatment if drug therapy fails. During minimally invasive procedures, electrically active tissue around the pulmonary veins is destroyed by either applying heat or cryothermal energy to the tissue. The procedure is usually performed in electrophysiology labs under fluoroscopic guidance. Besides radio-frequency catheter ablation devices, so-called single-shot devices, e.g., the cryothermal balloon catheters, are receiving more and more interest in the electrophysiology (EP) community. Single-shot devices may be advantageous for certain cases, since they can simplify the creation of contiguous (gapless) lesion sets around the pulmonary vein which is needed to achieve PVI. In many cases, a 3-D (CT, MRI, or C-arm CT) image of a patient's left atrium is available. This data can then be used for planning purposes and for supporting catheter navigation during the procedure. Cryo-thermal balloon catheters are commercially available in two different sizes. We propose the Atrial Fibrillation Planning Tool (AFiT), which visualizes the segmented left atrium as well as multiple cryo-balloon catheters within a virtual reality, to find out how well cryo-balloons fit to the anatomy of a patient's left atrium. First evaluations have shown that AFiT helps physicians in two ways. First, they can better assess whether cryoballoon ablation or RF ablation is the treatment of choice at all. Second, they can select the proper-size cryo-balloon catheter with more confidence.

  6. [Urinary catheter biofilm infections].

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    Holá, V; Růzicka, F

    2008-04-01

    Urinary tract infections, most of which are biofilm infections in catheterized patients, account for more than 40% of hospital infections. Bacterial colonization of the urinary tract and catheters causes not only infection but also other complications such as catheter blockage by bacterial encrustation, urolithiasis and pyelonephritis. About 50% of long-term catheterized patients face urinary flow obstruction due to catheter encrustation, but no measure is currently available to prevent it. Encrustation has been known either to result from metabolic dysfunction or to be of microbial origin, with urease positive bacterial species implicated most often. Infectious calculi account for about 15-20% of all cases of urolithiasis and are often associated with biofilm colonization of a long-term indwelling urinary catheter or urethral stent. The use of closed catheter systems is helpful in reducing such problems; nevertheless, such a system only delays the inevitable, with infections emerging a little later. Various coatings intended to prevent the bacterial adhesion to the surface of catheters and implants and thus also the emergence of biofilm infections, unfortunately, do not inhibit the microbial adhesion completely and permanently and the only reliable method for biofilm eradication remains the removal of the foreign body from the patient.

  7. Optimization of the generator settings for endobiliary radiofrequency ablation.

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    Barret, Maximilien; Leblanc, Sarah; Vienne, Ariane; Rouquette, Alexandre; Beuvon, Frederic; Chaussade, Stanislas; Prat, Frederic

    2015-11-10

    To determine the optimal generator settings for endobiliary radiofrequency ablation. Endobiliary radiofrequency ablation was performed in live swine on the ampulla of Vater, the common bile duct and in the hepatic parenchyma. Radiofrequency ablation time, "effect", and power were allowed to vary. The animals were sacrificed two hours after the procedure. Histopathological assessment of the depth of the thermal lesions was performed. Twenty-five radiofrequency bursts were applied in three swine. In the ampulla of Vater (n = 3), necrosis of the duodenal wall was observed starting with an effect set at 8, power output set at 10 W, and a 30 s shot duration, whereas superficial mucosal damage of up to 350 μm in depth was recorded for an effect set at 8, power output set at 6 W and a 30 s shot duration. In the common bile duct (n = 4), a 1070 μm, safe and efficient ablation was obtained for an effect set at 8, a power output of 8 W, and an ablation time of 30 s. Within the hepatic parenchyma (n = 18), the depth of tissue damage varied from 1620 μm (effect = 8, power = 10 W, ablation time = 15 s) to 4480 μm (effect = 8, power = 8 W, ablation time = 90 s). The duration of the catheter application appeared to be the most important parameter influencing the depth of the thermal injury during endobiliary radiofrequency ablation. In healthy swine, the currently recommended settings of the generator may induce severe, supratherapeutic tissue damage in the biliary tree, especially in the high-risk area of the ampulla of Vater.

  8. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation ablation: Achieving permanent pulmonary vein isolation by point-by-point radiofrequency lesions

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    Pedrote, Alonso; Acosta, Juan; Jáuregui-Garrido, Beatriz; Frutos-López, Manuel; Arana-Rueda, Eduardo

    2017-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation by point-by-point radiofrequency catheter ablation constitutes the cornerstone of catheter ablation strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, despite advances in pulmonary vein isolation ablation strategies, long-term success rates after ablation remain suboptimal, which highlights the need to develop techniques to achieve more durable lesions. Strategies proposed to improve the durability of pulmonary vein isolation can be divided into two groups: Those addressed to improving the quality of the lesion and those that optimize the detection of acute PV reconnection during the ablation procedure. This manuscript reviews the role and potential benefits of these techniques according to current clinical evidence. PMID:28400919

  9. Peritoneal catheters and related infections.

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    Thodis, Elias; Passadakis, Ploumis; Lyrantzopooulos, Nikolaos; Panagoutsos, Stelios; Vargemezis, Vassilis; Oreopoulos, Dimitrios

    2005-01-01

    Catheter related infectious complications (exit-site infections, tunnel infections, and peritonitis) remain the major reasons for technique failure during the three decades since, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) treatment has been first established. Despite improvements in catheter's survival rates, catheter related complications result in an increase in the cumulative patients' morbidity and often leading to the catheter removal. The ideal catheter provides reliable and rapid dialysate flow rates without leaks or infections. Among several types, the double-cuff straight Tenckhoff catheter, developed in 1968, is still the most widely used, although its use is decreasing in favour of swanneck catheters. Although there are only few well-designed trials comparing catheters and catheters related infectious complications, controlling for all other important variables, no difference in these complications among the main types of catheters was seen. The single cuff catheters have been associated with a shorter survival rate and time to the first peritonitis episode than the double-cuff catheters. Also exit-site infections were found to be more frequent and significantly more resistant to treatment with single-cuff compared to double-cuff ones. Finally, better results have been reported with the latest developed presternal peritoneal dialysis catheter both regarding survival rates and exit-site infection and peritonitis rates. Recently a renewed interest in continuous flow peritoneal dialysis stimulated inventions of imaginative, double-lumen catheters since a suitable peritoneal access is a sine qua non condition for the development of this new technique of peritoneal dialysis.

  10. Pediatric cardiac emergencies.

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    Lee, C; Mason, L J

    2001-06-01

    Successful management of pediatric cardiac emergencies requires an accurate diagnosis to institute an appropriate plan of therapy. The diagnosis, however, is not always straightforward, as evidenced by the nonspecific clinical picture that can be presented by congenital heart defects. Entertaining the possibility of a cardiac problem in neonates with pulmonary symptoms unresponsive to standard therapies is crucial for successful management of patients with congenital heart disease. In addition to ventilatory support, prostaglandin E1 infusions or emergency interventional cardiac catheterization is often a life-saving initial measure in patients with acutely decompensated congenital cardiac lesions that require a patent ductus arteriosus for survival. Pericardial tamponade is associated with various acquired and iatrogenic causes. Emergent pericardiocentesis is mandatory when cardiovascular compromise occurs. The goal of anesthetic management is to maintain cardiac output. With the increasing use of central venous catheters in neonatal ICUs and the high mortality rate for central venous catheter-related cardiac tamponade, the diagnosis must be considered in any patient with a central venous catheter in situ who acutely develops unexplained hypotension, bradycardia, and diminished pulses. Arrhythmias also can cause hemodynamic instability in infants and children. Supraventricular tachycardia is by far the most common emergently presenting arrhythmia in the pediatric population. Unstable patients require immediate intravenous adenosine or synchronized cardioversion. Complete heart block is rare, but it can lead to congestive heart failure and occasionally to cardiovascular collapse and sudden death. Emergency treatment of complete heart block includes pharmacologic support and temporary or permanent pacemaker placement as indicated. In infants, congestive heart failure usually is related to congenital heart disease, whereas in older children, it tends to be secondary

  11. Comparison of microbubble presence in the right heart during mechanochemical and radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins.

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    Moon, K H; Dharmarajah, B; Bootun, R; Lim, C S; Lane, Tra; Moore, H M; Sritharan, K; Davies, A H

    2017-07-01

    Objective Mechanochemical ablation is a novel technique for ablation of varicose veins utilising a rotating catheter and liquid sclerosant. Mechanochemical ablation and radiofrequency ablation have no reported neurological side-effect but the rotating mechanism of mechanochemical ablation may produce microbubbles. Air emboli have been implicated as a cause of cerebrovascular events during ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and microbubbles in the heart during ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy have been demonstrated. This study investigated the presence of microbubbles in the right heart during varicose vein ablation by mechanochemical abaltion and radiofrequency abaltion. Methods Patients undergoing great saphenous vein ablation by mechanochemical abaltion or radiofrequency ablation were recruited. During the ablative procedure, the presence of microbubbles was assessed using transthoracic echocardiogram. Offline blinded image quantification was performed using International Consensus Criteria grading guidelines. Results From 32 recruited patients, 28 data sets were analysed. Eleven underwent mechanochemical abaltion and 17 underwent radiofrequency abaltion. There were no neurological complications. In total, 39% (11/28) of patients had grade 1 or 2 microbubbles detected. Thirty-six percent (4/11) of mechanochemical abaltion patients and 29% (5/17) of radiofrequency ablation patients had microbubbles with no significant difference between the groups ( p=0.8065). Conclusion A comparable prevalence of microbubbles between mechanochemical abaltion and radiofrequency ablation both of which are lower than that previously reported for ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy suggests that mechanochemical abaltion may not confer the same risk of neurological events as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy for treatment of varicose veins.

  12. Epicardial catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in no entry left ventricle: mechanical aortic and mitral valves.

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    Soejima, Kyoko; Nogami, Akihiko; Sekiguchi, Yukio; Harada, Tomoo; Satomi, Kazuhiro; Hirose, Takeshi; Ueda, Akiko; Miwa, Yousuke; Sato, Toshiaki; Nishio, Satoru; Shirai, Yasuhiro; Kowase, Shinya; Murakoshi, Nobuyuki; Kunugi, Shinobu; Murata, Hiroshige; Nitta, Takashi; Aonuma, Kazutaka; Yoshino, Hideaki

    2015-04-01

    In patients with mechanical aortic and mitral valves and left ventricular tachycardia, catheter ablation may be prevented by limited access to the left ventricle. In our series of 6 patients, 2 patients underwent direct surgical ablation and 4 underwent epicardial catheter ablation via a pericardial window. All patients had abnormal low voltage areas with fractionated or delayed isolated potentials on the apical epicardium. Most of the ventricular tachycardias were targeted by pace mapping. Sites with a good pace match or abnormal electrograms were ablated using an irrigated radiofrequency ablation catheter. A microscopic pathological evaluation of the resected tissue from 2 of the open-heart ablation patients revealed dense fibrosis on the epicardium compared with the endocardium, supporting the feasibility of an epicardial ablation for the ventricular tachycardia. Epicardial catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia is a potentially useful therapy in patients who have mechanical aortic and mitral valves. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. RF transmit power limit for the barewire loopless catheter antenna.

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    Yeung, C J; Atalar, E

    2000-07-01

    The safety of the barewire loopless catheter antenna in transmit mode is addressed with respect to radiofrequency (RF) heating. Analytical expressions for electric field and specific absorption rate (SAR) distributions surrounding the antenna are postulated and experimentally verified. Limiting RF transmit power to 40-70 mW time-averaged power, depending on the specific antenna design, will ensure that the current regulatory guideline of SAR of 8 W/kg in any gram of tissue is not exceeded. These limits can act as guidelines for the design of RF pulses for use with this device. Further study is required to examine the safety of the antenna in receive mode.

  14. Does Type D Personality Impact on the Prognosis of Patients Who Underwent Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation? A 1-Year Follow-Up Study

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    Jeon, Sang Won; Lim, Hong Euy; Yoon, Seoyoung; Na, Kyoung Se; Joe, Sook-Haeng; Kim, Young-Hoon

    2017-01-01

    Objective Although Type D personality has been associated with the prognosis of various cardiac diseases, few studies have investigated the influence of Type D personality on the cardiac and psychiatric prognoses of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods Depression, anxiety, and quality of life were measured at baseline and 6 months. The recurrence of AF was measured during 1-year following radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for AF. The Kaplan-Meier method with log-rank tests were used to compare the cumulative recurrence of AF. ACox proportional hazard model was conducted to identify factors that contribute to the recurrence of AF. Results A total of 236 patients admitted for RFCA were recruited. Patients with a Type D personality had higher levels of depression and anxiety and a poorer quality of life compared to controls. Although depression, anxiety, and quality of life had improved 6 months after RFCA, significant differences in psychiatric symptoms remained between patients with and without Type D personality. In the Cox models, the type of AF was the only factor that influenced the recurrence of AF. Conclusion Our results suggest that Type D personality predominately influences psychological distress in patients with AF, but not the recurrence of AF. PMID:28539946

  15. [Patient selection for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation].

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    Márquez, Manlio F

    2007-01-01

    The present report describes the program of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients referred to the AF Clinic of the National Institute of Cardiology. Specific inclusion criteria are required for RFCA of AF. If the patient fulfills it, then an electrophysiological study is performed. A transseptal approach and special mapping catheters are used to detect abnormal electrical activity (AEA). Pulmonary vein isolation is performed at the ostium/ antrum of those veins with AEA if the patient had paroxysmal AF. Global pulmonary vein isolation with some additional lines guided by electroanatomical mapping is performed in the case of chronic AF. Postoperative follow-up includes consultation, ECG and Holter monitoring at 1, 3, 6 and 12-month. RFCA is a useful and relatively safe procedure for the treatment of AF and the only one with curative potential.

  16. Bladder Morphology Using 2 Different Catheter Designs

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    2017-04-10

    Urologic Injuries; Urologic Diseases; Bladder Infection; Urinary Tract Infections; Mucosal Inflammation; Mucosal Infection; Bladder Injury; Catheter-Related Infections; Catheter Complications; Catheter; Infection (Indwelling Catheter); Pelvic Floor Disorders; Urinary Incontinence

  17. The effect of elastic modulus on ablation catheter contact area

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    Camp, Jon J.; Linte, Cristian A.; Rettmann, Maryam E.; Sun, Deyu; Packer, Douglas L.; Robb, Richard A.; Holmes, David R.

    2015-03-01

    Cardiac ablation consists of navigating a catheter into the heart and delivering RF energy to electrically isolate tissue regions that generate or propagate arrhythmia. Besides the challenges of accurate and precise targeting of the arrhythmic sites within the beating heart, limited information is currently available to the cardiologist regarding intricate electrodetissue contact, which directly impacts the quality of produced lesions. Recent advances in ablation catheter design provide intra-procedural estimates of tissue-catheter contact force, but the most direct indicator of lesion quality for any particular energy level and duration is the tissue-catheter contact area, and that is a function of not only force, but catheter pose and material elasticity as well. In this experiment, we have employed real-time ultrasound (US) imaging to determine the complete interaction between the ablation electrode and tissue to accurately estimate contact, which will help to better understand the effect of catheter pose and position relative to the tissue. By simultaneously recording tracked position, force reading and US image of the ablation catheter, the differing material properties of polyvinyl alcohol cryogel[1] phantoms are shown to produce varying amounts of tissue depression and contact area (implying varying lesion quality) for equivalent force readings. We have shown that the elastic modulus significantly affects the surface-contact area between the catheter and tissue at any level of contact force. Thus we provide evidence that a prescribed level of catheter force may not always provide sufficient contact area to produce an effective ablation lesion in the prescribed ablation time.

  18. [Radiofrequency treatment of tachyarrhythmias in children and adolescents].

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    Martínez, J L; Monedero, C M; Alvaro, E M; Prado, A P; Villacastín, J P; Fernández, E J; Maíz, A A; Argüelles, J I; Garrote, J A

    1995-12-01

    Radiofrequency ablation has been extensively used in adults to treat supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia. In children and adolescents few data are available on its safety and efficacy. 28 patients (mean age 12.8) with symptomatic tachyarrhythmias underwent catheter ablation; 21 children had atrioventricular accessory pathways (11 right connections, 9 lef connections and one midseptal pathway), 3 had intranodal tachycardia, 2 had ventricular tachycardia and 2 had atrial tachycardia. Only four patients had associated structural anomalies. Success rate was 71.4% (20 patients). The success per cents in each group were: in intranodal tachycardias 100%; we failed in the two patients with ventricular tachycardias; in accessory pathways 76.1% and 50% in atrial tachycardia. There were no recurrences of arrhythmia in a mean chase period of 24 months (12-46). Major complications were only observed in one patient who developed a Wallenberg syndrome after ablation. Radiofrequency catheter ablation appears to be a safe and effective method to treat arrhythmias in children and adolescents, which in most cases can supersede surgery. Alow incidence of complications is reported, although long term damage on endocardial structures remains yet to be determined.

  19. Electrical storm in dilated cardiomyopathy treated using epicardial radiofrequency ablation as a first line therapy.

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    Faustino, Massimiliano; Agricola, Tullio; Xyheri, Borejda; Di Girolamo, Enrico; Leonzio, Luigi; Pizzi, Carmine

    2016-09-01

    We report a patient with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and low left ventricular systolic function (28%) presenting with an electrical storm originated in epicardial scar and ablated by radiofrequency. This case report suggests that a strategy of epicardial catheter ablation is reasonable for the patient presenting with electrical storm related to structural disease with a low left ventricular ejection fraction. Copyright © 2016 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Radiofrequency Guide Wire Recanalization of Venous Occlusions in Patients with Malignant Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Davis, Robert M.; David, Elizabeth; Pugash, Robyn A.; Annamalai, Ganesan

    2012-06-15

    Fibrotic central venous occlusions in patients with thoracic malignancy and prior radiotherapy can be impassable with standard catheters and wires, including the trailing or stiff end of a hydrophilic wire. We report two patients with superior vena cava syndrome in whom we successfully utilized a radiofrequency guide wire (PowerWire, Baylis Medical, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to perforate through the occlusion and recanalize the occluded segment to alleviate symptoms.

  1. Central Venous Catheter-Related Tachycardia in the Newborn: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Amer, Aya; Broadbent, Roland S.; Edmonds, Liza

    2016-01-01

    Central venous access is an important aspect of neonatal intensive care management. Malpositioned central catheters have been reported to induce cardiac tachyarrhythmia in adult populations and there are case reports within the neonatal population. We present a case of a preterm neonate with a preexisting umbilical venous catheter (UVC), who then developed a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). This was initially treated with intravenous adenosine with transient reversion. Catheter migration was subsequently detected, with the UVC tip located within the heart. Upon withdrawal of the UVC and a final dose of adenosine, the arrhythmia permanently resolved. Our literature review confirms that tachyarrhythmia is a rare but recognised neonatal complication of malpositioned central venous catheters. We recommend the immediate investigation of central catheter position when managing neonatal tachyarrhythmia, as catheter repositioning is an essential aspect of management. PMID:28058050

  2. [A comparative study between surgical section and radiofrequency ablation of the anomalous pathways in the WPW syndrome].

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    Iturralde, P; Colín, L; Kershenovich, S; Saucedo, J; de Micheli, A; Barragán, R; Martínez Rios, M A; González Hermosillo, J A

    1993-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is an effective alternative to medical therapy to patient with Wolff Parkinson White syndrome (WPW). The purpose of this study is to compare our results in 70 patients with WPW that underwent either surgery or ablation procedure with radiofrequency energy. Of this number of patients the surgical procedure was successful in 82%; complications were present in 15% and mortality in 8%. Average hospitalization was 6 to 10 days and cost from 2 to 10 thousand of new pesos. On the other hand, of 44 patients that underwent radiofrequency ablation, in 80% the procedure was finally successful with recurrence of 9% and no mortality. The hospitalization period was one day, the cost run from 500 to 2 thousand of new pesos in our institution. These results demonstrate the efficacy of the radiofrequency energy ablation in the treatment of WPW. This procedure is safe and less expensive than surgery.

  3. Capturing Pain in the Cortex during General Anesthesia: Near Infrared Spectroscopy Measures in Patients Undergoing Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

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    Yücel, Meryem A.; Steele, Sarah C.; Alexander, Mark E.; Boas, David A.; Borsook, David; Becerra, Lino

    2016-01-01

    The predictability of pain makes surgery an ideal model for the study of pain and the development of strategies for analgesia and reduction of perioperative pain. As functional near-infrared spectroscopy reproduces the known functional magnetic resonance imaging activations in response to a painful stimulus, we evaluated the feasibility of functional near-infrared spectroscopy to measure cortical responses to noxious stimulation during general anesthesia. A multichannel continuous wave near-infrared imager was used to measure somatosensory and frontal cortical activation in patients undergoing catheter ablation of arrhythmias under general anesthesia. Anesthetic technique was standardized and intraoperative NIRS signals recorded continuously with markers placed in the data set for the timing and duration of each cardiac ablation event. Frontal cortical signals only were suitable for analysis in five of eight patients studied (mean age 14 ± 1 years, weight 66.7 ± 17.6 kg, 2 males). Thirty ablative lesions were recorded for the five patients. Radiofrequency or cryoablation was temporally associated with a hemodynamic response function in the frontal cortex characterized by a significant decrease in oxyhemoglobin concentration (paired t-test, p<0.05) with the nadir occurring in the period 4 to 6 seconds after application of the ablative lesion. Cortical signals produced by catheter ablation of arrhythmias in patients under general anesthesia mirrored those seen with noxious stimulation in awake, healthy volunteers, during sedation for colonoscopy, and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging activations in response to pain. This study demonstrates the feasibility and potential utility of functional near-infrared spectroscopy as an objective measure of cortical activation under general anesthesia. PMID:27415436

  4. Catheter-related bloodstream infections.

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    Wilcox, Tracie A

    2009-06-01

    Tunneled, cuffed, double-lumen catheters are commonly used for long-term venous access in hemodialysis patients. Complications of these catheters, including catheter-related infection, are a major cause of morbidity and resource utilization in the hemodialysis population. Treatment of catheter-related bloodstream infections includes the use of antibiotics and evaluation of the need for catheter removal or exchange. Measures to prevent catheter-related infections include use of an aseptic technique and antiseptic cleaning solution, elimination of Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage, topical exit site application of antibiotics, use of antibiotic lock solutions, and use of catheters and cuffs coated or impregnated with antimicrobial or antiseptic agents. This review article will provide an update on the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of catheter-related infections in the hemodialysis population.

  5. Balloon Catheter Prevents Contamination

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    Higginson, Gregory A.; Bouffard, Marc R.; Hoehicke, Beth S.; King, Bradley D.; Peterson, Sandra L.

    1994-01-01

    Balloon catheter similar to that used in such medical procedures as angioplasty and heart surgery protects small orifices against contamination and blockage by chips generated in machining operations. Includes small, inflatable balloon at end of thin, flexible tube. Contains additional features adapting it to anticontamination service: balloon larger to fit wider channel it must block; made of polyurethane (rather than latex), which does not fragment if bursts; material made thicker to resist abrasion better; and kink-resistant axial wire helps catheter negotiate tight bends.

  6. Balloon Catheter Prevents Contamination

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    Higginson, Gregory A.; Bouffard, Marc R.; Hoehicke, Beth S.; King, Bradley D.; Peterson, Sandra L.

    1994-01-01

    Balloon catheter similar to that used in such medical procedures as angioplasty and heart surgery protects small orifices against contamination and blockage by chips generated in machining operations. Includes small, inflatable balloon at end of thin, flexible tube. Contains additional features adapting it to anticontamination service: balloon larger to fit wider channel it must block; made of polyurethane (rather than latex), which does not fragment if bursts; material made thicker to resist abrasion better; and kink-resistant axial wire helps catheter negotiate tight bends.

  7. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation without the use of fluoroscopy.

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    Reddy, Vivek Y; Morales, Gustavo; Ahmed, Humera; Neuzil, Petr; Dukkipati, Srinivas; Kim, Steve; Clemens, Janet; D'Avila, Andre

    2010-11-01

    In performing catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), the advent of electroanatomical mapping (EAM) has significantly reduced fluoroscopy time. Recent advances in the ability of EAM systems to simultaneously visualize multiple catheters have allowed some operators to perform certain procedures, such as catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardias, with zero fluoroscopy use. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of pulmonary vein (PV) isolation with zero fluoroscopy use, using a combination of three-dimensional EAM and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE). Using the NavX EAM system, the right atrial (RA) and coronary sinus (CS) geometries were created without fluoroscopy. Fluoroless transseptal puncture was performed under ICE guidance. Using a deflectable sheath and a multipolar catheter, the left atrial (LA) and PV anatomies were rendered and, in select cases, integrated with a three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) image. Irrigated radiofrequency ablation was performed to encircle each pair of ipsilateral PVs. This series included 20 consecutive PAF patients. RA/CS mapping required 5.5 ± 2.6 minutes. In all patients, single (n = 18) or dual (n = 2) transseptal access was successfully achieved. The LA-PV anatomy was rendered using either a circular (14 patients) or penta-array (six patients) catheter in 22 ± 10 minutes; CT image integration was used in 11 patients. Using 49 ± 18 ablation lesions/patient, electrical isolation was achieved in 38/39 ipsilateral PV isolating lesion sets (97%). The procedure time was 244 ± 75 minutes. There were no complications. Completely fluoroless catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF is safely feasible using a combination of ICE and EAM. Copyright © 2010 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Perivascular radiofrequency renal denervation lowers blood pressure and ameliorates cardiorenal fibrosis in spontaneously hypertensive rats

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    Zhang, Yan; Su, Linan; Zhang, Yunrong; Wang, Qiang; Yang, Dachun; Li, De; Yang, Yongjian; Ma, Shuangtao

    2017-01-01

    Background Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) is a promising approach to treat hypertension, but innervation patterns limit the response to endovascular RDN and the post-procedural renal artery narrowing or stenosis questions the endovascular ablation strategy. This study was performed to investigate the anti-hypertensive and target organ protective effects of perivascular RDN in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Methods SHR and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were divided into sham group (n = 10), radiofrequency ablation group (n = 20) in which rats received bilateral perivascular ablation with radiofrequency energy (2 watts), and chemical (10% phenol in 95% ethanol) ablation group (n = 12). The tail-cuff blood pressure was measured before the ablation and on day 14 and day 28 after the procedure. The plasma levels of creatinine, urea nitrogen, and catecholamines, urinary excretion of electrolytes and protein, and myocardial and glomerular fibrosis were analyzed and compared among the groups on day 28 after the procedure. Results We identified that 2-watt is the optimal radiofrequency power for perivascular RDN in rats. Perivascular radiofrequency and chemical ablation achieved roughly comparable blood pressure reduction in SHR but not in WKY on day 14 and day 28 following the procedure. Radiofrequency-mediated ablation substantially destroyed the renal nerves surrounding the renal arteries of both SHR and WKY without damaging the renal arteries and diminished the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase, the enzyme marker for postganglionic sympathetic nerves. Additionally, perivascular radiofrequency ablation also decreased the plasma catecholamines of SHR. Interestingly, both radiofrequency and chemical ablation decreased the myocardial and glomerular fibrosis of SHR, while neither increased the plasma creatinine and blood urea nitrogen nor affected the urinary excretion of electrolytes and protein when compared to sham group. Conclusions Radiofrequency

  9. Perivascular radiofrequency renal denervation lowers blood pressure and ameliorates cardiorenal fibrosis in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Wei, Shujie; Li, Dan; Zhang, Yan; Su, Linan; Zhang, Yunrong; Wang, Qiang; Yang, Dachun; Li, De; Yang, Yongjian; Ma, Shuangtao

    2017-01-01

    Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) is a promising approach to treat hypertension, but innervation patterns limit the response to endovascular RDN and the post-procedural renal artery narrowing or stenosis questions the endovascular ablation strategy. This study was performed to investigate the anti-hypertensive and target organ protective effects of perivascular RDN in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). SHR and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were divided into sham group (n = 10), radiofrequency ablation group (n = 20) in which rats received bilateral perivascular ablation with radiofrequency energy (2 watts), and chemical (10% phenol in 95% ethanol) ablation group (n = 12). The tail-cuff blood pressure was measured before the ablation and on day 14 and day 28 after the procedure. The plasma levels of creatinine, urea nitrogen, and catecholamines, urinary excretion of electrolytes and protein, and myocardial and glomerular fibrosis were analyzed and compared among the groups on day 28 after the procedure. We identified that 2-watt is the optimal radiofrequency power for perivascular RDN in rats. Perivascular radiofrequency and chemical ablation achieved roughly comparable blood pressure reduction in SHR but not in WKY on day 14 and day 28 following the procedure. Radiofrequency-mediated ablation substantially destroyed the renal nerves surrounding the renal arteries of both SHR and WKY without damaging the renal arteries and diminished the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase, the enzyme marker for postganglionic sympathetic nerves. Additionally, perivascular radiofrequency ablation also decreased the plasma catecholamines of SHR. Interestingly, both radiofrequency and chemical ablation decreased the myocardial and glomerular fibrosis of SHR, while neither increased the plasma creatinine and blood urea nitrogen nor affected the urinary excretion of electrolytes and protein when compared to sham group. Radiofrequency-mediated perivascular RDN may become a

  10. [Radiofrequency ablation in tachycardias due to accessory pathways in a pediatric population].

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    Iturralde, P; Saucedo, J; Colín, L; Kershenovich, S; Robledo, R; Garrido, A; González-Hermosillo, J A; Buendía, A

    1994-01-01

    Catheter ablation of accessory atrioventricular pathways using radiofrequency current was attempted in 61 children and young adolescents less than 18 years of age who were referred for treatment of symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia. Thirty-three children had the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and 30 tachyarrhythmias related to an accessory pathway conducting only in retrograde fashion. Ablation of left sided accessory pathways was usually attempted utilizing an arterial approach to the annulus of the mitral valve, only in one case we used the transseptal approach, while the venous route to the atrial aspect of the tricuspid valvular annulus was chosen for right sided accessory connections. Ablation of 55 of 63 accessory connections was achieved (87% success) with a range of 1 to 42 applications of radiofrequency current. The sessions were completed within 19 to 180 minutes, and we used within 16 to 45 watts of radiofrequency current. Two patients had complications as a result of their ablation procedure. One patient had complete heart block but did not require pacemaker implantation, and other one had mitral regurgitation. A second session was necessary in three patients, two of three accessory pathways were ablated, giving a success rate of 90%. During a one year period of follow-up, we had 4 recurrences (7.2%). Catheter ablation using radiofrequency current is a highly effective and safe curative approach for treating young patients with supraventricular tachycardia mediated by accessory pathways.

  11. [Endocavitary ablation for arrhythmias. New modalities of radiofrequency applications. New energy types].

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    Cauchemez, B; Lavergne, Th; Extramiana, F; Siliste, C; Leenhardt, A; Coumel, Ph

    2002-04-01

    Radiofrequency remains the reference energy type for catheter ablation of rhythm disorders. In the classic indications, which are atrial flutter or tachycardia, nodal re-entry and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, this energy source has the best cost-efficiency-safety ratio, subject to strict conditions of use. Some new modalities of application have further improved performance, especially active irrigation of the electrode which allows induction of deeper lesions which is very useful for the ablation of difficult atrial flutters, epicardial fascicles of Kent and ischaemic ventricular tachycardias. The only emerging alternative energy type, in the framework of classical ablation, is cold, for which the principal advantages are the homogenous and slightly thrombogenic character for the lesion involved, and the possibility of reversible applications tests which are especially useful in the ablation of structures at risk. The situation is more open-ended concerning research on ablation for atrial fibrillation or the so-called new energy types, such as ultrasound and laser, whilst recognising a renewal in interest, especially for circumferential ablation of the pulmonary veins to isolate the ectopic venous foci. Mechanical energy such as luminous energy is emitted across a catheter balloon deployed at the orifice of the vein, perpendicular to its axis, aiming to reach a continuous circumferential lesion with a minimum of applications. Equally radiofrequency has been undergoing significant evolution for this application, such as by the development of porous catheter balloons with a liquid electrode, as well as by the development of deployable circumferential catheters. Ablation is use for atrial fibrillation, by endocavity atrial segmentation remains a field of research in which radiofrequency retains an important place. It is delivered via multi-electrode catheters according to the new application modalities, either pulsed or by phase interval, which secure better

  12. Contact force and impedance decrease during ablation depends on catheter location and orientation: insights from pulmonary vein isolation using a contact force-sensing catheter.

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    Knecht, Sven; Reichlin, Tobias; Pavlovic, Nikola; Schaer, Beat; Osswald, Stefan; Sticherling, Christian; Kühne, Michael

    2015-09-01

    Contact force (CF) sensing during radiofrequency (RF) ablation allows controlling lesion size. The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of catheter tip location and orientation on the association of CF and impedance decrease. We retrospectively analyzed RF applications from 32 patients undergoing catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation using a force-sensing catheter and 3D mapping system. CF, catheter location and orientation relative to the tissue during ablation as well as the absolute impedance decrease during the first 20 s of ablation as a surrogate for lesion effectiveness were analyzed for 791 RF applications. While a higher CF was achieved around the right pulmonary veins (12.5 vs. 11.4 g, p = 0.045), a lower median absolute impedance decrease within the first 20 s was seen around the right veins compared to the left veins (9.3 vs. 10.2 Ω, p = 0.02). With different catheter orientations relative to the tissue, higher CF and impedance decrease was seen when the catheter was orientated parallel or oblique to the tissue (30°-145°) as compared perpendicularly (0-30°) with a median CF of 13.2 vs. 8.0 g (p < 0.001) and a median impedance decrease during the first 20 s of 11 vs. 7 Ω (p < 0.001). Importantly, achieved CF, baseline impedance, catheter orientation and location all independently predicted the initial absolute and relative impedance decrease in a multivariable linear regression model (p < 0.05). The effectiveness of RF ablation lesions, as assessed by the initial impedance decrease, is not only dependent on the achieved catheter CF but also on catheter orientation and location.

  13. [Swan Ganz catheter. Experts opinion].

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    Cohen Arazi, Hernán; Nani, Sebastián; Giorgi, Mariano; Guardiani, Fernando; Caturla, Nicolás; Benzadón, Mariano

    2014-01-01

    Investigators have raised doubts as to the safety of the Swan Ganz catheter (SGC). In order to define the point of view of cardiologists in our country, the Argentine Society of Cardiology's Emergency Council organized a meeting to analyze their views in different settings (non-cardiac surgery, cardiac surgery, acute coronary syndromes and heart failure) using the RAND-UCLA appropriateness method. A detailed review with the scientific evidence was sent to the experts in cardiology prior to the meeting in the SAC auditorium where the panellists selected the clinical variables create the specific situations. These hypothetic situations were resent to the panellists at a second stage for their individual evaluation, rating the benefit-to-harm ratio of the procedure on a scale of 1 to 9 (1 meant that the expected harms greatly outweighed the expected benefits, and 9 that the expected benefits greatly outweighed the expected harms, 5 could mean either that the harms and benefits were roughly equal). Two experts analyzed the results, describing the agreement/disagreement ratio. Finally, each indication was classified as "appropriate" "uncertain" or "inappropriate" ,for the procedure in accordance with the panelists' median score: median scores in the 1-3 range were classified as inappropriate, those in the 4-6 range as uncertain, and those in the 7-9 range as appropriate. We observed high disagreement rates in SGC indications between cardiologists. However, the panelists were in favor of SGC use when situations included shock and myocardial dysfunction, especially in the presence of organic dysfunction. There were some situations when panelists considered SGC not useful, in patients without organ failure.

  14. Superconductive radiofrequency window assembly

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    Phillips, H.L.; Elliott, T.S.

    1998-05-19

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The SRF window assembly has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The SRF window assembly comprises a superconducting frame, a ceramic plate having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet for sealing plate into frame. The plate is brazed to eyelet which is then electron beam welded to frame. A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the SRF window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator. 11 figs.

  15. Superconducting radiofrequency window assembly

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    Phillips, H.L.; Elliott, T.S.

    1997-03-11

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly comprises a superconducting frame, a ceramic plate having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet for sealing plate into frame. The plate is brazed to eyelet which is then electron beam welded to frame. A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator. 11 figs.

  16. Radiofrequency attenuator and method

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    Warner, Benjamin P.; McCleskey, T. Mark; Burrell, Anthony K.; Agrawal, Anoop; Hall, Simon B.

    2009-11-10

    Radiofrequency attenuator and method. The attenuator includes a pair of transparent windows. A chamber between the windows is filled with molten salt. Preferred molten salts include quarternary ammonium cations and fluorine-containing anions such as tetrafluoroborate (BF.sub.4.sup.-), hexafluorophosphate (PF.sub.6.sup.-), hexafluoroarsenate (AsF.sub.6.sup.-), trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF.sub.3SO.sub.3.sup.-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3CF.sub.2SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.3 C.sup.-). Radicals or radical cations may be added to or electrochemically generated in the molten salt to enhance the RF attenuation.

  17. Radiofrequency attenuator and method

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    Warner, Benjamin P [Los Alamos, NM; McCleskey, T Mark [Los Alamos, NM; Burrell, Anthony K [Los Alamos, NM; Agrawal, Anoop [Tucson, AZ; Hall, Simon B [Palmerston North, NZ

    2009-01-20

    Radiofrequency attenuator and method. The attenuator includes a pair of transparent windows. A chamber between the windows is filled with molten salt. Preferred molten salts include quarternary ammonium cations and fluorine-containing anions such as tetrafluoroborate (BF.sub.4.sup.-), hexafluorophosphate (PF.sub.6.sup.-), hexafluoroarsenate (AsF.sub.6.sup.-), trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF.sub.3SO.sub.3.sup.-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3CF.sub.2SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.3C.sup.-). Radicals or radical cations may be added to or electrochemically generated in the molten salt to enhance the RF attenuation.

  18. [Percutaneous ablation of atrioventricular junction by radiofrequency current in resistant atrial arrhythmia. Results of a series of 24 patients].

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    Sebag, C; Lavergne, T; Ollitrault, J; Cabanis, C; Le Heuzey, J Y; Slama, M; Motté, G; Guize, L

    1992-06-01

    Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction may be proposed for the treatment of certain atrial arrhythmias resistant to antiarrhythmic therapy. One of the methods currently being evaluated uses radio-frequency energy which has certain advantages compared with direct current ablation because of the progressive and limited lesions it produces. This technique was used in 24 patients with atrial arrhythmias resistant to antiarrhythmic therapy. The radio-frequency energy was delivered without general anaesthesia with HAT 100 and 200 (OSYPKA) generators in the unipolar mode (average 17.4 watts) for an average period of 22.3 +/- 8 seconds. The catheter (8F USCI suction catheter in the first 18 patients and a 7F Polaris Mansfield, deflectable catheter with a large distal electrode in the remainder) was positioned at the nodo-hisian junction at a point where the two distal electrodes recorded a large atrial deflection and the smallest possible hisian potential. The conduction defects induced during the acute phase generally remain stable in cases of complete atrioventricular block and tend to regress in cases of incomplete atrioventricular block despite initial control of atrioventricular conduction. During follow-up (21 +/- 16 months), 14 patients (58%) remained in complete atrioventricular block, 4 patients (17%) had controlled atrioventricular conduction with an acceptable ventricular rate with associated previously ineffective antiarrhythmic therapy. Radio-frequency ablation was a failure in 6 patients (25%). There were no haemodynamic, rhythmic or ischaemic complications during the acute phase or during follow-up. These results suggest radio-frequency energy is a seductive alternative to direct current ablation for percutaneous modification of atrioventricular conduction in patients with refractory atrial arrhythmias. However, simple modulation of atrioventricular conduction gives aleatory results due to the tendency to regression during follow-up. On the other

  19. Use of pressure-volume conductance catheters in real-time cardiovascular experimentation.

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    Wei, Abraham E; Maslov, Mikhail Y; Pezone, Matthew J; Edelman, Elazer R; Lovich, Mark A

    2014-11-01

    Most applications of pressure-volume conductance catheter measurements assess cardiovascular function at a single point in time after genetic, pharmacologic, infectious, nutritional, or toxicologic manipulation. Use of these catheters as a continuous monitor, however, is fraught with complexities and limitations. Examples of the limitations and optimal use of conductance catheters as a continuous, real-time monitor of cardiovascular function are demonstrated during inotropic drug infusion in anesthetised rats. Inotropic drug infusion may alter ventricular dimensions causing relative movement of a well-positioned catheter, generating artifacts, including an abrupt pressure rise at end-systole that leads to over estimation of indices of contractility (max dP/dt) and loss of stroke volume signal. Simple rotation of the catheter, echocardiography-guided placement to the centre of the ventricle, or ventricular expansion through crystalloid infusion may correct for these artifacts. Fluid administration, however, alters left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and volume and therefore stroke volume, thereby obscuring continuous real-time haemodynamic measurements. Pressure-volume artifacts during inotropic infusion are caused by physical contact of the catheter with endocardium. Repeated correction of catheter position may be required to use pressure volume catheters as a continuous real-time monitor during manipulations that alter ventricular dimensions, such as inotropic therapy. Copyright © 2014 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Results of a comparative study of low energy direct current with radiofrequency ablation in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

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    Lemery, R; Talajic, M; Roy, D; Lavoie, L; Coutu, B; Hii, J T; Radzik, D; Lavallee, E; Cartier, R

    1993-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To compare two new power sources for catheter ablation in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. DESIGN--120 consecutive patients with accessory pathways had catheter ablation. Low energy direct current (DC) was used in the first 60 patients and radio-frequency current in the next 60 patients. SETTING--Electrophysiological laboratory of a large heart institute. PATIENTS--72 men and 48 women (mean (SD) age 35 (14) years (range 9-75)). The accessory pathways were in the left free wall in 73 patients. They were posteroseptal in 35 patients, in the right free wall in five, and anteroseptal in seven. There was no significant difference in the clinical or electrophysiological variables between the two ablation groups. RESULTS--Catheter ablation with low energy direct current was successful in 55/60 patients (92%) and radiofrequency energy was successful in 52/60 patients (87%). Low energy direct current was also successful in four of the eight patients in whom radiofrequency ablation had failed. Radiofrequency ablation was successful in two of the five patients in whom low energy direct current ablation had failed. The mean (SD) procedure and fluoroscopy times for successful ablation were 3.2 (1.5) h and 61 (40) min respectively. These times were similar for both power sources. Accessory pathway conduction recurred in 17 patients (28%) who had low energy direct current and four patients (7%) who received radiofrequency energy (p < 0.004). All patients with recurrence of an accessory pathway had successful re-ablation. CONCLUSIONS--Both new power sources successfully ablated accessory pathways, (overall success rate 94% (113/120 patients)). Radiofrequency ablation, however, did not require general anaesthesia and was associated with a significantly lower rate of recurrence of accessory pathway conduction. Therefore radiofrequency should be used initially for ablation. Low energy direct current may be most useful as a back-up in patients in whom

  1. Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors

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    ... you may need to be admitted overnight for observation. What are Radiofrequency and Microwave Ablation of Lung ... performed on an outpatient basis or with overnight observation in the hospital with general anesthesia. For the ...

  2. Programmable infusion pump and catheter: evaluation using 3-tesla magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Shellock, Frank G; Crivelli, Rocco; Venugopalan, Ramakrishna

    2008-07-01

    Objective.  This study assessed 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) issues for a programmable infusion pump and associated catheters. Methods.  A programmable infusion pump and associated catheters (MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump, 40 mL; SureStream TI Coil-Reinforced Intraspinal Catheter; SureStream TI Connector; and SureStream Silicone Catheter; Codman and Shurtleff Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, Raynham, MA, USA) underwent evaluation for magnetic field interactions (deflection angle and torque), heating (transmit/receive body radiofrequency coil; whole-body averaged specific absorption rate, 3 W/kg for 15 min), functional changes (before and after MRI using eight different MRI conditions), and artifacts (T1-weighted spin-echo and gradient-echo pulse sequences) at 3-Tesla. Results.  The programmable infusion pump and associated catheters exhibited minor magnetic field interactions. Heating was not excessive (≤ 1.9°), especially considering the experimental conditions used for this evaluation (ie, relatively high radiofrequency power/specific absorption rate level and use of a nonperfused phantom). The function of three out of six pumps was temporarily altered by exposures to 3-Tesla MRI conditions. Reset was achieved in each case. Artifacts were relatively large for the pump and minor for the catheter. Conclusions.  The programmable infusion pump and catheters will not pose increased risk to a patient examined using 3-Tesla MRI as long as specific safety guidelines are followed, which includes interrogation of the pump post-MRI to ensure proper settings. Artifacts for the programmable infusion pump may impact the diagnostic use of MRI if the area of interest is in the same area or near the device.

  3. [Hemodynamic monitoring in the intensive care unit: pulmonary artery catheter versus PiCCO].

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    Gassanov, N; Caglayan, E; Nia, A; Erdmann, E; Er, F

    2011-02-01

    Hemodynamic monitoring is essential in the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients. Cardiac output represents a major monitoring parameter. There are a number of methods for measurement of cardiac output with various invasive capacities and functional reliability. Thermodilution pulmonary artery catheter and pulse contour analysis by PiCCO are widely used techniques to measure cardiac output in intensive care unit. This review describes the basic principles, limitations and complications of both monitoring tools.

  4. Automated 3D coronary sinus catheter detection using a scanning-beam digital x-ray system

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    Dunkerley, David A. P.; Slagowski, Jordan M.; Bodart, Lindsay E.; Speidel, Michael A.

    2017-03-01

    Scanning-beam digital x-ray (SBDX) is an inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy system capable of tomosynthesis-based 3D tracking of catheter electrodes concurrent with fluoroscopic display. To facilitate respiratory motion-compensated 3D catheter tracking, an automated coronary sinus (CS) catheter detection algorithm for SBDX was developed. The technique uses the 3D localization capability of SBDX and prior knowledge of the catheter shape. Candidate groups of points representing the CS catheter are obtained from a 3D shape-constrained search. A cost function is then minimized over the groups to select the most probable CS catheter candidate. The algorithm was implemented in MATLAB and tested offline using recorded image sequences of a chest phantom containing a CS catheter, ablation catheter, and fiducial clutter. Fiducial placement was varied to create challenging detection scenarios. Table panning and elevation was used to simulate motion. The CS catheter detection method had 98.1% true positive rate and 100% true negative rate in 2755 frames of imaging. Average processing time was 12.7 ms/frame on a PC with a 3.4 GHz CPU and 8 GB memory. Motion compensation based on 3D CS catheter tracking was demonstrated in a moving chest phantom with a fixed CS catheter and an ablation catheter pulled along a fixed trajectory. The RMS error in the tracked ablation catheter trajectory was 1.41 mm, versus 10.35 mm without motion compensation. A computationally efficient method of automated 3D CS catheter detection has been developed to assist with motion-compensated 3D catheter tracking and registration of 3D cardiac models to tracked catheters.

  5. Cryoballoon or Radiofrequency Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Brugada, Josep; Fürnkranz, Alexander; Metzner, Andreas; Ouyang, Feifan; Chun, K R Julian; Elvan, Arif; Arentz, Thomas; Bestehorn, Kurt; Pocock, Stuart J; Albenque, Jean-Paul; Tondo, Claudio

    2016-06-09

    Current guidelines recommend pulmonary-vein isolation by means of catheter ablation as treatment for drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Radiofrequency ablation is the most common method, and cryoballoon ablation is the second most frequently used technology. We conducted a multicenter, randomized trial to determine whether cryoballoon ablation was noninferior to radiofrequency ablation in symptomatic patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The primary efficacy end point in a time-to-event analysis was the first documented clinical failure (recurrence of atrial fibrillation, occurrence of atrial flutter or atrial tachycardia, use of antiarrhythmic drugs, or repeat ablation) following a 90-day period after the index ablation. The noninferiority margin was prespecified as a hazard ratio of 1.43. The primary safety end point was a composite of death, cerebrovascular events, or serious treatment-related adverse events. A total of 762 patients underwent randomization (378 assigned to cryoballoon ablation and 384 assigned to radiofrequency ablation). The mean duration of follow-up was 1.5 years. The primary efficacy end point occurred in 138 patients in the cryoballoon group and in 143 in the radiofrequency group (1-year Kaplan-Meier event rate estimates, 34.6% and 35.9%, respectively; hazard ratio, 0.96; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76 to 1.22; P<0.001 for noninferiority). The primary safety end point occurred in 40 patients in the cryoballoon group and in 51 patients in the radiofrequency group (1-year Kaplan-Meier event rate estimates, 10.2% and 12.8%, respectively; hazard ratio, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.52 to 1.18; P=0.24). In this randomized trial, cryoballoon ablation was noninferior to radiofrequency ablation with respect to efficacy for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and there was no significant difference between the two methods with regard to overall safety. (Funded by Medtronic; FIRE

  6. Assessment of atrial electromechanical interval using echocardiography after catheter ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Chen, Xiaodong; Chen, Minglong; Wang, Yingying; Yang, Bing; Ju, Weizhu; Zhang, Fengxiang; Cao, Kejiang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract We sought to investigate variation of atrial electromechanical interval after catheter ablation procedure in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation using pulse Doppler (PW) and pulse tissue Doppler imaging (PW-TDI). A total of 25 consecutive in-patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, who restored sinus rhythm after ablation procedure, were recruited in our cardiac center. Echocardiography was performed on each patient at 2 hours, 1 day, 5 days, 1 month and 3 months after the ablation therapy, and atrial electromechanical delay was measured simultaneously by PW and PW-TDI. There was no significant difference between PW and TDI in measuring atrial electromechanical delay. However, at postoperative 2 hours, peak A detection rates were mathematically but nonsignificantly greater by PW-TDI than by PW. Second, there was a significant decreasing trend in atrial electromechanical interval from postoperative 2 hours to 3 months, but only postoperative 2-hour atrial electromechanical interval was significantly greater than atrial electromechanical interval at other time. Lastly, patients without postoperative 2-hour atrial electromechanical interval had a significantly longer duration of atrial fibrillation as compared to those with postoperative 2-hour atrial electromechanical interval, by the PW or by PW-TDI, respectively. In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, atrial electromechanical interval may decrease significantly within the first 24 hours after ablation but remain consistent later, and was significantly related to patients’ duration of atrial fibrillation. Atrial electromechanical interval, as a potential predicted factor, is recommended to be measured by either PW or TDI after 24 hours, when patients had recovered sinus rhythm by radiofrequency ablation. PMID:27924066

  7. Feasibility and safety of catheter ablation of electrical storm in ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Dello Russo, Antonio; Casella, Michela; Pelargonio, Gemma; Santangeli, Pasquale; Bartoletti, Stefano; Bencardino, Gianluigi; Al-Mohani, Ghaliah; Innocenti, Ester; Di Biase, Luigi; Avella, Andrea; Pappalardo, Augusto; Carbucicchio, Corrado; Bellocci, Fulvio; Fiorentini, Cesare; Natale, Andrea; Tondo, Claudio

    2016-06-01

    Electrical storm is an emergency in 'implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator' carriers with ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and negatively impacts long-term prognosis. We evaluated the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in controlling electrical storm and its impact on survival and ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation recurrence. We enrolled 27 consecutive patients (25 men, age 73.1 ± 6.5 years) with ischemic DCM and an indication to RFCA for drug-refractory electrical storm. The immediate outcome was defined as failure or success, depending on whether the patient's clinical ventricular tachycardia could still be induced after RFCA; electrical storm resolution was defined as no sustained ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation in the next 7 days. Of the 27 patients, 1 died before RFCA; in the remaining 26 patients, a total of 33 RFCAs were performed. In all 26 patients, RFCA was successful, although in 6/26 patients (23.1%), repeated procedures were needed, including epicardial ablation in 3/26 (11.5%). In 23/26 patients (88.5%), electrical storm resolution was achieved. At a follow-up of 16.7 ± 8.1 months, 5/26 patients (19.2%) had died (3 nonsudden cardiac deaths, 2 noncardiac deaths) and 10/26 patients (38.5%) had ventricular tachycardia recurrence; none had electrical storm recurrence. A worse long-term outcome was associated with lower glomerular filtration rate, wider baseline QRS, and presence of atrial fibrillation before electrical storm onset. In patients with ischemic DCM, RFCA is well tolerated, feasible and effective in the acute management of drug-refractory electrical storm. It is associated with a high rate of absence of sustained ventricular tachycardia episodes over the subsequent 7 days. After successful ablation, long-term outcome was mainly predicted by baseline clinical variables.

  8. Catheter associated urinary tract infections

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    2014-01-01

    Urinary tract infection attributed to the use of an indwelling urinary catheter is one of the most common infections acquired by patients in health care facilities. As biofilm ultimately develops on all of these devices, the major determinant for development of bacteriuria is duration of catheterization. While the proportion of bacteriuric subjects who develop symptomatic infection is low, the high frequency of use of indwelling urinary catheters means there is a substantial burden attributable to these infections. Catheter-acquired urinary infection is the source for about 20% of episodes of health-care acquired bacteremia in acute care facilities, and over 50% in long term care facilities. The most important interventions to prevent bacteriuria and infection are to limit indwelling catheter use and, when catheter use is necessary, to discontinue the catheter as soon as clinically feasible. Infection control programs in health care facilities must implement and monitor strategies to limit catheter-acquired urinary infection, including surveillance of catheter use, appropriateness of catheter indications, and complications. Ultimately, prevention of these infections will require technical advances in catheter materials which prevent biofilm formation. PMID:25075308

  9. Electrifying catheters with light.

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    Pekař, Martin; van Rens, Jeannet; van der Mark, Martin B

    2017-04-17

    Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility. Using optical fibers, we show signal transfer of synthetic aperture ultrasound images as well as photo-voltaic conversion to supply all electronics. The simple design utilizes only off the shelf components and holds a promise of cost effectiveness which may be pivotal for translation of these advanced devices into the clinic.

  10. Toward standardized mapping for left atrial analysis and cardiac ablation guidance

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    Rettmann, M. E.; Holmes, D. R.; Linte, C. A.; Packer, D. L.; Robb, R. A.

    2014-03-01

    In catheter-based cardiac ablation, the pulmonary vein ostia are important landmarks for guiding the ablation procedure, and for this reason, have been the focus of many studies quantifying their size, structure, and variability. Analysis of pulmonary vein structure, however, has been limited by the lack of a standardized reference space for population based studies. Standardized maps are important tools for characterizing anatomic variability across subjects with the goal of separating normal inter-subject variability from abnormal variability associated with disease. In this work, we describe a novel technique for computing flat maps of left atrial anatomy in a standardized space. A flat map of left atrial anatomy is created by casting a single ray through the volume and systematically rotating the camera viewpoint to obtain the entire field of view. The technique is validated by assessing preservation of relative surface areas and distances between the original 3D geometry and the flat map geometry. The proposed methodology is demonstrated on 10 subjects which are subsequently combined to form a probabilistic map of anatomic location for each of the pulmonary vein ostia and the boundary of the left atrial appendage. The probabilistic map demonstrates that the location of the inferior ostia have higher variability than the superior ostia and the variability of the left atrial appendage is similar to the superior pulmonary veins. This technique could also have potential application in mapping electrophysiology data, radio-frequency ablation burns, or treatment planning in cardiac ablation therapy.

  11. Cardiac Arrhythmias: Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatments.

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    Fu, Du-Guan

    2015-11-01

    The cardiac arrhythmia is characterized by irregular rhythm of heartbeat which could be either too slow (<60 beats/min) or too fast (>100 beats/min) and can happen at any age. The use of pacemaker and defibrillators devices has been suggested for heart arrhythmias patients. The antiarrhythmic medications have been reported for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. The diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments of cardiac arrhythmias as well as the radiofrequency ablation, tachycardia, Brugada syndrome, arterial fibrillation, and recent research on the genetics of cardiac arrhythmias have been described here.

  12. Catadioptric Stereo Tracking for Three Dimensional Shape Measurement of MRI Guided Catheters

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    Jackson, Russell C.; Liu, Taoming; Çavuşoğlu, M. Cenk

    2016-01-01

    The recent introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-actuated steerable catheters lays the ground work for increasing the efficacy of cardiac catheter procedures. The MRI, while capable of imaging the catheter for tracking and control, does not fulfill all of the needs required to identify and develop a complete catheter model. Specifially, the frequency response of the catheter must be identified to ensure stable control of the catheter system. This requires a higher frequency imaging than the MRI can achieve. This work uses a catadioptric stereo camera system consisting of a mirror and a single camera in order to track a MRI actuated catheter inside a MRI machine. The catadioptric system works in parallel to the MRI and is capable of recording the catheter at 60 fps for post processing. The accuracy of the catadioptric system is verified in imaging conditions that would be found inside the MRI. The stereo camera is then used to track a catheter as it is actuated inside the MRI. PMID:28392968

  13. Motion compensation by registration-based catheter tracking

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    Brost, Alexander; Wimmer, Andreas; Liao, Rui; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert

    2011-03-01

    The treatment of atrial fibrillation has gained increasing importance in the field of computer-aided interventions. State-of-the-art treatment involves the electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins attached to the left atrium under fluoroscopic X-ray image guidance. Due to the rather low soft-tissue contrast of X-ray fluoroscopy, the heart is difficult to see. To overcome this problem, overlay images from pre-operative 3-D volumetric data can be used to add anatomical detail. Unfortunately, these overlay images are static at the moment, i.e., they do not move with respiratory and cardiac motion. The lack of motion compensation may impair X-ray based catheter navigation, because the physician could potentially position catheters incorrectly. To improve overlay-based catheter navigation, we present a novel two stage approach for respiratory and cardiac motion compensation. First, a cascade of boosted classifiers is employed to segment a commonly used circumferential mapping catheter which is firmly fixed at the ostium of the pulmonary vein during ablation. Then, a 2-D/2-D model-based registration is applied to track the segmented mapping catheter. Our novel hybrid approach was evaluated on 10 clinical data sets consisting of 498 fluoroscopic monoplane frames. We obtained an average 2-D tracking error of 0.61 mm, with a minimum error of 0.26 mm and a maximum error of 1.62 mm. These results demonstrate that motion compensation using registration-based catheter tracking is both feasible and accurate. Using this approach, we can only estimate in-plane motion. Fortunately, compensating for this is often sufficient for EP procedures where the motion is governed by breathing.

  14. A transendocardial delivery and intracardiac ultrasound irradiation treatment catheter.

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    Yuan, Qiao-ying; Huang, Jing; Li, Xue-jun; Peng, Jian-bing; Li, Xing-sheng; Chen, Zhong-pei; Si, Liang-yi

    2013-08-01

    This study introduces the structural design, working principles, performance testing and treatment effects of a newly developed ultrasonic irradiation delivery and treatment catheter system that integrates interventional catheterization technology. Systemic administration method needs a high dose of gene and induces side effect of non-target organ delivery. Direct intramyocardial injection of a low-dose angiogenic gene followed by insonation treatment can enhance gene expression. So, a novel transendocardial gene delivery and intracardiac ultrasound irradiation strategy was tested. The medical interventional ultrasonic therapeutic apparatus is comprised of an ultrasonic irradiation catheter and a host. The ultrasonic irradiation catheter, which is equipped with an advance-and-retreat convenient miniature syringe needle and a miniature piezoelectric transducer on the tip, was used. Twelve dogs were divided into three groups: (1) EGFP and US (EGFP + US), (2) EGFP alone and (3) control group. In the EGFP + US group, EGFP plasmid DNA (500 µg) was injected and followed by intracardiac insonation. In the EGFP alone group, EGFP plasmid DNA (500 µg) was injected without insonation. In the control group, saline was injected. The catheter can enter the heart through percutaneous intervention to realize intramyocardial injection, directly irradiate cardiac muscular tissues at close range and correctly control the ultrasonic irradiation energy delivered to cardiac muscular tissues. Compared with the EGFP gene group, an average sixfold enhancement in gene expression was achieved in the EGFP EGFP + US group (p < 0.05). The experimental results confirmed that the treatment catheter was safe and reliable, which can realize transendocardial intramyocardial gene injection in the left ventricular chamber, and the ultrasonic parameter can increase gene expression after intracardiac ultrasonic irradiation. The intracardiac ultrasound irradiation treatment catheter

  15. In Vivo Evaluations of a Phased Ultrasound Array for Transesophageal Cardiac Ablation

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    Jaiswal, Devina; Werner, Jacob; Park, Eun-Joo; Francischelli, David; Smith, Nadine Barrie

    2010-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common arrhythmias that affects over 2.2 million Americans each year. Catheter ablation, one of the effective treatments, has shown high rate of success in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Currently, radiofrequency which is being used for catheter ablation is an invasive procedure. Measurable morbidity and significant costs and time are associated with this modality of treatment of permanent or persistent atrial fibrillation. In order to address these issues, a transesophageal ultrasound applicator for noninvasive cardiac ablation was designed, developed and evaluated. The ultrasound energy delivered by the phased array was used to create a lesion in the myocardial tissue. Various factors, simulation results of transducer arrays, current transesophageal medical devices, and throat anatomy, were considered while designing a phased ultrasound transducer that can be inserted into the esophagus. For this research, a two-dimensional sparse phased array with flat tapered elements was fabricated and evaluated in in vivo experiments. Five pigs were anesthetized; the array was passed transesophagealy and positioned over the heart. An operating frequency of 1.6 MHz and 8˜15 minutes of array operation resulted in both single and multiple lesions on atrial and ventricular myocardium. The average size of lesions was 5.1±2.1 mm in diameter and 7.8±2.5 mm in length. Experimental results indicate that the array delivered sufficient power to produce ablation at the focal point while not grossly damaging the tissue surrounding the area of interest. These results demonstrate a potential application of the ultrasound applicator for noninvasive transesophageal cardiac surgery in atrial fibrillation treatment.

  16. [Rotational stability of angiography catheters].

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    Schröder, J; Weber, M

    1992-10-01

    Rotatory stability is a parameter that reflects the ability of a catheter to transmit a rotation applied at the outer end to the catheter tip for the purpose of selective probing. A method for measuring the rotatory stability is described, and the results of rotatory stability measurements of 70 different commercially available catheters are reported. There is an almost linear correlation between the rotatory stability and the difference between the respective fourth power of the external and internal diameter or, approximately, to the fourth power of the external diameter for catheters without wire reinforcement. With the same cross-sectional dimensions, the rotatory stability of teflon, polyethylene, and nylon catheters has an approximate ratio of 1:2:4. Wire reinforcement increases rotatory stability by an average factor of about 3. For catheters of calibers 5 F and 6 F, a correlation between the rotatory stability and the weight of the reinforcing wire mesh is apparent.

  17. Superconductive radiofrequency window assembly

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    Phillips, Harry Lawrence; Elliott, Thomas S.

    1998-01-01

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly (20) has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly (20) comprises a superconducting frame (30), a ceramic plate (40) having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet (50) for sealing plate (40) into frame (30). The plate (40) is brazed to eyelet (50) which is then electron beam welded to frame (30). A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator.

  18. Superconducting radiofrequency window assembly

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    Phillips, Harry L.; Elliott, Thomas S.

    1997-01-01

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly (20) has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly (20) comprises a superconducting frame (30), a ceramic plate (40) having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet (50) for sealing plate (40) into frame (30). The plate (40) is brazed to eyelet (50) which is then electron beam welded to frame (30). A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator.

  19. Measurement of radiofrequency fields

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    Leonowich, J.A.

    1992-05-01

    We are literally surrounded by radiofrequency (RFR) and microwave radiation, from both natural and man-made sources. The identification and control of man-made sources of RFR has become a high priority of radiation safety professionals in recent years. For the purposes of this paper, we will consider RFR to cover the frequencies from 3 kHz to 300 MHz, and microwaves from 300 MHz to 300 GHz, and will use the term RFR interchangeably to describe both. Electromagnetic radiation and field below 3 kHz is considered Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and will not be discussed in this paper. Unlike x- and gamma radiation, RFR is non-ionizing. The energy of any RFR photon is insufficient to produce ionizations in matter. The measurement and control of RFR hazards is therefore fundamentally different from ionizing radiation. The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the reader with the fundamental issues involved in measuring and safely using RFR fields. 23 refs.

  20. Endovascular treatment of PA pseudoaneurysm caused by Swan-Ganz catheter.

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    Rudziński, Piotr N; Demkow, Marcin; Michałowska, Ilona; Abramczuk, Elżbieta; Szymański, Piotr

    2014-01-01

    The following case report describes a complication of Swan-Ganz catheterization and its endovascular treatment with a single coil. Application of this particular catheter in the pulmonary artery during cardiac surgery may lead to mechanical perforation and creation of an extravascular sac, which is called a pseudoaneurysm. There are different methods that lead to tamponade or closure of the leakage. Interventional cardiology procedures are nowadays the most appropriate way of treatment of Swan-Ganz catheter induced vascular complications.

  1. Creation of transcatheter aortopulmonary and cavopulmonary shunts using magnetic catheters: feasibility study in swine.

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    Levi, Daniel S; Danon, Saar; Gordon, Brent; Virdone, Nicky; Vinuela, Fernando; Shah, Sanjay; Carman, Greg; Moore, John W

    2009-05-01

    Surgical shunts are the basic form of palliation for many types of congenital heart disease. The Glenn shunt (superior cavopulmonary connection) and central shunt (aortopulmonary connection) represent surgical interventions that could potentially be accomplished by transcatheter techniques. We sought to investigate the efficacy of using neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnetic catheters to create transcatheter cavopulmonary and aortopulmonary shunts. NdFeB magnets were machined and integrated into catheters. "Target" catheters were placed in the pulmonary arteries (PAs), and radiofrequency "perforation" catheters were placed in either the descending aorta (DAo) for central shunts or the superior vena cava (SVC) for Glenn shunts. The magnet technique or "balloon target" method was used to pass wires from the DAo or the SVC into the PA. Aortopulmonary and cavopulmonary connections were then created using Atrium iCAST covered stents. Magnet catheters were used to perforate the left pulmonary artery from the DAo, thereby establishing a transcatheter central shunt. Given the orientation of the vasculature, magnetic catheters could not be used for SVC-to-PA connections; however, perforation from the SVC to the right pulmonary artery was accomplished with a trans-septal needle and balloon target. Transcatheter Glenn or central shunts were successfully created in four swine.

  2. [Intravenous catheters and nosocomial infection].

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    Reingardiene, Dagmara

    2004-01-01

    Peripheral, especially central venous catheters, are used with increasing frequency in the intensive care unit and in general medical wards to administer intravenous fluids and blood products, drugs, parenteral nutrition, and to monitor hemodynamic status. Catheter infection is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and duration of hospital stay. Risk factors in the development of catheter colonization and bloodstream infections include patient factors (increased risk associated with malignancy, neutropenia, and shock) and treatment-related factors (increased risk associated with total parenteral nutrition, intensive care unit admission for any reason, and endotracheal intubation). In this review article terms and definitions of catheter-related infections, pathophysiology and epidemiology of "catheter sepsis", factors determining risk of infection, catheter types and materials, insertion procedure, choice of insertion site, indwelling time, dressing and care of the insertion site, various preventive strategies and future developments, special situations and procedures, and treatment are discussed. Reducing catheter infections rates requires a multiple-strategy approach. Therefore, intensive care units and other locations where catheters are used should implement strict guidelines and protocols for catheter insertion, care, and maintenance.

  3. Robotic navigation for catheter ablation: benefits and challenges.

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    Aagaard, Philip; Natale, Andrea; Di Biase, Luigi

    2015-07-01

    Manual radio frequency (RF) ablation to restore a normal cardiac rhythm requires significant skill, manual dexterity and experience. In response to this, ablation methods and technologies have evolved rapidly in the past decade, including the development of remote navigation technologies. Today, two principal methods of remote navigation are available. One utilizes magnetic field vectors to navigate proprietary catheters, the other maneuvers standard catheters robotically. The main advantages of remote navigation include improved catheter stability, reduced fluoroscopy times and decreased total radiation exposure to both the patient and the operator. The main limitations include cost and longer procedure times. Remote magnetic navigation appears to have the best safety profile; however, its efficacy in creating lesions may be lower, which has been attributed to the soft-tip catheter used. Remote robotic navigation on the other hand, which uses regular catheter tips, is associated with a slightly higher overall complication rate, but higher efficacy. This article reviews the pros and cons of remote navigation for ablation of both atrial and ventricular substrates. Finally, it attempts to predict the direction of this field in the coming years.

  4. A 4-DOF Robot for Positioning Ultrasound Imaging Catheters.

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    Loschak, Paul M; Degirmenci, Alperen; Tenzer, Yaroslav; Howe, Robert D

    2015-08-01

    In this paper we present the design, fabrication, and testing of a robot for automatically positioning ultrasound imaging catheters. Our system will point ultrasound (US) catheters to provide real-time imaging of anatomical structures and working instruments during minimally invasive surgeries. Manually navigating US catheters is difficult and requires extensive training in order to aim the US imager at desired targets. Therefore, a four DOF robotic system was developed to automatically navigate US imaging catheters for enhanced imaging. A rotational transmission enables three DOF for pitch, yaw, and roll of the imager. This transmission is translated by the fourth DOF. An accuracy analysis was conducted to calculate the maximum allowable joint motion error. Rotational joints must be accurate to within 1.5° and the translational joint must be accurate within 1.4 mm. Motion tests were then conducted to validate the accuracy of the robot. The average resulting errors in positioning of the rotational joints were measured to be 0.28°-0.38° with average measured backlash error 0.44°. Average translational positioning and backlash errors were measured to be significantly lower than the reported accuracy of the position sensor. The resulting joint motion errors were well within the required specifications for accurate robot motion. Such effective navigation of US imaging catheters will enable better visualization in various procedures ranging from cardiac arrhythmia treatment to tumor removal in urological cases.

  5. Development of a balloon volume sensor for pulsating balloon catheters.

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    Nolan, Timothy D C; Hattler, Brack G; Federspiel, William J

    2004-01-01

    Helium pulsed balloons are integral components of several cardiovascular devices, including intraaortic balloon pumps (IABP) and a novel intravenous respiratory support catheter. Effective use of these devices clinically requires full inflation and deflation of the balloon, and improper operating conditions that lead to balloon under-inflation can potentially reduce respiratory or cardiac support provided to the patient. The goal of the present study was to extend basic spirographic techniques to develop a system to dynamically measure balloon volumes suitable for use in rapidly pulsating balloon catheters. The dynamic balloon volume sensor system (DBVSS) developed here used hot wire anemometry to measure helium flow in the drive line from console to catheter and integrated the flow to determine the volume delivered in each balloon pulsation. An important component of the DBVSS was an algorithm to automatically detect and adjust flow signals and measured balloon volumes in the presence of gas composition changes that arise from helium leaks occurring in these systems. The DBVSS was capable of measuring balloon volumes within 5-10% of actual balloon volumes over a broad range of operating conditions relevant to IABP and the respiratory support catheter. This includes variations in helium concentration from 70-100%, pulsation frequencies from 120-480 beats per minute, and simulated clinical conditions of reduced balloon filling caused by constricted vessels, increased driveline, or catheter resistance.

  6. A 4-DOF Robot for Positioning Ultrasound Imaging Catheters

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    Loschak, Paul M.; Degirmenci, Alperen; Tenzer, Yaroslav; Howe, Robert D.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present the design, fabrication, and testing of a robot for automatically positioning ultrasound imaging catheters. Our system will point ultrasound (US) catheters to provide real-time imaging of anatomical structures and working instruments during minimally invasive surgeries. Manually navigating US catheters is difficult and requires extensive training in order to aim the US imager at desired targets. Therefore, a four DOF robotic system was developed to automatically navigate US imaging catheters for enhanced imaging. A rotational transmission enables three DOF for pitch, yaw, and roll of the imager. This transmission is translated by the fourth DOF. An accuracy analysis was conducted to calculate the maximum allowable joint motion error. Rotational joints must be accurate to within 1.5° and the translational joint must be accurate within 1.4 mm. Motion tests were then conducted to validate the accuracy of the robot. The average resulting errors in positioning of the rotational joints were measured to be 0.28°-0.38° with average measured backlash error 0.44°. Average translational positioning and backlash errors were measured to be significantly lower than the reported accuracy of the position sensor. The resulting joint motion errors were well within the required specifications for accurate robot motion. Such effective navigation of US imaging catheters will enable better visualization in various procedures ranging from cardiac arrhythmia treatment to tumor removal in urological cases. PMID:26925468

  7. Radiofrequency ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Safaei, Nasser; Montazerghaem, Hossein; Azarfarin, Rasoul; Alizadehasl, Azin; Alikhah, Hossein

    2011-01-01

    Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia which represents a major public health problem. The main purpose of this research is to evaluate the Radiofrequency (RF) ablation effects in the patients with chronic AF scheduled for cardiac surgery because of different heart diseases. The descriptive and prospective study was conducted on 60 patients with AF scheduled for surgery along with RF ablation. The data were collected by questionnaire and included: patients' age, sex, NYHA class, operation type, past medical history, type and cause of valvular heart disease, preoperative ECG (electrocardiogram), duration of surgery, clamping time, cardiopulmonary bypass, and RF ablation time. RF ablation was followed by the main operation. The follow up examination, ECG, and echocardiography were performed 3 and 6 months after operation. The mean age of patients was 48±10 years (18-71 years). Forty one patients had permanent AF and 19 had the persistent AF. The left ventricular ejection fraction was 48.27±9.75 percent before operation, and reached to 56.27±7.87 percent after the surgery (P<0.001). The mean NYHA class before the surgery was 2.83±0.68 which decreased to 1.34±0.46 6 months after the surgery with RF ablation (P<0.001). One patient (1.6%) died after surgery. Complete relief and freedom from AF recurrence was observed in 70% of patients in the mean follow up in 7 months after the surgery. The sinus rhythm with efficient atrial contraction was established in 100% of discharged patients. RF ablation is an effective procedure to cure atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgeries.

  8. Photoacoustic characterization of radiofrequency ablation lesions

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    Bouchard, Richard; Dana, Nicholas; Di Biase, Luigi; Natale, Andrea; Emelianov, Stanislav

    2012-02-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures are used to destroy abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that can cause cardiac arrhythmias. Current methods relying on fluoroscopy, echocardiography and electrical conduction mapping are unable to accurately assess ablation lesion size. In an effort to better visualize RFA lesions, photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasonic (US) imaging were utilized to obtain co-registered images of ablated porcine cardiac tissue. The left ventricular free wall of fresh (i.e., never frozen) porcine hearts was harvested within 24 hours of the animals' sacrifice. A THERMOCOOLR Ablation System (Biosense Webster, Inc.) operating at 40 W for 30-60 s was used to induce lesions through the endocardial and epicardial walls of the cardiac samples. Following lesion creation, the ablated tissue samples were placed in 25 °C saline to allow for multi-wavelength PA imaging. Samples were imaged with a VevoR 2100 ultrasound system (VisualSonics, Inc.) using a modified 20-MHz array that could provide laser irradiation to the sample from a pulsed tunable laser (Newport Corp.) to allow for co-registered photoacoustic-ultrasound (PAUS) imaging. PA imaging was conducted from 750-1064 nm, with a surface fluence of approximately 15 mJ/cm2 maintained during imaging. In this preliminary study with PA imaging, the ablated region could be well visualized on the surface of the sample, with contrasts of 6-10 dB achieved at 750 nm. Although imaging penetration depth is a concern, PA imaging shows promise in being able to reliably visualize RF ablation lesions.

  9. Light modulated electron beam driven radiofrequency emitter

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, M.T.; Tallerico, P.J.

    1979-10-10

    The disclosure relates to a light modulated electron beam-driven radiofrequency emitter. Pulses of light impinge on a photoemissive device which generates an electron beam having the pulse characteristics of the light. The electron beam is accelerated through a radiofrequency resonator which produces radiofrequency emission in accordance with the electron, hence, the light pulses.

  10. Transhepatic central venous catheter for long-term access in paediatric patients.

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    Mortell, Alan; Said, Hanan; Doodnath, Reshma; Walsh, Kevin; Corbally, Martin

    2008-02-01

    Vascular access in paediatric patients with chronic and/or life-threatening illness is crucial to survival. Access is frequently lost in this group because of thrombosis, infection, or displacement, and vascular options can quickly be exhausted. The last resort access procedure is generally a direct atrial catheter inserted via a thoracotomy. A viable alternative is the percutaneous transhepatic Broviac catheter (Bard Access Systems, Salt Lake City, UT). We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 5 patients who underwent percutaneous transhepatic Broviac insertion for long-term access over a 4-year period in a single institution. Four of the patients (80%) had a significant cardiac abnormality, with 1 patient requiring long-term parenteral nutrition after complicated necrotizing enterocolitis. All patients had significant caval thrombosis, which precluded them having placement of a standard percutaneous or openly placed central catheter. Of the 5 patients, 2 (40%) died of cardiac-related illnesses. Of the 3 surviving patients, 2 had functioning catheters electively removed because they were no longer required. One catheter was removed at thoracotomy for right atrial perforation because of catheter erosion. Vascular access in paediatric patients with chronic and/or life-threatening illness is crucial to survival. Transhepatic central venous catheters are a feasible, reliable, and relatively easily placed form of central access in patients with multiple venous thromboses requiring long-term access. This route should be considered in paediatric patients requiring central access in preference to a thoracotomy.

  11. Radiofrequency power deposition near metallic wires during MR imaging: feasibility study using T1-weighted thermal imaging.

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    Oulmane, F; Detti, V; Grenier, D; Perrin, E; Saint-Jalmes, H

    2007-01-01

    The presence of metallic conductors (implants, wires or catheters) is prohibited in MR imaging for safety purpose with respect to radiofrequency (RF) power deposition caused by RF excitation B1 field. This work describes the use of T1-weigthed MR imaging for estimating a thermal map around a metallic (copper) wire located in the center of a MR imaging unit during an imaging sequence. The experimental set up and the methodology used for capturing the elevation of temperature created by radiofrequency power deposition around the wire is presented. A proof of its efficiency to followup temperature elevation about 0,5 degrees C in a milimetric region of interest (pixel size: 1 x 1 mm2, slice thickness 5 mm) located around the wire is given, leading to further developments of MR imaging in presence of metallic implants, coils or catheters.

  12. The Incidence of Audible Steam Pops Is Increased and Unpredictable With the ThermoCool® Surround Flow Catheter During Left Atrial Catheter Ablation: A Prospective Observational Study.

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    Theis, Cathrin; Rostock, Thomas; Mollnau, Hanke; Sonnenschein, Sebastian; Himmrich, Ewald; Kämpfner, Denise; Ocete, Blanca Quesada; Bock, Karsten; Münzel, Thomas; Konrad, Torsten

    2015-06-08

    Open irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheters with a porous tip (56 holes, TC-SF) permit delivering RF energy in a temperature-controlled mode without temperature rise. This prospective observational study investigated the association of different catheter parameters on the occurrence of audible steam pops during left atrial (LA) ablation. A total of 226 patients underwent TC-SF catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. RF power delivery, impedance and catheter tip temperature were continually recorded throughout the ablation. Pulmonary vein isolation was performed with a maximum of 27 W and LA electrogram-guided or linear ablation with a maximum of 30 W. A total of 59 audible steam pops occurred, 2 of them resulting in pericardial tamponade. In the initial 89 patients, with an irrigation flow rate of 10 mL/min, 18 steam pops with one tamponade occurred in 12 (14%) patients. Subsequently, the irrigation flow rate was increased to 20 mL/min in the following 137 patients, resulting in the occurrence of 41 steam pops including one case of tamponade in a total of 30 (22%) patients. The maximal power was significantly higher in RF applications associated with a pop than those that did not. In only 12 (20%) steam pops, a significant impedance change occurred immediately before pop occurrence (4 [7%] impedance rise >10 ohm, 8 [13%] impedance drop >15 ohm). The TC-SF catheter does not provide sufficient feedback from the ablated tissue to prevent steam popping. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Radiofrequency fields and teratogenesis.

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    Heynick, Louis N; Merritt, James H

    2003-01-01

    Experimental studies that sought teratologic effects or developmental abnormalities from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RFEMF) in the range 3 kHz-300 GHz are critically reviewed for their possible consequences on human health. Those studies were conducted on beetles, birds, rodents, and nonhuman primates. Collectively, those experimental studies indicate that teratologic effects can occur only from exposure levels that cause biologically detrimental increases in body temperature. No reliable experimental evidence was found for nonthermal teratologic effects; rodents, mouse fetuses, and perinatal mice are more susceptible to such effects than rats. The primary confirmed effect in rats at high RFEMF levels was initial weight deficits in fetuses and neonates that decreased with infant growth. More generally from findings with pregnant mammals, exposures at RFEMF levels far higher than those permitted under the IEEE human exposure guidelines are necessary to reach or exceed cited experimental thresholds for maternal temperature increases. Some results indicated that the levels necessary to cause such effects in pregnant mammals could exceed those lethal to the dams. In a behavioral study of squirrel monkeys, no effects were observed on usual dam-offspring interactions or EEGs, but unexpected deaths of a number of offspring had occurred. However, this finding was not confirmed in a study solely on infant death using a larger number of subjects for greater statistical validity. Also reviewed were epidemiologic studies of various human populations considered to have been chronically exposed to environmental levels of RFEMF. Early studies on the incidence of congenital anomalies yielded no credible evidence that chronic exposure of pregnant women or of fathers exposed to RFEMF from nearby sources at levels below those guidelines would cause any anomalies in their offspring. The findings of studies on pregnancy outcomes of female physiotherapists

  14. Initial experience with a multielectrode catheter equipped with the single-axis sensor technology for high-density electroanatomical mapping in a swine model.

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    Beinart, Roy; Perna, Francesco; Danik, Stephan; Barrett, Conor D; Heist, E Kevin; Ruskin, Jeremy; Mansour, Moussa

    2010-12-01

    magnetic-based electroanatomical mapping systems are widely used during catheter ablation. Currently, the size of the sensor incorporated in the catheter to allow its localization is large, prohibiting the placement of more than one sensor on any single catheter. As a result, multielectrode catheters cannot be tracked by the magnetic-based mapping systems. Single-axis sensors (SAS) are new generation sensors that are significantly smaller in size. The small size of these new sensors allows the placement of more than one sensor on each catheter, allowing the tracking of multielectrode catheters. The objective of this study is to test the feasibility of creating high-density magnetic electroanatomical maps using a new generation multielectrode catheter equipped with the SAS technology. anatomical reconstruction of cardiac chambers and the aorta, together with activation mapping of the right atrium during both sinus rhythm and pacing-induced premature atrial contractions (PACs), were performed in 5 swine using both a conventional mapping catheter and the novel multielectrode catheter equipped with SAS. The multielectrode mapping provided a detailed definition of cardiac anatomy while requiring shorter acquisition times. In addition, mapping of PACs origin was significantly faster using the multielectrode catheter. the novel multielectrode catheter equipped with the SAS technology can be used in combination with magnetic electroanatomical mapping systems to generate high-density anatomical reconstructions and activation maps.

  15. Nerve conduction studies are safe in patients with central venous catheters.

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    London, Zachary N; Mundwiler, Andrew; Oral, Hakan; Gallagher, Gary W

    2017-08-01

    It is unknown if central venous catheters bypass the skin's electrical resistance and engender a risk of nerve conduction study-induced cardiac arrhythmia. The objective of this study is to determine if nerve conduction studies affect cardiac conduction and rhythm in patients with central venous catheters. Under continuous 12-lead electrocardiogram monitoring, subjects with and without central venous catheters underwent a series of upper extremity nerve conduction studies. A cardiologist reviewed the electrocardiogram tracings for evidence of cardiac conduction abnormality or arrhythmia. Ten control subjects and 10 subjects with central venous catheters underwent the nerve conduction study protocol. No malignant arrhythmias or conduction abnormalities were noted in either group. Nerve conduction studies of the upper extremities, including both proximal stimulation and repetitive stimulation, do not appear to confer increased risk of cardiac conduction abnormality in those patients with central venous catheters who are not critically ill or have a prior history of arrhythmia. Muscle Nerve 56: 321-323, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. The biophysics of renal sympathetic denervation using radiofrequency energy.

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    Patel, Hitesh C; Dhillon, Paramdeep S; Mahfoud, Felix; Lindsay, Alistair C; Hayward, Carl; Ernst, Sabine; Lyon, Alexander R; Rosen, Stuart D; di Mario, Carlo

    2014-05-01

    Renal sympathetic denervation is currently performed in the treatment of resistant hypertension by interventionists who otherwise do not typically use radiofrequency (RF) energy ablation in their clinical practice. Adequate RF lesion formation is dependent upon good electrode-tissue contact, power delivery, electrode-tissue interface temperature, target-tissue impedance and the size of the catheter's active electrode. There is significant interplay between these variables and hence an appreciation of the biophysical determinants of RF lesion formation is required to provide effective and safe clinical care to our patients. In this review article, we summarize the biophysics of RF ablation and explain why and how complications of renal sympathetic denervation may occur and discuss methods to minimise them.

  17. Nephrologists Hate the Dialysis Catheters: A Systemic Review of Dialysis Catheter Associated Infective Endocarditis

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    Sharma, Kavita

    2017-01-01

    A 53-year-old Egyptian female with end stage renal disease, one month after start of hemodialysis via an internal jugular catheter, presented with fever and shortness of breath. She developed desquamating vesiculobullous lesions, widespread on her body. She was in profound septic shock and broad spectrum antibiotics were started with appropriate fluid replenishment. An echocardiogram revealed bulky leaflets of the mitral valve with a highly mobile vegetation about 2.3 cm long attached to the anterior leaflet. CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis showed bilateral pleural effusions in the chest, with triangular opacities in the lungs suggestive of infarcts. There was splenomegaly with triangular hypodensities consistent with splenic infarcts. Blood cultures repeatedly grew Candida albicans. Despite parenteral antifungal therapy, the patient deteriorated over the course of 5 days. She died due to a subsequent cardiac arrest. Systemic review of literature revealed that the rate of infection varies amongst the various types of accesses, and it is well documented that AV fistulas have a much less rate of infection in comparison to temporary catheters. All dialysis units should strive to make a multidisciplinary effort to have a referral process early on, for access creation, and to avoid catheters associated morbidity. PMID:28409042

  18. 5-F catheter in cerebral angiography

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    O'Reilly, G.V.; Naheedy, M.H.; Colucci, V.M.; Hammerschlag, S.B.

    1981-11-01

    Although the 5-F catheter is reputed to cause less vascular trauma than larger catheters, subintimal injections of contrast material have occurred following intimal damage by the catheter tip. Microscopic studies of the tips of two widely used 5-F polyethylene catheters have revealed a difference in configuration resulting in one of the catheters becoming markedly damaged during angiography. The authors make recommendations for finishing and protecting the catheter tip.

  19. Import catheter in erectile dysfunction.

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    Kayigil, O; Atahan, O; Metin, A

    1997-08-01

    We propose an alternative technique for intracavernous self-injection of sodium nitroprusside for erectile dysfunction by inserting a Medtronic ImPort* catheter with a valved tip. A silicone catheter was implanted in 3 patients with psychogenic impotence. The reservoir, which is used for vasoactive agent injection, was implanted laterally to the anterosuperior iliac spine and the distal tip of the catheter was inserted into the corpora cavernosa via a subcutaneous tunnel. The injection technique was taught to the patient and the initial injection was performed 1 week later. All patients and partners were satisfied with the technique and quality of erections at a mean followup of 14 months. There were no major local complications due to catheter implantation and no systemic complications due to sodium nitroprusside injection. An alternative technique for intracavernous pharmacotherapy of inserting an ImPort catheter prevented the complications of intracavernous injections in patients with erectile dysfunction.

  20. a Radio-Frequency

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    Foo, Thomas Kwok-Fah

    Radio-frequency (RF) inhomogeneity encountered in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging poses a significant impediment to obtaining images of the highest diagnostic quality. This inhomogeneity arises from the conductivity effect, which attenuates the RF field with increasing depth, and the permittivity effect. The latter is the dominant effect at 1.5 Tesla (64 MHz), and contributes to standing waves within the body. A theoretical model has been developed which describes these effects for an infinitely long right circularly cylindrical object inside a concentric RF coil and RF shield. This model assumes that the RF field propagates as a travelling wave in the z direction, along the long axis of the cylinder. The resulting solutions adequately predict the field distribution for RF coils which have both a finite wavelength and an infinite wavelength in z. This corresponds to high-pass and low-pass birdcage resonators, respectively, that are in general used in MR imaging. Standing wave models are easily obtained from the superposition of solutions of two travelling waves in opposite directions. The results of this model indicate that the axial propagation constant k_{z} is a strong function of the dielectric present in the coil -to-shield space. The field distribution in the axial plane can be represented by the Bessel function J_1(k _{rho}r), where k _sp{rho}{2} = k^2-k_sp{z}{2} . By varying the dielectric material occupying the coil-to-shield space, an optimum value of k _{z} can be obtained for a particular coil and shield configuration which minimizes the amplitude variations in the axial plane. Experimental verification of the theoretical model has been obtained. These measurements were performed on a non-resonant, travelling wave test coil with a saline phantom as a load simulating the body. The measured field profiles in the axial plane agree with the predicted values, establishing the validity of the theoretical model. As expected, optimal RF homogeneity was obtained

  1. Outcomes after cryoablation vs. radiofrequency in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: impact of pulmonary veins anatomy.

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    Khoueiry, Z; Albenque, J-P; Providencia, R; Combes, S; Combes, N; Jourda, F; Sousa, P A; Cardin, C; Pasquie, J-L; Cung, T T; Massin, F; Marijon, E; Boveda, S

    2016-09-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation is the mainstay of treatment in catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Cryoballoon ablation has been introduced more recently than radiofrequency ablation, the standard technique in most centres. Pulmonary veins frequently display anatomical variants, which may compromise the results of cryoballoon ablation. We aimed to evaluate the mid-term outcomes of cryoballoon ablation in an unselected population with paroxysmal AF from an anatomical viewpoint. Consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF who underwent a first procedure of cryoballoon ablation or radiofrequency were enrolled in this single-centre study. All patients underwent systematic standardized follow-up. Comparisons between radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablation (Arctic Front™ or Arctic Front Advance™) were performed regarding safety and efficacy endpoints, according to pulmonary vein (PV) anatomical variants. A total of 687 patients were enrolled (376 radiofrequency and 311 cryoballoon ablation). Baseline characteristics and distribution of PV anatomical variants were generally similar in the groups. After a mean follow-up of 14 ± 8 months, there was no difference in the incidence of relapse (17.0% cryoballoon ablation vs. 14.1% radiofrequency, P = 0.25). We observed no interaction of PV anatomical variants on mid-term procedural success. Our findings suggest that mid-term outcomes of cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal AF ablation are similar to those of radiofrequency, regardless of PV anatomy. The presence of anatomical variants of PVs should not discourage the referral of patients with paroxysmal AF for cryoballoon ablation. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  2. Radiofrequency Renal Denervation Protects the Ischemic Heart via Inhibition of GRK2 and Increased Nitric Oxide Signaling

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    Polhemus, David J.; Gao, Juan; Scarborough, Amy L.; Trivedi, Rishi; McDonough, Kathleen H.; Goodchild, Traci T.; Smart, Frank

    2016-01-01

    Rationale: Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) is currently under development for the treatment of resistant hypertension and is thought to reduce blood pressure via interruption of sympathetic pathways that modulate cardiovascular function. The sympathetic nervous system also plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of acute myocardial infarction and heart failure. Objective: We examined whether treatment with radiofrequency (RF)-RDN would protect the heart against subsequent myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury via direct effects on the myocardium. Methods and Results: Spontaneously hypertensive rats received either bilateral RF-RDN or sham-RDN. At 4 weeks after RF-RDN (n=14) or sham-RDN (n=14) treatment, spontaneously hypertensive rats were subjected to 30 minutes of transient coronary artery occlusion and 24 hours –7 days reperfusion. Four weeks after RF-RDN, myocardial oxidative stress was markedly attenuated, and transcription and translation of antioxidants, superoxide dismutase 1 and glutathione peroxidase-1, were significantly upregulated compared with sham-RDN spontaneously hypertensive rats. RF-RDN also inhibited myocardial G protein–coupled receptor kinase 2 pathological signaling and enhanced myocardial endothelial nitric oxide synthase function and nitric oxide signaling. RF-RDN therapy resulted in a significant reduction in myocardial infarct size per area at risk compared with sham-RDN (26.8 versus 43.9%; P<0.01) at 24 hours postreperfusion and significantly improved left ventricular function at 7 days after myocardial ischemia/reperfusion. Conclusions: RF-RDN reduced oxidative stress, inhibited G protein–coupled receptor kinase 2 signaling, increased nitric oxide bioavailability, and ameliorated myocardial reperfusion injury in the setting of severe hypertension. These findings provide new insights into the remote cardioprotective effects of RF-RDN acting directly on cardiac myocytes to attenuate cell death and protect against ischemic

  3. Intra-procedure Visualization of the Esophagus using Interventional C-arm CT as Guidance for Left Atrial Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Tognolini, Alessia; Al-Ahmad, Amin; Wang, Paul J.; Hsia, Henry H.; Herfkens, Robert J.; Girard, Erin; Moore, Teri; Fahrig, Rebecca

    2011-01-01

    Rational and Objectives During radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation, the esophagus is at risk for thermal injury. In this study we compared using C-arm CT to clinical CT, without administration of oral contrast, to visualize the esophagus and its relationship to the left atrium (LA) and the ostia of the pulmonary veins (PV) during the RF ablation procedure. Materials and Methods Sixteen subjects underwent both cardiac clinical CT and C-arm CT. CT scans were obtained on a multi-detector CT using a standard ECG-gated protocol. C-arm CT scans were obtained using either a multi-sweep protocol with retrospective ECG-gating or a non-gated single-sweep protocol. C-arm CT and CT scans were analyzed in a random order and then compared for the following criteria: a) visualization of the esophagus (yes/no), b) relationship of esophagus position to the 4 PVs, and c) direct contact or absence of a fat pad between the esophagus and PV antrum. Results a) The esophagus was identified in all C-arm CT and CT scans. In 4 cases, orthogonal planes were needed on C-arm CT (inferior PV level); b) In 6 patients, the esophagus location on C-arm CT was different from CT; c) Direct contact was reported in 19/64 (30%) of the segments examined on CT vs. 26/64 (41%) on C-arm CT. In 5/64 segments (8%), C-arm CT overestimated a direct contact of the esophagus to the LA. Conclusion C-arm CT image quality without administration of oral contrast agents was shown to be sufficient for visualization of the esophagus location during an RFCA procedure for atrial fibrillation. PMID:21440465

  4. Intralesional radiofrequency in venous malformations.

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    Garg, S; Kumar, S; Singh, Y B

    2015-03-01

    Venous malformations are usually asymptomatic and managed conservatively. Treatment, in the form of laser, sclerotherapy, or resection, is needed only if lesions present with symptoms or cosmetic deformity. The aim of this study was to find out how effective radiofrequency ablation was in patients with incomplete or unsatisfactory resolution of a venous malformation after an intralesional injection of bleomycin. During the 5 year period 2008-2012, we organised a prospective, clinical study at a tertiary care centre. Patients were selected from the outpatient department of the Lady Hardinge Medical College and associated hospitals, New Delhi, India. Five patients with venous malformations were treated by intralesional injection of bleomycin in a dose of 0.5U/kg body weight, which was repeated every 2 weeks for a total of 8 injections. They then had multiple intralesional radiofrequency ablation every 2 months until a satisfactory outcome was achieved. After the initial 8 doses the reduction in the size of the lesions was minimal (less than 50%). After 2-4 applications of radiofrequency ablation there was appreciable reduction in the size of the lesions (about 80%) with good functional and cosmetic outcomes. Radiofrequency ablation is an effective adjunct for patients with venous malformations of the head and neck that have not responded satisfactorily to intralesional injection of bleomycin. To our knowledge radiofrequency ablation after intralesional injection of bleomycin has not previously been described as a treatment for venous malformations. Copyright © 2014 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. [RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Sugiyama, Satoru; Miyade, Yoshio; Inaki, Yasuhiko

    2015-05-01

    Significant advances in the endovenous technique for treating incompetent saphenous veins could change the surgical strategy in patients with varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was approved as a new technique for the treatment of varicose veins in Japan in June 2014. In RFA, the ablation temperature is controlled by a sensor at the upper end of the catheter. The vein wall is heated with stable conductive power of 120 degrees C, resulting in endothelial denudation. The RFA method was approved in 1998 in Europe and in 1999 in the USA. The ClosurePLUS catheter was developed in 2003 and ClosureFAST in 2006. High occlusion rates and lower postoperative complication rates were reported with ClosureFAST than with ClosurePLUS. It is expected that this new ablation technique will control saphenous vein reflux with less pain and less ecchymosis after surgery. The treatment of varicose veins is less invasive with RFA devices and will become widely accepted as an alternative to conventional surgery for varicose veins in Japan.

  6. A statistical method for retrospective cardiac and respiratory motion gating of interventional cardiac x-ray images

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    Panayiotou, Maria King, Andrew P.; Housden, R. James; Ma, YingLiang; Rhode, Kawal S.; Cooklin, Michael; O'Neill, Mark; Gill, Jaswinder; Rinaldi, C. Aldo

    2014-07-15

    Purpose: Image-guided cardiac interventions involve the use of fluoroscopic images to guide the insertion and movement of interventional devices. Cardiorespiratory gating can be useful for 3D reconstruction from multiple x-ray views and for reducing misalignments between 3D anatomical models overlaid onto fluoroscopy. Methods: The authors propose a novel and potentially clinically useful retrospective cardiorespiratory gating technique. The principal component analysis (PCA) statistical method is used in combination with other image processing operations to make our proposed masked-PCA technique suitable for cardiorespiratory gating. Unlike many previously proposed techniques, our technique is robust to varying image-content, thus it does not require specific catheters or any other optically opaque structures to be visible. Therefore, it works without any knowledge of catheter geometry. The authors demonstrate the application of our technique for the purposes of retrospective cardiorespiratory gating of normal and very low dose x-ray fluoroscopy images. Results: For normal dose x-ray images, the algorithm was validated using 28 clinical electrophysiology x-ray fluoroscopy sequences (2168 frames), from patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and cardiac resynchronization therapy procedures for heart failure. The authors established end-systole, end-expiration, and end-inspiration success rates of 97.0%, 97.9%, and 97.0%, respectively. For very low dose applications, the technique was tested on ten x-ray sequences from the RFA procedures with added noise at signal to noise ratio (SNR) values of√(5)0, √(1)0, √(8), √(6), √(5), √(2), and √(1) to simulate the image quality of increasingly lower dose x-ray images. Even at the low SNR value of √(2), representing a dose reduction of more than 25 times, gating success rates of 89.1%, 88.8%, and 86.8% were established. Conclusions: The proposed

  7. The Hunter Pulmonary Angiography Catheter for a Brachiocephalic Vein Approach

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    Rosen, Galia Kowalik, Karen J.; Ganguli, Suverano; Hunter, David W.

    2006-12-15

    The purpose of this work was to describe our experience in performing pulmonary angiography using the Hunter pulmonary catheter, manufactured by Cook, Inc., which is a modified 6F pigtail catheter with a 'C-shaped' curve, designed for a brachiocephalic vein approach. One hundred twenty-three patients underwent pulmonary angiograms using the Hunter catheter between August 1997 and January 2002. Operator comments were gathered in 86 (70%) of the cases. The operator was, if possible, the most junior resident on the service. Thirty-nine operators participated in the survey. Efficacy, safety, and ease of use of the catheter were determined by operators' comments and ECG observations during the procedure. Corroborating clinical data were gathered from medical records. In 68 (79%) of the procedures that were commented upon, the operator described insertion into the pulmonary artery (PA) as easy; only 2 (2%) indicated difficulty in accessing the PA. In 41 (63%) of the bilateral angiograms that were commented upon, the operator described accessing the left PA from the right PA as easy; only 6 (9%) rated it as difficult and all were with an older technique in which the catheter was withdrawn to the pulmonary bifurcation without a wire or with only the soft tip of the wire in the pigtail and then rotated to the left main pulmonary artery. Thirty-one of the 41 patients who demonstrated premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) had a previous history of heart disease. Nineteen of the 39 patients who did not have PVCs had a history of heart disease (p = 0.018). The maneuverability and shape of the Hunter catheter make pulmonary angiography an easy procedure, even for operators with minimal experience and limited technical proficiency. PVCs demonstrated a statistically significant correlation with a positive patient history for cardiac disease, rather than being a universal risk.

  8. The Hunter pulmonary angiography catheter for a brachiocephalic vein approach.

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    Rosen, Galia; Kowalik, Karen J; Ganguli, Suverano; Hunter, David W

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to describe our experience in performing pulmonary angiography using the Hunter pulmonary catheter, manufactured by Cook, Inc., which is a modified 6F pigtail catheter with a "C-shaped" curve, designed for a brachiocephalic vein approach. One hundred twenty-three patients underwent pulmonary angiograms using the Hunter catheter between August 1997 and January 2002. Operator comments were gathered in 86 (70%) of the cases. The operator was, if possible, the most junior resident on the service. Thirty-nine operators participated in the survey. Efficacy, safety, and ease of use of the catheter were determined by operators' comments and ECG observations during the procedure. Corroborating clinical data were gathered from medical records. In 68 (79%) of the procedures that were commented upon, the operator described insertion into the pulmonary artery (PA) as easy; only 2 (2%) indicated difficulty in accessing the PA. In 41 (63%) of the bilateral angiograms that were commented upon, the operator described accessing the left PA from the right PA as easy; only 6 (9%) rated it as difficult and all were with an older technique in which the catheter was withdrawn to the pulmonary bifurcation without a wire or with only the soft tip of the wire in the pigtail and then rotated to the left main pulmonary artery. Thirty-one of the 41 patients who demonstrated premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) had a previous history of heart disease. Nineteen of the 39 patients who did not have PVCs had a history of heart disease (p = 0.018). The maneuverability and shape of the Hunter catheter make pulmonary angiography an easy procedure, even for operators with minimal experience and limited technical proficiency. PVCs demonstrated a statistically significant correlation with a positive patient history for cardiac disease, rather than being a universal risk.

  9. Successful catheter ablation of a left anterior accessory pathway from the non-coronary cusp of the aortic valve.

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    Laranjo, Sérgio; Oliveira, Mário; Trigo, Conceição

    2015-08-01

    Left anterior accessory pathways are considered to be rare findings. Catheter ablation of accessory pathways in this location remains a challenging target, and few reports about successful ablation of these accessory pathways are available. We describe our experience regarding a case of a manifest left anterior accessory pathway ablation using radiofrequency energy at the junction of the left coronary cusp with the non-coronary cusp.

  10. Successful Treatment of Persistent Pain After Pectus Excavatum Repair Using Paravertebral Nerve Radiofrequency Thermoablation.

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    Ladenhauf, Hannah Noemi; Stundner, Ottokar; Likar, Rudolf; Schnöll, Jörg; Metzger, Roman P

    2017-01-01

    We present a case of a 25-year-old male patient suffering from severe prolonged pain after uneventful pectus excavatum repair that could be treated successfully by paravertebral nerve radiofrequency thermoablation. The patient was scheduled for a minimally invasive Nuss pectus excavatum repair. Surgical correction was performed under general anesthesia in combination with a thoracic peridural catheter. The immediate postoperative course was uneventful; however, the patient developed severe prolonged bilateral chest wall pain across segments T8 and T9. After failure of conservative treatment options, a specialized interventional anesthesiologist performed paravertebral nerve radiofrequency thermoablation of segment T9 bilaterally, after which the patient was pain free until scheduled removal of the pectus bar 3 years after placement.

  11. What is behind radiofrequency delivery at the cavo-tricuspid isthmus?

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    Filgueiras-Rama, David; Arceluz, Martín; Castrejón, Sergio; Estrada, Alejandro; Figueroa, Jorge; Ortega-Molina, Marta; Delgado, Reina; Merino, José L

    2014-01-01

    Catheter-based ablation of isthmus-dependent common atrial flutter results in very high success rates and almost no complications. However, bidirectional conduction block through the isthmus may be challenging in a small percentage of patients regarding the use of high power and high temperature settings during radiofrequency delivery. Anatomical and physiological circumstances may be the reason for such difficulties to achieve bidirectional block at the cavo-tricuspid isthmus. However, in the present case we show edema formation after multiple shots of radiofrequency delivery at the cavo-tricuspid isthmus, which complicates the achievement of bidirectional conduction block. Copyright © 2013 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  12. [Catheter-related infections: microbiology].

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    Timsit, J F

    2005-03-01

    Coagulase negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas sp. are the most frequent microorganisms responsible for catheter-related infections. A relative frequency of microorganisms varies according to the countries, microenvironment and outbreaks of multiresistant bacterias. Infections due to fungi, S. aureus and Pseudomonas sp. are associated with the more severe complications. Recent data suggest that chlorhexidine, either used for cutaneous antisepsis or for catheter impregnation decreases infections due to gram positive cocci. Ecological data should be taken into account when deciding a probabilistic treatment in case of suspicion of catheter-related infection.

  13. An integrated semicompliant balloon ultrasound catheter for quantitative feedback and image guidance during stent deployment.

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    Choi, Charles D; Savage, James; Stephens, Douglas N; O'Donnell, Matthew

    2005-09-01

    An integrated balloon ultrasound catheter prototype was designed to image from inside the balloon for real-time guidance during stent deployment. It was fabricated using a semicompliant balloon material (polyethylene) and a 20 MHz, 64-element circumferential ultrasound array. A commercial stent, nominally 4.4 mm in diameter and 12 mm in length, was used for a phantom study and placed along the length of the integrated balloon ultrasound catheter. A rubber phantom was created with an elastic modulus of 175 kPa with a 4.36 mm diameter lumen. Real-time balloon pressure measurements were recorded using a digital pressure sensor, and real-time radio-frequency (RF) data were captured as the balloon was inflated. The slope of the area-pressure ratio (APR) was compared to a reference measure of the balloon and stent expanded in water to determine a measure for optimal stent deployment. The results clearly indicate stent deployment at 11.1 atm using this metric. The APR slope could serve as quantitative feedback parameter for guiding stent deployment to reduce arterial injury and subsequent restenosis. After the stent deployment experiment, RF data were captured as the balloon catheter was moved along the length of the stent in pullback mode to confirm successful stent deployment. Ultimately, an integrated balloon ultrasound catheter could serve as a single catheter intervention device by providing real-time intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging and quantitative feedback during stent deployment.

  14. Feasibility of in vivo transesophageal cardiac ablation using a phased ultrasound array.

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    Werner, Jacob; Park, Eun-Joo; Lee, Hotaik; Francischelli, David; Smith, Nadine Barrie

    2010-05-01

    Over 2.2 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation making it one of the most common arrhythmias. Cardiac ablation has shown a high rate of success in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Prevailing modalities for this treatment are catheter based radio-frequency ablation or surgery. However, there is measurable morbidity and significant costs and time associated with these invasive procedures. Due to these issues, developing a method that is less invasive to treat atrial fibrillation is needed. In the development of such a device, a transesophageal ultrasound applicator for cardiac ablation was designed, constructed and evaluated. A goal of this research was to create lesions in myocardial tissue using a phased array. Based on multiple factors from array simulations, transesophageal imaging devices and throat anatomy, a phased ultrasound transducer that can be inserted into the esophagus was designed and tested. In this research, a two-dimensional sparse phased array with the aperture size of 20.7 mm x 10.2 mm with flat tapered elements as a transesophageal ultrasound applicator was fabricated and evaluated with in vivo experiments. Five pigs were anesthetized; the array was passed through the esophagus and positioned over the heart. The array was operated for 8-15 min at 1.6 MHz with the acoustic intensity of 150-300 W/cm(2) resulting in both single and multiple lesions on atrial and ventricular myocardium. The average size of lesions was 5.1 +/- 2.1 mm in diameter and 7.8 +/- 2.5 mm in length. Based on the experimental results, the array delivered sufficient power to the focal point to produce ablation while not grossly damaging nearby tissue outside the target area. These results demonstrate a potential application of the ultrasound applicator to transesophageal cardiac surgery in atrial fibrillation treatment.

  15. Permanent arteriovenous fistula or catheter dialysis for heart failure patients.

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    Roca-Tey, Ramon

    2016-03-01

    Heart failure (HF) is the most frequent cardiovascular disease associated with chronic kidney disease and represents a high risk for cardiovascular mortality in incident hemodialysis (HD) patients. This risk is especially high during the arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation period due to the marked hemodynamic changes related to the large increase in the blood flow and also within the first 120 days after HD inception because in this period the highest mortality rate occurs. When planning the vascular access for each incident HF patient, the risk of aggravating HF after AVF creation must be evaluated carefully alongside the risk of catheter-related complications, but avoiding a non-selective 'catheter first' approach for all these patients. HF patients classified within the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class I-II and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Stage A-B could initiate HD through a distal arm AVF. High-flow brachial artery-based AVF creation must be avoided because it displays the highest risk of worsening the cardiac function. The decision for AVF creation or tunneled central catheter placement in HF patients classified within the NYHA Class III and the ACC/AHA Stage C must have been individualized according the degree of systolic and/or diastolic dysfunction. HF patients with significant reduction in systolic function (ejection fraction lower than 30%) or classified within the NYHA Class IV and the ACC/AHA Stage D, are candidates for tunneled catheter placement to start HD treatment.

  16. JAG Tearing Technique with Radiofrequency Guide Wire for Aortic Fenestration in Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

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    Ricci, Carmelo; Ceccherini, Claudio Leonini, Sara; Cini, Marco; Vigni, Francesco; Neri, Eugenio; Tucci, Enrico; Benvenuti, Antonio; Tommasino, Giulio; Sassi, Carlo

    2012-02-15

    An innovative approach, the JAG tearing technique, was performed during thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair in a patient with previous surgical replacement of the ascending aorta with a residual uncomplicated type B aortic dissection who developed an aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta with its lumen divided in two parts by an intimal flap. The proximal landing zone was suitable to place a thoracic stent graft. The distal landing zone was created by cutting the intimal flap in the distal third of the descending thoracic aorta with a radiofrequency guide wire and intravascular ultrasound catheter.

  17. Usefulness of CT During Renal Arteriography: A Case of Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation for Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Tanigawa, Noboru Kariya, Shuji; Komemushi, Atsushi; Kojima, Hiroyuki; Sawada, Satoshi

    2004-11-15

    A 64-year-old man with a unilateral 15 mm diameter renal cell carcinoma underwent percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) assisted by CT during renal arteriography (angio-CT). Prior to placement of the needle electrode, a 5 Fr angio-catheter was placed in the right renal artery, and angio-CT was performed before, during and after the procedure. Since multiple angio-CT can be performed using a small amount of diluted contrast agent, RFA can be monitored without impairing renal function. As a result, this imaging combination was found to be useful for determining the end point of ablation.

  18. JAG tearing technique with radiofrequency guide wire for aortic fenestration in thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair.

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    Ricci, Carmelo; Ceccherini, Claudio; Leonini, Sara; Cini, Marco; Vigni, Francesco; Neri, Eugenio; Tucci, Enrico; Benvenuti, Antonio; Tommasino, Giulio; Sassi, Carlo

    2012-02-01

    An innovative approach, the JAG tearing technique, was performed during thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair in a patient with previous surgical replacement of the ascending aorta with a residual uncomplicated type B aortic dissection who developed an aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta with its lumen divided in two parts by an intimal flap. The proximal landing zone was suitable to place a thoracic stent graft. The distal landing zone was created by cutting the intimal flap in the distal third of the descending thoracic aorta with a radiofrequency guide wire and intravascular ultrasound catheter.

  19. Central Venous Catheter (Central Line)

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    ... ATS Patient Education Series © 2007 American Thoracic Society ■ ■ Infection— Any tube (catheter) entering the body can make it easier for bacteria from the skin to get into the bloodstream. ...

  20. Peripherally inserted central catheter - insertion

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    ... nontunneled central venous catheters. In: Mauro MA, Murphy KPJ, Thomson KR, et al., eds. Image-Guided Interventions . ... by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is ...

  1. Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Arrhythmias

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    Nof, Eyal; Stevenson, William G; John, Roy M

    2013-01-01

    Catheter ablation has emerged as an important and effective treatment option for many recurrent ventricular arrhythmias. The approach to ablation and the risks and outcomes are largely determined by the nature of the severity and type of underlying heart disease. In patients with structural heart disease, catheter ablation can effectively reduce ventricular tachycardia (VT) episodes and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shocks. For VT and symptomatic premature ventricular beats that occur in the absence of structural heart disease, catheter ablation is often effective as the sole therapy. Advances in catheter technology, imaging and mapping techniques have improved success rates for ablation. This review discusses current approaches to mapping and ablation for ventricular arrhythmias. PMID:26835040

  2. Central venous catheter - dressing change

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    ... will need: Sterile gloves Cleaning solution A special sponge A special patch, called a Biopatch A clear ... around the catheter. Clean the skin with the sponge and cleaning solution. Air dry after cleaning. Place ...

  3. Peripherally inserted central catheter - flushing

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    ... To flush your catheter, you will need: Clean paper towels Saline syringes (clear), and maybe heparin syringes (yellow) ... your fingers before washing. Dry with a clean paper towel. Set up your supplies on a clean surface ...

  4. 78 FR 33633 - Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields

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    ... to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields; Reassessment of Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic..., and 95 Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields AGENCY: Federal Communications... electromagnetic fields. More specifically, the Commission clarifies evaluation procedures and references...

  5. Comparison of cuffed tunneled hemodialysis catheter survival.

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    Rocklin, M A; Dwight, C A; Callen, L J; Bispham, B Z; Spiegel, D M

    2001-03-01

    Despite efforts to have hemodialysis patients begin renal replacement therapy with a mature arteriovenous shunt, many patients begin dialysis with a cuffed tunneled catheter as their access. An increasing number of differently designed tunneled hemodialysis catheters have become available in the last decade. The primary aim of this study is to compare catheter survival for Hickman (Bard, Salt Lake City, UT) and Opti-flow (Bard) catheters. The 16-month experience with 182 catheters, totaling 13,861 catheter-days, is reported. The probability of Hickman catheter failure at 30, 60, and 90 days was 29%, 49%, and 67%. The probability of Opti-flow catheter failure was significantly less at 10%, 24%, and 38% for the same times, respectively (P: < 0.05 for all time points). The difference in catheter failure rates was caused by a greater malfunction rate of Hickman catheters; the two catheters had similar infection rates. We conclude that survival of Opti-flow catheters was significantly better than that of Hickman catheters from 30 to 90 days, which is a clinically relevant period when patients are waiting for