Acute and long-term results of radiofrequency ablation of common atrial flutter and the influence of the right atrial isthmus ablation on the occurrence of atrial fibrillation

Sebastian Schmieder, Gjin Ndrepepa, Jun Dong, Bernhard Zrenner, Jürgen Schreieck, Michael A E Schneider, Martin R. Karch, Claus Schmitt

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Abstract

Aims: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the acute success rate and long-term efficacy of radiofrequency ablation of common type atrial flutter (AFL) by using a standardised anatomical approach in a large series of patients and to assess the influence of right atrial isthmus ablation on the occurrence of atrial fibrillation. There are no large scale prospective or retrospective multicentre studies for radiofrequency ablation of AFL. Methods and results: The study population consisted of 363 consecutive patients with AFL (mean age 58±16 years, 265 men) who underwent radiofrequency ablation at the inferior vena cava-tricuspid annulus (IVC-TA) isthmus using a standardised anatomic approach. Bidirectional isthmus block at the IVC-TA was achieved in 328 patients (90%). Following radiofrequency ablation, 343 patients (95%) were followed for a mean of 496±335 days. During the follow-up period, 310 patients (90%) remained free of AFL recurrences. Multivariate analysis identified five independent predictors of AFL recurrence: fluoroscopy time (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-962
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Volume24
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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