Meta-Analysis of Ablation of Atrial Flutter and Supraventricular Tachycardia

Peter Spector, Matthew R. Reynolds, Hugh Calkins, Manu Sondhi, Yingxin Xu, Amber Martin, Catherine J. Williams, Isabella Sledge

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The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of typical atrial flutter (AFL) and atrioventricular node-dependent supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in adult patients. Medline and EMBASE were searched (1990 to 2007) for all study design trials of RFA. Data relating to single- and multiple-procedure success, arrhythmia recurrence, repeat ablation, adverse events, and death were extracted. For RFA in AFL, 18 primary studies with 22 treatment arms and 1,323 patients were identified. Single-procedure success for AFL was 91.7% (95% confidence interval [CI] 88.4% to 94.9%). Multiple-procedure success was 97.0% (95% CI 94.7% to 99.4%). Postablation arrhythmia was noted in 13.2% of patients (95% CI 7.5% to 18.9%), while repeat ablation was reported in 8% (95% CI 4.5% to 11.4%). For RFA of SVT, 39 primary studies with 49 treatment arms in 7,693 patients with accessory pathways and atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia were identified. Single-procedure success for SVT was 93.2% (95% CI 90.8% to 95.5%). Multiple-procedure success was 94.6% (95% CI 92.4% to 96.9). Postablation arrhythmia was noted in 5.6% patients (95% CI 4.1% to 7.2%). Repeat ablation occurred in 6.5% (95% CI 4.7% to 8.3%). For AFL studies, all-cause mortality was 0.6%, and adverse events were reported in 0.5% of patients. For SVT studies, all-cause mortality was 0.1%, and adverse events were reported in 2.9% of patients. In conclusion, studies of RFA for the treatment of patients with AFL and SVT report high efficacy rates and low rates of complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-677
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume104
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Spector, P., Reynolds, M. R., Calkins, H., Sondhi, M., Xu, Y., Martin, A., Williams, C. J., & Sledge, I. (2009). Meta-Analysis of Ablation of Atrial Flutter and Supraventricular Tachycardia. The American Journal of Cardiology, 104(5), 671-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.04.040