Comparison Between Contact Force Guided and Blinded Strategy on PV Isolation in AF Patients

2016-10-06 00:38:23 | BioPortfolio


Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is very important in atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation. PV reconnection is one of the main reasons in AF recurrence. Contact force-sensing catheter is a new catheter which has valuable tools to monitor and increase the efficacy of PV isolation. Previous paper reported the efficacy of contact force-sensing catheter on immediate PV isolation and outcome. However, there might be confounding factor as inter-individual variation. Therefore, we would like to compare the efficacy of contact force-sensing catheter within same patient but different veins.

In this study, we would like to confirm the efficacy of contact force-sensing catheter on immediate PV isolation outcome within same patient. This study randomized the right or left PVs whether to use the contact force-sensing function or not. The study design will minimize the inter-individual variation on evaluating the efficacy of contact force-sensing catheter on immediate PV isolation.

Also, in patients who had recurred AF or AT, we would like to evaluate the long-term efficacy of contact force-sensing catheter on PV isolation.


Sixty patients will be randomized to select right or left pulmonary veins whether to apply contact force-guided ablation or contact force-blinded ablation strategy. Each PV will be ablated with same contact force-sensing catheter (Thermocool Smart Touch Catheter, Biosense Webster Inc. CA). The PV (right or left) which will be randomized to contact force-sensing PV or blind PV. Contact force-sensing PV will be ablated guided by contact force, whereas the blind PVs will be ablated without contact force-sensing information. The change of impedance, total ablation and time to ablate PV will be collected and analysed according to contact force-sensing strategy. After exit and entrance block by conventional method, dormant conduction will be evaluated by using adenosine. The proportion of dormant conduction will be compared between contact force-sensing guided or blinded strategy.

During 1-year follow up, patients who recurred AF or AT will be undergo second ablation procedure. In these patients, PV reconnection rate will be evaluated by a duodecapolar lasso circular mapping catheter. We would like to know whether PVs which have ablated with contact force-sensing information at index procedure have less reconnection than those which was ablated without contact force-sensing information.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Atrial Fibrillation


SmartTouch Catheter


Seoul National University Hospital
Korea, Republic of




Seoul National University Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-10-06T00:38:23-0400

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