Left Atrial Imaging Prior to Cardioversion: Leveraging Computed Tomography to Rule Out Thrombus

2020-01-15 10:26:52 | BioPortfolio


Evaluating contrast enhanced ECG-gated cardiac CT (CCT) as an alternative to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to expedite cardioversion of atrial fibrillation (AF), improve patient care and reduce hospital admissions for AF and atrial flutter.

Study Design


Atrial Fibrillation


Contrast enhanced ECG-gated cardiac CT (CCT), Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)


University of Ottawa Heart Institute
K1Y 4W7


Not yet recruiting


Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation

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A potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmia that is characterized by uncoordinated extremely rapid firing of electrical impulses (400-600/min) in HEART VENTRICLES. Such asynchronous ventricular quivering or fibrillation prevents any effective cardiac output and results in unconsciousness (SYNCOPE). It is one of the major electrocardiographic patterns seen with CARDIAC ARREST.

The pressure within a CARDIAC VENTRICLE. Ventricular pressure waveforms can be measured in the beating heart by catheterization or estimated using imaging techniques (e.g., DOPPLER ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY). The information is useful in evaluating the function of the MYOCARDIUM; CARDIAC VALVES; and PERICARDIUM, particularly with simultaneous measurement of other (e.g., aortic or atrial) pressures.

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