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The impact of steerable sheath visualization during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

AIMS: Incorporating a steerable sheath that can be visualized using an electroanatomical mapping (EAM) system may allow for more efficient mapping and catheter placement, while reducing radiation exposure, during ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF). This study evaluated fluoroscopy usage and procedure times when a visualizable steerable sheath was used compared with a non-visualizable steerable sheath for catheter ablation for AF.

METHODS AND RESULTS: In this retrospective, observational, single-centre study, patients underwent catheter ablation for AF using a steerable sheath that is visualizable using the CARTO EAM (VIZIGO; n = 57) or a non-visualizable steerable sheath (n = 34). The acute procedural success rate was 100%, with no acute complications in either group. Use of the visualizable sheath vs. the non-visualizable sheath was associated with a significantly shorter fluoroscopy time [median (first quartile, third quartile), 3.4 (2.1, 5.4) vs. 5.8 (3.8, 8.6) min; P = 0.003], significantly lower fluoroscopy dose [10.0 (5.0, 20.0) vs. 18.5 (12.3, 34.0) mGy; P = 0.015], and significantly lower dose area product [93.0 (48.0, 197.9) vs. 182.2 (124.5, 355.0) μGy·m2; P = 0.017] but with a significantly longer mapping time [12.0 (9.0, 15.0) vs. 9.0 (7.0, 11.0) min; P = 0.004]. There was no significant difference between the visualizable and non-visualizable sheaths in skin-to-skin time [72.0 (60.0, 82.0) vs. 72.0 (55.5, 80.8) min; P = 0.623].

CONCLUSION: In this retrospective study, use of a visualizable steerable sheath for catheter ablation of AF significantly reduced radiation exposure vs. a non-visualizable steerable sheath. Although mapping time was longer with the visualizable sheath, the overall procedure time was not increased.

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