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Acute and Mid-term outcomes of ablation for atrial fibrillation with VISITAG SURPOINT: the Japan MIYABI registry.

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The effectiveness of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) guided by VISITAG SURPOINT (VS) has been demonstrated in Western populations. However, data for Asian populations are limited. VS settings may differ for Asians, given their smaller body size. This study aimed to describe outcomes of radiofrequency atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation guided by VS in a large Asian population.

METHODS: The prospective, observational, multicenter MIYABI registry collected real-world data from patients undergoing VS-guided AF ablation using Thermocool SmartTouch and Thermocool SmartTouch SF catheters from 50 Japanese centers. All patients had paroxysmal AF or persistent AF for <6 months. Primary adverse events (PAEs) were evaluated for safety. The primary efficacy endpoint was the proportion of patients with PVI at the end of the procedure. Mid-term effectiveness (up to 12 months) was evaluated by freedom from documented atrial arrhythmias.

RESULTS: Of the 1011 patients enrolled, 1002 completed AF ablation. The mean number of VS values per procedure was 428.8 on the anterior wall and 400.4 on the posterior wall. Nine patients (0.9%) experienced PAEs. Upon procedure completion, 99.7% of patients had PVI. Twelve-month freedom from atrial arrhythmia recurrence was 88.5%; 5.7% of patients were re-ablated. At repeat ablation, 54% of RSPV, 73% of RIPV, 70% of LSPV, and 86% of LIPV evaluated remained durably isolated.

CONCLUSION: Despite lower anterior wall VS values compared with the CLOSE protocol (≥550), the present study demonstrated comparable efficacy outcomes, indicating that a VS of ≥550 for the anterior wall may not be necessary for Asian patients.

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