Author(s): Machino T, Tada H, Sekiguchi Y, Naruse Y, Kuroki K,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Linear ablation of atrial flutter usually targets a 6 o'clock position on the cavotricuspid isthmus on left anterior oblique view, but the difficulty of the ablation often requires a variation in successful ablation line position from 5 to 7 o'clock. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 94 patients without structural heart disease. A linear lesion was created in turn at the 6, 7, and 5 o'clock positions until bidirectional block of the isthmus was completed; the final lesion was defined as the successful ablation line. The degree of counterclockwise heart rotation (CCW-HR) was evaluated in a blinded fashion according to the angle between the vertical line crossing the His bundle catheter and the line connecting the His bundle catheter and coronary sinus ostium. Successful ablation lines were obtained at the 6 o'clock position in 59 patients (63\%); the 7 o'clock position in 19 patients (20\%; the oldest group with a moderate radiofrequency burden); and the 5 o'clock position in the remaining 16 (17\%; the youngest group with the largest radiofrequency burden). Age-related increase in CCW-HR was the only independent predictor of a more septal successful ablation line (OR, 7.1; 95\% CI: 3.3-14.3; P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Variation in successful ablation line position was affected by age-related CCW-HR; its evaluation might reduce radiofrequency burden, especially in the young and elderly.
This article was published in Circ J
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports