- The Japanese Circulation Society
- Circulation Journal (ISSN:13469843)
- vol.81, no.11, pp.1596-1602, 2017-10-25 (Released:2017-10-25)
Background:Durable pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is critical in reducing recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). The VISITAG Module, an automatic annotation system that takes account of catheter stability and contact force (CF), might be useful in accomplishing this.Methods and Results:In 49 patients undergoing VISITAG-guided AF ablation (group A), we set the following automatic annotation criteria: catheter stability range of motion ≤1.5 mm, duration ≥5 s, CF ≥5 g, time ≥25% and tag diameter at 6 mm. We used ablation >20 s and force-time integral >150 gs at each site, then moved to the next site where a new tag appeared that overlapped with the former tag. Results and outcome were retrospectively compared for 42 consecutive patients undergoing CF-guided AF ablation without this algorithm (group B). Successful PVI at completion of the initial anatomical line was more frequent in group A than B (66.3% vs. 36.9%, P=0.0006) while spontaneous PV reconnection was less frequent (14.2% vs. 30.9%, P=0.0014) and procedure time was shorter (138±35 min vs. 180±44 min, P<0.001). One-year success rate off anti-arrhythmic drugs was higher in group A (91.8% vs. 69.1%, log rank P=0.0058).Conclusions:An automated annotation algorithm with an optimal setting reduced acute resumption of left atrium-PV conduction, shortened procedure time, and improved AF ablation outcome.