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Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: results from the first European Snapshot Survey on Procedural Routines for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (ESS-PRAFA) Part II
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2015 (English)In: Europace, ISSN 1099-5129, E-ISSN 1532-2092, Vol. 17, no 11, 1727-1732 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The European Snapshot Survey on Procedural Routines in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (ESS-PRAFA) is a prospective, multicentre snapshot survey collecting patient-based data on current clinical practices during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. The participating centres were asked to prospectively enrol consecutive patients during a 6-week period (from September to October 2014). A web-based case report form was employed to collect information of patients and data of procedures. A total of 455 eligible consecutive patients from 13 countries were enrolled (mean age 59 ± 10.8 years, 28.8% women). Distinct strategies and endpoints were collected for AF ablation procedures. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was performed in 96.7% and served as the endpoint in 91.3% of procedures. A total of 52 (11.5%) patients underwent ablation as first-line therapy. The cryoballoon technique was employed in 31.4% of procedures. Procedure, ablation, and fluoroscopy times differed among various types of AF ablation. Divergences in patient selection and complications were observed among low-, medium-, and high-volume centres. Adverse events were observed in 4.6% of AF ablation procedures. In conclusion, PVI was still the main strategy for AF ablation. Procedure-related complications seemed not to have declined. The centre volume played an important role in patient selection, strategy choice, and had impact on the rate of periprocedural complication.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 11, 1727-1732 p.
Keyword [en]
Atrial fibrillation; Catheter ablation; Strategy; Irrigated radiofrequency catheter; Cryoballoon; Endpoint; Complication; Survey
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270400DOI: 10.1093/europace/euv315ISI: 000366489100011PubMedID: 26462700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270400DiVA: diva2:889742
Available from: 2015-12-28 Created: 2015-12-28 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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