Results of catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter

Hugh Calkins, Robert Canby, Raul Weiss, Gregg Taylor, Peter Wells, Larry Chinitz, Simon Milstein, Steven Compton, Kimberly Oleson, Lou Sherfesee, John Onufer

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) ablation of typical atrial flutter by using an 8-mm electrode catheter and a 100-W RF power generator. A limitation of previous trials of catheter ablation of atrial flutter is that the data were not collected as part of a prospective multicenter clinical trial. The study results associated catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter in a cohort of 150 patients with an 88% acute efficacy rate. At 6-month follow-up, recurrent typical atrial flutter was observed in 13% of patients. Of the 12 patients with typical atrial flutter recurrence, 4 were symptomatic and 8 were asymptomatic. Procedure duration was a significant predictor of typical atrial flutter recurrence. The 12-month rate for development of atrial fibrillation was 30%. Catheter ablation of atrial flutter was associated with significant improvements in 5 of 8 domains of the Short Form 36 Survey (quality of life) and significant decreases in 13 of the 16 symptoms of the Symptom Checklist. The device- or procedure-related complication rate was 2.7%. Skin burns occurred at the dispersive pad site due to stronger RF power in 3 patients. Use of a dual dispersive pad system mitigated this problem. Thus, the results of this study associated catheter ablation of atrial flutter with high acute efficacy, a small risk of recurrent atrial flutter, and an important risk of atrial fibrillation during follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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