Local Electrical Dyssynchrony during Atrial Fibrillation: Theoretical Considerations and Initial Catheter Ablation Results

Pawel Kuklik, Benjamin Schaffer, Boris Hoffman, Anand Ganesan, Doreen Schreiber, Julia Moser, Ruken Akbulak, Arian Sultan, Daniel Steven, Bart Maesen, Ulrich Schotten, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems

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Background: Electrogram-based identification of the regions maintaining persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a subject of ongoing debate. Here, we explore the concept of local electrical dyssynchrony to identify AF drivers. Methods and Results: Local electrical dyssynchrony was calculated using mean phase coherence. High-density epicardial mapping along with mathematical model were used to explore the link between local dyssynchrony and properties of wave conduction. High-density mapping showed a positive correlation between the dyssynchrony and number of fibrillatory waves (R2 = 0.68, p<0.001). In the mathematical model, virtual ablation at high dyssynchrony regions resulted in conduction regularization. The clinical study consisted of eighteen patients undergoing catheter ablation of persistent AF. High-density maps of left atrial (LA) were constructed using a circular mapping catheter. After pulmonary vein isolation, regions with the top 10% of the highest dyssynchrony in LA were targeted during ablation and followed with ablation of complex atrial electrograms. Catheter ablation resulted in termination during ablation at high dyssynchrony regions in 7 (41%) patients. In another 4 (24%) patients, transient organization was observed. In 6 (35%) there was no clear effect. Long-term follow-up showed 65% AF freedom at 1 year and 22% at 2 years. Conclusions: Local electrical dyssynchrony provides a reasonable estimator of regional AF complexity defined as the number of fibrillatory waves. Additionally, it points to regions of dynamical instability related with action potential alternans. However, despite those characteristics, its utility in guiding catheter ablation of AF is limited suggesting other factors are responsible for AF persistence.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0164236
Number of pages15
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Kuklik, P., Schaffer, B., Hoffman, B., Ganesan, A., Schreiber, D., Moser, J., Akbulak, R., Sultan, A., Steven, D., Maesen, B., Schotten, U., Meyer, C., & Willems, S. (2016). Local Electrical Dyssynchrony during Atrial Fibrillation: Theoretical Considerations and Initial Catheter Ablation Results. PLoS One, 11(10), [e0164236]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164236