Rong-Hui Yu

Capital Medical University, Peping, Beijing, China

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    ABSTRACT: To address whether menopause affects outcome of catheter ablation (CA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) by comparing the safety and long-term outcome of a single-procedure in pre- and post-menopausal women.
    Journal of geriatric cardiology : JGC. 06/2014; 11(2):120-5.
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    ABSTRACT: This study sought to explore the predictors of recurrence in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing repeat catheter ablation, especially the impact of left atrial (LA) remodelling after the original procedure on the outcome of repeat procedure.METHODS AND RESULTS: Ninety-five patients undergoing repeat ablation were enroled in this study. Repeat procedure endpoints were pulmonary vein isolation, linear block when linear ablation is performed, and non-inducibility of atrial tachyarrhythmia by burst pacing. Patients with LA enlargement between the pre-original procedure and pre-repeat procedure were categorized as Group 1 (35 patients), while individuals with no change or decrease of LA diameter were categorized as Group 2 (60 patients). The mean duration from the original procedure to the repeat procedure was 12 months (1-40 months). After 29.6 ± 20.5 (3-73) months follow-up from the repeat procedure, 33 patients experienced recurrence (34.7%). The recurrence rate was significantly higher in Group 1 than in Group 2 (51.4 VS. 25.0%, P = 0.017). In univariate analysis, LA remodelling was the only predictor of recurrence. In multivariate analysis, after adjustment for age and LA diameter, Group 1 had a greater risk of recurrence after the repeat procedure (hazard ratio = 2.22, 95% confidence interval: 1.02-4.81, P = 0.043).CONCLUSIONS: Left atrial enlargement after undergoing the original catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF was an independent risk factor of recurrence after repeat ablation.
    Europace 04/2014; · 2.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Symptomatic prolonged sinus pauses on termination of atrial fibrillation (AF) are an accepted indication for pacemaker implantation. We evaluated the outcome of AF ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF-related tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome and compared the efficacy of catheter ablation with permanent pacing plus antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs). Patients with prolonged symptomatic sinus pauses on termination of AF were retrospectively analyzed. Forty-three consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation (ABL group) were compared to 57 patients who underwent permanent pacing plus AADs (PM group). All 43 patients in the ABL group fulfilled Class I indication for pacemaker implantation at baseline but they actually underwent AF ablation. Reevaluation after 20.1 ± 9.6 months of follow-up showed that 41 patients (95.3%) did no longer need a pacemaker (Class III indication). Total cardiac-related rehospitalization was not significantly different between the two groups (P = 0.921). Tachycardia-related hospitalization was significantly higher in the PM group than the ABL group (14.0% and 0%, P = 0.029). More patients in the PM group were on AADs (PM 40.4%, ABL 4.7%, P < 0.001) while sinus rhythm maintenance was remarkably higher in the ABL group at the end of follow-up (83.7% vs 21.1% in PM group, P < 0.001). In patients with paroxysmal AF-related tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome, AF ablation seems to be superior to a strategy of pacing plus AAD. Pacemaker implantation can be waived in the majority of patients after a successful ablation.
    Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology 01/2014; · 1.75 Impact Factor
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    International journal of cardiology 01/2014; · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Serum uric acid (SUA) is a simple and independent marker of morbidity and mortality in a variety of cardiovascular diseases. This study aimed to investigate SUA and the risk of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods In this retrospective study, 1359 consecutive patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography prior to catheter ablation of AF were enrolled. Sixty-one of the 1359 patients (4.5%) had LA thrombus. Results SUA levels in patients with LA thrombus were significantly higher (413.5±98.8μmol/L vs. 366.7±94.3μmol/L, P<0.001). Hyperuricemia was defined as SUA ≥ 359.8μmol/L in women and ≥445.6μmol/L in men determined by receiver operating characteristic curve. The incidence of LA thrombus was significantly higher in patients with hyperuricemia than those with normal SUA level both in women (12.1% vs. 1.9%, P <0.001) and in men (8.5% vs. 2.8%, P <0.001). Hyperuricemia had negative predictive value of 98.1% in women and 97.1% in men for identifying LA thrombus. Hyperuricemia was associated with significantly higher risk of LA thrombus among CHA2DS2VASc score =0, =1 and ≥2 groups with odds ratios 7.19, 4.05, 3.25, respectively. In multivariable analysis, SUA was an independent risk factor of LA thrombus (odds ratio: 1.004, 95% confidence interval: 1.000-1.008, P=0.028). Conclusions Hyperuricemia was a modest risk factor of LA thrombus, which might refine stratification of LA thrombus in patients with nonvalvular AF.
    The Canadian journal of cardiology 01/2014; · 3.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: -Functionally, left His-Purkenje system (HPS) is insulated from the adjacent myocardium, and exhibits isolated conduction during sinus rhythm (SR), but in vivo human study is rare. Meanwhile, whether the isolated conduction also exists during idiopathic left ventricle tachycardia (ILVT) is not clearly defined. Current study aimed to delineate the activation sequence and gross anatomy of left HPS during SR and ILVT. METHODS AND RESULTS: -The study involved 25 consecutive patients with ILVT. During SR, left HPS exhibited antegrade activation sequence, and its surrounding myocardium depolarized after HPS in an apical to base direction. During ILVT, the earliest retrograde PPs were mainly located at the middle portion of left posterior fascicle (LPF) [0.5±0.1(0.46~0.58, CI: 95%) of its full length] with an average of 29.5±6.0 mm (19.8~41.5) away from the His position. LPF was depolarized from the earliest retrograde PPs via two opposite wavefronts with significantly shorter activation time than that during SR (15.1±2.1 VS 30.0±3.2ms P<0.001). The left anterior fascicle was depolarized after LPF with an antegrade activation sequence and comparable activation time to that during SR (21.9±2.9 VS 22.0±4.1ms P=0.932). The depolarization of ventricle septum occurred after HPS in an apical to base direction too. CONCLUSIONS: -During SR, isolated conduction within the HPS is demonstrated by documenting the reverse activation sequence with its surrounding myocardium. During ILVT, the earliest retrograde PPs were usually recorded at the middle segment of LPF, and the isolated conduction within the HPS remained.
    Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 05/2013; · 5.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Major atrial coronary arteries, including the sinus node artery (SNA), were commonly found in the areas involved in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and could cause difficulties in achieving linear block at the left atrial (LA) roof. The SNA is a major atrial coronary artery of the atrial coronary circulation. This study aimed to determine impact of the origin of SNA on recurrence of AF after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with paroxysmal AF. Seventy-eight patients underwent coronary angiography for suspected coronary heart disease, followed by catheter ablation for paroxysmal AF. According to the origin of SNA from angiographic findings, they were divided into right SNA group (SNA originating from the right coronary artery) and left SNA group (SNA originating from the left circumflex artery). Guided by an electroanatomic mapping system, circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) was performed in both groups and PVI was the procedural endpoint. All patients were followed up at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-ablation. Recurrence was defined as any episode of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATAs), including AF, atrial flutter or atrial tachycardia, that lasted longer than 30 seconds after a blanking period of 3 months. The SNA originated from the right coronary artery in 34 patients (43.6%) and the left circumflex artery in 44 patients (56.4%). Freedom from AF and antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) at 1 year was 67.9% (53/78) for all patients. After 1 year follow-up, 79.4% (27/34) in right SNA group and 59.1% (26/44) in left SNA group (P = 0.042) were in sinus rhythm. On multivariate analysis, left atrium size (HR = 1.451, 95%CI: 1.240 - 1.697, P < 0.001) and a left SNA (HR = 6.22, 95%CI: 2.01 - 19.25, P = 0.002) were the independent predictors of AF recurrence. The left SNA is more frequent in the patients with paroxysmal AF. After one year follow-up, the presence of a left SNA was identified as an independent predictor of AF recurrence after CPVA in paroxysmal AF.
    Chinese medical journal 05/2013; 126(9):1624-9. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Recently there has been a great deal of interest in the role of serum uric acid (SUA) in atrial fibrillation (AF). The objective of this study was to establish whether there is a relationship between levels of SUA and recurrence of paroxysmal AF after catheter ablation. METHODS: Three hundred and thirty patients diagnosed with paroxysmal AF were analyzed. Patients were categorized into quartiles on the basis of their pre-operative SUA measurement and follow-up, and Kaplan-Meier estimation with a Log-rank test was used for the analysis of the influence of SUA on the recurrence of AF. Pre-procedural clinical variables were correlated with the clinical outcome after ablation using multivariate Logistic analysis. A Cox proportional hazards model was used to estimate the relationship between SUA and the recurrence of AF. RESULTS: After a mean follow-up of (9.341 ± 3.667) (range 3.0 - 16.3) months, recurrence rates from the lowest SUA quartile to the highest SUA quartile were 16.0%, 26.4%, 28.3%, and 29.3% respectively (P = 0.014). After adjustment for gender, body mass index (BMI), hypertension, serum levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), triglyceride (TG), left atrial diameter (LA), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and SUA, there was an increased risk of recurrence in subjects in the highest SUA quartile compared with those in the lowest quartile (hazard ratio 2.804, 95% confidence interval 1.466 - 5.362, P = 0.002). Following multivariate Logistical analysis, SUA was found to be an independent predictor of recurrence (hazard ratio 1.613, 95% confidence interval 1.601 - 1.625, P = 0.014). CONCLUSION: In a retrospective study of patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing catheter ablation, elevated preoperative SUA levels were associated with a higher rate of recurrence of AF.
    Chinese medical journal 03/2013; 126(5):860-864. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has been demonstrated to be effective in a subsets of patients with AF. However, very few data are available in regard to patients with prior history of stroke undergoing catheter ablation. This study aimed to investigate the outcome of catheter ablation in AF patients with prior ischemic stroke. METHODS: Between January 2008 and December 2011, of 1897 consecutive patients who presented at Beijing An Zhen Hospital for treatment of drug-refractory AF, 172 (9.1%) patients in the study population had a history of ischemic stroke. All patients underwent catheter ablation and were followed up to assess maintenance of sinus rhythm and recurrence of symptomatic stroke. RESULTS: Among these 1897 patients, 1768 (93.2%) who had complete follow-up information for a minimum of six months were included in the final analysis. Patients in the stroke group (group I) and the no-stroke group (group II) were similar in regards to gender, body mass index (BMI), history of diabetes, type of AF, and left atrial size. The patients in group I were older than those in group II, and had a higher incidence of hypertension, chronic heart failure, lower left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and higher CHADS2 scores. Six months after ablation, 107 (68.6%) patients in group I and 1403 (87.1%) in group II had discontinued warfarin treatment (P < 0.001). During a median follow-up of (633 ± 415) days, 65 patients in the group I and 638 in group II experienced AF recurrence, and five patients in group I and 28 in group II developed symptomatic stroke. The rates of AF recurrence and recurrent stroke were similar between group I and group II (41.7% vs. 39.6%, P = 0.611; 3.2% vs. 1.7%, P = 0.219; respectively). CONCLUSION: Catheter ablation of AF in patients with prior stroke is feasible and efficient.
    Chinese medical journal 03/2013; 126(6):1033-1038. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A left-sided accessory pathway (AP) with atrial insertion away from the mitral annulus (MA) may result in difficulty or failed ablation along the MA. We report our initial experience of ablating this rare form of AP by a 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system (CARTO). METHODS: From January 2007 to August 2011, 29 patients with left-sided APs who failed previous ablations in other centers were enrolled in this study. Left atrium (LA) was reconstructed during orthodromic atrioventricuar reentry tachycardias (AVRTs) or ventricle pacing by using a 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system. The AP atrial insertion was defined as the earliest retrograde atrial activation and successful ablation of the AP at the site. RESULTS: Among the 29 patients who had failed previous ablation, 7 patients were found to have atrial insertions away from the MA. Out of the 7 patients, atrial insertions were at the base of the LA appendage in 5 patients and at the anterior roof of LA in 2 patients. Ablation at the atrial insertion successfully abolished AP conduction. The mean distance between the atrial insertion sites and the MA was 24.9 ± 4.9 mm. No patients reported recovered AP conduction or recurrent tachycardias after at least 12-month follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Left-sided APs may have atrial insertions away from the MA. By using the CARTO system, atrial insertions can be reliably identified and ablated.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 02/2013; · 3.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HATCH score is an established predictor of progression from paroxysmal to persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to determine if HATCH score could predict recurrence after catheter ablation of AF. The data of 488 consecutive paroxysmal AF patients who underwent an index circumferential pulmonary veins (PV) ablation were retrospectively analyzed. Of these patients, 250 (51.2%) patients had HATCH score = 0, 185 (37.9%) patients had HATCH score = 1, and 53 (10.9%) patients had HATCH score ≥ 2 (28 patients had HATCH score = 2, 23 patients had HATCH score = 3, and 2 patients had HATCH score = 4). The patients with HATCH score ≥ 2 had significantly larger left atrium size, the largest left ventricular end systolic diameter, and the lowest ejection fraction. After a mean follow-up of (823 ± 532) days, the recurrence rates were 36.4%, 37.8% and 28.3% from the HATCH score = 0, HATCH score = 1 to HATCH score ≥ 2 categories (P = 0.498). Univariate analysis revealed that left atrium size, body mass index, and failure of PV isolation were predictors of AF recurrence. After adjustment for body mass index, left atrial size and PV isolation, the HATCH score was not an independent predictor of recurrence (HR = 0.92, 95% confidence interval = 0.76 - 1.12, P = 0.406) in multivariate analysis. HATCH score has no value in prediction of AF recurrence after catheter ablation.
    Chinese medical journal 10/2012; 125(19):3425-9. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Atrial Remodeling and Lone Atrial Fibrillation. Background: We sought to investigate the role of anatomic remodeling of the atria and pulmonary veins (PVs) in the progression of lone atrial fibrillation (AF) using dual-source computed tomography (DSCT). Methods and Results: From 1,308 consecutive patients referred for an index ablation procedure for AF, we prospectively enrolled 29 consecutive patients with recently developed (<3 months) lone persistent AF (PsAF) and 23 consecutive patients with short-lasting (6-12 months) lone PsAF, all of whom had a history of paroxysmal AF (PAF). The control group consisted of 33 patients with lone PAF. On DSCT, the recently developed PsAF group showed more extensive atrial anatomic remodeling than the PAF group as shown by ∼40% higher spot biatrial volume, even though the mean duration of continuous AF was only 6 weeks. In contrast, the DSCT variables in the recently developed PsAF group and the short-lasting PsAF group were comparable, despite the fact that the mean duration of continuous AF in the latter group was 8 months. Series of cross-sectional areas of the ostial 1.5 cm of PV trunks were comparable in the PAF and PsAF groups in all but 3 ostial planes. A higher spot left atrial volume was the only independent factor associated with the progression of lone PAF to PsAF (OR: 1.06, 95% CI: 1.03-1.09, P<0.0001) on logistic regression. Conclusions: Prominent anatomic remodeling of the atria, rather than the PVs, underlies the mechanism of recent progression of lone paroxysmal AF to the persistent variety. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. pp. 1-7).
    Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 08/2012; · 3.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The optimal endpoint for catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) remains ambiguous. This study investigated the impact of AF termination as a procedural endpoint and the termination mode on long-term clinical outcome. Two hundred and ninety-three patients who underwent stepwise ablation for persistent AF were categorized into the AF termination by ablation group and into the electrical cardioversion (CV) group. Subgroups were also analyzed based on different termination modes. Follow-up assessment included early recurrence and sinus rhythm (SR) maintenance. During initial ablation, 33 patients (11.3%) were directly converted to SR, 166 patients (56.7%) were converted to atrial tachycardia (AT) that subsequently restored SR with further ablation in 98 patients (33.4%), and a total of 162 patients (55.3%) underwent cardioversion due to persistent atrial arrhythmias. Comparison between termination by ablation and termination by cardioversion in patients exhibiting AF or AT revealed that no significant difference was observed in early recurrence (38.2% vs. 43.8%, P = 0.328) and SR maintenance (67.2% vs. 59.8%, P = 0.198) during the (23 ± 7) months follow-up. Even after repeat ablation, the SR maintenance continued to exhibit no statistical difference in above two groups (72.5% vs. 70.4%, P = 0.686). Further analysis of subgroups, however, demonstrated that patients with AF terminated directly to SR experienced better clinical outcomes than other subgroups (P < 0.05). Furthermore, atrial arrhythmias present during ablation have been implicated in prediction of recurrence mode: AF or AT (P < 0.05). Termination as a procedural endpoint is not associated with favorable long-term SR maintenance in persistent AF. AF methods that convert arrhythmia directly to SR have, however, been linked with improved clinical outcomes, although conversions to AT may not be correlated. Atrial arrhythmias observed during the ablation may be used to predict the recurrence mode.
    Chinese medical journal 06/2012; 125(11):1877-83. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present report demonstrates two cases of transient inferior ST-segment elevation accompanied by profound hypotension and bradycardia immediately after transseptal puncture for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. This rare complication of transseptal puncture was resolved quickly within several minutes. The most likely mechanism of this phenomenon is coronary vasospasm, although coronary embolism can not be ruled out completely. This complication is characterized as follows: (1) The right coronary artery might be the most likely involved vessel and therefore myocardial ischemia usually occurs in the inferior wall of left ventricular; (2) Reflex hypotension and bradycardia by the Bezold-Jarisch reflex secondary to inferior ischemia often occur at the same time. Though it appears to be a transient and completely reversible phenomenon, there are still potential life-threatening risks because of myocardial ischemia and profound haemodynamic instability. Clinical cardiologists should be aware of this rare complication and properly deal with it.
    Chinese medical journal 03/2012; 125(5):941-4. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is unclear whether a history of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) would impact the effect of catheter ablation on persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to compare the effect of catheter ablation on persistent AF with and without a history of PAF. One hundred and eighty-three patients underwent catheter ablation of persistent AF lasting for > 1 month and were reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether they had a history of PAF or not. Group I consisted of persistent AF patients with a history of PAF, and group II consisted of persistent AF patients without such a history. All patients received catheter ablation focused on pulmonary vein isolation and were observed for arrhythmia recurrences, which were defined as documented episodes of AF or atrial tachycardia after a blanking period of 3 months. One hundred and three patients (60.9%) in group I and sixty-six patients (39.1%) in group II were successfully followed and included in analysis. There were no significant differences in clinical and echocardiographic characteristics between both groups except for a younger age and more male patients in group II. After (15.5 ± 10.7) months of follow-up, 59 (57.3%) patients in group I and 49 (74.2%) patients in group II maintained sinus rhythm free of anti-arrhythmia drugs (P = 0.025). Multivariate analyses found left atrial anteroposterior diameter (P = 0.006) and persistent AF with a history of PAF (OR 1.792, 95%CI 1.019 - 3.152; P = 0.043) as the only independent statistical predictors of arrhythmia recurrences. The arrhythmia recurrence rate of catheter ablation based on pulmonary vein isolation in persistent AF with a history of PAF was higher than those without a history of PAF.
    Chinese medical journal 03/2012; 125(6):1175-8. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation has become a widely accepted treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to identify the efficacy and safety of pulmonary vein (PV) ablation with ethanol and to explore an alternative energy source for catheter ablation of AF. Twelve open-chest mongrel dogs were randomized into ethanol ablation group and control group. Both the injections and electrophysiological mapping procedures were performed epicardialy. In ethanol ablation group (n = 6), injections were performed to circumferentially ablate the root of each PV (0.2 ml each site, 3 mm apart) with 95% ethanol using an 1 ml injector. In control group (n = 6), saline was injected other than ethanol. PV isolation was confirmed with a circular catheter immediately after the procedure and at follow up of 30 days. PV isolation was defined as the absence of PV potentials at each electrode of the circular catheter positioned at the PV side of the lesions, as well as complete conduction block into left atrium (LA) during PV pacing. PV electrical isolation with complete bidirectional conduction block was achieved with ethanol immediately and at 30 days in 95% of PVs, while saline injection caused only transient conduction changes between LA and PVs. In ethanol group, histologic analysis showed transmural lesions at 30 days. And there was no evidence of PV stenosis or thrombus formation. Mean LA diameter was not significantly different between baseline and 30 days. Ethanol is a safe energy source to effectively isolate PV in canine model and may be promising in endocardial ablation procedure of AF patients in the future.
    Chinese medical journal 06/2011; 124(11):1714-9. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is difficult to ablate a right-sided accessory pathway (AP) with atrial insertion far from the tricuspid annulus (TA). We report our initial experience of ablating this rare AP by a 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system (CARTO). From January of 2006 to April of 2008, 18 patients with right-sided APs who failed previous outside ablations were enrolled in this study. Retrograde AP conduction was mapped during pacing at the right ventricular apex by activation-mapping the right atrium (RA) using a 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system. AP atrial insertion was defined as the earliest retrograde atrial activations and successful ablation of the APs at this site. Among the 18 patients who had failed previous ablation, 10 patients (7 patients with right manifest APs and 3 patients with right conceal APs) had atrial insertions far from the TA. Of the 10 patients, the atrial insertions were found at the base of the RA appendage in 3 patients, at the high lateral RA in 5 patients, at the low lateral RA in other 2 patients. Ablation at the atrial insertions successfully abolished the AP conduction. The mean distance between the atrial insertion sites and the TA was 20.2 ± 2.7 mm. No patients reported recovered AP conduction or recurrent tachycardias after 6-month follow-up. The right-sided APs may have atrial insertion far from the TA. These uncommon variation of APs can be reliably identified and ablated using CARTO system.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 11/2010; 22(5):499-505. · 3.48 Impact Factor
  • Chinese medical journal 09/2010; 123(17):2451-3. · 0.90 Impact Factor
  • Chinese medical journal 09/2010; 123(18):2613-5. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It has been shown that the concentration of serum free thyroxine (FT(4)) is independently associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), even in euthyroid persons. This study investigated the effect of a high-normal level of FT(4) on recurrence after catheter ablation of AF. The 244 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF and who underwent circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) were prospectively enrolled. Exclusion criteria included prior or current thyroid dysfunction on admission, amiodarone medication for 3 months before admission. After a mean follow-up of 416+/-204 (91-856) days, the recurrence rates were 14.8%, 23.0%, 33.3%, 38.7% from the lowest FT(4) quartile to the highest FT(4) quartile, respectively (P=0.016). After adjustment for age, sex, left atrial diameter, and PVI, there was an increased risk of recurrence in the subjects with the highest FT(4) quartile compared with those with the lowest quartile (hazard ratio 3.31, 95% confidence interval 1.45-7.54, P=0.004). As a continuous variable, FT(4) was also an independent predictor of recurrence (hazard ratio 1.10, 95% confidence interval 1.02-1.18, P=0.016). Patients with high-normal thyroid function were at an increased risk of AF recurrence after catheter ablation.
    Circulation Journal 07/2010; 74(7):1316-21. · 3.58 Impact Factor