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BACKGROUND Although consensus documents on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) suggest a uniform "blanking period" of 3 months, recent evidence suggested that early recurrences of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ERATs) are strongly associated with late recurrences (LRs), especially if ERATs occurred in the last part of the "blanking period".(More)
BACKGROUND Lone atrial fibrillation (LAF) develops in younger individuals without cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. As pulmonary vein isolation has been recognized as an optimal treatment for drug-resistant atrial fibrillation, cryoballoon ablation with second-generation balloon (CB-A) may be an ideal solution for LAF patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of(More)
The third-generation Cryoballoon Advance Short-tip (CB-ST) has been designed with a 40 % shortened tip length compared with the former second generation CB advance device (CB-A). Ideally, a shorter tip should permit an improved visualisation of real-time recordings in the pulmonary vein (PV) due to a more proximal positioning of the inner lumen mapping(More)
AIMS Femoral venous pressure waveform (VPW) analysis has been recently described as a novel method to assess phrenic nerve function during atrial fibrillation ablation procedures by means of the cryoballoon technique. In this study, we sought to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of this technique, with respect to the incidence of phrenic nerve(More)
AIMS The third-generation Cryoballoon Advance Short-tip (CB-ST) has been designed with a 40% shortened tip length compared with the former second-generation CB Advance device. Ideally, a shorter tip should permit an improved visualization of real-time (RT) recordings in the pulmonary vein (PV) due to a more proximal positioning of the inner lumen mapping(More)
Data indicate that the second-generation cryoballoon (Arctic Front Advance, Medtronic, Minnesota, USA) could be effective for persistent atrial fibrillation. However, electrophysiological findings and the midterm clinical outcome of repeat procedures following second-generation cryoballoon ablation are lacking. Consecutive patients with drug-resistant(More)
Recent data suggests that high burden of premature atrial complexes after pulmonary vein isolation predicts recurrences of atrial arrhythmias. The present study sought to assess the role of premature atrial complexes burden in predicting atrial arrhythmias recurrences in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who have undergone second-generation cryoballoon(More)
Pulmonary vein isolation is now widely accepted for the treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. However, multiple procedures are often required to significantly reduce atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. In the present study, we analyzed the acute results and the midterm clinical outcome of a second-generation(More)
The second-generation cryoballoon (CB-A, Arctic Front Advance, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) has proven to be highly effective in achieving freedom from atrial fibrillation; nonetheless, the ideal number and duration of freezing cycles is still a matter of debate. We investigated the acute success, procedural complications, and clinical outcome of a(More)
Our aim was to analyse the temperature behaviour during second-generation cryoballoon ablation (CB-A) in patients with ongoing atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with those in sinus rhythm (SR). Consecutive patients with drug-resistant AF who underwent pulmonary vein (PV) isolation by CB-A from April 2014 to May 2015 were analysed. The exclusion criteria(More)