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Atrioventricular Junction Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation: Choosing The Right Patient and Pacing Device


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and despite advancements in rhythm control through direct catheter ablation, maintaining sinus rhythm is currently not possible in a large proportion of AF patients. Furthermore, in some instances pharmacological rate control may be insufficient, resulting in a highly symptomatic patient at risk of developing tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy and heart failure (HF). Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction (AVJ) with subsequent permanent pacemaker implantation provides definite rate control and represents an attractive therapeutic option when pharmacological rate control is not achieved. In those with reduced ventricular function, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) should be considered over right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing in order to avoid the deleterious effects associated with a high amount of chronic RVA pacing. Another group of patients that may also benefit from AVJ ablation are HF patients with concomitant AF receiving CRT. In this patient cohort AVJ ablation ensures near 100% biventricular pacing, thus allowing optimization of the therapeutic effects of CRT.

Credits: Finn Akerström; Moisés Rodríguez-Mañero; Marta Pachón; Alberto Puchol; X. Alberte Fernández-López; Luis Martínez-Sande; Miguel Valderrábano MD; Miguel A. Arias.



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