Cryoballoon Catheter Ablation in Korean Patients With Paroxysmal and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: One Year Outcome From the Cryo Global Registry

Hong Euy Lim, Il Young Oh, Fred J. Kueffer, Kelly Anna van Bragt, Young Keun On

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Cryoballoon catheter ablation for the treatment of patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) has been adopted globally, but there are limited multicenter reports of 12-month outcomes in the Korean patient population. This analysis evaluated the clinical performance and safety of cryoballoon ablation (CBA) according to standard-of-care practices in Korea. Methods: This evaluation of Korean patients with AF was conducted within the larger Cryo Global Registry, which is a prospective, multicenter, post-market registry. Freedom from a ≥30-second recurrence of atrial arrhythmias (after a 90-day blanking period until 12 months) and procedural safety were examined in subjects treated with CBA at 3 Korean centers. Results: Overall, 299 patients with AF (60±11 years old, 24.7% female, 50.5% paroxysmal AF) underwent CBA using the Arctic Front Advance cryoballoon. Of those, 298 were followed-up for at least 12 months. Mean procedure-, left atrial dwell- and fluoroscopy time was 76±21 minutes, 56±23 minutes, and 27±23 minutes, respectively. Freedom from AF recurrence at 12 months was 83.9% (95% confidence interval [CI], 76.9–88.9%) in the paroxysmal and 61.6% (95% CI, 53.1–69.0%) in the persistent AF cohort. Rhythm monitoring was performed Pr on average 4.7±1.4 times during the follow-up period. Serious device- or procedure-related adverse events occurred in 2 patients (0.7%). The 12-month Kaplan-Meier estimate of freedom from repeat ablation and cardiovascular-related hospitalization was 93.8% (95% CI, 90.4–96.1%) and 89.7% (95% CI, 85.6–92.7%), respectively. Conclusions: CBA is an efficient, effective, and safe procedure for the treatment of AF patients when used according to real-world practices in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere83
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Volume52
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Korea
  • Registries

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