Lesion size and safety comparison between the novel flex tip on the FlexAbility ablation catheter and the solid tips on the thermo cool and thermo cool SFl

Jeffrey R. Winterfield, James Jensen, Therese Gilbert, Francis Marchlinski, Andrea Natale, Douglas L Packer, Vivek Reddy, Srijoy Mahapatra, David J. Wilber

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Abstract

Flex Tip Comparative Ablation Introduction Next-generation catheters have been developed to reduce irrigation volume and preserve power delivery. A novel design uses a flexible tip (FlexAbility™ catheter) that directs flow to the contact surface. Because of recent safety issues with new catheters, we undertook a study in a canine heart with 3 irrigated catheters to compare efficacy and safety. Methods Endocardial ablation was performed by 2 independent operators in 12 anesthetized canines with the FlexAbility (St. Jude Medical), ThermoCool™ (Biosense Webster), and ThermoCool™ SF (Biosense Webster) catheters. Endocardial RF lesions were delivered with each catheter in all 4 chambers of each animal for 52 ± 16 seconds. Each chamber was randomized to receive ablation from one catheter with recording of safety events. Cardiac pathology was performed with triphenyl tetrazolium chloride stain. Results Average lesion dimensions were not significantly different between the 3 catheters. FlexAbility™ demonstrated a lower risk of steam pops relative to ThermoCool SF (P-value = 0.013) despite equal mean power and radiofrequency time. High-temperature generator shutdowns were observed with FlexAbility™ but not with either ThermoCool catheter. High-temperature shutdowns were associated with larger average impedance drops (28.5 ohms vs. 19 ohms) without compromising lesion size. Conclusions The FlexAbility™ tip is safe and effective with no significant difference in lesion sizes compared to both standard ThermoCool and ThermoCool SF. FlexAbility™ has a significantly lower risk of steam pops compared to ThermoCool SF in a beating heart as defined predominantly by an abrupt rise of impedance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-109
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • catheter ablation
  • flexibility catheter
  • lesion
  • radiofrequency
  • steam pop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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