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Keywords
atrial fibrillation
atrial flutter
catheter ablation
heart rate variability
Abstract
Efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation in suppressing atrial fibrillation (AF) was studied by analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) in 13 patients with atrial flutter complicated with AF. We treated these patients by RF ablation of the isthmus between the tricuspid valve annulus and the inferior vena cava to create a bidirectional conduction block. To analyze the HRV, 24-h ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring was performed 1 day before, 1 day after and 1 month after the ablation. After the RF ablation of the isthmus, 7 patients continued to experience AF attacks, while the remaining 6 patients did not. We divided them into 2 groups, attacked by AF (AF group) and not attacked by AF (non-AF group), and analyzed HRV parameters. The results obtained were compared between the groups. One month after the ablation, the non-AF group showed a significantly higher average heart rate than the AF group. The HRV parameters indicating cardiac vagal nervous activities, such as the root-mean-square of differences, percentage of adjacent normal RR intervals and high frequency power, were significantly lower in the non-AF group 1 month after. Furthermore, the ratio of low frequency power to high frequency power, which is a measure for cardiac sympathetic nervous activity, was significantly higher in the non-AF group 1 month after. From these results, we postulate that the suppression of postoperative AF may involve vagal nerve suppression and sympathetic nerve activation.
Publisher
Tottori University Faculty of Medicine
Content Type
Journal Article
ISSN・ISBN
1346-8049
NCID
AA00892882
Journal Title
Yonago Acta medica
Current Journal Title
Yonago Acta medica
Volume
48
Issue
1
Start Page
17
End Page
25
Published Date
2005-03
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Publisher
Rights
Yonago Acta medica 編集委員会
Citation
Yonago Acta medica. 2005, 48(1), 17-25
Department
Faculty of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences/University Hospital
Language
English