Clinical impact of catheter ablation in patients with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation: The IRON-AF (Italian Registry on NavX Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Procedures) study

Giovanni B. Forleo, Giuseppe De Martino, Massimo Mantica, Giovanni Carreras, Quintino Parisi, Gianluca Zingarini, Stefania Panigada, Enrico Romano, Antonio Dello Russo, Luigi Di Biase, Andrea Natale, Claudio Tondo

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Abstract

Whether and to what extent patients with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) would benefit from catheter ablation has not been investigated. This is the first multicenter prospective study reporting on the outcome of catheter ablation in patients with asymptomatic AF. Consecutive patients (n = 545) referred for AF ablation were prospectively enrolled in a multicenter Italian registry. Of these patients, 54 have asymptomatic AF and composed our patient population. At 24 month follow-up, catheter ablation in asymptomatic AF patients resulted to be as safe and effective as in patients with drug refractory symptomatic AF. Our study provides significant insights on the role of AF ablation in asymptomatic patients. Further studies in much larger cohorts are needed to validate our conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3968-3970
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume168
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2013

Keywords

  • Asymptomatic patients
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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