Pulsed Field Ablation-Based Pulmonary Vein Isolation Using a Simplified Single-Access Single-Catheter Approach ― The Fast and Furious PFA Study ―

Roland R. Tilz*, Julia Vogler, Bettina Kirstein, Charlotte Eitel, Huong Lan Phan, Sorin Ștefan Popescu, Sascha Hatahet, Niels Große, Behnam Subin, Lisbeth Delgado Lopez, Karl Heinz Kuck, Christian H. Heeger*

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Background: Pulsed field ablation (PFA) is a non-thermal energy source with promising safety and efficacy advantages. We aimed to develop a convenient, safe, effective and fast method of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) utilizing a penta-spline PFA catheter via a single femoral vein and a venous closure system. Methods and Results: Consecutive patients (n=50; mean age: 63.6±10.7 years, 38% female) presenting with AF (paroxysmal AF: 56%) underwent first-time PVI via PFA. A single ultrasound-guided femoral vein puncture and a single transseptal puncture were used. After PVI using the penta-spline PFA catheter, extra pulse trains were added to the posterior wall for wide antral circumferential ablation. A venous closure system was used and a Donati suture was performed. The pressure bandage was removed after 1 h. A total of 196 PVs were identified and isolated with PFA only. The mean procedural time was 27.4±6.6 min, and the mean dwelling time was 14.4±5.5 min. Time to ambulation was 3.3±3.1 h. No severe complications occurred. During a mean follow-up of 6.5±2.1 months, 41/50 patients (82%) remained in sinus rhythm. Conclusions: The combination of a single venous puncture, single transseptal puncture approach using PFA and vascular closure device resulted in a 100% rate of acute PVI and an extraordinarily fast procedure and time to ambulation. The rate of periprocedural complications was low.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1722-1726
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Cardiological Center Luebeck (UHZL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-12 Cardiology, Angiology

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