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Tracking of stepwise ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation using synchronization of nearby electrogams

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7 Author(s)
Buttu, A. ; Appl. Signal Process. Group, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technol., Lausanne, Switzerland ; Volorio, S. ; Forclaz, A. ; Pascale, P.
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Intracardiac organization indices such as atrial fibrillation (AF) cycle length (AFCL) have been used to track the efficiency of stepwise catheter ablation (step-CA) of long-standing persistent AF (pers-AF), however, with limited success. The timing between nearby bipolar intracardiac electrograms (EGMs) reflects the spatial dynamics of wavelets during AF. The extent of synchronization between EGMs is an indirect measure of AF spatial organization. The synchronization between nearby EGMs during step-CA of pers-AF was evaluated using new indices based on the cross-correlation. The first one (spar(W)) quantifies the sparseness of the cross-correlation of local activation times. The second one (OI(W)) reflects the local concentration around the largest peak of the cross-correlation. By computing their relative evolution during step-CA until AF termination (AF-term), we found that OI(W) appeared superior to AFCL and spar(W) to track the effect of step-CA “en route” to AF-term.

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Computing in Cardiology, 2011

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18-21 Sept. 2011