Basket Catheter for Mapping Atrial Tachycardia Introduction The mapping of atrial tachycardia (AT) can often be challenging and time-consuming, especially in patients with ATs that develop following cardiac surgery or are concomitant with atrial fibrillation. Recently, a new multielectrode basket catheter (MBC) has become available; we hypothesized that the MBC could be utilized to diagnose AT circuits. Methods and Results This study included 51 consecutive patients undergoing catheter ablation of clinically documented right-sided ATs (including 17 cases following cardiac surgery). Using a NavX system, 2 activation maps of the ATs were created, one using the new MBC (32 mm, 31 poles) and the other using a circular catheter. The time needed to complete the activation maps and the points acquired with both mapping catheters were compared. In all 64 ATs, including 34 non-cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent ATs, the AT activation maps created by both catheters were essentially identical. The number of points acquired to complete the activation maps did not differ significantly between the MBC and the circular catheter (387 [285-511] vs. 374 [269-533], P = 0.19), but the mapping time was significantly shorter using the MBC (4.0 [3.0-6.0] minutes vs. 8.0 [6.5-10.0] minutes, P < 0.0001). Inadvertent mechanical AT termination (n = 6) was observed only during mapping with the circular catheter. Conclusion In patients with right-sided ATs, the use of an MBC could save mapping time.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)