Concomitant ablation for atrial fibrillation during septal myectomy in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

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Objective:The appearance of atrial fibrillation is associated with significant clinical deterioration in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; therefore, maintenance of sinus rhythm is desirable. Guidelines and most articles have reported the results of catheter ablation and pharmacologic atrial fibrillation treatment; nevertheless, data regarding concomitant procedures during septal myectomy are limited. The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes of concomitant atrial fibrillation treatment in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.Methods:Between 2010 and 2013 in our clinic, 187 patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy underwent extended myectomy. In 45 cases, concomitant Cox-Maze IV procedure was performed; however, obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was the primary indication for surgery. Atrial fibrillation was paroxysmal in 26 patients (58%) and nonparoxysmal in 19 patients (42%). The mean age of patients was 52.8 ± 14.2 years (range, 22-74 years). Mean peak gradient was 90.7 ± 24.2 mm Hg, and interventricular septum thickness was 26.1 ± 4.3 mm. Mean atrial fibrillation duration was 17.3 ± 8.5 months.Results:There were no early deaths. No procedure-related complications occurred with regard to ablation procedure. Complete atrioventricular block was achieved in 2 patients (4.0%). Mean crossclamping time was 61 ± 36 minutes. Peak left ventricular outflow tract gradient was 12.6 ± 5.5 mm Hg based on transesophageal echocardiography. The Maze IV procedure was used for ablation in all patients (radiofrequency ablation with bipolar clamp + cryolesion for mitral and tricuspid lines). Because of the atrial wall thickness (5-6 mm), applications were performed 8 to 10 times on each line. There were no cases of pacemaker implantation due to sinus node dysfunction. All patients were discharged in stable sinus rhythm. Mean follow-up was 23.7 ± 1.3 months. The rate of atrial fibrillation freedom was 100% (45 patients) at 6 months, 89% (40 patients) at 1 year, and 78% (35 patients) at 24 months.Conclusions:Concomitant ablation atrial fibrillation during septal myectomy in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a safe and effective procedure and should be considered carefully in this patient group.

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