Impact of targeting adenosine-induced transient venous reconnection in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis of 3524 patients

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Abstract

Aims

Atrial fibrillation recurrences after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) are not uncommon and are frequently related to pulmonary vein reconnection. Adenosine/ATP can reveal dormant pulmonary vein conduction after PVI. Previous studies revealed that adenosine-guided Additional ablation could improve arrhythmia-free survival. We performed a meta-analysis to assess the impact of additional ablation to eliminate adenosine-induced transient pulmonary vein reconnection in terms of atrial fibrillation recurrence at follow-up.

Methods

MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane Library and references reporting atrial fibrillation ablation and adenosine/ATP-following PVI were screened, and studies were included if they matched inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Results

A total of 3524 patients were enrolled with a median follow-up of 13 (6–20) months. Overall, 70% (60–85) of patients in ATP-guided ablation vs. 63% (48–79) in no ATP-guided ablation were free of atrial fibrillation at follow-up. Pooled results revealed that ATP-guided ablation reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence of 42% [odds ratio (OR) 0.58, 0.41–0.81], but this result was primary because of the contribution of retrospective over-randomized studies [OR 0.48 (0.35–0.65) vs. 0.76 (0.42–1.40), respectively]. 3.2% of patients experienced an adverse event. ATP-guided ablation is related to a nonsignificant increase in fluoroscopy time (OR 1.71, 0.98–2.96) and to a significant increase in procedure time (OR 2.84, 1.32–6.09).

Conclusion

Additional ablation aiming to eliminate adenosine-induced transient pulmonary vein reconnection failed to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence at follow-up. Moreover, although adenosine-guided PVI is not affected by an augmented risk of adverse events, it is associated with a NS increased fluoroscopy exposure and significantly longer procedure duration. Further studies are required to identify the actual role of adenosine in PVI.

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