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Effect of Balloon Cryoablation on Left Atrial Function (CRYO-LA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00821015
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 6, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Atrial fibrillation is a common and disabling irregular heart rhythm, that affects 1 to 1.5 million Americans. Recent clinical experience with the Medtronic Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System suggests that it can be used to isolate the pulmonary veins (PVs) safely and effectively in patients with AF, thereby reducing or eliminating the recurrence of AF.3-4 However, the very large ablative surface of this balloon ablation catheter raises the possibility that this technique may damage extensive areas of the atrial myocardium.

The LA is an elastic chamber, designed to expand and contract with ease to accommodate the influx and outflow of blood, while maintaining relatively low pressure. When exposed to stress or injury, whether acute or chronic, the LA may lose much of its elasticity, resulting in overall dilation accompanied by fibrosis in some cases. Overall, this may potentially result in diminution of LA mechanical function (both systolic contractile function, and diastolic relaxation function). In addition, LA function is linked to both Left Ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function, manifesting in an overall impact on cardiac remodeling, including the area of the pulmonary vein ostia, and a significant decrease in LV ejection fraction (LVEF). On the other hand, the positive effects of maintaining sinus rhythm with successful catheter ablation of AF may result in improvement of LA mechanical function.5-9

Based on the potentially deleterious effects of damage caused by cryoablation, to the atrial myocardium during balloon ablation, this prospective, non-randomized, single-center study has been designed to assess the atrial effects of balloon cryo-ablation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Atrial Fibrillation Device: Pulmonary vein isolation with cryoballoon catheter

Detailed Description:

This study is a prospective, non-randomized, single-center, controlled study of patients with AF referred for ablation after failing one or more Class I-IV antiarrhythmic drugs used in the treatment of AF.

• All study subjects will undergo cryoablation.

Subjects will be followed for 12 months to assess the chronic impact of ablation with the Medtronic CryoCath Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System on LA and LV mechanical function. In addition, patients will undergo scheduled and symptom-driven assessments to detect recurrent AF and adverse events (AEs).

We will evaluate the effect of ablation with the Medtronic Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System on the atrial myocardium, with respect to LA (and LV) mechanical function, by assessing images acquired using TTE and CT in adult patients with atrial fibrillation who have failed at least one anti-arrhythmic drug. The efficacy of the Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System will be assessed by ambulatory continuous ECG monitoring

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 27 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Balloon Cryoablation on Left Atrial Function (CRYO-LA)
Study Start Date : June 2010
Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Study Completion Date : June 2012

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Experimental
All study subjects will undergo cryoablation. This is a non-randomized trial.
Device: Pulmonary vein isolation with cryoballoon catheter
For each patient, the balloon catheter will be advanced to the ostium of each pulmonary vein. Once location has been optimized, the balloon will be inflated, and cryoenergy delivery will be initiated. Because the entire surface of the balloon acts as an ablative surface, circumferential ablation of each pulmonary vein will be achieved concurrently. This will be completed for each pulmonary vein for each patient.

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Acute Procedural Success (APS): Demonstration of electrical isolation of all 4 PVs or their anomalous equivalents at the conclusion of the first protocol-defined cryoablation procedure. [ Time Frame: Immediately following procedure ]
  2. Chronic Treatment Success: A subject who does not have episodes of AF, lasting at least 30 seconds in duration, 3 months following the initial ablation procedure. [ Time Frame: Three months following initial ablation ]
  3. Parameters of atrial function: a. Volumes at P-wave onset and end-systole b. LA active emptying volume c. LA active emptying fraction d. Late diastolic peak velocity e. LA filling fraction f. Pulmonary venous inflow pattern [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months following procedure ]
  4. Ventricular Function: a. LV ejection fraction b. E/A ratio c. Lateral early diastolic peak velocity [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months following study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Chronic Treatment Success for the follow-up visit within treatment windows. 1. Whether on or off Atrial Fibrillation Drugs (AFDs) during the Non-blanked Follow-up Period 2. When off Atrial Fibrillation Drugs [ Time Frame: 3 months following procedure ]
  2. Atrial Flutter 1. Flutter Acute Procedural Success 2. Freedom from Flutter Chronic Treatment Failure [ Time Frame: 3 months following procedure ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Documented paroxysmal atrial fibrillation
  • ≥ 18 and ≤ 85 years of age
  • Failure of one or more AF Drugs (AFDs).
  • Referral for a pulmonary vein isolation catheter ablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Ability to understand the requirements of the study
  • Willingness to adhere to study restrictions and comply with all post- procedural follow-up requirements

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any reversible cause of AF (post-surgery, thyroid disorder, etc.)
  • More than 4 cardioversions in the prior year.
  • Patients with recent myocardial infarction (less than 2 months) or unstable angina.
  • Patients with congestive heart failure (NYHA class III or IV).
  • Patients who have experienced any cerebral ischemic event, including any TIA in the preceding 1 month.
  • Women who are known to be pregnant or have had a positive β-HCG test 7 days prior to procedure.
  • Patients with any other significant uncontrolled or unstable medical condition (including uncontrolled clinically significant coagulation disorders).
  • Patients whose life expectancy is less than one year.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00821015

Sponsors and Collaborators
Vivek Reddy
Principal Investigator: Vivek Y Reddy, MD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
More Information

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European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA); European Cardiac Arrhythmia Scoiety (ECAS); American College of Cardiology (ACC); American Heart Association (AHA); Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Calkins H, Brugada J, Packer DL, Cappato R, Chen SA, Crijns HJ, Damiano RJ Jr, Davies DW, Haines DE, Haissaguerre M, Iesaka Y, Jackman W, Jais P, Kottkamp H, Kuck KH, Lindsay BD, Marchlinski FE, McCarthy PM, Mont JL, Morady F, Nademanee K, Natale A, Pappone C, Prystowsky E, Raviele A, Ruskin JN, Shemin RJ. HRS/EHRA/ECAS expert Consensus Statement on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation: recommendations for personnel, policy, procedures and follow-up. A report of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Task Force on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2007 Jun;4(6):816-61. Epub 2007 Apr 30. Review. Erratum in: Heart Rhythm. 2009 Jan;6(1):148.

Responsible Party: Vivek Reddy, DIRECTOR CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA SERVICE, PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00821015     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-0628
First Posted: January 12, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 6, 2017
Last Verified: December 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No

Keywords provided by Vivek Reddy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
recurring arrhythmia
RF ablation
LA ablation
nodal ablation
catheter ablation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes