NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Catheter for the Radiofrequency Ablation of Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (Afib IDE)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00116428
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 30, 2005
Results First Posted : March 14, 2013
Last Update Posted : October 24, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Biosense Webster, Inc.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: None (Open Label);   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Conditions: Heart Diseases
Atrial Fibrillation
Interventions: Device: NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Catheter
Drug: Antiarrhythmic drug

  Participant Flow

  Baseline Characteristics

Population Description
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Reporting Groups
NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Catheter Subjects who were randomized to the THERMOCOOL group, i.e., to receive NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Catheter at randomization. The Biosense Webster NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Diagnostic/Ablation Deflectable Tip Catheter is a luminal catheter with a deflectable tip designed to facilitate electrophysiological mapping of the heart and to transmit radiofrequency current to the catheter tip electrode for ablation purposes.
Antiarrhythmic Drug The antiarrhythmic drug (control group) is defined as class I, class III or atrioventricular nodal blocking agents such as beta blocking agents (BB) or calcium channel blockers (CCB). During the two-week dosing period, the subject's medication was titrated up for maximum efficacy for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The subject was maintained on the same drug for the rest of study time frame OR underwent a study ablation procedure after failing the effectiveness endpoint.
Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
   NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® Catheter   Antiarrhythmic Drug   Total 
Overall Participants Analyzed 
[Units: Participants]
 106   61   167 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 55.5  (9.3)   56.1  (12.8)   55.7  (10.7) 
Sex: Female, Male 
[Units: Participants]
Count of Participants
Female      33  31.1%      23  37.7%      56  33.5% 
Male      73  68.9%      38  62.3%      111  66.5% 
Race/Ethnicity, Customized [1] 
[Units: Participants]
Hispanic   1   0   1 
Native American   1   0   1 
White   103   61   164 
Arab ethnicity   1   0   1 
[1] Ethnicity
Region of Enrollment 
[Units: Participants]
Brazil   7   5   12 
Canada   5   3   8 
Czech Republic   17   10   27 
Italy   31   19   50 
United States   46   24   70 
Number of documented symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation episodes [1] 
[Units: Number of episodes]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 62.3  (89.2)   64.9  (98.0)   63.24  (93.0) 
[1] Number of symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation episodes during the last six months prior to study enrollment.

  Outcome Measures

1.  Primary:   The Percentage of Chronic Success of the NAVISTAR THERMOCOOL Catheter for the Treatment of Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF)   [ Time Frame: The evaluation time frame for the THERMOCOOL catheter subjects is 91-361 days (12 months) post procedure; for Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy subjects the time frame is 15-285 days (9 months) post procedure. ]

2.  Primary:   The Percentage of Subjects Who Experienced Incidences of Early Onset (Within 7 Days of Ablation Procedure) Serious Catheter-related Adverse Events   [ Time Frame: Within 7 Days of Ablation Procedure ]

3.  Secondary:   The Percentage of Subjects Who Achieved Acute Success.   [ Time Frame: 90 days post study procedure ]

4.  Secondary:   Percentage of Subjects Who Experienced Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence During the Two-year Follow up.   [ Time Frame: During the two years of post procedure ]

5.  Secondary:   Percentage of Subjects Responded to Each of the Four Health Status Categories.   [ Time Frame: During the two years of post procedure ]

  Serious Adverse Events

  Other Adverse Events

  Limitations and Caveats

Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
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