Concomitant Surgical Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Double Valve Replacement

  • End date
    Mar 10, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command
Updated on 21 January 2021
ejection fraction
heart disease
bypass graft
heart surgery
cardiopulmonary bypass
radiofrequency ablation
valvular disease
persistent atrial fibrillation
atrial ablation


Current European Society of Cardiology Guidelines recommend concomitant atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation for all symptomatic patients undergoing other cardiac surgeries, but the safety and potential benefits of concomitant atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation at the time of double valve replacement remains unexamined. A retrospective review of patients with AF who underwent double valve replacement with or without concomitant surgical ablation in our institute starting from April 2006.


Persistent AF was defined as AF lasting more than 7 days and long-standing persistent AF as continuous AF for more than 12 months. Concomitant surgical AF ablation was offered to suitable patients as determined by the surgeon, and patients then decided whether to undergo the additional procedure.

The operations were performed through median sternotomy and under cardiopulmonary bypass. The bipolar ablation clamp was positioned precisely around the pulmonary veins (PV) for bilateral circular ablation. After Marsh ligament cutting and cross-clamping the ascending aorta, the left atrial appendage was resected and left atrial cavity exposed through an incision behind the interatrial groove. Then, linear ablations were performed between the left and right inferior PVs, between the left and right superior PVs, between the left superior PV and the opening of the left atrial appendage, and between the line connecting bilateral inferior PVs and the mitral valve isthmus. Ablation at the right atrium was then performed. Briefly, the bipolar ablation clamp was positioned around the inferior vena cava (IVC) and right atrial appendage for circular ablation. An L-shaped incision was then made on the anterior wall of the right atrium and linear ablations were performed vertically from the incision to the interatrial groove and tricuspid annulus, to the ablation ring around the right atrial appendage, and from the superior vena cava to the ablation ring around the inferior vena cava.

The left atrial appendage was always excluded by resection and the incision was closed with continuous running stitches. Temporary pacemakers were placed in all patients and activated when heart rate was less than 70 beats per minute.

Condition Arrhythmia, Dysrhythmia, Arrhythmia, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Fibrillation (Pediatric), Heart disease, Heart disease, Cardiac Disease, VALVULAR HEART DISEASE, Heart Valve Disease, Atrial Fibrillation (Pediatric), Dysrhythmia, Heart Valve Disease, Cardiac Disease
Treatment double valve replacement, surgical ablation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03163836
SponsorGuangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command
Last Modified on21 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients presented to our institute with valvular heart disease requiring double valve replacement and also present with persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation
Persistent AF was defined as AF lasting more than 7 days and long-standing persistent AF as continuous AF for more than 12 months. First cardiac surgery, age<70 years. left atrium diameter measured by transthoracic echocardiography<7cm. Left ventricular ejection fraction > 40%

Exclusion Criteria

>70 years old, with LA diameter >7 cm, or with LV ejection fraction < 40% , repeated cardiac surgery, concomitant tricuspid valve replacement
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