Introduction: Remote magnetic navigation (RMN)-guided catheter ablation (CA) is a feasible treatment option for patients presenting with ischemic ventricular tachycardia (VT). Catheter-tissue contact feedback, enhances lesion formation and may consequently improve CA outcomes. Until recently, contact feedback was unavailable for RMN-guided CA. The novel e-Contact Module (ECM) was developed to continuously monitor and ensure catheter-tissue contact during RMN-guided CA. Objective: The present study aims to evaluate the effect of ECM implementation on acute and long-term outcomes in RMN-guided ischemic VT ablation. Method: This retrospective, two-center study included consecutive ischemic VT patients undergoing RMN-guided CA from 2010 to 2017. Baseline clinical data, procedural data, including radiation times, and acute success rates were compared between CA procedures performed with ECM (ECM+) and without ECM (ECM−). One-year VT-free survival was analyzed using Cox-proportional hazards models, adjusting for potential confounders: age, left ventricular function, VT inducibility at baseline and substrate based ablation strategy. Results: The current study included 145 patients (ECM+ N = 25, ECM− N = 120). Significantly lower fluoroscopy times were observed in the ECM+ group (9.5 (IQR 5.3–13.5) versus 12.5 min (IQR 8.0–18.0), P = 0.025). Non-inducibility of the clinical VT at the end of procedure was observed in 92% ECM+ versus 72% ECM− patients (P = 0.19). ECM guidance was associated with significantly lower VT-recurrence rates during 1-year follow-up (16% ECM+ versus 40% ECM−; multivariable HR 0.29, 95%–CI 0.10–0.69, P = 0.021, reference group: ECM−). Conclusion: Contact feedback by the ECM further decreases fluoroscopy exposure and improves VT-free survival in RMN-guided ischemic VT ablation.

Catheter ablation, Contact feedback, Remote magnetic navigation, Ventricular tachycardia,
International Journal of Cardiology
Department of Cardiology

Noten, A.M.E. (Anna Maria Elisabeth), Hendriks, A.A, Yap, S-C, Mol, D. (Daniel), Bhagwandien, R.E, Wijchers, S.A, … Szili-Török, T. (2020). Contact feedback improves 1-year outcomes of remote magnetic navigation-guided ischemic ventricular tachycardia ablation. International Journal of Cardiology. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2020.05.028