Contact force (CF) is one of the major determinants for sufficient lesion formation. CF-guided procedures are associated with enhanced lesion formation and procedural success.We report our initial experience in epicardial ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation with a force-sensing catheter using a new approach with an angioplasty balloon. Two patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy who underwent prior unsuccessful endocardial ablation were treated with epicardial VTablation. CF data were used to titrate force, power and ablation time.

Contact force sensing, Epicardial ablation, Radiofrequency ablation, Ventricular tachycardia,
Netherlands Heart Journal
Department of Cardiology

Dabiri Abkenari, L, Akca, F, van Mieghem, N.M, & Szili-Török, T. (2014). The first human experience of a contact force sensing catheter for epicardial ablation of ventricular tachycardia. Netherlands Heart Journal, 22(5), 225–230. doi:10.1007/s12471-014-0554-8