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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and sinus node dysfunction (SND) have common underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. As an index of SND, corrected sinus node recovery time (CSNRT) may also reflect atrial function. The aim of the present study was to determine whether CSNRT predicts AF recurrence in patients undergoing AF ablation. Consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation between January 2017 and December 2018 were enrolled. Clinical data, CSNRT, and other electrophysiology indices were collected and analysed between patients with or without AF recurrence. A total of 159 patients with PAF who underwent the same radiofrequency catheter ablation procedure were enrolled, including 25 patients with SND. During the one-year follow-up period, 22 patients experienced AF recurrence. Patients with recurrence had a significantly longer CSNRT and a larger left atrial volume index (LAVI) than patients without AF recurrence. SND (CSNRT > 550 ms) and a larger LAVI were independently associated with AF recurrence after ablation. A statistically significant CSNRT cut-off value of 550 ms predicted AF recurrence with 73% sensitivity and 85% specificity. CSNRT and LAVI are independent predictors of PAF recurrence following ablation.


    Zhi-Song Chen, Hong-Wei Tan, Hao-Ming Song, Wen-Jun Xu, Xue-Bo Liu. Impact of corrected sinus node recovery time in predicting recurrence in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The Journal of international medical research. 2021 May;49(5):3000605211010103

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    PMID: 33942630

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