Steerable Sheath Technology in the Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
Jubin Joseph, Kelvin C. K. Wong, Matthew R. Ginks, Yaver Bashir, Timothy R. Betts and Kim Rajappan
Affiliation: Oxford Heart Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, OX3 9DU, United Kingdom.
Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, clinical trials, left atrial circumferential ablation radiofrequency ablation,
sheath technology, steerable sheaths.
Steerable sheaths have been shown to reduce procedure time in the catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF),
where catheter positioning and stability is typically challenging. This review critically addresses and highlights the recent
developments in design of sheaths used to manipulate the ablation catheter and how these developments may impact on
the ablation procedure itself, in particular the likelihood of first-time success. Patents relating to steerable sheaths are reviewed
and discussed to gauge potential future developments in this area.
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