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Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery


ISSN (Print): 1574-89011
ISSN (Online): 2212-3962

Review Article

Steerable Sheath Technology in the Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

Author(s): Jubin Joseph, Kelvin C. K. Wong, Matthew R. Ginks, Yaver Bashir, Timothy R. Betts and Kim Rajappan

Volume 8 , Issue 3 , 2013

Page: [171 - 177] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1574890109666140228154948

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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.

Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, clinical trials, left atrial circumferential ablation radiofrequency ablation, sheath technology, steerable sheaths.

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