Effect of Balloon Cryoablation on Left Atrial Function "CRYO-LA"


Phase 3 Results N/A

Trial Description

Atrial fibrillation is a common and disabling irregular heart rhythm, that affects 1 to 1.5 million Americans. Recent clinical experience with the Medtronic Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System suggests that it can be used to isolate the pulmonary veins (PVs) safely and effectively in patients with AF, thereby reducing or eliminating the recurrence of AF.3-4 However, the very large ablative surface of this balloon ablation catheter raises the possibility that this technique may damage extensive areas of the atrial myocardium.
The LA is an elastic chamber, designed to expand and contract with ease to accommodate the influx and outflow of blood, while maintaining relatively low pressure. When exposed to stress or injury, whether acute or chronic, the LA may lose much of its elasticity, resulting in overall dilation accompanied by fibrosis in some cases. Overall, this may potentially result in diminution of LA mechanical function (both systolic contractile function, and diastolic relaxation function). In addition, LA function is linked to both Left Ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function, manifesting in an overall impact on cardiac remodeling, including the area of the pulmonary vein ostia, and a significant decrease in LV ejection fraction (LVEF). On the other hand, the positive effects of maintaining sinus rhythm with successful catheter ablation of AF may result in improvement of LA mechanical function.5-9
Based on the potentially deleterious effects of damage caused by cryoablation, to the atrial myocardium during balloon ablation, this prospective, non-randomized, single-center study has been designed to assess the atrial effects of balloon cryo-ablation.

Detailed Description

This study is a prospective, non-randomized, single-center, controlled study of patients with AF referred for ablation after failing one or more Class I-IV antiarrhythmic drugs used in the treatment of AF.
• All study subjects will undergo cryoablation.
Subjects will be followed for 12 months to assess the chronic impact of ablation with the Medtronic CryoCath Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System on LA and LV mechanical function. In addition, patients will undergo scheduled and symptom-driven assessments to detect recurrent AF and adverse events (AEs).
We will evaluate the effect of ablation with the Medtronic Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System on the atrial myocardium, with respect to LA (and LV) mechanical function, by assessing images acquired using TTE and CT in adult patients with atrial fibrillation who have failed at least one anti-arrhythmic drug. The efficacy of the Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System will be assessed by ambulatory continuous ECG monitoring



  • Pulmonary vein isolation with cryoballoon catheter Device
    Intervention Desc: For each patient, the balloon catheter will be advanced to the ostium of each pulmonary vein. Once location has been optimized, the balloon will be inflated, and cryoenergy delivery will be initiated. Because the entire surface of the balloon acts as an ablative surface, circumferential ablation of each pulmonary vein will be achieved concurrently. This will be completed for each pulmonary vein for each patient.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Experimental
    Description: All study subjects will undergo cryoablation. This is a non-randomized trial.

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Non-Randomized
  • Masking: Open Label
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Safety Study
  • Intervention: Single Group Assignment


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Acute Procedural Success (APS): Demonstration of electrical isolation of all 4 PVs or their anomalous equivalents at the conclusion of the first protocol-defined cryoablation procedure. Immediately following procedure No
Primary Chronic Treatment Success: A subject who does not have episodes of AF, lasting at least 30 seconds in duration, 3 months following the initial ablation procedure. Three months following initial ablation No
Primary Parameters of atrial function: a. Volumes at P-wave onset and end-systole b. LA active emptying volume c. LA active emptying fraction d. Late diastolic peak velocity e. LA filling fraction f. Pulmonary venous inflow pattern 6 and 12 months following procedure Yes
Primary Ventricular Function: a. LV ejection fraction b. E/A ratio c. Lateral early diastolic peak velocity 6 and 12 months following study Yes
Secondary Chronic Treatment Success for the follow-up visit within treatment windows. 1. Whether on or off Atrial Fibrillation Drugs (AFDs) during the Non-blanked Follow-up Period 2. When off Atrial Fibrillation Drugs 3 months following procedure No
Secondary Atrial Flutter 1. Flutter Acute Procedural Success 2. Freedom from Flutter Chronic Treatment Failure 3 months following procedure No