Use of a New Standardized Unfractionated Heparin Protocol for Left-Sided Ablation Procedures Improves Time in the Therapeutic ACT Range Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1053/j.jvca.2023.11.015 Web of Science: 001143772300001

Cited authors

  • Ural KG, Moridzadeh SS, Busch EH, El Masri O, Burton JH, Morin DP


  • Objectives: This study evaluated whether a novel standardized heparin dosing protocol used during atrial fibrillation catheter ablation resulted in a higher percentage of therapeutic activated clotting time (ACT) values compared to historic nonstandardized procedures.Design: A retrospective cohort studySetting: This study was conducted at Ochsner Medical Center, the largest tertiary-care teaching hospital in New Orleans, LAParticipants: Patients undergoing catheter-based atrial fibrillation ablationInterventions: The authors implemented a standardized heparin protocol, and enrolled 202 patients between November 2020 and March 2021. The historic controls consisted of 173 patients who underwent atrial fibrillation ablation between April 2020 and September 2020. Heparin administration in the control group was based on physician preference and was nonstandardized.Measurements and Main Results: The primary endpoint was the percentage of intraprocedural ACTs in therapeutic range (>= 300 to <450 s). Secondary endpoints included first measured ACT at >= 300 s and percent of measured ACTs in the supratherapeutic range (>450 s). Compari-sons were performed using chi-squared tests or Fisher exact tests. Patients in the intervention group had a higher mean percentage of ACTs in the therapeutic range compared to the control group (84.9% vs. 75.8%, p<0.001). More patients in the intervention group reached therapeutic ACT on the first measurement compared to the control group (70.3% vs. 31.2%, p<0.001).Conclusion: During catheter-based cardiac ablation procedures, a novel standardized unfractionated heparin dosing protocol resulted in a higher percentage of ACTs in the target range, and a higher proportion of initial ACTs in the therapeutic range compared with baseline nonstandardized heparin dosing. (c) 2023 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication date

  • 2023

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-0770

Number of pages

  • 6

Start page

  • 67

End page

  • 72


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