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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.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Recent Pat Cardiovasc Drug Discov

Publication Date

12/2013

Volume

8

Pages

171 - 177

Keywords

Atrial Fibrillation, Catheter Ablation, Humans