Introduction: An electrical superior vena cava (SVC) isolation from the right atrium (RA) sometimes can be challenging. For a safe and efficient SVC isolation, we aimed to visualize the accurate position of the SVC-RA junction on a three-dimensional (3D) mapping system using the decremental conduction properties of the SVC-RA junction in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: This study consisted of 15 consecutive AF patients (11 males, age 59 ± 10 years). A 3D mapping catheter was positioned in the SVC-RA junction region while delivering a single extra-stimulus from the right atrial appendage (RAA), to discriminate the RA and SVC potentials. The electrophysiological SVC-RA junction was defined as the most proximal points where the SVC potentials were recorded, which were tagged on the 3D mapping system around the SVC-RA junction, where radiofrequency energy applications were applied. Results: Around the SVC-RA junction, 9 ± 2 points were tagged on the 3D mapping system. The highest and lowest SVC-RA junction points were located on the anterior wall and posterior wall, respectively. The difference in the level between the highest and lowest SVC-RA junction points was 16.2 ± 6.3 mm. A successful SVC isolation was obtained in all patients without any complications. Conclusion: The plane of the electrophysiologically defined SVC-RA junction was not perpendicular to the body axis, but slanted due to the anterior side being higher. Recognizing the precise location of the SVC-RA junction would contribute to a safe and efficacious SVC isolation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)