Prolonged PR interval predicts clinical recurrence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation

Junbeom Park, Tae Hoon Kim, Jihei Sara Lee, Jin Kyu Park, Jae Sun Uhm, Boyoung Joung, Moon Hyoung Lee, Hui Nam Pak

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Background-A prolonged PR interval is known to be a poor prognostic factor in cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between PR interval and clinical outcome in patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods and Results-We prospectively included 576 patients with AF (75.5% male, 57.8±11.6 years old, 68.8% paroxysmal AF) who underwent RFCA. Weanalyzed preprocedural sinus rhythmECGs obtained in the absence of antiarrhythmic drug, and all enrolled patients were categorized into 4 groups based on the quartile values of the PR interval (166, 182, and 202 ms), and were analyzed according to the left atrium (LA) volume (CT; Computed tomography), LA voltage (NavX), and clinical outcome of AF ablation. Based on quartile value of PR interval, the highest quartile of PR interval (Q4; PR ≥202 ms) was oldest (P<0.001), and most likely to have persistent AF (P<0.001) and hypertension (P=0.013) compared with the other groups. However, there was no significant difference in LA conduction velocity and atrial effective refractory period. Q4 had the greatest LA dimension (P<0.001) and volume index (P<0.001), and lowest LA appendage-emptying velocity (P<0.032) and LA voltage (P<0.001) compared with the others. For 13.1±7.5 months, the classification based on the PR interval was a significant predictor of AF recurrence after RFCA of AF (HR=1.969, 95% CI 1.343 to 2.886, P=0.001). Conclusions-The PR interval was closely associated with advanced LA remodeling due to AF, and had a noninvasive significant predictive value of clinical recurrence of AF after RFCA.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001277
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014

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© 2014 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • PR interval
  • Recurrence
  • Remodeling


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