Biosense Webster, Inc. Announces Catheter Ablation May Be up to 10 Times More Effective Than Standard Drug Therapy Alone at Delaying Progression of Atrial Fibrillation
Results from The Atrial Fibrillation Progression Trial (ATTEST), were presented on August 31st at the ESC* Congress 2019 in Paris, France. ATTEST is the first randomised controlled trial to directly compare the effectiveness of ablation using radiofrequency (RF) catheters versus standard antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) in delaying atrial fibrillation (AF) progression. The results show that patients treated with catheter ablation (aged 67.8 ± 4.8 years) were almost 10 times less likely to develop persistent AF than patients on AAD at three years after study initiation.1
ATTEST was sponsored by Biosense Webster, Inc., a global leader in the science of diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders and part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies***. In the study, patients with intermittent AF were treated, according to current guidelines, with either AAD or underwent catheter ablation, an interventional procedure that creates small scars on targeted heart tissue to block abnormal electrical signals that cause arrhythmia. At the end of the study, 17.5% of patients from the AAD group developed persistent AF, while only 2.4% of patients from the catheter ablation group experienced disease progression.
“Progression from intermittent AF to a persistent form of the condition is very common, and with that progression we see an increased risk of stroke and death”, said Prof. Karl-Heinz Kuck**, lead author for ATTEST. “These results are welcome as they suggest that early use of catheter ablation can significantly delay or prevent the progression of AF more effectively than drug therapy”.
Outcomes from ATTEST were similar to other key recent trials which demonstrated that up to 94% of patients with AF treated with catheter ablation are free from arrhythmia recurrence at one year,2-11 with nearly half the chance of death, stroke, cardiac arrest and cardiovascular hospitalisation over seven years, compared to AAD.12,13 These studies have also shown that catheter ablation could significantly improve patient quality of life over drug therapy14, as well as being a more cost effective option over the long term.15
AF is a serious and debilitating condition characterised by an irregular and often fast heart rhythm that results in uncoordinated contraction of the top two chambers of the heart. The irregular heart rhythm may cause blood clots that could lead to a particularly devastating form of stroke. AF is typically a progressive disease, with one in five patients progressing from paroxysmal (intermittent) AF to persistent (constant) AF in one year.16-18
According to a report published by Biosense Webster in 2018, which highlighted the impact and burden of AF, the condition is fast becoming the ‘new millennium epidemic’ and one of the world’s most significant health issues. AF is responsible for disrupting the quality of life of 33 million people worldwide and rising by almost 70% by 2030.19 It also costs healthcare systems up to €3.286 billion annually in European countries alone.20-25 A follow-up report focusing on the treatment of AF will be published in late 2019.
“We are dedicated to advancing the care of – and ultimately curing – AF through focusing on three main areas: innovating new technology solutions, investing in research and publications to advance clinical understanding – as demonstrated by ATTEST – and improving education and awareness of AF among clinicians and the general public,” said Uri Yaron, Worldwide President, Biosense Webster. “With approximately 150 electrophysiology (EP) centres involved in research with us globally and a heritage spanning 20 years of pioneering treatment in the field of EP, we are committed to driving progress and healing more hearts. We welcome the findings presented at this morning’s late breaking session, which reinforce the significant benefits of RF catheter ablation in the treatment of AF and should support clinicians in recommending its early use as the gold-standard in AF patient care”.
--- ENDS ---
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the ATTEST study
The Atrial Fibrillation Progression Trial (ATTEST) was a randomised controlled trial that evaluated progression to persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF)/Atrial Tachycardia(AT) in subjects with recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal (intermittent) AF. 128 subjects were randomised to pulmonary vein isolation using radiofrequency (RF) catheters, and 127 subjects to guideline-directed antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) therapy. The primary endpoint was the rate of persistent AF/AT at 3 years. Kaplan-Meier estimate of the rate of persistent AF/AT at 3 years was significantly lower with RF catheter ablation (2.4% [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.6-9.4%]) than with AAD (17.5% [95% CI, 10.7-27.8%]; 1-sided P=0.0009). The results remain consistent across most prespecified subgroups analysed. Patients ≥75 years were nearly 4 times more likely to progress to persistent AF than patients <75 years (p<0.05), suggesting RF catheter ablation at an early stage is superior to AAD at delaying or preventing disease progression (hazard ratio: 3.93, 95% CI: 1.28% 12.06%; p=0.0170).
About Biosense Webster
Biosense Webster, Inc., part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is a global leader in the science of diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders. The company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies that improve the quality of care for arrhythmia patients worldwide. For more information, visit www.biosensewebster.com
Follow us on Twitter @BiosenseWebster
About Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies***
At Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we are helping people live their best lives. Building on more than a century of expertise, we tackle pressing healthcare challenges, and take bold steps that lead to new standards of care while improving people’s healthcare experiences. In surgery, orthopaedics, vision and interventional solutions, we are helping to save lives and paving the way to a healthier future for everyone, everywhere.
* European Society of Cardiology
** Prof. Kuck is a consultant to Biosense Webster
*** The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies comprise the surgery, orthopaedics, vision and interventional solutions businesses within Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices segment.
- Kuck KH, Lebedev, D., Mikaylov, E., Romanov, A., Geller, L., Kalejs, O., Neumann, T., Davtyan, K., On, Y.K., Popov, S., Ouyang, F. (2019) Catheter ablation delays progression of atrial fibrillation from paroxysmal to persistent atrial fibrillation. ESC Late-breaking Science 2019. Paris, France. August 31, 2019.
- Hussein A, Das M, Chaturvedi V, Asfour IK, Daryanani N et al. (2017) Prospective use of Ablation Index targets improves clinical outcomes following ablation for atrial fibrillation. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 28 (9): 1037-1047.
- Taghji P, El Haddad M, Phlips T, Wolf M, Knecht S et al. (2018) Evaluation of a Strategy Aiming to Enclose the Pulmonary Veins With Contiguous and Optimized Radiofrequency Lesions in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: A Pilot Study. JACC Clin Electrophysiol 4 (1): 99-108.
- Phlips T, Taghji P, El Haddad M, Wolf M, Knecht S et al. (2018) Improving procedural and one-year outcome after contact force-guided pulmonary vein isolation: the role of interlesion distance, ablation index, and contact force variability in the 'CLOSE'-protocol. Europace 20 (FI_3): f419-f427.
- Solimene F, Schillaci V, Shopova G, Urraro F, Arestia A et al. (2019) Safety and efficacy of atrial fibrillation ablation guided by Ablation Index module. J Interv Card Electrophysiol 54 (1): 9-15.
- Di Giovanni G, Wauters K, Chierchia GB, Sieira J, Levinstein M et al. (2014) One-year follow-up after single procedure Cryoballoon ablation: a comparison between the first and second generation balloon. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 25 (8): 834-839.
- Jourda F, Providencia R, Marijon E, Bouzeman A, Hireche H et al. (2015) Contact-force guided radiofrequency vs. second-generation balloon cryotherapy for pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation-a prospective evaluation. Europace 17 (2): 225-231.
- Lemes C, Wissner E, Lin T, Mathew S, Deiss S et al. (2016) One-year clinical outcome after pulmonary vein isolation in persistent atrial fibrillation using the second-generation 28 mm cryoballoon: a retrospective analysis. Europace 18 (2): 201-205.
- Guhl EN, Siddoway D, Adelstein E, Voigt A, Saba S et al. (2016) Efficacy of Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients With Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 27 (4): 423-427.
- Irfan G, de Asmundis C, Mugnai G, Poelaert J, Verborgh C et al. (2016) One-year follow-up after second-generation cryoballoon ablation for atrial fibrillation in a large cohort of patients: a single-centre experience. Europace 18 (7): 987-993.
- Boveda S, Metzner A, Nguyen DQ, Chun KRJ, Goehl K et al. (2018) Single-Procedure Outcomes and Quality-of-Life Improvement 12 Months Post-Cryoballoon Ablation in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: Results From the Multicenter CRYO4PERSISTENT AF Trial. JACC Clin Electrophysiol 4 (11): 1440-1447.
- Packer DL, Mark DB, Robb RA, Monahan KH, Bahnson TD et al. (2019) Effect of Catheter Ablation vs Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy on Mortality, Stroke, Bleeding, and Cardiac Arrest Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: The CABANA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA.
- Noseworthy PA, Gersh BJ, Kent DM, Piccini JP, Packer DL et al. (2019) Atrial fibrillation ablation in practice: assessing CABANA generalizability. Eur Heart J 40 (16): 1257-1264.
- Blomstrom-Lundqvist C, Gizurarson S, Schwieler J, Jensen SM, Bergfeldt L et al. (2019) Effect of Catheter Ablation vs Antiarrhythmic Medication on Quality of Life in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: The CAPTAF Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 321 (11): 1059-1068.
- Weerasooriya R, Jais P, Le Heuzey JY, Scavee C, Choi KJ et al. (2003) Cost analysis of catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 26 (1 Pt 2): 292-294.
- Nieuwlaat R, Prins MH, Le Heuzey JY, Vardas PE, Aliot E et al. (2008) Prognosis, disease progression, and treatment of atrial fibrillation patients during 1 year: follow-up of the Euro Heart Survey on atrial fibrillation. Eur Heart J 29 (9): 1181-1189.
- de Vos CB, Pisters R, Nieuwlaat R, Prins MH, Tieleman RG et al. (2010) Progression from paroxysmal to persistent atrial fibrillation clinical correlates and prognosis. J Am Coll Cardiol 55 (8): 725-731.
- Schnabel R, Pecen L, Engler D, Lucerna M, Sellal JM et al. (2018) Atrial fibrillation patterns are associated with arrhythmia progression and clinical outcomes. Heart 2018 Oct;104(19):1608-1614.
- Zoni-Berisso M, Lercari F, Carazza T, Domenicucci S (2014) Epidemiology of atrial fibrillation: European perspective. Clin Epidemiol 6 213-220.
- McBride D, Mattenklotz AM, Willich SN, Bruggenjurgen B (2009) The costs of care in atrial fibrillation and the effect of treatment modalities in Germany. Value Health 12 (2): 293-301.
- Ball J, Carrington MJ, McMurray JJ, Stewart S (2013) Atrial fibrillation: profile and burden of an evolving epidemic in the 21st century. Int J Cardiol 167 (5): 1807-1824.
- Cotte FE, Chaize G, Gaudin AF, Samson A, Vainchtock A et al. (2016) Burden of stroke and other cardiovascular complications in patients with atrial fibrillation hospitalized in France. Europace 18 (4): 501-507.
- Stewart S, Murphy NF, Walker A, McGuire A, McMurray JJ (2004) Cost of an emerging epidemic: an economic analysis of atrial fibrillation in the UK. Heart 90 (3): 286-292.
- Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network (2016) Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 (GBD 2016) Results. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2017. Accessed 2019-08-13. Available from http://ghdx.healthdata.org/gbd-results-tool.
- GBD 2016 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators (2017) Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 390 (10100): 1211-1259.
© Johnson & Johnson Medical NV/SA 2019
+33 (0)6 28 60 45 41
About Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
Ipsen to Present New Data at 13th Annual Conference of the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA 2019)20.9.2019 16:30:00 CEST | Press release
Regulatory News: Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today presents results from the matching-adjusted indirect comparison (MAIC) of cabozantinib (Cabometyx®) versus regorafenib (Stivarga®) for the second-line treatment (2L) of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC) who received sorafenib as the only prior systemic therapy. Using data from the Phase III CELESTIAL and RESORCE trials, the MAIC showed that cabozantinib offers greater efficacy versus regorafenib. Using data from the Phase III CELESTIAL and RESORCE trials, the MAIC showed that in the 2L CELESTIAL sub-population who had received sorafenib as the only prior systemic therapy, cabozantinib significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS), with an additional 2.4 months provided vs. regorafenib (5.6 months vs. 3.2 months [95% confidence interval (CI): 4.90-7.26], p<0.05). Median overall survival (OS) was also favorable with cabozantinib (11.4 months vs. 10.8 months), though statistical significance was not met
RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR Sensor Wins AutoSens Awards 201920.9.2019 13:30:00 CEST | Press release
On September 18, 2019, RoboSense announced at Brussels, Belgium that its flagship product RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR Sensor has been awarded the elite AutoSens Awards trophy in the “Best Automotive Safety System” category, given to only the highest-rated innovative product or technology in the automotive industry. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005309/en/ Robosense Along With Other Winnners At The Autosens Awards Ceremony At Brussels, Belgium (Photo: Business Wire) True autonomous driving requires human-like advanced sensing of the environment for driving with little or no human input. The safety of passengers and passers-by is always the priority concern for autonomous driving. When the RS-LiDAR-M1 is integrated into the current autonomous driving car perception system, it overcomes the weaknesses of millimeter wave radar and camera technologies on identifying obstacles, and eliminates car accidents, such
Boehringer Ingelheim Partners with Inflammasome Therapeutics to Develop Novel Therapies for Patients with Retinal Diseases20.9.2019 12:00:00 CEST | Press release
Boehringer Ingelheim and Inflammasome Therapeutics Inc. (Inflammasome) today announced they have entered into a co-development and license agreement to develop up to three therapies for patients with retinal diseases. By combining Inflammasome’s unique intravitreal (IVT) drug delivery technologies with Boehringer Ingelheim’s compounds from its retinal disease pipeline portfolio, Boehringer Ingelheim aims to develop novel therapies for retinal diseases. In 2019 there were an estimated 82 million patients in the seven key countries (U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., Spain, Italy, France) affected by one of the three major forms of retinal disease: Age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and diabetic macular edema (DME). Globally, the prevalence rates of these and other retinal diseases are expected to increase over the next 10 years primarily due to aging populations and the global diabetes epidemic. Despite therapeutic advances in some disease areas during the past
Visa B2B Connect Expands to 32 New Countries and Announces Integration With Infosys20.9.2019 11:00:00 CEST | Press release
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today announced that its Visa B2B Connect network has doubled its reach – from 30 global trade corridors at launch in June 2019, to 62, with the goal to expand to over 100 countries in 2020. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005082/en/ Visa B2B Connect (Graphic: Business Wire) In addition, Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, is integrating with the Visa B2B Connect network to bring Visa B2B Connect platform access to their participating financial institutions worldwide. Through this new connection, participating financial institutions worldwide can take advantage of the ability to quickly and securely process corporate cross-border payments globally through Visa B2B Connect.1 “Visa B2B Connect is a fast, secure and more efficient network, designed specifically to overcome obstacles in the cross-border corporate payments space,” said Alan Koenigsbe
Open Day at ISAE-SUPAERO!20.9.2019 09:53:00 CEST | Press release
As part of the Science Festival, this year organized on the theme of “Talking about Science, Imagining the Future”, ISAE-SUPAERO will open up its entire campus to the public on Saturday, October 12th from 10 am to 6 pm. Intended for families, companies, partners, journalists and alumni, this event should bring in over 3,000 attendees, as was the case in the three previous years! The program for the day includes many opportunities to discover science today and our vision of the science of the future, with the challenges this entails for the future of our planet. On the program: ➢ Visits to the laboratories and research departments with flight simulators ➢ Visit to the aeroacoustic wind tunnel, unique in Europe, ➢ Demonstrations: how to fly an airplane, Enoskelet, augmented humans, aeroelasticity, drones, use of the gyroscopic effect in space systems, piezoelectric effect, lasers for communicating at the speed of light on Earth and in space, the infinitely small in 3D, Robot Firefighter
William Priest to Step Down as CEO in 2020, Will Remain at Firm as Executive Chairman and Co-CIO20.9.2019 07:00:00 CEST | Press release
Epoch Investment Partners, Inc., announced that William Priest will step down as the firm's CEO effective April 1, 2020. He will become Epoch's Executive Chairman and will continue to lead the investment team and serve as co-CIO. He will also retain his portfolio management responsibilities, including his lead portfolio manager role with Epoch's Global Choice and Global Absolute Return strategies. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005076/en/ Philipp Hensler (Photo: Business Wire) Philipp Hensler, Epoch's President and COO, will become the firm's CEO. Hensler brings to the role extensive leadership experience at asset management firms globally. His earlier background as a portfolio manager has imbued him with an investment-oriented perspective that aligns with Epoch's investment-centric culture. “Investing remains my lifelong passion," said Priest, who helped found Epoch in 2004. “Best practice suggests a s