Novel noncontact charge density map in the setting of post-atrial fibrillation atrial tachycardias: first experience with the Acutus SuperMap Algorithm

J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2021 Jun;61(1):187-195. doi: 10.1007/s10840-020-00808-9. Epub 2020 Jul 8.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the new high-resolution mapping algorithm SuperMap (Acutus Medical, CA, USA) in identifying and guiding ablation in the setting of regular atrial tachycardias following index atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation.

Methods: Seven consecutive patients who underwent a radiofrequency catheter ablation guided by the novel noncontact charge density (CD) SuperMap for atrial tachycardia were prospectively enrolled in our study.

Results: Arrhythmogenic substrate was identified in all seven patients. Mean number of EGM per map was 5859.7 ± 4348.5 points. Three patients (43%) exhibited focal tachycardia mechanisms in the left atrium, alternating from anteroseptal right superior pulmonary vein (RSPV), posterior in proximity of left inferior pulmonary vein (LIPV), and interarial septum in proximity of fossa ovalis, respectively. Four patients exhibited macroreentrant mechanism. In 3 of these patients, SuperMap detected mitral isthmus-dependent flutters with tachycardia cycle lengths of 240, 270 and 420 ms, respectively. In one patient, the mechanism was a macroreentrant tachycardia with the critical isthmus located between the crista terminalis and atriotomy. The mean ablation time (min) was 18.2 ± 12.5 and the mean procedural duration time was 56.4 ± 12.1 min. No minor or major complications occurred.

Conclusion: The novel high-resolution mapping algorithm SuperMap proved to be safe, fast, and feasible in identifying and guiding ablation in the setting of regular atrial tachycardias following index AF ablation.

Keywords: Atrial tachycardia; Contact force ablation; Dipole density noncontact mapping; LSI; SuperMap algorithm; Unipolar signals.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Atrial Fibrillation* / diagnostic imaging
  • Atrial Fibrillation* / surgery
  • Catheter Ablation*
  • Humans
  • Tachycardia / surgery
  • Tachycardia, Supraventricular* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tachycardia, Supraventricular* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome