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Clinical Evaluation of the Blazer® Open-Irrigated Radiofrequency Ablation Catheter for the Treatment of Type 1 Atrial Flutter

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Trial Conditions
  • Atrial Flutter
What is the purpose of this trial?

The purpose of the BLOCk-CTI study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Blazer® Open-Irrigated Ablation Catheter for the treatment of sustained or recurrent type 1 atrial flutter. This study will compare outcomes in patients treated with the Blazer® Open-Irrigated Ablation Catheter to outcomes in patients treated with open-irrigated radiofrequency ablation catheters that have received FDA market approval for the treatment of type 1 atrial flutter.

Date & Status


Who can Participate?


18 and older



Inclusion Criteria:

- At least 1 documented episode of type 1 atrial flutter in the 180 days (6 months)
preceding enrollment documented by 12-lead ECG, Holter monitor, rhythm strip, or
transtelephonic monitor

- Patients are clinically indicated for catheter ablation

- Patients receiving oral anti-arrhythmic drug therapy (class I or class III) for a
tachyarrhythmia other than type 1 atrial flutter must be controlled on the
anti-arrhythmic drug for a minimum of 30 days prior to enrollment. If type 1 atrial
flutter was documented prior to the development of other tachyarrhythmias, this
30-day period is not required.

- Age 18 or above, or of legal age to give informed consent specific to state and
national law

- Patients are competent and willing to provide written informed consent to participate
in the study and agree to comply with follow-up visits and evaluation

Exclusion Criteria:

- Any prior right atrial cavo-tricuspid isthmus ablation or any cardiac ablation for
non-atrial flutter arrhythmias within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Cardiac surgery within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Myocardial infarction within 60 days prior to enrollment

- Current unstable angina

- Patients who cannot have anti-arrhythmic drugs (class I and class III) prescribed for
the treatment of type 1 atrial flutter stopped on the day of the procedure

- Patients regularly prescribed amiodarone within the 120 days (4 months) prior to

- Documented atrial or ventricular tumors, clots, thrombus, or have a known clotting
disorder within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Implantation of permanent leads of an implantable device in or through the right
atrium within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Direct remedial cause of atrial flutter (e.g. thyroid disease, pericarditis,
pulmonary embolic disease)

- Atypical or scar-based flutter

- Patients with New York Heart Association Class III at the time of enrollment or New
York Heart Association Class IV heart failure within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Patients with an ejection fraction less than 30% within 90 days prior to enrollment

- Clinically significant structural heart disease (including tricuspid valve
regurgitation, tricuspid valve stenosis, tricuspid valve replacement, Ebstein's
anomaly, or other congenital heart disease) that would preclude catheter introduction
and placement, as determined by the Investigator

- Any cerebral ischemic event (including transient ischemic attacks) within 180 days
prior to enrollment

- Contraindication to anticoagulation therapy based upon published guidelines

- Creatinine greater than 2.5 mg/dl or creatinine clearance less than 30 mL/min within
90 days prior to enrollment

- Any other significant uncontrolled or unstable medical condition (e.g. sepsis, acute
metabolic illness)

- Enrolled in any concurrent study without BSC written approval

- Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant within the course of their
participation in the investigation

- Life expectancy less than or equal to 2 years (730 days) per physician opinion

Gender: Both
Steward Physician(s)
  • Tom McElderry, MD
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center - Completed
Trial Interventions
  • Blazer® Open-Irrigated Ablation Catheter
  • Control Catheter
Physician Researcher

Investigator Name:

  • Tom McElderry, MD

Other Information

Sponsor: Boston Scientific Corporation
Phase: Phase 3
Trial ID: NCT01253200
Volunteers:  Not Accepting Healthy Volunteers

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