Spatial Changes in the Atrial Fibrillation Wave-Dynamics After Using Antiarrhythmic Drugs: A Computational Modeling Study

Inseok Hwang, Je Wook Park, Oh Seok Kwon, Byounghyun Lim, Jisu Lee, Ze Jin, Hee Tae Yu, Tae Hoon Kim, Boyoung Joung, Hui Nam Pak

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Background: We previously reported that a computational modeling-guided antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) test was feasible for evaluating multiple AADs in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We explored the anti-AF mechanisms of AADs and spatial change in the AF wave-dynamics by a realistic computational model. Methods: We used realistic computational modeling of 25 AF patients (68% male, 59.8 ± 9.8 years old, 32.0% paroxysmal AF) reflecting the anatomy, histology, and electrophysiology of the left atrium (LA) to characterize the effects of five AADs (amiodarone, sotalol, dronedarone, flecainide, and propafenone). We evaluated the spatial change in the AF wave-dynamics by measuring the mean dominant frequency (DF) and its coefficient of variation [dominant frequency-coefficient of variation (DF-COV)] in 10 segments of the LA. The mean DF and DF-COV were compared according to the pulmonary vein (PV) vs. extra-PV, maximal slope of the restitution curves (Smax), and defragmentation of AF. Results: The mean DF decreased after the administration of AADs in the dose dependent manner (p < 0.001). Under AADs, the DF was significantly lower (p < 0.001) and COV-DF higher (p = 0.003) in the PV than extra-PV region. The mean DF was significantly lower at a high Smax (≥1.4) than a lower Smax condition under AADs. During the episodes of AF defragmentation, the mean DF was lower (p < 0.001), but the COV-DF was higher (p < 0.001) than that in those without defragmentation. Conclusions: The DF reduction with AADs is predominant in the PVs and during a high Smax condition and causes AF termination or defragmentation during a lower DF and spatially unstable (higher DF-COV) condition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number733543
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sept 24

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© Copyright © 2021 Hwang, Park, Kwon, Lim, Lee, Jin, Yu, Kim, Joung and Pak.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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