active fixation lead

Active Fixation Lead

A term of art for a pacing lead with a specialised tip—e.g., a corkscrew—which allows it to be anchored in the endocardium, reducing the risk of displacement.

active fixation lead

Cardiac pacing A pacing lead with a mechanism at the tip–eg a corkscrew which is anchored in the endocardium, ↓ the risk of displacement. See Lead.
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Active fixation leads with steroid eluting (n=102, 53%), passive fixation leads with steroid eluting (n=80, 42%) were used in the majority of the patients.
Active fixation leads are much easier to stabilize and more easily provide acceptable pacing and sensing indices when underlying anatomy is altered.