Effects of endocardial microwave energy ablation
Climent, Vicente; Hurlé, Aquilino; Ho, Siew Yen and Sánchez-Quintana, Damián (2005) Effects of endocardial microwave energy ablation. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 5 (3). pp. 233-243. ISSN 0972-6292
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Until recently the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) consisted primarily of palliation, mostly in the form of pharmacological intervention. However because of recent advances in nonpharmacologic therapies, the current expectation of patients and referring physicians is that AF will be cured, rather than palliated. In recent years there has been a rapid expansion in the availability and variety of energy sources and devices for ablation. One of these energies, microwave, has been applied clinically only in the last few years, and may be a promising technique that is potentially capable of treating a wide range of ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to review microwave energy ablation in surgical treatment of AF with special interest in histology and ultrastructure of lesions produced by this endocardial ablation procedure.
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