Radiofrequency catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia
Calkins, Hugh; Kumar, Ajit V.K. and Francis, Johnson (2002) Radiofrequency catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 2 (2). pp. 45-49. ISSN 0972-6292
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Supraventricular tachycardias are quite common in clinical practice. Medical treatment of supraventricular tachycardia often involves regular intake of drugs for several years. Problems of drug therapy include poor efficacy and bothersome side effects including proarrhythmia. This has lead to the development of non-pharmacological therapies. Arrhythmia surgery initially demonstrated that many types of supraventricular arrhythmias could be cured. However during the past decade arrhythmia surgery has been largely replaced by catheter ablation. Catheter ablation can be defined as the use of an electrode catheter to destroy small areas of myocardial tissue or conduction system, or both, that are critical to the initiation or maintenance of cardiac arrhythmias. Arrhythmias most likely to be amenable to cure with catheter ablation are those which have a focal origin or involve a narrow, anatomically defined isthmus.1 This review aims to provide an update on the technique and results associated that can be achieved with catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardias.
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