catheter ablation therapy

catheter ablation therapy

Cardiology A nonsurgical technique in which an electrode catheter is introduced into the veins of the arms or legs and advanced into the heart; if an abnormal electric pathway of depolarization is identified in the conduction system–as is commonly the case with SVT or WPW syndrome–it is 'zapped' with a high intensity–> 25 joules radiofrequency wave to neutralize it
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The SmartTouch is the first catheter ablation therapy in the United States with direct contact force technology, and AFib patients who have opted for the process have experienced a 35 to 40 percent improvement (better quality of life, decreased need for medication and reduction of stroke risk).
Those who are aware I played a pioneering role in the development of catheter ablation therapy of arrhythmias may be surprised to learn I don't believe it to be the treatment of choice in patients with atrial fibrillation who have failed a single antiarrhythmic agent.
Physicians who are aware that I played a pioneering role in the development of catheter ablation therapy of arrhythmias may be surprised to learn that I don't believe it to be the treatment of choice in patients with atrial fibrillation who have failed a single antiarrhythmic agent.