Catheter ablation is a procedure used to remove a faulty electrical pathway from sections of the hearts of those who are frequently exposed to developing cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW syndrome). If it is not controlled, such arrhythmias increase the risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest. The ablation procedure can be classified by energy source
· Radiofrequency ablation
Catheter ablation may be recommended for a recurrent or persistent arrhythmia resulting in symptoms or other dysfunction. Typically, catheter ablation is used only when pharmacalogic treatment has been ineffective.
Catheter ablation is usually performed by an electro physiologist (a specially trained cardiologist) in a cath laboratory or a specialized EP laboratory.
Risks of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation include, but are not limited to
· Esophageal injury
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