What are the indications for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the treatment of ventricular tachycardia (VT)?

Updated: Dec 05, 2017
  • Author: Steven J Compton, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) via endocardial or epicardial catheter placement can be used to treat VT in patients who have the conditions noted in the following bulleted list. For patients with structural heart disease, it is currently uncertain whether VT ablation obviates other therapies, such as an ICD. [5, 6, 7, 8]

  • Left ventricular dysfunction from prior MI

  • Cardiomyopathy

  • Bundle-branch reentry

  • Various forms of idiopathic VT

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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