What is the role of radiofrequency (RF) ablation in the treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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In RF ablation, platinum-tipped 3.5- to 8-mm steerable multielectrode catheters are advanced via the femoral artery or vein to locate and ablate the AP by delivering thermal RF energy. APs at all the sites in the heart and in persons of all age groups can be ablated successfully. In addition, RF ablation of the AP in patients with frequent AP-mediated tachycardia improved left ventricular systolic and diastolic functions. [32]


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