radiofrequency ablation

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The selective destruction of abnormal conducting tissue in the heart by the targeted delivery of radiofrequency energy via a catheter (see catheterization) under X-ray and electrocardiographic guidance. It is usually curative in patients with supraventricular re-entrant tachycardia and is the treatment of choice for this condition (see supraventricular tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome). It can be used for a variety of other arrhythmias with varying degrees of success.

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