Cardiac Electrophysiological Study & Radiofrequency Ablation: Our Experience in Nepal
Background and aim - Cardiac Electrophysiological Study and Radiofrequency ablation is a form of cardiac intervention for diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmias. Various catheters are placed in the various parts of the heart to record signals and radiofrequency energy is used for the ablation.
Methods - A total of 768 patients with paroxysmal supraventricular arrhythmias underwent the procedure at Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal in a period between October 2003 to September 2011.
Results - The success rate is high (92%) and the complication rate is low (0.8%) which is comparable to the results shown in various literatures.
Conclusion - Cardiac Electrophysiological study and Radiofrequency ablation is fairly safe and provides a definitive cure to the patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.
Journal of Advances in Internal Medicine. 2012; 1(1): 4-7