After its introduction in 1987, radiofrequency catheter ablation became established as a safe and effective therapy for the cure of many cardiac arrhythmias in people. The possibility of assessing the relationship between the anatomical target and the electrophysiologic changes produced by radiofrequency pulse delivery has also provided significant improvement in the physician's knowledge of the pathophysiology of the underlying rhythm disturbance. Nowadays, using this therapy, success rates well above 90% with recurrence rates lower than 5% are expected after treatment of most regular supraventricular arrhythmias. As catheter ablation techniques develop, success rates in the range of those obtained for regular supraventricular arrhythmias are expected in the future in the treatment of regular ventricular and irregular supraventricular arrhythmias. Curr Opin Cardiol 2000, 15:29-40 (C) 2000 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.
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- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine