Electrophysiology Testing and Catheter Ablation Are Helpful When Evaluating Asymptomatic Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern: The Pro Perspective

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Abstract

Important advances in the natural history and diagnosis of, and therapy for, asymptomatic Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome have been made in the last decade by our group. These data have necessitated revisiting current practice guidelines to decide on the optimal management of the asymptomatic WPW population. There has also been an emphasis on identifying initially asymptomatic individuals who are at risk by nationwide screening programs using the electrocardiogram for prophylactic catheter ablation to prevent the lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death, particularly in young asymptomatic people, because only a subgroup of them is at high risk, requiring early catheter ablation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-376
Number of pages6
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Catheter ablation
  • Electrophysiologic testing
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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