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Treatment & Devices

Treatment & Devices

Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia


The management of ventricular arrhythmias, irregular rhythms originating from the lower chambers of the heart, can be quite challenging. First, patients may present having no symptoms whatsoever to having a full blown cardiac arrest. In between, there are patients who have frequent premature ventricular beats (PVCs, “skipped beats”), short bursts of ventricular tachycardia, as well as sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Second, in some patients frequent PVCs alone may be life threatening whereas in others sustained ventricular tachycardia may be just a nuisance that requires treatment yet not be life threatening. Thus, the evaluation and management of these conditions requires a highly experienced electrophysiology team.

The physicians of the Arrhythmia Center are considered experts in the management of all types of patients with ventricular tachycardia. Patients can be treated effectively with medications, implantable devices (ICDs) and catheter ablation, alone or in combination. Individual patients can expect significant improvements in quality of life, restoration of heart function, and/or freedom from ICD shocks.

The electrophysiology team at the Arrhythmia Center is skilled in endocardial and epicardial approaches to catheter ablation and has access to highly sophisticated interventional devices and energy delivery systems including radiofrequency, and cryo energy; electroanatomic mapping systems; intracardiac ultrasound; remote magnetic navigation (Stereotaxis); cardiac CT scanning; and a variety of other sophisticated tools.  The net result is increased safety and improved efficacy of interventional procedures.

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