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Radiofrequency Ablation to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

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Moustapha Atoui ,

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, US
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Sampath Gunda,

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, US
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Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy,

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, US
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Srijoy Mahapatra

St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minnesota, US
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Abstract

Radiofrequency ablation may prevent or treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Since some of these arrhythmias are associated with sudden cardiac death, it has been hypothesized that ablation may prevent sudden death in certain cases. We performed a literature search to better understand under which circumstances ablation may prevent sudden death and found little randomized data demonstrating the long-term effects of ablation. Current literature shows that ablation clearly prevents symptoms of arrhythmia and may reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death in select patients, although data does not indicate improved mortality. Ongoing clinical trials are needed to better define the role of ablation in preventing sudden cardiac death.

How to Cite: 1. Atoui M, Gunda S, Lakkireddy D, Mahapatra S. Radiofrequency Ablation to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2015;11(2):121-128. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-11-2-121
Published on 01 Apr 2015.
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