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INTRODUCTION Physical or chemical ablation of arrhythmogenic tissue has been shown to be an effective modality of arrhythmia therapy. Chemical ablation by intracoronary infusion of ethanol into a specific coronary artery bed has been demonstrated, but the characteristics and distribution of necrosis relative to the coronary blood supply have not been(More)
The purpose of this study was to correlate changes in electrical impedance with the electrode-tissue interface temperature and to characterize the associated events occurring at the catheter tip electrode. In a canine model, lesions were created in vitro (n = 49) and in vivo (n = 31) and radiofrequency power settings were varied. Electrode-tissue interface(More)
Myocardial heating by transcatheter delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy has been proposed as an effective means of arrhythmia ablation. A thermodynamic model describing the radial temperature gradient at steady state during RF-induced heating is proposed. If one assumes that RF power output is adjusted to maintain a constant electrode-tissue interface(More)
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