Effects of radiofrequency pulses delivered in the vicinity of the coronary arteries: implications for nonsurgical transthoracic epicardial catheter ablation to treat ventricular tachycardia.

@article{dAvila2002EffectsOR,
  title={Effects of radiofrequency pulses delivered in the vicinity of the coronary arteries: implications for nonsurgical transthoracic epicardial catheter ablation to treat ventricular tachycardia.},
  author={A. d'Avila and Paulo Gutierrez and M. Scanavacca and Vivek Reddy and Daniel Lawrence Lustgarten and E. Sosa and Jos{\'e} Ant{\^o}nio Franchini Ramires},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2002},
  volume={25 10},
  pages={1488-95}
}
This study evaluates the effects of epicardial RF ablation on the coronary vessels in a canine model. Nonsurgical epicardial catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that has proven to be efficacious for the treatment of VT. This approach is limited by concern regarding the potential adverse effects of RF ablation on the epicardial coronary arteries. After lateral thoracotomy, a multipolar linear ablation catheter was sewn adjacent to or crossing the LAD in nine mongrel dogs. Five of… CONTINUE READING

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