Catheter Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia in Women

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Dr. Laurence M. Epstein, Chief of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital, performed a catheter ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation (AF) - the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.

AF affects over two million Americans and is typically not life-threatening, causing symptoms (including sudden heart pounding, dizziness, chest discomfort) and significant quality-of-life issues that can change the way the patient lives their day-to-day life - such as limiting physical activity because of fatigue or fear of damage to their heart or other cardiac event.

Catheter ablation, the procedure Dr. Epstein performed, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the percutaneous insertion of catheters into the heart to modify or possibly cure cardiac rhythm disturbances. The procedure selectively eliminates the heart cells that are causing the irregular heartbeat through the use of radiofrequency electrical energy delivered by the catheters that are positioned in the heart.