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Burning Off A Little Heart Muscle Stops Rapid Heart Beats In Infants

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December 6, 2001
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American Heart Association
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A treatment that corrects rapid heart beats by burning away small amounts of heart tissue is equally as effective and safe in infants as it is in older pediatric patients, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

DALLAS (Dec. 3, 2001) -– A treatment that corrects rapid heart beats by burning away small amounts of heart tissue is equally as effective and safe in infants as it is in older pediatric patients, researchers report in today’s Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) involves threading a catheter with an electrode at its tip into the area of the heart that is causing a patient’s rapid, uncontrolled heartbeats, a condition called tachycardia. Then a mild, painless burst of radiofrequency energy, which is similar to microwave heat, is used to destroy about one-fifth of an inch of heart muscle. Overall, the procedure was about 90 percent effective in treating tachycardia in this study.


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