N C Joshi
Arrhythmias - Treatment
Depends on mechanism
- For abnormal automaticity: Decrease Phase 4 depolarization
- For Re-entry: Reduce the excitable gap
- For Both: eliminate the source (radiofrequency ablation or surgery)

Radiofrequency Ablation:
- Connect catheter and grounding pad to generator
- Apply current at radiofrequency
- Observe effects

It causes a thermal burn. Tip temperature is approximately 70 degree Celsius

It is used in the treatment of
- Flutter
- VT

- Applications are the same
- Procedure maybe excision or cryosurgery

Arrhythmias Arrhythmias 01/18/2001
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