1] Cardiac injuries that lead to immediate death do so from exsangnination, cardiac tamponade, coronary artery laceration, valvular disruption, or interruption of essential conduction pathways
When used to treat AF, RF catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure designed to stop the rapid beating of the atria by isolating and blocking the triggers and conduction pathways
that can initiate AF.
The goal of catheter ablation is to isolate the pulmonary vein to stop the rapid beating of the upper heart chambers by ablating (or blocking) the conduction pathways
that trigger atrial fibrillation (AF).
Treating chronic AF using existing surgical and catheter approaches often does not assure complete isolation or interruption of reentrant conduction pathways
, and as well, can produce limited long term outcomes.
Pediatric indications include the interruption of accessory A-V (atrioventricular) conduction pathways
associated with tachycardia (PJRT) and Mahaim fibers.