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What's the difference between catheter ablation and radiofrequency ablation for treating arrhythmias like svt?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: General term

Catheter ablation is a general term referring to elimination of electrical conduction in very specific areas of the heart.
Two primary technologies are used to perform catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is a rapidly alternating electrical current that generates heat at the point of catheter contact. Cryo ablation uses super cooled nitrogen to freeze at the point of of catheter contact.

In brief: General term

Catheter ablation is a general term referring to elimination of electrical conduction in very specific areas of the heart.
Two primary technologies are used to perform catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is a rapidly alternating electrical current that generates heat at the point of catheter contact. Cryo ablation uses super cooled nitrogen to freeze at the point of of catheter contact.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: The same.

"catheter ablation" and "radiofrequency ablation" are really terms for the same procedure.
Some ablations use other energy sources (like freezing) to perform ablation, but rf is the most common.

In brief: The same.

"catheter ablation" and "radiofrequency ablation" are really terms for the same procedure.
Some ablations use other energy sources (like freezing) to perform ablation, but rf is the most common.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Ablation

Catheter ablation is a more general term, there is also cryo ablation besides RF ablation

In brief: Ablation

Catheter ablation is a more general term, there is also cryo ablation besides RF ablation
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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