Radiofrequency catheter ablation: How to manage and prevent collateral damage?

Mohammad El Baba, Dean Sabayon, Marwan M. Refaat

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Radiofrequency catheter ablation has become the standard of care for the management of various arrhythmias and, in fact, the first-line therapy for many tachyarrhythmias. It entails creating scar tissue in the heart in regions where abnormal impulses form or propagate to restore normal cardiac conduction. As the heart is a complex organ and is surrounded by and related to many other anatomical structures, it is important to avoid the collateral damage that can happen from radiofrequency (RF) ablation on the endocardium as well as on the epicardium. This review explores methods for mitigating or limiting collateral damage during catheter ablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4234-4240
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Ablation
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Collateral damage
  • Management
  • Ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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