Riahi L.,ZNA Middelheim Hospital Antwerp |
Prisecaru R.,ZNA Middelheim Hospital Antwerp |
De Greef Y.,ZNA Middelheim Hospital Antwerp |
Stockman D.,ZNA Middelheim Hospital Antwerp |
Schwagten B.,ZNA Middelheim Hospital Antwerp
Journal of Atrial Fibrillation | Year: 2015
Catheter ablation is nowadays the first therapeutic option for AVNRT, the most common benign supraventricular tachycardia. Both cryotherapy and radiofrequency energy may be used to ablate the slow pathway. This paper compares both techniques, evaluates results published in literature and gives feedback on some typical aspects of cryo- and RF ablation. Although both techniques have satisfying success rates in AVNRT ablation, with a higher safety profile of cryoablation towards creation of inadvertent atrioventricular block, it remains paramount that the operator respects the distinctive traits of each technique in order to obtain an optimal result in every patient.