This research, supported in part by the National Institute of Health and led by Steven M. Markowitz at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center assessed the function of cardiac nerves in patients undergoing catheter ablation with radiofrequency energy. It was determined that no significant injury occurs to cardiac nerves as a result of ablation, and changes in heart rate during the procedure are transitory and are related primarily to medications and other procedural variables.
Catheter ablation has become a standard therapy for SVT which is an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm including such specific conditions as atrial fibrillation, AV nodal re-entrant tachycardia, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
About the Author
Dr. Steven M. Markowitz, is in the Division of Cardiology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. In addition to being past president of the New York Cardiology Fellows Association and a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, he is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the Heart Rhythm Society/NASPE. He can be reached for questions and interviews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-746-6951.
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