Antiarrhythmic Therapy of Supraventricular Tachyarrhythmias: Which Role for the Drugs Today?

  • G. Vergara
Conference paper


The technological improvements and the high success rate of catheter ablation in the management of patients with supraventricular arrhythmias as well as the physicians’ attraction to a “true therapeutic” approach may lead to an excessively interventional philosophy in which other therapeutic options, mainly pharmacologic treatment, is considered obsolete. In effect, catheter ablation presents some pitfalls that must be considered: there are complications, X-ray exposure, and studies of long-term follow-up are lacking. Thus this procedure cannot be considered a panacea for all patients with supraventricular arrhythmias.


Catheter Ablation Accessory Pathway Supraventricular Arrhythmia Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Reentrant Tachycardia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Vergara
    • 1
  1. 1.Divisione di CardiologiaOspedale S. ChiaraTrentoItaly

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