A central registry dealing with catheter ablations.
start of the project: October 2009
Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is a therapeutic procedure used to remove a faulty electrical pathway from the hearts of those who are prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter or supraventricular tachycardias. Catheter ablation involves advancing several flexible catheters into the patient's blood vessels, usually either in the femoral vein, internal jugular vein, or subclavian vein. The catheters are then advanced towards the heart. High-frequency electrical impulses are then used to induce the arrhythmia and ablate (destroy) the abnormal tissue that is causing it. Catheter ablation can be performed repeatedly if the problem persists. The KATAB project creates a central registry for a systematic collection of data on catheter ablations.
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