Advances in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Energy Sources Here to Stay

Gurukripa N. Kowlgi, Suraj Kapa

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Abstract

Energy sources used for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation have undergone an exceptional journey over the past 50 years. Traditional energy sources, such as radiofrequency and cryoablation, have been the mainstay of AF ablation. Novel investigations have led to inclusion of other techniques, such as laser, high-frequency ultrasound, and microwave energy, in the armamentarium of electrophysiologists. Despite these modalities, AF has remained one of the most challenging arrhythmias. Advances in the understanding of electroporation promise to overcome the shortcomings of conventional energy sources. A thorough understanding of the biophysics and practical implications of the existing energy sources is paramount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Cryoablation
  • Electroporation
  • Thermal energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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