Nonpharmacologic treatment of the wolff-parkinson-white syndrome and other supraventricular tachycardias

Eric N. Prystowsky, Douglas L. Packer, John J. Schier, James E. Lowe

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Nonpharmacologic treatment using surgery or intracardiac catheter ablation can be used for several forms of supraventricular tachycardia. Surgery is highly successful in preventing recurrent tachyarrhythmias in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and can be recommended as first-line treatment in several situations. Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular conduction system combined with an implanted ventricular pacemaker can offer substantial relief to selected patients with drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. Technical advances in catheter ablation will undoubtedly lead to more widespread use of this form of therapy in supraventricular tachycardia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-250
Number of pages12
JournalAnnual Review of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • AV nodal reentry
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Ectopic atrial tachycardia
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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