Catheter ablation volume

Catheter (radiofrequency) ablation is a non-surgical treatment option for irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. During catheter ablation, a small thin flexible tube (catheter) with an electrode at the tip is threaded through arteries or veins in either the arm, groin, or neck and inserted onto various places in the heart that are generating abnormal electrical signals. The electrode delivers radiofrequency energy, high frequency radio waves that generate heat and cauterize (burn) the abnormal heart tissue. This burning, or ablating, prevents the pathway from conducting electricity eliminating its capacity to initiate an irregular heartbeat.

About this measure

This measure displays the number of catheter ablations performed in 2012. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Most Recent Available Data (Number)
Northwestern Memorial 449
Performance Trend (Number)
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 236 280 287 311 451 465 449
Source:Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Catheter Ablation Volume