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.