A five-year study conducted in multiple centres nationwide revealed that a type of radiofrequency method used in treating heart rhythm disorders is very safe and effective in children.
Patients aged 0-16 years old with various forms of heart problems were recruited to participate in this study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, where radiofrequency ablation, a non-surgical procedure, was used to treat various heart rhythm disorders. Short and long-term risks associated with this procedure among children include damage to heart valves, new heart problems and even sudden death. Additionally, there are concerns regarding the safety of this procedure on the heart of a young child that is still developing.
However, according to the study, radiofrequency ablation represents a major advancement in the management of children with arrhythmias, or abnormal heart beats, and “has rapidly become the standard of care for first-line therapy in patients of nearly all ages.”
Sharon Agsalda | alfa
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