oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Catheter ablation of cardiac tachyarrhythmias - a South African perspective

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



Catheter ablation of cardiac tachyarrhythmias has been introduced to clinical cardiology on a large scale during the past decade, which has seen both an exponential increase in the number of procedures and an increasing number of indications. Results depend not only on the type of procedure but also on the operator's and the centre's experience. The estimated cumulative number of catheter ablations performed in South Africa between 1990 and 1996 is over 1 000; this does not reflect the size of the country's population, which would require about 1 000 procedures per year.

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