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Every journey begins with the first step: Reflections on the first catheter ablation in humans

  • Melvin M. Scheinman
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    Address reprint requests and correspondence: Dr Melvin M. Scheinman, University of California San Francisco, Cardiac Electrophysiology, 500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143-1354.
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      Today, we take for granted the incredible role that catheter ablation plays in the therapy of patients with cardiac arrhythmias—it was not always this way. In the 1970s, patients with potentially life-threatening supraventricular arrhythmias were treated by open heart surgery with direct ligation or cryoablation of the atrioventricular (AV) junction. Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome underwent open-chest surgical ablation of the bypass tract.

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