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Searing the Heart for Atrial Fibrillation

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Talk about heartburn. Using a catheter with a charged tip, doctors can sizzle wayward heart cells and correct an irregular heartbeat better than standard drugs can, a head-to-head comparison shows. The report appears in the Jan. 27 Journal of the American Medical Association.

The procedure isn’t new, having been used for more than 20 years. But despite a long track record and an upsurge in use during the last five years, the technique hasn’t been fully accepted by the U.S. medical community. It can correct atrial fibrillation, a weak, rapid heartbeat that carries health risks.

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Science News, January 26, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

February 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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