Journal article

COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF RADIOFREQUENCY CATHETER ABLATION IN THE TREATMENT OF SYMPTOMATIC SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYARRHYTHMIAS

PJ KERTES, JM KALMAN, AM TONKIN

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | ADIS PRESS AUSTRALASIA P/L | Published : 1993

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The recent advent of radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation as a curative therapy for supraventricular tachyarrhythmias has challenged the role of long term drug treatment, which is essentially a palliative therapy. To date, however, no data have been published on the cost-effectiveness of RF ablation as compared with drug treatment in the Australian setting. AIMS: The study aimed to compare actual and projected costs of these two treatment options in a consecutive group of patients having RF ablation as treatment for symptomatic tachyarrhythmias. METHODS: The cost effectiveness of RF catheter ablation was assessed in 26 patients having RF ablation, using a hypothetical model of c..

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