Radiation therapy effective against deadly heart rhythm
A single high dose of radiation aimed at the heart significantly reduces episodes of a potentially deadly rapid heart rhythm, according to results of a phase one/two study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Patients in the study were severely ill and had exhausted other standard treatment options. The radiation used to treat the irregular heart rhythm (ventricular tachycardia) is the same type of therapy used to treat cancer.

In ventricular tachycardia (VT), the lower chambers of the heart beat exceedingly fast and fall out of sync with the upper chambers, interfering with blood flow and raising the risk of sudden cardiac death.

The new method is a noninvasive outpatient procedure that involves the use of electrocardiograms and computed tomography scans of a patient's heart to locate the origin of the arrhythmia. Doctors can target the problem area of the heart with a single high-dose beam of radiation that often takes less than 10 minutes to administer and requires no anesthesia or hospitalization.

In a study published in 2017 in The New England Journal of Medicine, the same research team reported a 90% reduction in episodes of tachycardia and improved survival in the six months after radiation therapy.


Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wuso-rte091619.php
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Dr. V●●●●●●j D●●●i Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Logically, better alternatives seem more practical. However, this is for the cardiologists to evaluate further, not for other specialists like us. Heart belongs to the cardiologists & CVTS doctors.
Sep 28, 2019Like