Radiofrequency catheter ablation was attempted in a patient with non-reentrant idiopathic right ventricular tachycardia (VT). Endocardial mapping indicated that the VT originated in the outflow tract of the right ventricle; however, an electrogram with an almost the identical activation time was recorded from an area extending to 1.0 x 2.0 cm. Each application of radiofrequency current within the area terminated VT, but a progressively slower VT with the same QRS configuration was induced until the area was covered by separate radiofrequency lesions. A progressive prolongation of VT cycle length might be related to a residual arrhythmogenic myocardium. Termination and slowing of the VT rate can be a hallmark of efficacy of each radiofrequency lesion.
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