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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Wolfe Parkinsons White Syndrome
Answer: Well, I have no idea what the sound would be, but I doubt it is related to his cardiac conduction system. As to the ablation, I would have the military send your to Walter Reed or one of the high level referreal centers. Sounds like you need someone with a different set of skills. There are times when it cannot be ablated,but WPW is one of the easier ones to ablate usually.
Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome - Catheter Ablation [posted 7/27/98]
Answer: This procedure has been available about 10 years or so after pioneering work at the University of Michigan. There are many physicians who perform this procedure, but if it were me, I would go to one of the national specialists (assuming your health insurance will allow you) unless your physician has done over 100 or so. The risk is that you will damage the conduction system of the heart and need a pacemaker. Initially, there were also times that patients had damage to the heart muscle itself, including a couple of holes. This doesn't occur any more since the procedure has been perfected, but is still a risk. Basically a catheter is placed next to the accessory pathway responsible for WPW and radio frequency waves damage/kill the tissue so that it doesn't function. I have had about 4 patients receive the procedure and it seems quite effective. Some still have arrhythmias - different and easier to control than before. As to alternatives, it depends on how often and how severe your symptoms are. If the medications completely control the symptoms, watching might be an alternative. However, you are very young and this will not go away until "fixed". I'd probably recommend the procedure unless you are completely controlled currently, which I doubt or you wouldn't have gotten to an invasive cardiologist. The beta blocker would have little/no effect on a child - at least with current thought. Ask to speak with other patients who have had the procedure with this cardiologist.
Wolfe Parkinsons White Syndrome
Answer: It is an Electrocardiographic syndrome and is congenital in origin.
There is a tract present which enables the impulses from the upper part of the heart
to reach the lower part after by passing the normal impulse tract which can result in very rapid
beating of the heart called an arrhythmia. Catheter ablation is successful in 95% of patients.