The treatment of drug-refractory chronic ventricular tachycardia (VT) has undergone a revolution over the last 50 years. We now have automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy with pace-terminating capabilities, and catheter ablation of VT has refined mapping and improved methods of lesion generation. Between 1980 and 1993, Houston Methodist Hospital became a leader in the diagnosis and surgical ablation of VT and other arrhythmias. This is a brief account of that period and some of the experiences and lessons that have led to significant advances used today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalMethodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 5 2021


  • arrhythmia ablation
  • left ventricular aneurysm
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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