The introduction of RFCA of accessory pathways offers an invasive yet safe cure for the potentially lethal arrhythmias associated with reentrant SVT. This lengthy procedure challenges nurses in providing patient comfort. It cannot be overemphasized how much these seemingly simple comfort measures can humanize an otherwise frighteningly "high-tech" atmosphere. Physical comfort as well as psychological well being will be enhanced with "high-touch" care. As RFCA becomes more common, further research must be directed toward maximizing comfort and minimizing complications.

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