An arrhythmia, or dysrhythmia, is an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can cause the heart to pump less effectively.
Arrhythmias happen when the heart's electrical system, which regulates its pumping action, sends faulty signals to the heart muscle. An irregular heartbeat can be harmless or life-threatening, so proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.
With a few exceptions, all arrhythmias are treatable. This is especially true in our program, where leading arrhythmia experts specialize in treating complex abnormal heart rhythm problems associated with prior heart surgery, congenital heart disease, coronary blockages and heart attack.
Arrhythmia Physician Specialists
The multidisciplinary team includes board-certified electrophysiologists (cardiologists who specialize in the electrical activity of the heart and the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders), cardiac surgeons and other heart and vascular specialists. Their combined skills and experience make it possible to successfully treat even the most complex cases of arrhythmia. These cases might include patients who have complicated conditions with multiple diagnoses.
Complete Diagnostic Capabilities
Many techniques are used to determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm, whether bradycardia (a slow heart rate), tachycardia (a rapid heart rate), atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) or one of the many other heart rhythm disorders.
We offer the full spectrum of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests, including electrophysiology studies, cardiac MRI, genetic testing, event monitors and tilt table tests.
Comprehensive Treatment Options
As part of an academic medical center, our physicians use the latest technology and research results to provide the most advanced treatments for atrial fibrillation.
- Catheter ablation and cryoballoon ablation — using radiofrequency and cryo (freezing) energy to eliminate the source of an irregular heartbeat
- Pacemaker implantation — a surgically implanted, small device helps the heart beat in a regular rhythm
- Watchman™ device — a left atrial appendage closure device that can prevent migration of blood clots, effectively reducing the risk of stroke
- Cardiac revascularization therapy (CRT) — using a specialized pacemaker to re-coordinate the heart’s action and resolve an irregular heartbeat
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) — a small, surgically implanted device that monitors and corrects dangerous heart rhythms to prevent cardiac arrest
- Surgical maze procedures — open-heart and minimally invasive surgeries that restore normal heart rhythm
Learn more about treating arrhythmias.
Research and Clinical Trials
Conducting research to better understand arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and other conditions, is an important part of our mission as an academic medical center.
Our patients may participate in heart and vascular clinical trials of new treatment techniques, medications and devices, such as pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. We are committed to bringing the latest treatments and technology to our patients through research and clinical trials.
Expert Care for All Types of Arrhythmia Conditions
There are many types of arrhythmias and disorders related to arrhythmias, so careful diagnosis and treatment planning is required. Whether atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia (VT), paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) or other dysrhythmia, our Arrhythmia Program electrophysiologists and other physician specialists have the expertise to meet each patient’s care needs. Learn more about arrhythmia conditions.