Our arrhythmia specialists are experts at treating common and complex electrical disturbances of the heart.
Treatment for an arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) may include:
- Medications or medical management, used to control the heart rate or heart rhythm, or to prevent blood clots.
- Cardioversion, used to treat atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. This brief procedure delivers an electrical shock to the heart to quickly convert an abnormal heart rhythm back to normal. Cardioversion is most often done by delivering an electrical shock via electrodes placed on the chest, but medications can be used, too.
- Cardioversion is used in emergencies to correct abnormal rhythms associated with fainting, low blood pressure, chest pain, difficulty breathing or loss of consciousness.
- Catheter ablation or radiofrequency ablation uses bursts of high energy to destroy the source of irregular heartbeats in heart muscle.
- Cryoballoon ablation, a form of catheter ablation that uses cryo, or freezing, energy.
- Surgical ablation or maze procedures, techniques for reorganizing irregular electrical heart impulses by open-heart or minimally invasive surgery.
- Implantable devices
- Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices, such as WatchmanTM — A device that is inserted via a minimally invasive procedure and is an alternative to long-term anticoagulation therapy with Warfarin. It prevents migration of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of stroke.
- Implantable defibrillators
- Bi-ventricular devices and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
- Loop recorders
- Lead extraction, for safely removing damaged, infected or otherwise problematic pacemaker or defibrillator leads.