Heart Rhythm Management
Perhaps you feel that your heart is “racing” or you have unexplained chest pain or dizziness. You may have an arrhythmia, which is an abnormality in the way your heart beats.
At CHI Franciscan Health, we provide the specialized care to manage all types of abnormal heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation (A-fib), ventricular fibrillation and periventricular contractions. Our cardiologists and electrophysiologists (cardiologists specializing in heart rhythm disorders) will work with you to provide the individualized care you need to get back on your feet. Electrophysiologists are your heart’s “electrician.” They care for people with the most serious abnormal heart rhythms.
Advanced arrhythmia care
We treat a wide range of heart rhythm issues, from the common to the complex. Features of our care include:
- Accurate diagnosis: We use advanced technology, including heart monitors and ultrasounds, to provide you with an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible.
- Minimally invasive procedures: We strive to use the least invasive procedure when possible, which means small incisions rather than large ones. This generally means a shorter and easier recovery for you. Examples of the minimally invasive procedures we perform include cryoablation and adjusting cardiac assist devices.
- Individualized care: While treating arrhythmias may be routine for us, we know it’s not routine for you. We work with you to develop a personalized care plan that meets your needs and will help you achieve long-term heart health.
After asking you about your symptoms and performing a physical exam, your general cardiologist or electrophysiologist will generally recommend one or more diagnostic tests:
- Echocardiogram: Uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of the heart
- Stress echocardiography: Uses ultrasound to measure how well your heart is pumping blood as your heart rate increases
- Electrocardiogram: Records the heart’s electrical activity
- Holter monitor: Records your heart rhythm for 24–48 hours while you continue with your normal activities
- Electrophysiology study (EPS): Studies the heart’s electrical system using electrodes placed directly on the heart
- Implantable loop recorders: Monitor your heart rhythm over time
If we determine that your arrhythmia put you at risk for more serious complications, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan. The main goals of arrhythmia treatment are to restore a normal heart rhythm and treat underlying conditions that may be causing the arrhythmia. Treatment options include:
- Ablation, which destroys the small area of the heart tissue that is causing the abnormal heartbeat
- Percutaneous LVADs, a mechanical pump that helps your heart pump more effectively. We monitor and care for patients who have these devices.
- Pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, a small device implanted in the heart that help control the abnormal heartbeat
For more information, or to request a consultation and medical evaluation with a CHI Franciscan cardiologist, talk to your primary care provider or find a cardiologist close to home.