Abnormal Heart Rhythms

The serious health risks associated with cardiac arrhythmias can dramatically reduce an individual’s quality of life and can lead to life-threatening conditions including heart failure and stroke. Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart, currently affects approximately 2.2 million Americans. Conditions considered as arrhythmias include:

  • Heart beats too slow (bradycardia)
  • Heart beats too fast (tachycardia)
  • Abnormal heartbeats such as extra beats or skipped beats (atrial fibrillation)
  • Beats coming from abnormal areas of the heart

Research Medical Center can diagnose and manage heart rhythm disturbances.  We implant permanent pacemakers and defibrillator devices to help restore normal heart rates so patients can enjoy the activities of everyday living and an active lifestyle. Our Electrophysiology (EP) Lab offers a full range of activities aimed at getting your heart beating in a healthy rhythm again. We can:

  • Identify the source of abnormal beats by mapping the heart
  • Predict the risk of future arrhythmia events
  • Restore normal heart rhythms through catheter-based ablation
  • Implant permanent rhythm devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Use resynchronization therapy to improve patients with heart failure

Learn more about the causes and risk factors of abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia) or find out how to prevent them.

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