We don’t miss a beat – we got your heart covered in the Heartland.

We want to see you live a longer, fuller and healthier life. The Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute at the Research Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute strives to provide world-class cardiac arrhythmia care by offering the most advanced cardiovascular technology and leading clinical research.

If you don’t have arrhythmia symptoms, your physician may want to monitor the condition to make sure it doesn’t get worse. If treatment is recommended, you may be prescribed medication. We offer additional treatments options:


A cardioversion procedure corrects an abnormally fast heart rate. Your physician use an electric shock or medication to correct the fast heart rate. Cardioversions are usually scheduled as same day outpatient procedure.

Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices


A pacemaker is used help the heart beat regularly and pump blood efficiently. Your physician may recommended a pacemaker if you have a slow heart rate or a heart rate that is irregular. If you are experiencing symptoms that are due to an irreversible cause, you may be considered for a permanent pacemaker.

During a pacemaker procedure, a small incision is made just beneath the collarbone. Your physician will then guide the lead wire(s) through a blood vessel and into your heart. The pacemaker generator is then connected to the lead wire(s) and inserted under your skin just below the collarbone. The number of leads implanted will depend on your condition.

We offer:

  • Single-chamber pacemakers (1 lead)
  • Dual-chamber pacemakers (2 leads)
  • Three-chamber pacemakers (3 leads) (cardiac re-synchronization therapy)
  • Lead extraction
  • His Bundle Pacing (HBP) - this is a new therapy that can be helpful for patients needing cardiac resynchronization
  • Leadless Pacemaker - A Leadless pacemaker is implanted into the heart chamber from the vascular access in the leg. This new technique is where the heart can be stimulated without wires attached to it. A small capsule like device has the electronics, battery and anchoring mechanisms.

Procedure time: 1-3 hours

Hospital stay: Will usually warrant an overnight stay for monitoring

Follow-up care: Your pacemaker will need to be checked approximately every three months (most checks can occur remotely while some are done in office). The generator will need to be replaced about every 8-10 years.


A defibrillator monitors a person’s heart rate and delivers a shock when the rhythm becomes dangerous. It can identify and stop arrhythmias that may cause sudden cardiac arrest. A defibrillator is recommended for patients with life-threateningly fast or chaotic heartbeats that are not correctable with other treatments.

We offer:

  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – implanted the same way as a pacemaker
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRTD) – a three chamber ICD inserted the same way as a three chamber pacemaker
  • Subcutaneous ICDs – uses an electrode beneath the skin instead of a lead a through blood vessel

Procedure time: 1-3 hours

Hospital stay: Will usually warrant an overnight stay for monitoring

Follow-up care: Your defibrillator should be checked every three months to confirm it is functioning correctly and successfully treating your condition. It will need to be replaced approximately every five to eight years.

Left Atrial Appendage Closure

If you are diagnosed with Afib and cannot tolerate blood thinners on long term basis, a minimally invasive procedure may be performed to shut the left atrial appendage (a small sac in the upper left chamber of the heart. Blood can pool here and form clots raising the potential for stroke). A LAA closure procedure has been shown to decrease the risk of stroke.

We offer the following types of LAA closure procedures:

  • LARIAT – a catheter based procedure that uses a lasso like device to close the left atrial appendage from outside the heart
  • WATCHMAN – a catheter based procedure performed through a tiny incision in the leg. A cap like device is then positioned from inside the heart to close the appendage
  • AtriClip – a clip is placed on the outside of the left atrial appendage to permanently seal it closed via a minimally invasive surgical procedure

Procedure time: 1-3 hours

Hospital stay: Will usually warrant an overnight stay for monitoring

Catheter Ablation (Heart Ablation)

A heart ablation is a low-risk procedure used to either treat or cure various arrhythmias such as:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter, Atrial tachycardia
  • SVT
  • Ventricular tachycardia, PVC
  • Other types of cardiac rhythm disorders

Research Medical Center offers the most advanced cardiac electrophysiology lab in Johnson County. We offer cutting-edge technology to deliver the most contemporary care with the best possible outcomes including:

  • Three dimensional mapping – accuracy is one of the most important factors in the success of ablation. Three dimensional mapping allows for greater accuracy of catheter placement and can decrease procedure time and radiation exposure
  • Robotic Stereotaxis mapping and catheter ablation system – this cutting-edge technology can improve success rates and decrease procedure time, radiation exposure and complications. By using two powerful magnets, catheters are maneuvered to perform highly detailed mapping and ablation of the arrhythmia. Robotic Stereotaxis mapping and catheter ablation system is especially valuable when treating arrhythmias related adult congenital heart disease, ventricular arrhythmias or other complex, hard to reach areas of the heart where arrhythmias may begin.

A heart catheter ablation is performed by guiding a catheter into your blood vessel (usually in the groin) and to your heart. Energy is then used to scar the tissue causing your fast heart rate.

We offer the following methods of ablation:

  • Radiofrequency ablation – uses heat energy to destroy the problem cells
  • Cryoablation – uses extreme cold is to destroy the cells causing the problem
  • Newer technologies – accessed via clinical research studies

Procedure time: 2-4 hours

Hospital stay: You can usually go home after an overnight stay