Arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation 

In a healthy heart, electricity flows in an organized pattern producing regular heartbeats. A disruption to this pattern causes an irregular rhythm, also known as an arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, is an abnormal and often very fast heartbeat that can cause symptoms like heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and weakness. You may or may not experience any symptoms, but if you have this condition it’s important to see a doctor. Our expert team, led by EP specialist Dr. William Wassynger, can find the source of your arrhythmia in our electrophysiology (EP) labs. These specially designed labs have equipment to examine your heart’s electrical functions.


Advanced treatment for arrhythmia 

Our surgeons can add implants to help your heart, like:

  • Biventricular devices, which can help certain types of heart failure
  • Defibrillators (ICDs) for people at risk for life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Pacemakers for people with symptoms from slow heart rates
  • Tiny recorders to diagnose occasional arrhythmia

We also have a team of skilled experts who can perform:

  • Ablations (making scars in the heart to stop arrhythmias)
  • Cardioversion procedures to restore normal heart rhythms by using electricity
  • Electrophysiology studies (electrical mapping to diagnose complex arrhythmias)
  • Remote monitoring of cardiac pacing devices like ICDs and pacemakers (we can even check your device from your home)
  • Rhythm management using all medications for atrial fibrillation and rhythm problems

 
Cardiac imaging

We have state of the art technology to meet all of your cardiac needs, including:

  • Angiograms to help us learn the anatomy of your heart
  • Echocardiograms, which are detailed ultrasounds of your heart
  • Heart catheterization to test heart function and find out if you need other treatments 
  • Interventional procedures to help open artery blockages
  • Nuclear imaging to help find blockage in the arteries
  • Stress testing (both with a treadmill and with chemicals)

Click to download: Electrophysiology and Heart Devices brochure