Comprehensive Arrhythmia Services
From detection and diagnosis to management and treatment, Crozer Health offers comprehensive services to care for individuals suffering from heart arrhythmia.
We take a patient-centered approach to the detection and treatment of arrhythmias. Our cardiovascular specialists evaluate each patient as a whole person, looking at medical history and lifestyle factors in addition to diagnostic tests.
If an arrhythmia is diagnosed, our team works with your primary care and specialty physicians to individualize a care plan that best meets your needs. A treatment plan requires education about your condition and may include medication management or surgical procedures. Surgery is only considered when all other less-invasive treatments have not achieved desired results.
What is Heart Arrhythmia?
A heart arrhythmia means your heartbeat is irregular. Arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly. The electrical impulses may happen too fast, too slow, or erratically – causing your heart to beat at the wrong tempo.
Arrhythmias can begin in the upper chambers of the heart (ex: atrial fibrillation) or the lower chambers of the heart (ex: ventricular fibrillation). Arrhythmias can also be classified as slow (bradycardia) or fast (tachycardia).
What is a Normal Heartbeat?
A healthy, regular heartbeat is typically 60 to 100 beats in a minute. To maintain this, your heart’s chambers need to work together in harmony. With an arrhythmia, your heart can have an irregular rhythm or beat too fast or too slow.
Symptoms of Arrhythmia
Some arrhythmias may not cause any signs or symptoms and your doctor may discover you have one before you realize it. Noticeable symptoms of arrhythmia don’t necessarily mean you have to worry though. These symptoms can include:
- Fluttering in your chest
- Racing heartbeat, or tachycardia
- Slow heartbeat, or bradycardia
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting or near fainting
Crozer Health cardiologists use the following diagnostic tests to determine if you have an arrhythmia and, if so, create a care plan to help you manage the condition.
- Insertable Cardiac Monitor: An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) is a device about the size of a paperclip, which is inserted just beneath your skin in the chest area. The device constantly monitors heart rhythms for up to three years. Your cardiologist uses this data to tailor a treatment plan that can include medication, lifestyle modification or additional procedures.
- Tilt Table Testing: A tilt table test is done while the person is connected to electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood pressure monitors and strapped to a table that tilts from a lying to standing position. This test is used to determine if the person is prone to sudden drops in blood pressure or slow pulse rates with position changes.
- Holter Monitor: A Holter monitor is a device the size of a camera that checks for abnormal heart rhythms. The monitor, connected to electrodes on the chest, is worn on a shoulder strap for 8 to 24 hours while the patient engages in normal activity.
Treating Heart Arrhythmia
Crozer Health specialists perform the following procedures to treat heart rhythm disorders in patients:
- Pacemaker Implantation: A pacemaker is a small device that is implanted under the skin that sends electrical signals to start or regulate a slow heartbeat.
- Defibrillator Implantation: Defibrillators are electronic devices that sense and correct a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm; they can be implanted like a pacemaker.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency catheter ablation uses radio waves sent through a catheter to the heart muscle to permanently block the abnormal pathway followed by the electric signal.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment with a cardiovascular physician or for a non-invasive cardiac test at a Crozer Health facility, please complete the online secure appointment form below or call \1-866-957-8573. A representative will get back to you within the next business day. We regret that we cannot take appointment requests for pediatric patients at this time.
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