Extraordinary Care for Heart Arrhythmias
At the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute, we offer the most up-to-date treatment for patients with arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats. Our cardiac electrophysiologists (physicians who specialize exclusively in treating heart rhythm disorders) are highly trained in the most advanced techniques and treatments, to diagnose and treat patients with heart rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation. They work closely with each patient to determine the most appropriate and least invasive treatment to manage or even cure their arrhythmia.
Remarkable tiny pacemaker fits inside Bill Thomason’s heart
A round of golf, a game of cards and the chance to enjoy life were top of mind for Bill Thomason when doctors told him he needed a pacemaker.
"Quality of life is worth a lot at my age. If you have to stick your head in the sand, it's just no good," said the 70-year-old who lives in the Taylor Mill area.
He likes a round of golf, playing cards for fun and walking, “up to a point,” he added with a laugh.
During a visit to his cardiologist, Dr. Robert Strickmeyer, Bill’s heart rate fluctuated from 30 to 160. Dr. Strickmeyer explained: “He needed a pacemaker because his heart was going too slow at times and then too fast at other times. So, he was symptomatic on both ends of the spectrum. The pacemaker will keep it from going too slow, and then medicine will keep it from going too fast.” Read more...
Our medical experts are highly experienced in a wide range of treatments and procedures for arrhythmia. Some particular areas of focus include:
- Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: patients whose Afib is not controlled by medication can benefit from this minimally invasive procedure that can greatly improve quality of life. In fact, in 70 to 80 percent of cases this procedure will stop symptoms of Afib altogether. St. Elizabeth electrophysiologists are highly experienced in these techniques, having performed hundreds of successful procedures.
- Laser lead extraction: patients with pacemakers may need pacemaker leads removed from the heart in certain situations. Our physicians have extensive training and experience in this complex procedure.
- Catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT): VT is a life-threatening condition that now can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure. This highly specialized procedure is now available right here at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
- Catheter ablation for premature ventricular contractions (PVC): PVC is the most common type of arrhythmia, which can now be reduced or cured using this minimally invasive procedure.
- Implanted pacemakers and defibrillators: These devices can control the heartbeat and detect and correct dangerous arrhythmias.
State-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab
Our Arrhythmia Center includes a state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab, offering our patients the latest technology for arrhythmia treatment. The lab was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of our Healthy Neighbors magazine. Click here to read the full article.
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