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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.

Stopping heart arrhythmia in its tracks

Jeff Flannery, 67, is a very busy guy. He has a farm in Union, raises peacocks and is a highly skilled firearms engraver who transforms guns and knives into heirloom-quality pieces of art. But a few years ago, he developed an irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation, that slowed him down and diminished the quality of his life. On top of that, the medications prescribed to restore his heart’s normal rhythm not only failed to significantly improve his troublesome symptoms, but also produced some unwelcome side effects.

“Sometimes I think the cure can be worse than the disease,” Jeff says. “I was having a lot of trouble with so many pills. The cost was one thing, and also the way they made me feel. Dr. Hays said he had an idea that might help.” 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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