Irregular heart rhythm care in Thornton, Colorado
An irregular heart rhythm, or heart arrhythmia, occurs when the heart’s electrical system sends abnormal electrical impulses. North Suburban Medical Center’s specialists in electrophysiology and cardiology work together to diagnose irregular heartbeats and provide a range of treatments.
To reach our cardiology department, please call (303) 252-0104.
There are several factors that can cause the heart to beat in an irregular pattern, such as a heart attack, high blood pressure, aging or congenital heart disorders. Heart arrhythmia may cause no symptoms, or symptoms may be present, such as chest pain, dizziness, fainting or a fluttering feeling in the chest.
Heart arrhythmias are categorized by where they occur in the heart’s chambers and the speed of the abnormal heartbeat.
Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)
Atrial fibrillation, also called A-Fib, is one of the most common heart arrhythmias. If a patient has A-Fib, his or her heart’s two upper heart chambers do not beat in coordination with the two lower chambers. If A-Fib is left untreated, blood clots could form in the heart and block blood flow.
An electrophysiology study helps your doctor diagnose your heart arrhythmia. During an electrophysiology study at North Suburban, an electrophysiologist evaluates your heart’s electrical system. The study tells the doctor if an irregular heart rhythm is present, and if so, where in the heart it occurs.
Depending on the type of heart rhythm you have, your treatment may include:
- Pacemaker procedure
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
- Cardiac ablation