Arrhythmia Management and Treatment
A cardiac arrhythmia - also known as an irregular heart rhythm - happens when abnormal electrical activity in the heart causes it to beat too quickly, slowly, or irregularly. Some arrhythmias are not serious and may only cause annoying symptoms, such as an awareness of your heart beat (palpitations). Other arrhythmias may be life-threatening medical emergencies that may result in cardiac arrest and sudden death. THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano provides innovative arrhythmia management and treatments, advanced facilities, and a five-star patient experience.
We take an interdisciplinary team approach to provide you with comprehensive care, and we use innovative yet proven technology to diagnose and treat the full range of heart rhythm conditions. Electrophysiologists, cardiologists with special expertise in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders, lead our arrhythmia management and treatment teams. Diagnosis often includes electrophysiologic testing for potentially serious arrhythmias. Heart arrhythmias we diagnose and treat include:
- Atrial fibrillation (the most common heart rhythm disturbance)
- Atrial flutter
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Supraventricular tachycardia
The physicians on our medical staff that treat arrhythmias will recommend a course of action based on the type of arrhythmia, its severity, and what is in your best interest. Some arrhythmias can be controlled with medication. For other patients, different treatments, such as ablative therapy, may be recommended. We use proven electrophysiology techniques, such as stereotaxis, CARTO-Merge, and thermal ablation to treat your arrhythmia. We also offer device implantation, such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.
When you arrive, one of our clinical nurses specializing in heart arrhythmias care will meet with you to discuss your health history and symptoms. Then, a decision will be made about the best diagnostic tools for your unique situation. These tools may include:
- Sleep apnea questionnaire
- CHADS scoring, a simple way of assessing stroke risk associated with arrhythmia
- Electrocardiogram (ECG), a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart
- Echocardiogram, a test that creates a moving picture of the heart
When results are available, we may arrange a consultation that could include you, your nurse, your referring physician (if applicable), an electrophysiologist, or a cardiac surgeon. A treatment plan may be determined at this consultation.
We will guide you from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up and work collaboratively with your primary care physician, cardiologist, and other specialists to facilitate effective diagnosis and treatment.
For a referral to an physician on the medical staff at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano who specializes in electrophysiology, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or use the Physician Finder tool on this website.