Treatment for Arrhythmias
The heart has a complex system of specialized cells conducting electricity with each heartbeat. At times, this electrical conduction can develop abnormalities, causing irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias. These arrhythmias can manifest as both slow and fast heart rates. Patients may experience a variety of symptoms from mild fatigue to severe palpitations and even passing out. Many times arrhythmias can be treated with medications. But when medication is unsuccessful, our electrophysiologists offer an array of treatments that target the source of the arrhythmia, from pacemaker implantation to ablation procedures.
Patients with congestive heart failure and an ejection fraction (EF) less than 35 percent are at increased risk of life-threatening irregular heartbeats and are candidates for referral to specialized electrophysiology. Many times a patient will qualify for an implantable defibrillator designed to recognize and treat the life-threatening arrhythmia in a matter of seconds.
At Seton Heart Institute, our electrophysiology team is comprised of cardiologists, advanced practitioners, nurses, and technicians who concentrate on the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm abnormalities, including:
- Atrial fibrillation (afib) medical therapy and ablations
- Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
- Conduction/electrical abnormalities
- Atrioventricular blocks (AV Blocks)
- Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) for heart failure
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) management & therapy
Patients undergoing implantation of an ICD (defibrillator) or a pacemaker at Seton Heart Institute have access to enhanced treatment monitoring and support through our specialized Device Clinic. With four locations throughout Central Texas, patients have convenient access to a dedicated team, meaning more timely appointments and better patient follow-up.
Our team takes special care to educate each patient on their condition and treatment, resulting in improved compliance with therapy and better outcomes. Regular device checks are performed by mid-level practitioners every three to six months and adjustments are made as necessary to optimize therapy. In addition, we offer remote monitoring for many devices, which reduces the number of office visits required. We support a co-managed approach to patient care by providing consistent feedback to the patient’s primary cardiologist and coordinating with the heart failure specialists of Seton Heart Specialty Care and Transplant Center as needed.
For more information, please contact the Seton Heart Institute at 512-324-3440.