Louisville's Leader in Diagnosing and Treating Heart Rhythm Conditions
Your heart has the amazing capability of beating 60-100 times a minute for your entire life. In the majority of people, the heart rhythm stays regular. However, in some people, the heartbeat may become irregular and beat too fast or too slow.
Everyone has an irregular heart beat occasionally. There are some people who have these episodes frequently and may have symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort or fainting. Fortunately these rhythms can be identified and treated. Jewish Hospital's Heart Rhythm Care focuses specifically on just that – diagnosing types of arrhythmias through electrophysiology studies and determining the best treatment. At Jewish Hospital, the heart rhythm specialists are providing the most innovative procedures for patients who have any type of arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is the most common type of heart rhythm disorder.
Jewish Hospital Heart Rhythm Procedures
There are a variety of procedures to help diagnose and treat arrhythmias. Some of these are only available in Louisville at Jewish Hospital:
Electrophysiology Study - A procedure used to diagnose arrhythmias in the electrical system of the heart. The procedure is completed by placing large IVs, called sheaths, in one or both groins and inserting electrical catheters into the heart. This allows doctors to look more closely at the electrical system to identify the area from which an arrhythmia originates.
Pacemaker Implant - A device used to maintain heart rate by keeping it from going too fast or too slow.
Defibrillator (ICD) Implant - A device used to prevent sudden cardiac death in life-threatening arrhythmias. An ICD also has the capability to be a pacemaker in case the heart beats too slowly.
Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker or Defibrillator - A device used in cases in which the two bottom chambers of the heart do not sync, which can lead to heart failure.
Radiofrequency Ablation - This procedure uses energy similar to microwave heat to essentially "burn" the affected area causing an arrhythmia to restore the heart's normal electrical function.
Cryo-Therapy Ablation - This procedure removes heat from tissue to essentially "freeze" the affected area causing an arrhythmia to restore the heart's normal electrical function.
Impella - A large catheter that is inserted through the groin and into the heart to help support the workload of the heart during a complex ablation. It's designed to pump blood to vital organs throughout the body and to keep blood pressure stable.
WATCHMAN - This device is an alternative to long-term blood thinners for patients with AFib. It is implanted into the heart to block potential stroke-causing blood clots from traveling to the brain. Learn more about the WATCHMAN procedure.
Jewish Hospital was also the first hospital in Louisville to use MediGuide™ Technology, a GPS-like technology for procedures to correct heart rhythm problems. This technology allows physicians to see the precise location of specially designed delivery tools and catheters enabled with miniature sensors to navigate more safely within the heart. Read more about it here.
Regardless of the type of arrhythmia you have, Jewish Hospital has an experienced team of heart rhythm specialists who can accurately diagnose your condition and provide the most effective treatment.