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Heart Rhythm Management (Electrophysiology) Program
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Heart rhythm problems (also called irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia) are the result of abnormal electrical impulses that cause the heart to beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly. Learn more about the many types of arrhythmias.
Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers several options for diagnosing and treating heart rhythm issues.
Consider a referral to the Genetic Arrhythmia Center if:
Ask your primary care provider for a referral.
There are several options available to treat heart rhythm problems. First, patients must undergo testing to determine the type of arrhythmia. Then, a physician will guide a treatment plan based on symptoms, patient age and other factors.
Electrophysiology study (EPS)
Abnormal heart rhythm
Arrhythmia or dysrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat or rhythm. This can happen when your heart has extra beats, when it beats too fast or too slow.
Normal heart rhythm is restored using a defibrillator (electric cardioversion) or medications (pharmacologic cardioversion).
A special catheter is used to deliver high-frequency energy to destroy a tiny portion of the problem heart tissue from the area of arrhythmia.
This permanent therapy may be required if your heart has a problem conducting impulses from the upper to lower chambers.
This device automatically monitors your heart rhythm and delivers a shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm when an abnormality is detected.
Generally, patients can expect to have their new device evaluated two months after implantation and then every three to four months thereafter. The Pacemaker and ICD Follow Up Clinic Program is offered at several locations throughout Minnesota.
In addition to clinic visits, follow up by telephone is also used to monitor the functionality of the device.
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Terry Trippler had a heart problem so he went to Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern to see Dr. Katsiyiannis for an Ablation procedure.
Click on the video below to hear his success story.