Arrhythmia Management

Arrhythmia Management

There are a number of treatment options available for patients with a heart rhythm disorders, allowing our physicians to best manage the individualized needs of our patients. The pumping of the heart is controlled by the heart’s electrical system. When patients have an arrhythmia, or an abnormal heart rhythm, the electrical signals in the heart become disorganized, causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow, and/or irregularly. Over time, certain arrhythmias can worsen the overall function of the heart, increase the risk of blood clots and stroke, and ultimately lead to heart failure (or fluid buildup in the lungs). Heart arrhythmias can be caused by a number of factors and through Cardiac Partners, our team offers the most advanced technology for treating and monitoring complex heart rhythm disorders. Choice of therapy is based on both the individual patient and the type of rhythm disorder bring treated.
    • Ablation Therapy: A nonsurgical  procedure in which tiny areas of heart tissue that are creating the abnormal electrical pulses causing abnormal heart rhythms are scarred and can no longer send abnormal signals.
    • HIS Bundle Pacing: A special implantation of a standard pacemaker lead, which maintains the normal mechanical contraction of the heart.
    • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and Management: ICD’s are implanted through a small incision near the collarbone or on the life side of the chest to detect life-threatening heart rhythms and provide a jolt of electricity (or shock) to restore the heart’s normal rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. This may require an overnight hospital stay.
    • Laser Lead Extractions: Pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD’s) can sometimes require removal for reasons including, but not limited to, infection, incorrect lead positioning, lead failure (meaning the device fails to transmit electrical signals between the pacemaker and the heart), or the desire to upgrade to a newer device. Lead extraction is a complex procedure that requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
    • Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Devices (WATCHMAN®): LAAC devices are used for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are not candidates for long-term blood thinner use. The LAAC device is a catheter-based procedure with access through the groin to close off left atrial appendage (or area of the heart where clots can form), requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.
    • Pacemaker Implantation and Management: Some patients who have slow heart rhythms may require a device to maintain a good heart rate. A small electrical device called a pacemaker is implanted in the body under the skin to send out an electrical signal to the heart to keep a steady rhythm. Alternatively, a “leadless” pacemaker can be inserted in through a vein in the groin to the heart to regulate the heart rate in patients. In addition, there is a biventricular pacemaker that is typically used in patients with symptomatic heart failure whose main pumping chambers of the heart are not pumping in a coordinated rhythm. A biventricular pacemaker performs in an identical manner as a traditional pacemaker in delivering an electrical signal to prevent the heart rate from going too slow. It is implanted in the upper chest and slightly larger than a traditional pacemaker with a battery and three wires. The third wire, stimulates both the left and the right pumping chambers (ventricles) to better co-ordinate the beating of the heart.

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Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira is the largest cardiac program in the region, offering an unmatched range of today’s most advanced cardiac care with a network of more than 65 specialists – right here in South Jersey.

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