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Heart Rhythm

Our Heart Rhythm Clinic offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias. We perform the most technologically advanced heart rhythm procedures, but also diagnose and manage risk factors, including hypertension, sleep apnea and congestive heart failure. A vast majority of diagnostic testing takes place in our office without having to set foot in the hospital. If a hospital-based procedure is recommended, we usually send you home the same day.

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Wearable monitors

A monitor worn for 24 hours with beat by beat analysis of every heartbeat. This monitor is the first line diagnostic test for many heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation and premature ventricular contractions (PVC’s).

In-office Insertable cardiac monitors

These small “injectable” recorders allow for monitoring and diagnosing heart rhythm abnormalities for up to 3-4 years. They involve a simple in-office procedure and are used for patients who have undiagnosed symptoms despite other monitors, or for long term management of chronic heart rhythm disorders.

Cardiac implantable electronic devices

An ICD is another device that can be implanted in the chest. An ICD continuously monitors the heartbeat and if it senses a dangerous rhythm, it delivers electrical shocks in order to restore a normal heartbeat. ICDs are typically used when the two lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) are not working properly, which could occur in conditions like ventricular tachycardia (a dangerously fast heartbeat) or ventricular fibrillation (a chaotic heartbeat that doesn’t allow the heart to supply sufficient blood to the rest of the body).

Catheter Ablation

During catheter ablation, your doctor advances long narrow catheters through the vessels to the heart. Heart rhythm disorders can then be diagnosed and potentially cured, with all catheters removed at the end of the procedure.

Left atrial appendage occlusion

The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most common site of thrombosis (the clotting that causes a stroke) in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients with atrial fibrillation are frequently prescribed medications called “blood thinners” to prevent strokes. For those patients who may not be able to tolerate these medications, novel, catheter-based procedures allow for “occlusion” of the left atrial appendage for stroke protection.