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Treating Heart Arrhythmias

There are many different types and stages of an irregular heartbeat or heat arrhythmias, and a wide variety of treatment options. From medication management to surgical intervention, the experienced cardiac electrophysiologists at Kettering Health Network will find the right treatment option for you.

Treatment options depend on the nature of your heart rhythm. Factors such as smoking, alcohol, and stress can lead to an arrhythmia. Your physician may recommend a change in stress reduction, diet, or exercise to control your abnormal heartbeat. Depending on the severity, your physician might be able to control and monitor your heart rhythm with prescription medication.

Excellence in Cardiac Electrophysiology

Cardiac electrophysiology is a specialized branch of heart care that looks at the heart's rhythm. Kettering Health Network is the proud to have the first electrophysiology lab in the Dayton area. Our physicians, nurses, and technicians are all specifically trained in electrophysiology procedures. Treatment options may include:

Ablation, also called also called radiofrequency ablation is an invasive procedure that uses a long narrow tube, or catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat). This energy destroys a small area of heart tissue that is causing the arrhythmia. Destroying this tissue helps restore your heart's regular rhythm. The procedure is also called radiofrequency ablation.

Electrical cardioversion is used to reset your heart's rhythm. Your physician will administer an electrical shock to your heart to reset the normal heartbeat. This is often used to alleviate very fast arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (AFib) or supraventricular tachycardia.

An ICD, similar to a pacemaker, is also implanted under the skin. It provides an electrical shock to the heart in case of a life-threatening heart rhythm.

A packemaker is a device that helps your heart beat in a regular rhythm. The device is implanted under your skin and sends electrical impulses to regulate your heartbeat.

Cox Maze procedure creates scar tissue on the heart muscle by using small incisions, radio waves, freezing, microwave or ultrasound energy. Scar tissue does not conduct electrical energy and blocks the erratic signals that cause arrhythmia. The surgeon helps create a controlled path for the electrical signals to migrate to the lower heart chambers.