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Arrhythmia and Heart Rhythm Disorders

Your heart’s electrical system controls your heartbeat, ensuring it works in a regular, constant rhythm. An arrhythmia, or heart rhythm disorder, is any change to those electrical impulses, causing the heart to beat irregularly and pump blood less effectively.

While most heart rhythm disorders are minor, some can be life-threatening and increase the risk of complications such as stroke. If you’re experiencing palpitations that feel like skipped heart beats, fluttering, or pounding in the chest, you may have an arrhythmia. Contact one of our heart specialists as soon as possible to make an appointment, discuss your concerns and possible next steps.

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About Atrial Fibrillation

Learn about the causes of afib and what to expect if you’re diagnosed with this condition.

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Afib Ablation

When medication doesn’t resolve afib, your doctor may recommend this procedure to restore a normal heart rhythm.

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Minimally Invasive Maze

Learn how this state-of-the-art procedure improves outcome and reduces recovery time for patients with afib.

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Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology studies provide detailed evaluations of the electrical activity in your heart.

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Lead Extraction

Learn what to expect if it becomes necessary to remove your pacemaker leads with a procedure called lead extraction.

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Leadless Pacemaker

This alternative to a traditional pacemaker controls the pace and rhythm of your heartbeat with fewer complications.

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Treating Arrhythmias & Heart Rhythm Disorders

Types of Arrhythmias

The most common type of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and too fast. Other common heart rhythm disorders include tachycardia, a fast heartbeat, and bradycardia, a slow heartbeat.

Treatment Options

A wide range of treatment options are available to effectively manage the many kinds of arrhythmia. These treatments include everything from lifestyle changes and medication to surgical interventions. At SSM Health we take the time to get to you know you and your condition so we can treat you better. Our approach lets you be an integral part to your own treatment plan.

If you’re suffering from an arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation you can trust in the heart and vascular team at SSM Health. We’ll provide you with answers to all of your questions. Our experts will then speak to your condition and the treatment options you may benefit from. Get started on your path to heart health today.

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