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Arrythmia & atrial fibrillation

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Keeping you and your heart in tune

If you have been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, like atrial fibrillation, your hearts natural rhythm has been disrupted. This can lead to heart failure, stroke and heart attack. At Novant Health, our cardiologists offer personalized care for your arrhythmia whether you need monitoring of an arrhythmia that has not caused you any symptoms or surgery to implant a life-saving device like a pacemaker. Some of our treatment options include:

  • Medications– Medications may be used to return your heart to its normal rhythm or to prevent blood clots and reduce your risk of stroke.
  • ICD (Implantable cardioverter defibrillator)- An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. When it detects chaotic, abnormal or a heartbeat that is too fast, it delivers an electric (defibrillation) shock to your heart. Learn more about ICD’s.
  • Watchman implant for left atrial appendage closure– Some patients experience bleeding complications or other side effects from blood-thinning medications. These patients may be candidates for a minimally invasive procedure that inserts left atrial appendage closure device more commonly known as the Watchman Device. This device is a catheter-delivered heart implant intended to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation-related stroke by closing the left atrial appendage, according to the manufacturer’s website.
  • Electrical cardioversion– The doctor applies an electrical shock to your chest wall to regulate your heartbeat.
  • Catheter ablation– A hollow tube is inserted into your heart through a vessel in the groin or arm. Once the site of the arrhythmia is found, it can be destroyed.
  • Pacemaker– A pacemaker is placed under the skin to treat an irregular heart rate. The artificial pacemaker can send electrical signals to stimulate your heart to beat if your heart's natural pacemaker is not functioning properly. Learn more about pacemaker implantation.
  • Maze procedure– During the maze procedure, surgeons create a number of incisions in your heart's atrium to block erratic electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation.
  • Lifestyle changes– Often, lifestyle changes can effectively treat your heart arrhythmia. Your physician may tell you to eliminate substances such as caffeine or alcohol that could cause or contribute to the problem.

Find a Novant Health cardiovascular expert near you to learn more about your diagnosis and leading-edge treatment options available to you.