Heart Rhythm Treatments (Cardiac Electrophysiology)
Swedish is on the forefront of electrophysiology, which focuses on electrical activity in the heart. Patients suffering from heart arrhythmia problems are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
Common heart rhythm disorder symptoms include:
- Palpitations, skipped heartbeats, heart fluttering
- Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
Medications used to be the primary treatment for heart rhythm disorders and many of these disorders were considered untreatable. Today, there are many treatments that provide long-term solutions for patients, such as ablation techniques where catheters are used to correct heart tissue that is causing unusually fast or irregular heart rates.
The expertly trained physicians, nurses and staff of Swedish’s electrophysiology program have pioneered many treatment approaches for heart rhythm disorders. In fact, we were the first on the West Coast to perform hybrid surgery on patients with persistent, long-lasting atrial fibrillation.
In the video below, Dr. Darryl Wells of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute talks about the stroke risk associated with atrial fibrillation and how that risk is dealt with. There are medications that thin the blood and reduce stroke risk. There are also medications used to manage the heart rate and the heart rhythm.
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Flutter
- Heart Block
- Supraventricular Tachycardia
- Ventricular Tachycardia
Learn more about atrial fibrillation in the series of videos below. Hear from, Dr. Darryl Wells of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation. Also hear from some of our patients about their experiences.
October 12, 2011 Swedish Participating in Study to Evaluate Safety, Effectiveness of Implantable Device Designed to Reduce Patient Time to the ER, Improve Survival Rates from Heart Attack in High-Risk Patients
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Seattle, WA 98122
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