BLK Heart Centre >> Treatment Offered >> Arrhythmia Services
Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms, and quite common . An electrophysiologist is a specially trained heart rhythm specialist, and along with highly skilled nurses and technicians is available for arrhythmia management program at BLK Heart Centre.
Services available for arrhythmia patients include:
- 24 hr Ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter monitoring)
- External Loop Recorder-For prolong (1-3 weeks) monitoring of heart rhythm
- Exercise ECG (T.M.T.)
- Arrhythmia and Pacemaker clinic- Provides tertiary care services for the patients who have cardiac arrhythmias and for evaluation and programming of Implanted Pacemakrs/AICD.
- Electrophysiology Study/Radiofrequency Ablation and Pacing Procedures-
Permanent Pacemaker is small electronic device which is implanted below collar bone and it automatically monitors and regulates the heartbeat, by transmitting electrical impulses to stimulate the heart when it is beating too slowly.
Automatic implantable defibrillator (AICD) is a kind of very advanced Pacemaker. It continuously monitors your heart beat and delivers precisely calibrated electrical shocks to correct the arrhythmia and can prevent sudden cardiac death.
Electrophysiology Study (EP Study) is used to study the electrical function of your heart and locate abnormal sites of electrical activity.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a procedure to cure the abnormal heart rhythm by destroying the abnormal pathway or focus that causes it. It is often performed as part of an EP study. During an EP study, the abnormal pathway or focus is identified. Special catheters that deliver radiofrequency energy are introduced into the blood vessels percutaneously and directed into the heart to the site of abnormal pathway or focus. This procedure is a nonsurgical technique done under local anaesthesia with mild sedation and patient get discharged next day after overnight monitoring.Catheter ablation has high success rate (95-99%) for some arrhythmias. After successful catheter ablation, the condition is usually cured and medications may no longer be necessary.