The electrophysiology program at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with abnormal heart rhythms. Physicians on the medical staff specially-trained in cardiac electrophysiology work closely with an experienced team of nurses and nurse practitioners to provide evaluation and treatment using advanced healthcare technology and evidence-based techniques, including medication therapy, catheter-based procedures and surgery.
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas continues to be recognized as a leader in electrophysiology in the Metroplex and the nation because of our focus on successful outcomes, patient satisfaction and our commitment to research. We achieve this through experience – experience that only a high-volume electrophysiology program can provide.
Arrhythmia is a problem with the electrical system that tells the heart muscle when to contract. This condition causes the heart to have an abnormal beat that is too fast, too slow, and/or irregular. Many arrhythmias do not require urgent treatment, but that same beat can also signal a life-threatening condition. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit a doctor for evaluation.
Common Types of Arrhythmias
Tachycardias: A fast heart rhythm with a rate of more than 100 beats per minute.
- Ventricular Tachycardia: A fast heartbeat that begins in the ventricles (lower chamber of the heart).
- Superventricular Tachycardia: A rapid heartbeat between 100 and 240 beats per minute.
Bradycardias: A slow heart rhythm with a rate below 60 beats per minute.
Supraventricular arrhythmias: Arrhythmias that begin in the atria (upper chamber of the heart).
- Atrial Fibrillation: A rapid and irregular heartbeat that begins in the atria.
- Atrial Flutter: A coordinated, rapid beating of the atria.
Ventricular arrhythmias: Arrhythmias that begin in the ventricles.
Bradyarrhythmia: Slow heart rhythms that may be caused by disease in the heart’s conduction system, such as the sinoatrial (SA) node, atrioventricular (AV) node or HIS-Purkinje network.
It is important to note that not all arrhythmias are accompanied by symptoms. However, some noticeable signs of arrhythmia are:
Fluttering in the chest
Ongoing fatigue and tiredness
Shortness of breath
Lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting
Physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas have participated in many of the developments in electrophysiology and continue to be involved in numerous ongoing research projects, including:
Congestive heart failure
Pacing, including therapies for the management of heart failure, such as cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), biventricular pacing, combined CRT and pacing, and combined CRT and defibrillation.
The Electrophysiology Team is here to provide you with the guidance, encouragement and support you need to live a healthy life with your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). If you suffer from cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure or have experienced sudden cardiac arrest, the ICD can be your life vest and has been described by many to be like having a paramedic by your side at all times. Join us for this free workshop designed for you and your loved ones to learn in a group setting how exactly the ICD works.
Class topics include:
Understanding your device
Returning to daily activities
Eating for health
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