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Published on February 29, 2012

Don’t skip a heart beat treating arrythmias

Finding and treating abnormal heart rhythms

ekgA heart that’s off-beat can be a sign of a major problem. Abnormal heart rate, called cardiac arrhythmia, happens when electrical signals that control heart rhythm are off-kilter. The results can range from merely annoying to life-threatening.

Fortunately, most arryhthmias can be managed and some can be completely cured. “Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is fully equipped to diagnose and treat arrhythmia, with all of the specialized medication therapy, implantable device management and expert surgery available today,” says Mohammad Al-Bataineh, MD, board-certified electrophysiologist.

Highly trained physicians use Mercy Fitzgerald’s state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab to pinpoint the cause of an arrhythmia and begin treatment when necessary. Some patients can successfully use an implantable device such as a pacemaker or internal defibrillator to regulate heart rhythm. At the Implantable Device Clinic, specialists provide remote telemonitoring of the device and personalized attention.

Other arrhythmias can be treated with cardiac ablation procedures. “We can perform complex non-surgical and surgical ablations, using catheters and state-of-the-art 3-D mapping technology to direct a safe electrical signal to just the right place and restore normal heart rhythm,” Dr. Al-Bataineh says.

This procedure involves an overnight stay, a very low risk of complications and a high success rate. Our patients can go back to their work within a week and be completely cured.”

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