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Meridian Heart Rhythm Disorder Treatment

We Are Leaders in Cardiac Services

If your heart rate feels too fast, too slow or frequently skips a beat, your entire tempo seems off. You can trust your heart to the experienced cardiovascular team and state-of-the-art technology at Anderson Regional Heart Center.

Diagnosing Heart Rhythm Disease

Anderson’s Heart Rhythm Disease team includes board-certified cardiologists and specially trained nurses and technicians. They use leading-edge technology to pinpoint any cardiac arrhythmia that might be causing weakness, fatigue, palpitations, low blood pressure, dizziness or fainting.

Advanced tests include:

  • Treadmill stress test — a noninvasive test with external monitors that identify how your heart works during exertion, while walking or running on a treadmill.
  • Nuclear stress test — a mildly radioactive substance shows how blood flows through your heart during exertion.
  • Echocardiography stress test — using the same non-invasive monitoring as a treadmill stress test, these tests also include ultrasound images to visualize the heart and aid in the diagnosis.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) — an EKG measures the heart’s electrical function and rhythm during normal activity. The staff is proficient at using a 12-lead EKG.
  • Implantable or at-home ECG (Holter, event monitor) — an ECG device takes readings from a minimum of 24 hours up to 30 days or longer for implantable devices, because not all arrhythmias occur at the doctor’s office.
  • Angiogram (or arteriogram) — an X-ray of the heart and arteries uses contrast dye to identify blockages or muscle damage.
  • Tilt Table Testing — this noninvasive test aids in the diagnosis of heart rhythm problems associated with fainting, in which the heart may beat too slowly.

Heart Rhythm Disease Treatment

There are many different types of cardiac rhythm disorders and a wide range of treatments — from changing your lifestyle to surgical intervention. At Anderson Regional Heart Center, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that a competent and caring staff successfully treats heart rhythm disorders on a daily basis. Treatments may include:

  • Lifestyle modification — stress, caffeine and alcohol can promote arrhythmia. Your doctor may recommend a change in diet or stress-reduction measures.
  • Medication — depending on the type of arrhythmia, your general health and the medications you are currently taking, your doctor may prescribe medication to alleviate your heart rhythm symptoms and avoid any unintended consequences.
  • Cardioversion — very fast arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (AFib) or supraventricular tachycardia can be alleviated through an electrical shock delivered by a defibrillator.
  • Ablation — using very high frequency waves, the tissue causing the arrhythmia can be destroyed by heat or freezing, via a catheter in a minimally-invasive procedure.
  • Pacemaker — implanted under the skin, a pacemaker sends electrical signals to start or regulate a too-slow heartbeat.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator — similar to a pacemaker, the ICD is implanted under the skin, where it can deliver a small electrical shock to reset the heart in case of a life-threatening heart rhythm.
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