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Heart Rhythm Disorders

Treating Arrhythmias & Irregular Heartbeats

Electrophysiology is the use of the electrical properties of the heart in order to regulate or correct your heartbeat. Arrhythmias are sometimes harmless and can occur in the healthiest heart—at the same time, they can indicate an issue that could lead to heart failure, stroke, or heart attack. Electrophysiology allows patients to restore a normal rhythm to their heart with minimal surgery.

Arrhythmia treatments include:

  • Controlled electric shock
  • Medications
  • Pacemakers
  • Ablation

Ablation: Minimally Invasive Treatment

Irregular heartbeats are caused when the electrical signals of the heart are out of sync or not working correctly. Millions of Americans are currently living with this issue. Ablation surgically removes the source of the electrical abnormality of the heart, restoring a regular heartbeat. While ablation once required open chest surgery, doctors can now offer the procedure through minimally invasive means using wires and catheters inserted through vessels in the leg.

Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) – an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart – is a common heart rhythm disorder that affects an estimated six million Americans. Patients with AFib have a five-fold increased risk of stroke due to blood clots that can form in an area of heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) and travel to the brain.

Valley Health offers a new stroke risk reduction device for certain patients with AFib seeking an alternative to long-term blood thinning medications, designed to help treat more patients safely and effectively to ensure the best long-term outcomes. The Watchman FLX™ device closes off the LAA to keep harmful blood clots that can form in the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking their blood thinner. The Watchman device is placed in the heart using a minimally invasive endovascular procedure, under general anesthesia.

Consult Your Physician About Treatment at Valley Health

Valley Health is a widely honored group of hospitals in Virginia and West Virginia. We are nationally recognized for our cardiovascular care. We are able to help our patients live healthy, fulfilled lives while facing the reality of their heart condition.

To receive treatment from our electrophysiological specialists, consult your primary care physician. If you have any questions about treatment at Valley Health, contact us online.

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