Heart Rhythm Center

What is the Heart Rhythm Center?

The Heart Rhythm Center offers the region’s premier expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms.

There are many types of arrhythmias, depending on the cause or location of the problem, including:

  • atrial arrhythmias (upper chambers of heart)
  • atrial fibrillation (fast, irregular heart rhythm)
  • heart block (results in dangerously slow heart rhythm)
  • ventricular arrhythmias (lower chambers of the heart)

Read more on arrhythmias.

What is the Cardiac Monitoring Center?

Within the Heart Rhythm Center, the Cardiac Monitoring Center is charged with monitoring patient cardiac devices either in-office or remotely to ensure that the devices are functioning properly. The following are some of the devices monitored by the center:

  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) – A small portable device about the size of a home phone allows a patient to collect data from the ICD and securely transmit it to the Cardiac Monitoring Center, where it is compiled into a report and sent to the physician. The remote monitoring can substitute for some routine office visits and deliver continuous device status information.
  • Pacemakers – As with the ICDs, data from a pacemaker can be checked regularly either in-office or remotely.

Implantable loop recorders- The Center compiles data from the monitors and issues a report for interpretation by the physician.