Heart Rhythm Disorders
Advanced care for arrhythmias
A heart rhythm disorder, known as an arrhythmia, is characterized by abnormal
heart beat — too fast, too slow or uneven. Many arrhythmias don’t
pose a serious health danger, but for patients who require treatment,
Lehigh Regional Medical Center’s arrhythmia specialists have the
training and expertise to provide advanced care.
Lehigh Regional Medical Center’s arrhythmia specialists utilize advanced
technology to measure the heart’s electrical activity and identify
damage to the heart. Doctors use tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG
or EKG), electrophysiology studies or a Holter monitor, which records
heart activity over a period of time, to diagnose arrhythmias.
State-of-the-art arrhythmia treatment
Depending on the type and severity of the arrhythmia, there are a range
of treatment options. Lehigh Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive
arrhythmia treatment, from lifestyle-modification assistance to highly
complex surgical treatment:
Lifestyle modification and medical management – Stress, caffeine, alcohol or other substances can contribute to
arrhythmias. Lehigh Regional Medical Center provides education and resources
to help you adopt healthier lifestyle habits to eliminate arrhythmias.
When lifestyle changes are insufficient, arrhythmia specialists can develop
a treatment plan using medications.
Cardioversion – Fast arrhythmias are treated by delivering an electrical shock
to the heart, utilizing an ECG monitor and a defibrillator.
Catheter ablation – A catheter fitted with a tiny electrode is used to eliminate abnormal
heart cells that are causing the arrhythmia.
Implantable devices – Placed just under the skin, small devices are used to send electrical
signals to the heart to regulate heartbeat. A pacemaker is used to regulate
a slow heartbeat, and a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is used to regulate
a fast heartbeat (defibrillation).