Heart Rhythm Disorders
Atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders of the heart affect millions of people nationwide, including many patients who come to Sacred Heart Regional Heart & Vascular Institute in Pensacola for treatment that often enables them to resume normal lives.
The most common heart rhythm disorder is atrial fibrillation, often called AFIB, which produces a disorganized, abnormal heartbeat. It becomes more prevalent as people age.
At Sacred Heart, AFIB patients are treated by skilled cardiologists who specialize in electrophysiology -- the wiring of the heart. They prescribe medication to control the symptoms and prevent strokes, which can be deadly.Sacred Heart and its cardiologists also have expertise in performing catheter ablation procedures to interrupt abnormal electrical pathways in the heart. Using a catheter that delivers high-intensity energy to the inside of the heart, our electrophysiologists can cure or significantly improve certain disabling and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
For patients who cannot be helped by medication or a catheter ablation procedure, Sacred Heart also offers a surgical option to treat atrial fibrilation, a common but potentially deadly heart rhythm disorder. The new surgical approach uses a high intensity ultrasound device to safely treat irregular heartbeat without having to place the patient on a heart-lung bypass machine. The procedure destroys specific heart muscle cells that transmit erratic heart rhythms.
For patients at high risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death, Sacred Heart also can implant cardioverter-defibrillator devices including smaller investigational devices that no longer require opening the chest cavity.
For more information, call our Cardiac Nurse Navigators at 850-416-BEAT (2328).