Heart arrhythmia treatment in Denver
With the HealthONE Physician Group network, our cardiologists and cardiac specialists within our comprehensive heart program use state-of the-art technology to diagnose, treat and monitor a full range of heart conditions, including atrial fibrillation and other types of arrhythmia. They are committed to the prevention and treatment of heart disease, ensuring that all patients receive the highest level of care.
For more information on our arrhythmia services, you can schedule an appointment with a specialist.
What is a heart arrhythmia?
An arrhythmia occurs when the electrical signals that regulate your heartbeat don't work right, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slowly or irregularly.
Some arrhythmias can be caused by stress or too much caffeine and are usually harmless. However, other arrhythmias may be a symptom of heart disease and can even be life threatening.
Symptoms of a heart arrhythmia include:
- A fast or slow heartbeat
- A fluttering in your chest
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fainting or almost fainting
- Shortness of breath
We provide a full range of procedures and treatments for patients with heart conditions related to arrhythmia. These procedures include:
Atrial fibrillation ablation treatment
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia. It can limit the amount of blood that reaches the lower chambers of the heart and the body.
Risk factors for AFib include advanced age, high blood pressure, underlying heart disease, family history, binge drinking, and having other chronic health conditions.
Doctors use ablation to correct AFib. It is a procedure in which the heart tissue that is triggering the abnormal heartbeat is scarred or destroyed. There are several types of cardiac ablation procedures, including hybrid ablation and catheter ablation.
A pacemaker is designed to help regulate the heartbeat and prevent the heart from beating at a dangerously slow rate. A physician might recommend a pacemaker to treat bradycardia, tachy-brady syndrome or a heart block.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
This type of electronic device is designed to monitor and regulate potentially fast or life-threatening irregular heartbeats. An ICD helps reset the heart’s rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablation
This procedure is used to treat irregular rhythms in the heart's upper chambers, which cause the heart to beat too fast. During this procedure, surgeons use catheters to access the target area of the heart. They use radiofrequency ablation (electrical energy) or cryoablation (cold) to damage the area causing the abnormal rhythm, creating scar tissue and restoring a normal heart rhythm.
Ventricular tachycardia ablation
This type of ablation treats irregular heart rhythms in the heart's lower chambers (ventricles), which cause the heart to beat too fast. Like SVT ablation, surgeons use catheters to access the affected area of the heart. They then use ablation to damage the area causing the irregular rhythm and restore normal heart rhythm.