Treatment Options for Heart Arrhythmias

February 13, 2019
Health News Treatment Options for Heart Arrhythmias

What is arrhythmia?

It is an irregular heartbeat, which means the heart is not following its normal rhythm of electrical impulses. They become more common as people age.

How is it treated?

Doctors at Corona Regional can test and treat your heart in the Electrophysiology Lab with a cardiac catheterization procedure. Once the catheter is positioned, your doctor can test the strength and health of your heart.

What is an electrophysiology (EP) study?

An EP study records the heart’s electrical activity using an electrode catheter. In addition, doctors are able to implant pacemakers, implantable loop recorders and implantable cardioverter defibrillator devices at the cath lab. Ablation is another treatment option where doctors use radiofrequency energy to target the heart tissue causing the irregularity.

What are patients saying?

When Don Garling was experiencing an arrhythmia, electrophysiologist Truong Duong, MD, discovered the cause of Garling’s problem. He placed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in Garling’s chest, just under the skin. The device sends out electrical pulses to help regulate the heart. “I felt very comfortable with Dr. Duong. He was very detailed and explained the issue and what he was going to do to fix it,” says Garling. “I am grateful for the excellent care I received at Corona Regional, and because of that, I am able to enjoy quality time with my family.”