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Posted on January 1st, 2022
For patients with abnormal heart rhythms, the primary goal of treatment is to restore normal rhythm when possible and to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke if a normal heart rhythm cannot be restored or maintained. There are a variety of ways a doctor may choose to treat arrhythmias, and often they begin by focusing on nonsurgical treatments.  Nonsurgical treatment of arrhythmia... Read More
Posted on December 1st, 2021
Tachycardia is the medical term to describe a fast heartbeat. Heart rate varies from person to person and during different activities and times of day. For diagnosing fast and slow heart rates, doctors look at heartbeats while at rest. Any heart rate above 100 BPM at rest is considered faster than normal.  There are several different types of tachycardia, which are categorized and defined by... Read More
Posted on November 1st, 2021
Ablation is a treatment that involves removing or destroying problematic, abnormal tissue. For some cardiac patients, the procedure can provide the best chance at reducing symptoms or even offer a complete cure and return to normal life. Ablation can be done using cold therapy, heat, lasers, or chemicals, depending on the type of tissue being destroyed.  What heart conditions does ablation... Read More
Posted on October 6th, 2021
From the Seminole Producer – October 6th. 2021: Oklahoma Heart Hospital is among the first cardiovascular hospitals in the nation to deploy a new FDA-approved heart failure treatment designed to improve contractions of the heart muscle to promote healthier blood flow to the body for patients with chronic heart failure or cardiomyopathy.  The therapy, called Cardiac Contractility Modulation (... Read More
Posted on October 1st, 2021
The decision to treat your heart condition with an implantable cardiac device (ICD), like a pacemaker or defibrillator, can feel overwhelming. Whether you had time to consider the recommendation or if the decision was made during a crisis, adjusting to life with an ICD can take time. You will need to think about both the initial recovery period and the ongoing changes that may occur. ... Read More
Posted on September 1st, 2021
Every heartbeat is controlled by a series of electrical impulses that tell each part of the heart when to contract. There is normal variation in this system in response to movement, sleep, and stress, but sometimes the electrical impulses fire out of sync. When that happens, it leads to an abnormal rhythm or arrhythmia where heartbeats are irregular, too fast, or too slow.  Not all... Read More
Posted on August 1st, 2021
If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, your doctor may have talked to you about a procedure called a cardiac catheterization. Cardiac catheterization can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of many different heart disorders and is relatively common for patients with heart rhythm disorders.  What is cardiac catheterization? Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to diagnose... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2021
Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are a common type of arrhythmia where the bottom chambers of the heart (the ventricles) cause extra beats. Typically, each beat of the heart begins in the sinus node in the upper chamber (the atria) of the heart. The electrical impulse from the sinus node causes the atria to contract and send blood into the ventricle. When the ventricle beats sooner than... Read More
Posted on May 1st, 2021
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a genetic disease that involves a defect in the cells that hold the heart muscle together. Over time, the damaged cells are replaced by scar tissue and fat deposits. This impacts the structure of the heart muscle and interrupts the heart’s electrical system, which can result in an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. While the name of the... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2021
There are many different types of heart rhythm disorders and many different medications that can be used to treat them. After diagnosing a heart rhythm disorder, your doctor will formulate a treatment plan that fits your individual situation. Treatment could range from simply monitoring a slight arrhythmia for changes to prescribing medications or recommending a surgical procedure or implantable... Read More