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As one of the top programs in the nation treating heart rhythm disorders, Ohio State offers cutting-edge care to treat arrhythmias, including medications, device implants (such as pacemakers and defibrillators), ablation procedures, surgical procedures and pioneering minimally invasive procedures that improve the accuracy and precision of treatment. We are the only hospital in central Ohio and one of the first heart and vascular centers in the world to do rotor mapping of atrial fibrillation for ablation of rotors in the heart, using focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM) guided therapy.
Physicians who treat heart rhythm disorders are known as electrophysiologists. The Electrophysiology team at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital consists of the largest group of electrophysiologists in central Ohio, as well as more than 100 nursing staff members dedicated to the care of patients with arrhythmias.
The effects of arrhythmia on the body are often the same whether the heartbeat is too fast, too slow or irregular. Some symptoms of arrhythmias include, but are not limited to:
The symptoms of arrhythmias may resemble other conditions, so it is important to talk to your doctor for a diagnosis.
There are different kinds of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats. When the heartbeat is too slow (fewer than 60 beats per minute), it’s called bradycardia or bradyarrhythmia. When the heartbeat is too fast (more than 100 beats a minute), it’s called tachycardia or tachyarrhythmia. Arrhythmias can occur in the upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.
Some heart rhythm disorders can be inherited arrhythmias, which are based on your genes.
Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital has an entire floor dedicated to the care of patients with arrhythmia. The staff members of this specialized unit, from our physicians to our nurses and support staff, are experts in the care and management of heart rhythm disorders. We coordinate care between your physicians and staff to improve efficiency and outcomes. Our facilities and services include:
John Hummel, MD, a heart rhythm specialist at Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, explains the causes, symptoms and treatments of abnormal heart rhythms.
Ohio State was one of the first in the country to implant a tiny, high-tech pacemaker, only 24 millimeters long, directly into the heart of patients, without surgery.
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