Rhythm Disorders

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.

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Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, weight loss

Atrial fibrillation is alarming, and experts say it's more dangerous than previously thought, but you can help control afib by watching what you eat.

High-Tech Procedure Restores Normal Heart Rhythms

High-Tech Procedure Helps Restore Your Normal Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: ablation, afib, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

A minimally invasive procedure called pulmonary vein ablation uses targeted energy to correct atrial fibrillation, which is a very fast, chaotic irregular heart rhythm. Here’s how the procedure works.

Ventricular Tachycardia

Disturbances In Your Heart: Ventricular Tachycardia (Video)

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While extra heartbeats aren’t uncommon, sometimes they are long and sustained and signal a potentially serious issue. This can be caused by scarring from past heart attacks and other issues.

Pacemaker helping the heart keep pace

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart rate, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, heartbeat, pacemaker, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Sometimes a dangerously slow heartbeat occurs because the natural “battery” of the heart isn’t working as it should, or there’s another issue with the heart’s electrical system. Here’s how a pacemaker can help.

When not to worry

When Not to Worry About Your Irregular Heart Rhythms (Video)

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Almost everyone gets a feeling of extra heartbeats from time to time. While certain types of irregular heartbeats can be very serious and indicative of a serious health issue, sometimes there’s no reason for worry.

Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, ICD, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. This often life-saving device sends energy to the heart muscle when a very fast, abnormal rhythm is detected.

Complicated Heart

Understanding a Block In Your Heart’s Electrical System (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

When all circuits are firing properly, your heart’s electrical system spreads electrical impulses seamlessly through the heart. However, sometimes an abnormality occurs that creates a block in the system. Learn how and why heart block occurs.

Mixed Signals

Abnormally Rapid Heartbeats May Be Present at Birth (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmias, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

Your heart has its own electrical system, and like any electrical system, sometimes issues occur with the “wiring.” When this happens — usually due to a condition someone is born with — the result is an abnormally rapid heartbeat.

Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Wiping Out Your Heart Arrhythmias With Ablation (Video)

Tags: ablation, abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm white, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Patients with a heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, can often benefit from a minimally invasive treatment called an ablation—which is a high-tech way to correct an issue with your heart’s electrical system.