Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib), Arrhythmia
Get Your Heart Back in Rhythm
Do you suffer from heart palpitations, shortness of breath or chest discomfort? You may have an irregular heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia. If you’re living with arrhythmia, the heart specialists at Baptist Health System can help. Baptist’s cardiac electrophysiologists specialize in:
- Evaluation and treatment of atrial ﬁbrillation and other arrhythmias
- Management of antiarrhythmic medications
- Electrophysiology studies
- Catheter ablation
- Implantation and management of pacemakers and cardioverter-deﬁbrillators
- Intracardiac echocardiograms
- Stereotaxis surgery
Learn more about what electrophysiology is and how it can help you.
What Is Electrophysiology?
State-of-the-Art Testing and Treatments
Our advanced treatments for arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation or A-Fib — one of the most common types of arrhythmia — can help you get back into the flow of life again. Our compassionate doctors and specialists offer a variety of state-of-the-art testing procedures and treatments at the renowned Baptist Heart and Rhythm Center located inside Northeast Baptist Hospital.
Helping You Find the Right Beat
Combining skilled hands and advanced technology, our doctors can help restore normal rhythm to your heart and your life. Baptist’s cardiac electrophysiologists are heart doctors (cardiologists) who have additional training in diagnosing and managing heart rhythm problems. In addition to guiding medical therapy, cardiac electrophysiologists can perform electrophysiology studies and ablations, which may provide a resolution for your heart rhythm problems without the need for medications. Our electrophysiologists also have additional training in implanting and managing pacemakers and defibrillators.
See how our team helped Betty’s heart get back into rhythm:
What Is A-Fib?
The heart is an elegant and complex pump that relies on an electrical system to coordinate heartbeats. When this system malfunctions, the heart’s rhythm may become too fast, too slow or irregular, which makes the heart pump less efficiently. As a result, you may experience palpitations (heart skipping), shortness of breath or fatigue.
A-Fib is one of the most common types of arrhythmia. With A-Fib, the atria — the two upper chambers of the heart — fire in a fast and often uncontrolled manner. Instead of contracting normally, the atria quiver, causing the electrical signals to arrive in the ventricles in an irregular fashion, and the blood may pool and/or clot. If a blood clot becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke may occur.
You don’t have to live with arrhythmia. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our heart doctors, call (210) 297-7005