With one of the busiest programs in the area, the electrophysiology team at Rush University Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options — from medications to ablation therapy — for patients with arrhythmias and congestive heart failure. The program offers care for people with abnormally rapid heartbeats (atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation), abnormally slow heartbeats (bradycardia) and irregular heartbeats.
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Electrophysiologists at Rush offer the full spectrum of options for treating electrical disorders of the heart, from medication management to minimally invasive and surgical procedures, including the following:
- Ablation, or the destruction, of diseased heart tissue. This can be done either surgically or minimally invasively via catheters to treat arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation. One minimally invasive option is the Sensei Robotic Catheter system, a robotic system that allows physicians to treat complex arrhythmias with greater precision.
- Cardiac defibrillators, devices that bring the heart back into normal rhythm using electric shocks or through painless pacing.
- Cardiac resynchronization devices, such as pacemakers (including biventricular pacemakers), which improve the heart’s function for patients with congestive heart failure.
- Complete electrophysiology testing of the electrical conduction system of the heart. This testing includes a minimally invasive procedure where catheters (small flexible wires) are inserted into a vein in the leg and used to diagnose abnormal rhythm disorders. During the procedure, physicians can treat these disorders with ablation if appropriate.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) tests of the heart’s rhythm.
- Monitoring of heart rhythms remotely via a Holter monitor or an event recorder (longer-term monitor for 30 days), devices that are attached to the patient’s chest.
- Implantable monitors for recurrent syncope (fainting) or palpitations of the heart.
- Remote monitoring of implantable devices used to treat arrhythmias, such as pacemakers (including biventricular pacemakers) and defibrillators.
Physicians at Rush are involved in clinical trials evaluating new treatment options for patients with cardiovascular conditions, including medications, devices, and stem cell and gene therapy. For more information or to enroll a patient in a trial, call (312) 942-5498.
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