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About Rush Arrhythmia Center
If you have an arrhythmia and your heart beats irregularly — too slowly or too rapidly — it can lead to significant problems, such as stroke, heart failure or sudden death.
The expert team at the Rush Arrhythmia Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago specializes in caring for irregular heart rhythms.
We take a personalized approach to care, working closely with you to develop a treatment plan that will give you the best possible results. We offer a full spectrum of options for treating arrhythmias — from medications to ablation to cardiac implantable devices including conduction system pacing (His bundle and left bundle branch pacing), among others.
The Rush Arrhythmia Center provides access to the latest clinical trials and innovative technology that helps our team better understand cardiac arrhythmias and reduce the risk of arrhythmias and its related symptoms for our patients.
- Patient-centered care: We will evaluate your individual symptoms and needs, and work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and goals.
- Access to clinical trials: As part of a leading academic health system, the center offers you access to advanced diagnostics and therapies through a variety of clinical trials. Learn more about our clinical trials.
- Expertise in atrial fibrillation: The center also has a specialized atrial fibrillation clinic, which focuses on treating the most common type of arrhythmia. Our providers in this clinic are experts in treating atrial fibrillation, or afib, and provide treatments to help manage your symptoms.
We treat the following specific conditions:
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with an ablation procedure using radiofrequency (or heating cells).
Atrial flutter is a condition in which the heart's upper chambers (atria) beat too quickly. Atrial flutter can also be treated with an ablation procedure using radiofrequency (or heating cells).
Inherited cardiac arrhythmia and channelopathies are caused by mutations in gene coding that affect proteins that regulate the electrical function of the heart. If diagnosed early, our team will provide preventative measures that can help you and family manage this diagnosis.
Ventricular arrhythmia is a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly. Ventricular arrhythmia can be treated with an ablation procedure using radiofrequency (or heating cells).
Premature ventricular contractions are benign, in most cases, but if bothersome or frequent, our team offers an ablation procedure to target the abnormal signals that cause this issue, which can help reduce your associated symptoms. Premature ventricular contractions can also be treated with an ablation procedure using radiofrequency (or heating cells).
Sports cardiology is an evolving field that includes the care of athletes and active individuals with cardiovascular conditions, such as arrhythmias. Our sports cardiology program includes physicians with specific knowledge in the field, who provide recommendations for athletes, allowing them to make informed decisions to safely and effectively participate in their sport.
Supraventricular arrhythmia is a rapid heartbeat that develops in the upper chambers of your heart when the normal electrical impulses of your heart are disrupted. This arrhythmia can be treated with an ablation procedure using radiofrequency (or heating cells).
Advanced Arrhythmia Treatment Options
We offer the following innovative techniques and treatments:
Cardiac implantable devices are designed to help control or monitor irregular heartbeats if you experience certain heart rhythm disorders and heart failure. Rush offers the following types of implantable devices and associated procedures:
- Pacemakers are implanted to regulate a slow heart rate. Our team has experience in implanting pacemaker leads through the veins and leadless pacing systems.
- Conduction system pacing (His bundle and left bundle branch pacing) is a method for using your own electrical system to create a more uniform heartbeat. This pacing technique reduces the incidence of heart failure and atrial fibrillation based on available data. Our team is a leader in the Chicago area and is among the most experienced in the nation with innovative His bundle and left bundle branch pacing techniques.
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy involves inserting a pacing system that delivers small electrical impulses to the left and right ventricles of your heart to help them contract at the same time. This will help your heart pump more efficiently and will help reduce heart failure symptoms.
- Cardiac defibrillators are implanted to prevent life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, specifically ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, which are often associated with sudden cardiac death. The device delivers an electric shock that helps create a normal rhythm.
- Lead extraction is necessary if any part of your device becomes infected or if one of your heart valves becomes infected. Our cardiology and infectious disease specialists will help you determine if it is the right treatment for you.
Catheter-based ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which our team advances a flexible thin tube, or catheter, through the blood vessels to your heart to stop abnormal electrical pathways in your heart tissue that cause your arrhythmias. Our team offers types of ablation:
- Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a one-time procedure to seal the left atrial appendage. Our team offers this procedure to reduce the risk of blood clots that can lead to stroke and eliminate the need to take blood-thinning medication, if you have non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
- Ventricular tachycardia ablation is used with cold or hot energy to create tiny scars in your heart to prevent abnormal signals that cause a rapid, erratic heartbeat. We offer innovative techniques, as well as provide management tools, even if you experience the most difficult or complex arrhythmias.
- Stellate ganglion block is a minor procedure used to treat hard-to-manage, or intractable, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
Hear From Our Providers
“One of the biggest things that helps put patients at ease is really talking to them. Once you spend enough time with them, and explain the nature of their condition to them and the options they have for managing their condition, they often feel more at ease.”
– Parikshit Sharma, MD, MPH, cardiac electrophysiologist.