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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • At the Rush Electrophysiology, Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Program, you'll find electrophysiologists who specialize in caring for heartbeat irregularities and provide second opinions. They offer all of the most advanced treatment options, including cardiac ablation and leadless pacing (e.g., Micra).
  • Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, is a serious condition that causes an irregular, and often fast, heartbeat. This makes the heart pump blood less effectively, weakening the heart and potentially leading to blood clots, stroke or congestive heart failure.
  • Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart weakens and can’t pump enough blood throughout the body. It doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working or is about to stop working, but it is a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention.  
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome

    Sick sinus syndrome is the name for a group of arrhythmias involving the heart’s natural pacemaker that can cause heart rhythms to be too fast, too slow, and/or include long pauses. Most often, sick sinus syndrome occurs in people over the age of 50. Treatment may involve implanting a pacemaker to stabilize the heart’s rhythm.  
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

    Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a type of arrhythmia where the heart beats too fast because of a glitch with the heart’s electrical system originating in the two top chambers (atria). During episodes of SVT — which come on suddenly and are usually brief — the heart rate speeds up to as high as 300 beats a minute (a normal rate is 60 to 100 beats a minute). SVT may require treatment if it happens frequently, lasts longer than a few minutes or causes symptoms.
  • Syncope

    Syncope is the medical name for fainting, or temporarily losing consciousness. Possible causes of fainting include emotional stress, heart problems, neurological issues, dehydration and standing up too fast, among many others.
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rapid heartbeat (a pulse rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row) that originates in the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles). It can develop after a heart attack or in people with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, heart valve disease or congenital heart disease. Symptoms — including pounding heart, shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness — often come on suddenly and go away on their own.