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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy is used to treat people with advanced heart failure whose right and left ventricles are not contracting at the same time. A small device called a biventricular pacemaker is implanted in the chest, under the skin. The pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart muscle to match up the beating of both sides of the heart. This resynchronization improves the heart’s function.  
  • Holter Monitor

    Holter monitor uses an external recording device and electrodes to monitor the heart’s electrical activity for periods of 1 to 3 days. It is used to diagnose arrhythmias and silent myocardial ischemia and to determine whether treatments for these conditions are effective.  
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are small electronic devices placed in people who are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, a weakened or enlarged heart, congenital heart disease or a genetic health condition. Implanted in the chest, the ICD detects any life-threatening rapid heartbeat, or arrhythmia, and sends an electrical shock to the heart to bring the rhythm back to normal.
  • Electrophysiologists at Rush University Medical Center offer the latest in pacemaker technology, including leadless pacemakers (e.g., Micra) and His bundle pacing, to treat arrhythmias.