Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Your heart beats too fast, too slow or at irregular intervals. This irregularity can interfere with how well your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body. At Geisinger, we successfully treat a range of arrhythmias, from mild to severe.

The most common way we diagnose an arrhythmia is with an EKG (electrocardiogram) or a heart monitor that records similar information over time. These simple, non-invasive tests record your heart’s electrical activity.


What you should know about arrhythmias

  • If your heart beats too slowly, this is called bradycardia. If your heart beats too fast, it is called tachycardia. Both can cause symptoms such as fainting, shortness of breath or dizziness, and can be risk factors for a heart attack.
  • Arrhythmias range widely in severity, from harmless to life threatening. Some arrhythmias are treated with medication. Others may require monitoring or further intervention, including pacing devices, treatment with heat (ablation) or surgery.

Why choose Geisinger for your arrhythmia care?

  • Comprehensive treatments: We have the most advanced equipment available in our highly-sophisticated electrophysiology lab. We offer several minimally invasive procedures to treat arrhythmias, as well as home monitoring, including the Holter monitor.
  • Vast experience: We see more people with arrhythmias than other area hospitals. That means we have experience treating every kind of abnormal heart rhythm, including atrial fibrillation. Whether an arrhythmia is mild or severe, you can have confidence knowing we have successfully treated the specific type of abnormal rhythm you have.
  • Innovative pacing treatments: We are actively researching new and innovative ways to pace the heart and are international leaders in the field. This research means better, safer, and more efficient and effective cardiac pacing for people who need pacemakers.

Treatment options

We have successfully treated all types of arrhythmias, through innovative procedures such as:

  • Ablation : Our doctors use strong energy to destroy tumors, with cold gas freezing them (cryoablation) or microwave radiation heating them (radiofrequency).
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators : These implants regulate abnormal heart rhythms and reduce the risk of heart attack.
  • Watchman : Your doctor may recommend this implanted device to reduce your stroke risk.

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