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Lakeview Regional Medical Center
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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

The serious health risks associated with cardiac arrhythmias can lead to life-threatening conditions including heart failure and stroke. Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart, currently affects approximately 2.2 million Americans. Conditions considered as arrhythmias include:

  • Heart beats too slow (bradycardia)
  • Heart beats too fast (tachycardia)
  • Abnormal heartbeats such as extra beats or skipped beats (atrial fibrillation)
  • Beats coming from abnormal areas of the heart

The board-certified physicians at the Arrhythmia Institute at Lakeview Regional Medical Center can diagnose and manage heart rhythm disturbances with biplane technology in the electrophysiology laboratory (EP Lab). The superior reliability and greater detail of the GE Innova 3131 provides physicians with the highest level of image quality, while emitting the lowest radiation. The Arrhythmia Institute can:

  • Identify the source of abnormal beats by mapping the heart
  • Predict the risk of future arrhythmia events
  • Restore normal heart rhythms through catheter-based ablation
  • Implant permanent rhythm devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Use resynchronization therapy to improve patients with heart failure

Diagnosis & Testing

Your highly specialized team of physicians at Lakeview Regional Medical Center will ask you about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They may prescribe diagnostic tests such as:

  • Blood tests
  • Chest x-ray
  • Coronary angiography
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology study
  • Exercise stress test
  • Holter monitoring
  • Nuclear scanning
  • Tilt table testing
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Urine tests