Cardiac arrhythmia treatment in Kissimmee, Florida
Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) can be scary. At the Heart and Vascular Institute at Osceola Regional Medical Center, our compassionate cardiology team can help. We have the experience needed to accurately diagnose your condition and determine the next steps you need to take.
To learn more about the heart arrhythmia services we provide, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 447-8206.
Causes of an irregular heartbeat and AFib
A heart arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. It is a cardiac condition that can occur when there is a malfunction in the heart’s electrical impulses that coordinate how it beats. This causes the heart to beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly.
Some abnormal heart rhythms may not be problematic but others can be potentially life-threatening. In more serious cases, patients may experience recurrent fainting, palpitations, unexplained stroke or atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Heart testing and treatment
We use the latest advancements in cardiac testing to determine whether or not you have an arrhythmia. This can include an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, chest X-ray and stress testing. Depending on your results, we will determine what the best method of treatment is for you.
Electrophysiology (the study of electric processes in the body) procedures and devices we specialize in include:
- Ablation and cryoablation
- AFib management
- Implantable defibrillators
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD)
- Lead management systems
Insertable heart monitor (ICM)
The ICM is another system we specialize in. It is a miniature device designed to help physicians quickly and accurately diagnose irregular heartbeats. Your doctor might recommend it if you are experiencing recurrent fainting (syncope), heart palpitations, unexplained stroke or AFib.
The ICM sits just under the skin and requires an incision of less than one centimeter. The device continuously monitors the heart so your electrophysiologist can get a reliable snapshot of your cardiac activity.
AFib and stroke risk
AFib can decrease the heart's pumping capacity and cause blood cells to stick together, forming clots in the heart's left atrial appendage (LAA). If a blood clot escapes from the LAA, it can cut off the blood supply to the brain, causing a stroke.
Reducing AFib stroke risk
Blood thinners, also called anticoagulants, are an effective way to lower the risk of stroke in people who have AFib not caused by heart valve problems.
However, not everyone can safely take blood thinners. Those people may need an alternative to blood thinners, such as the LAA closure (LAAC) implant.
LAAC implant is a permanent implant roughly the size of a quarter and is made from very light, compact materials commonly used in other medical implants. The device is designed to reduce the risk of stroke by permanently closing off the LAA to keep blood clots from escaping.