Heart arrhythmia care in Middle Tennessee
At TriStar Medical Group, our team has over 30 years of experience caring for heart patients with heart arrhythmias. We partner with expert electrophysiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to resolve your irregular heartbeat and restore your heart health.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (800) 242-5662.
What is a heart arrhythmia?
An arrhythmia is an irregular heart rhythm that is too fast, too slow or seems to skip a beat. Some arrhythmias are harmless and occur as a normal response to exercise or stress. However, other types of heart rhythm conditions are associated with heart disease and require medical treatment to keep the heartbeat regular.
Your heart rhythm is controlled by electrical impulses that signal your heart to contract and pump blood to the rest of your body. Usually, the whole heart muscle contracts between 60 and 100 times per minute. Each contraction equals one heartbeat. If these regular electrical impulses "short circuit," your heart will beat irregularly.
Heart arrhythmia treatment
Lifestyle changes and medications can often help correct your heart rhythm, but many patients require a cardiac device, like a pacemaker, to constantly monitor and treat an irregular heart rhythm. Other treatment options include:
- Ablation: This minimally invasive procedure disables the area that is conducting the abnormal electrical impulses.
- Cardiac devices: Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are programmed to constantly monitor your heart rhythm, providing a small shock to restore a normal rhythm if you experience an arrhythmia.
- Cardioversion: This involves an electrical shock to restore the heart rhythm, usually done in an emergency.
- Surgery: If other treatments are not successful, surgical procedures can treat the area of the heart causing the electrical arrhythmia.
Depending on the cause of your arrhythmia, we'll help determine the right treatment for you.
Atrial fibrillation treatment
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of arrhythmia that occurs in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. With AFib, your heart muscle quivers and spasms instead of pumping regularly. Symptoms usually include heart palpitations, discomfort and dizziness.
AFib causes reduced blood flow and dramatically increases your risks for blood clots, stroke or even death. This is because AFib can cause blood to pull in the atria when it is not properly pumped out, which can form blood clots. These clots travel through the body and can block blood flow to the brain (stroke).
If you have AFib, our specialists in cardiac care can partner with you to reduce your stroke risk and keep your heart rhythm normal.