Getting Your Heart Back in Rhythm
Millions of Americans experience arrhythmia, an abnormality of the heart’s rhythm. Arrhythmia symptoms range from occasional skipped beats and sustained racing pulse, to episodes of loss of consciousness (syncope). Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common arrhythmia and often occurs in people over 65, however, patients as young as 13 years old are being treated.
An electrical problem.
Many arrhythmias are due to a “short circuit” in the heart’s electrical system, which can be treated with catheter or “radiofrequency” ablation. In this minimally-invasive procedure, a series of catheters (small flexible wires) are put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh) or neck. A special machine sends energy to your heart through one of the catheters. The energy destroys small areas of heart tissue where abnormal heartbeats may cause an arrhythmia to start.
“Standard radiofrequency ablation for supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and common (non-AFib) atrial arrhythmias has a greater than 95 percent success rate, has a low risk of complications and is done under mild sedation,” explains Roger Muse, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist for Methodist Heart. “AFib ablation, however, has a somewhat lower success rate, and with most of our providers, requires general anesthesia.”
Keeping the beat.
At Methodist Heart, we are helping people from throughout South Texas overcome arrhythmias every day. The department of Electrophysiology has physicians on the medical staff who are all board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and electrophysiology, and who practice in our four full-time, advanced electrophysiology labs. A team of specially trained electrophysiology nurses and anesthesia providers will work with the electrophysiologist to provide your quality care. We diagnose the full spectrum of heart rhythm abnormalities, including but not limited to, AFib, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation. We offer proven diagnostic and treatment options for cardiac arrhythmias.
“Methodist Heart electrophysiologists are committed to providing excellent care for all types of arrhythmia patients,” says Muse. “We have office locations throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas such as Kerrville, Boerne, Devine and Uvalde, to name a few, and we are happy to begin the evaluation of any patient that has a rhythm concern.”