Electrophysiology services in Hudson, Florida

Bayonet Point Hospital is the proud home of the Arrhythmia Center of Florida. Our staff is made up of expert physicians and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care for patients wit heart arrhythmias. Our hospital is equipped with the latest in advanced diagnostic and treatment technology for irregular heartbeats.

To learn more about treatment options for an irregular heartbeat, please call the Arrhythmia Center of Florida at (727) 869-5565.

Understanding heart arrhythmias

A heart arrhythmia is a condition characterized by the presence of an abnormality in a person's heart rate or rhythm. A heart arrhythmia may cause the heart to beat too slow, too fast or irregularly. Arrhythmias are caused by changes to the electrical pathways that run from the upper chambers to the lower chambers of the heart

Arrhythmias may vary in severity depending on the specific diagnosis and can be caused by a number of different factors, such as lifestyle choices and genetics. For instance, some heart arrhythmias are congenital (present at birth), while others can be caused by other health conditions or medications.

We treat all types of heart arrhythmias as part of the compete cardiac services offered at Bayonet Point Hospital, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT)
  • Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST)
  • Premature ventricular contraction(PVC)
  • Sinus arrhythmia
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Atrial fibrillation (AFib)

AFib is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia and is characterized by a racing heartbeat, usually averaging between 300 to 600 beats per minute. It occurs when the atrioventricular (AV) node receives several electrical impulses at one time from the upper chambers of the heart.

When this occurs, the AV node only allows a few impulses to travel to the lower chambers of the heart. The result is a racing or chaotic heartbeat and an insufficient amount of blood being pumped throughout the body.

Sometimes AFib is a sign of an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy or a pulmonary embolism. If left untreated, AFib can contribute to other medical conditions, including blood clots and cerebrovascular accident (stroke).

Heart arrhythmia symptoms

Patients with heart arrhythmias often experience a racing heartbeat or a fluttering sensation in the chest or neck. Many people indicate that their heart seems to literally "skip a beat." Other reported symptoms of heart arrhythmias include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

Diagnostic services for cardiac arrhythmias

At the Arrhythmia Center of Florida, there are a range of diagnostic services available to identify heart arrhythmias. We may suggest any of the following studies to determine if an arrhythmia is present:

  • Arrhythmia mapping— This is an advanced form of 3D imaging used to locate the site of a heart rhythm disturbance and aid in treatment during catheter placement.
  • Echocardiogram—This imaging procedure uses ultrasound technology to produce images of the heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)— This is a diagnostic test that uses electrodes placed on the chest to track the heart's electrical signals.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) study— This is a minimally invasive, diagnostic procedure where a catheter is inserted through the blood vessels to the heart where the heart's electrical signals are recorded. An EP study can also medically induce an arrhythmia in order to track and visualize an irregular heartbeat for patients who experience symptoms intermittently.
  • Holter monitor— This device continuously records each heartbeat, whether an arrhythmia is detected or not.
  • Implantable loop recorder— This recording device is temporarily placed in the chest to record the heart rhythm and can be used for long-term, remote monitoring.
  • Tilt table test— This test positions a patient at a tilted angle of 60 to 70 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes while their heart and blood pressure are constantly monitored.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)— This specialized type of echocardiogram uses an ultrasound transducer, a type of probe, which is inserted through the patient's esophagus for a clear, detailed image of the heart.

Heart arrhythmia treatment

A variety of medications, therapies and procedures are available to treat different types of arrhythmias. Treatment options available at Bayonet Point Hospital include:

  • Blood thinners— This medication is used to help prevent blood clots, which can lead to a stroke, in patients with cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)— During this procedure, a special type of pacemaker, called a bi-ventricular pacer, is placed to help the right and left ventricles beat in sync.
  • Cardioversion—This procedure restores a normal heart rhythm by delivering an electrical shock to the heart through electrodes placed on the chest.
  • Convergent procedure— This procedure creates scar lines on the outside of the heart that form a "maze-like" pattern to divert electrical signals that are causing an arrhythmia.
  • Cryoablation— This form of ablation uses a decrease in temperature to freeze tissue and restore a normal heart rhythm.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)— Similar to a pacemaker, this device monitors the heart's rhythm and delivers an electrical pulse when an irregularity is identified.
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device insertion— This procedure reduces the risk of stroke for patients with AFib and helps eliminate the need for long-term blood thinner usage. A device is implanted into the left atrial appendage, which is believed to be the main source of stroke-causing clots in patients with AFib.
  • Lifestyle changes— Lifestyle changes may be recommended as the sole treatment method. In other cases, lifestyle changes may be suggested following a procedure or to aid in the effectiveness of medication.
  • Medications— Additional medications may be prescribed to treat symptoms or lower risk factors associated with heart arrhythmias, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
  • Pacemaker— This is an implantable device that monitors the heart rate and intervenes to maintain a proper heart rhythm when an irregularity is identified.
  • Radiofrequency ablation— This type of ablation uses an electrical current stimulated by radio waves to heat the area of the heart causing an arrhythmia and to neutralize the electrical disturbance.

Cardiac ablation

Cardiac ablation is a heart arrhythmia treatment that scars the tissue in the heart believed to be causing irregular electrical activity. It is performed by navigating a catheter through the veins and into the heart where an electrical impulse is delivered to ablate the targeted tissue. Cardiac ablation is a treatment option for the following types of arrhythmias:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia
  • Inappropriate sinus tachycardia
  • Premature ventricular contraction
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular tachycardia

Cardiac ablations are performed in our Electrophysiology Lab. You will be asleep during the entirety of your procedure, and our team will continuously monitor your heart. After the procedure, you will stay in the hospital overnight while you are monitored. You must be driven home by a friend or family member.

Preparing for an arrhythmia procedure

We want to help ensure you are informed and prepared for your arrhythmia procedure. Some questions you may consider asking include:

  • Are there any medications that I should stop taking or start taking before my procedure?
  • Are there any recommendations or limitations on what I should or shouldn't eat and/or drink before the procedure?
  • Where should I check in on the day of my procedure?
  • Where will my family and friends wait during my procedure?

We ask that you arrive three hours prior to your scheduled procedure time. This allows ample time to fill out paperwork and prep for your procedure. Please make sure all makeup is removed from your face and remove polish from your finger nails and toe nails.

Lodging information: Arrhythmia Center of Florida

We make every effort to ensure your visit to the Arrhythmia Center of Florida is as easy and seamless as possible. There are several hotels nearby for patients and families traveling from out of town, including:

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