Caring for an Irregular Heartbeat

Our heart beats to a rhythm that is usually sure and steady, but sometimes it seems it goes off on its own little jazz drum solo. These irregular, skipped or quickening beats may be caused by a rhythm disorder. At Banner Health, our heart specialists are expert at determining what is causing a change in your heart rhythm and will tailor a treatment plan just for you.

There are several types of rhythm disorders:

  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) - this is a rapid heartbeat that begins in the upper chambers of the heart called the atria
  • Bradycardia - A slow beating heart
  • Ventricular tachycardia - a rapid heartbeat that begins in the ventricles of the heart

No matter the origin of your or your loved one's irregular heartbeat, you'll have a team by your side devoted to your care.

We are here to help diagnose your heart rhythm problem. Banner's diagnostic experts use the full range of options available to find the cause of your heart irregularities.

These include:

  • Angiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiologic study
  • Exercise Stress Test
  • Nuclear imaging

These and other diagnostic tools, many of which are non-invasive, will help chart your best course of care.

There are many options for treating heart rhythm problems from prescribing medication to minimally invasive surgery or an implant. Depending on the type of heart rhythm disorder you or your loved one has, will help determine the treatment plan. The main goal is to get your heart beating as steady as possible. To do this, your doctor may choose one or more of the following options:

  • Cardioversion - a procedure that aims to restore your heart's normal rhythm
  • Heart ablation - a procedure that removes part of heart muscle that may be causing the problem
  • MAZE procedure - a procedure that produces scar tissue to interrupt the electrical impulses that may be causing your heart rhythm issue

If your condition requires something more in depth, our experts can provide you with the best care. Surgical treatments may include:

  • Defibrillator implant
  • Lead extraction
  • Pacemaker implant

You've come to the right place for heart care. Our heart health services are part of the full spectrum of care we provide so that no matter what you or your family need, you've got it close by. This means expert, convenient care where and when you need it. From top-of-their-field cardiologists, to a fully certified imaging team and expert cardiac surgeons, you will find it all at Banner Health.

We are with you to help you all along the way - from diagnosis, treatments and procedures to rehabilitation and getting you back home. Each team member will discuss the best plan of action for you or your loved one's particular diagnosis. Your heart care team may include:

  • Cardiologist
  • Cardiac Surgeon
  • Imaging Specialists
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Nurse Navigator

And because we accept most insurances, that's one less thing you need to worry about.