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Arrhythmia Care

Find comprehensive arrhythmia care close to home from the heart rhythm experts at Virginia Hospital Center.

What’s Arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. If you have an arrhythmia, your heart may beat too quickly, slowly or unsteadily. It could cause symptoms like chest pain, fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness. Sometimes, without treatment, a heart rhythm disorder can cause serious complications, like heart attack or stroke.

Diagnosing Irregular Heart Rhythm

If your doctor thinks you may have an arrhythmia, diagnostic testing can determine what type, and help you and your care team plan the best treatment. Learn more about your heartbeat when you rely on our cardiovascular diagnostic experts for heart monitoring, an electrophysiology (EP) study or electrocardiogram (EKG).

Arrhythmia Treatments & Procedures

Partner with your cardiologist to set goals for your heart health. Depending on the type of arrhythmia you have and other factors, you may benefit from:

  • Heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medical monitoring
  • Medications
  • Cardioversion, a procedure that sends electrical energy to the heart through chest electrodes to restore normal heart rhythm
  • Ablation, a interventional cardiology procedure that uses energy to block the abnormal electrical activity that causes an irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiothoracic surgery Electropsyialogy procedures: to put a medical device such as a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) in the body to control the rhythm of the heart

Atrial Fibrillation Care

Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is a type of arrhythmia. This condition can increase your risk of problems like blood clots, heart failure or stroke. Look to Virginia Hospital Center for the latest evidence-based choices to manage Afib symptoms and prevent complications. We offer:

  • WATCHMAN™ device placement – Seals the part of the heart where a stroke-causing blood clot is most likely to happen if you have Afib
  • Maze procedure surgically treats Afib using minimally invasive techniques if other treatments are not effective

Related Locations

  • Main Hospital
    Main Hospital

    703-558-5000

    1701 N George Mason Drive
    Arlington, VA 22205