Heart Rhythm Center

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center is the leading provider of comprehensive care for patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana with arrhythmias and other irregular heartbeat problems.

The team of specialists at the Heart Rhythm Center in the Springs Medical Center on Dutchmans Parkway uses state-of the-art equipment to help you control your arrhythmia and monitors your condition remotely.

Our staff of 24 includes certified pacemaker/defibrillator clinicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and electrophysiologists. The Heart Rhythm Center features:

  • Four cardiologists who are board certified in electrophysiology, a highly specialized discipline that focuses on the electrical properties in cells and tissues of the heart
  • A staff of physicians and advanced practice providers with collectively more than 100 years’ experience with heart arrhythmias
  • A device-monitoring unit that provides around-the-clock digital monitoring for the detection of heart arrhythmias
  • A device-check and adjustment clinic for patients with permanent pacemakers and implantable defibrillators

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center is able to provide diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of heart arrhythmias and disorders, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Supra ventricular tachachardia
  • Ventricular tachachardia
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Syncope
  • Heart failure

The Heart Rhythm Center uses wireless technology to provide 24-hour monitoring for many patients. Our team is able to detect rhythm issues when you are sleeping, exercising or just living your daily life.

If an arrhythmia is detected remotely and requires follow-up with one of our top-rated electrophysiologists, you will be contacted. You also can participate in routine telephone monitoring sessions with one of our team members.

Our treatment plans often include monitoring or implantable devices. Our services include:

  • Holter monitors
  • Seven-day event monitor patch
  • 30-day event monitor/patch
  • Placement and complete follow-up care for permanent pacemakers (including leadless pacemaker), implantable defibrillators (including S-ICD) and bi-ventricular devices
  • Implantable loop recorders

Our specialists evaluate and provide a customized treatment plan to patients with heart arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats of any kind. The plan may include medication, a minimally invasive procedure, noninvasive ablation or an implantable device such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.

Arrhythmia Symptoms

Arrhythmia symptoms can come and go over minutes or hours. They  also can be chronic and persist without treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Palpitations or the sensation that your heart is skipping, fluttering or pounding
  • Feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint
  • Feeling tired or unable to complete normal daily activities
  • Shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Chest pain or a tightness/discomfort in your chest
  • A sensation of not feeling right
  • General fatigue or fatigue when exercising
  • Fainting or confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sweating at rest or with minimal exertion

While heart palpations can be worrisome, they  usually are harmless and go away on their own. However, some other types of arrhythmia can be more serious. It’s always best to speak to a doctor about what you’re experiencing.

For less-serious arrhythmias, such as an occasional heart flutter, common triggers include stress, dehydration, too much caffeine or alcohol, as well hormonal changes during menopause. In other cases, underlying heart or other medical conditions could be a cause. You should see a physician if you are experiencing arrhythmia symptoms.

One of the most common types of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (A-fib), which affects more than 4 million, mostly older, Americans. A-fib is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can cause poor blood flow to the body and create an erratic pulse. If A-fib isn’t treated, it can lead to stroke, heart failure or other complications.

If you have been diagnosed with A-fib or another type of arrhythmia, chances are you take medications. Medications can be an effective treatment, but they can have side effects, and there may be alternatives to control your condition more effectively. It can be confusing making decisions about what’s best for you.

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for men and women of all ages seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to men and women after a heart attack, living with a heart condition or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

Classes and Events

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers classes about once a week on a broad range of heart health topics including cooking classes, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and heart failure education workshops, and more.

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About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks —  the most severe type of heart attack.
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