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
- 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 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
- 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.