Cardiac arrhythmia treatment in Denver
The Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute (RMHRI) at Rose is an important component of our Denver cardiology services, offering comprehensive care to patients with heart arrhythmia symptoms. Our goal is to restore your heart to its normal rhythm and get you back to your life. We are dedicated to providing thorough, focused care that uncovers the cause of your irregular heartbeat. Our expert electrophysiologists in Denver provide each patient individualized care from diagnosis and treatment to patient support.
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Our heart arrhythmia team
RMHRI’s highly experienced team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists and heart surgeons is one of the best, most diversely trained teams in the country. They are pioneers in the field, developing new minimally invasive approaches and procedures, including the Convergent procedure.
Our electrophysiologists are specially trained in providing outpatient procedures that treat many different types of irregular heartbeats.
Irregular heartbeat symptoms
You know your heart and when something doesn’t feel right. Knowing your risk for a potentially life-threatening heart disorder is the first step to prevention.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing a heart rhythm disorder:
- Racing of the heart
- Shortness of breath
- Passing out
Heart arrhythmia types
Our team is highly experienced in identifying the type of heart arrhythmia you have. This helps us develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Types of heart arrhythmia include:
- Adult congenital heart disease arrhythmias
- Arrhythmic myocarditis
- Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)
- Atrial flutter
- Bradycardia (sinus node dysfunction, heart block)
- Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)
- Inherited cardiac arrhythmias
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
What is atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)?
Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as A-Fib, is one of the most common and undertreated irregular heart rhythm conditions in the U.S. An A-Fib diagnosis indicates that blood is not moving properly through the heart muscle. In addition to being a notable stroke risk factor, A-Fib also increases the risk of congestive heart failure and may cause chronic fatigue.
Patients with A-Fib experience heartbeats that are significantly faster than a normal heartbeat. Because A-Fib is causing the heart to beat at a faster rhythm, blood is not completely pumped from the heart’s atria, increasing the chances of pooling and clotting.
Irregular heartbeat causes
Our team can identify the conditions that put you at a higher risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder, which includes lifestyle factors and/or other health conditions. Risk factors may include:
- Coronary artery disease, other heart problems and previous heart surgery
- High blood pressure
- Congenital heart defects
- Pericarditis and myocarditis
- Leaking or stenotic heart valves
- Thyroid problems
- Drugs and supplements
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Caffeine or nicotine use
Cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis
Our team of electrophysiologists uses the latest technologies to evaluate your heart from every angle in order to make the most accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. Our diagnostic testing may include:
- Signal-averaged electrocardiogram (EKG) testing
- 24-hour Holter and event monitoring
- Implantable loop EKG and recording to improve accuracy of monitoring
- Stress testing
- 3D mapping
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Tilt table testing to detect neurocardiac syncope
- Electrophysiology studies
Irregular heartbeat treatment
At Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute, we use cutting-edge procedures to treat congenital heart disease and arrhythmias associated with A-Fib using the method that is best for each patient. Our expert physicians have perfected advanced treatments for cardiac arrhythmias, including cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablation.
The electrophysiologists at our facility have performed advanced and standardized treatment procedures more times and with greater success than any other facility in the region. Treatment options may include medication, catheter-based ablation and electronic devices
The RMHRI is proud to offer our patients multiple heart arrhythmia treatment options, including:
- Radiofrequency ablation—Considered the gold standard for treating A-Fib, this procedure uses radiofrequency to ensure cells are unable to electrically conduct irregular signals through the heart. It involves intentionally scarring the areas around the pulmonary veins that are contributing to A-Fib creating lesions to prevent abnormal electrical signals.
- Catheter ablation—A procedure that delivers radiofrequency energy directly to the area causing the heart rhythm problem. This technique can be used to treat atrial fibrillation, AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), ventricular tachycardia and Wolf Parkinson White syndrome.
- Cardioversion—This is a medical procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm that involves a prescribed electrical energy shock used to convert the abnormal heart rhythm.
- Cryoballoon ablation—This minimally invasive procedure treats A-Fib using a catheter approach that treats the electrical triggers that are causing irregularity in the heartbeat. Our physicians utilize a balloon-tipped catheter to release liquid nitrogen into the four pulmonary veins which immobilizes the area of the left atrium that is causing the irregular heartbeat.
- Convergent procedure—Rose Medical Center leads the nation in performing the Convergent procedure as the only Convergent team in the western U.S. This procedure combines the expertise of an electrophysiologist and a cardiac surgeon who work to create small scars on the back of your heart to stop the electrical activity causing atrial fibrillation and perform complex electrical-anatomic mapping.
- Left arial appendage closure implant—A left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implant is a treatment that reduces atrial fibrillation stroke risk and may eliminate the need for blood thinners in people with non-valvular A-Fib.
- Left atrial appendage ligation—This procedure is for A-Fib patients and can help reduce the risk of stroke when patients are unable to take blood thinners. This noninvasive procedure uses a device to access the heart and close off the region of the heart known to cause blood clots that can lead to stroke as a consequence of atrial fibrillation.
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and pacemakers—These are a battery-operated devices implanted under the skin to help regulate an abnormal heart rhythm.