Advanced care for arrhythmias in Denver

The Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute at Rose through our cardiology department offers comprehensive, individualized care to patients with heart rhythm disorders. Our goal is to restore your heart to its normal rhythm and get you back to your life. We are dedicating to providing thorough, focused care ranging from arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment to patient education and support.

Contact the Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute, call (303) 374-0800.

Diagnosing heart rhythm disorders

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. 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
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Leaking or stenotic heart valves
  • Thyroid problems
  • Drugs and supplements
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Caffeine or nicotine use

Diagnostic testing

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 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
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology studies

Heart rhythm irregularity symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you may be experiencing a heart rhythm disorder, like atrial fibrillation:

  • Racing of the heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Passing out
  • Fatigue

Atrial fibrillation

Normal EKG rhythm and a atrial fibrillation ryhthm

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. This increases the risk of stroke, 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.

Treating heart arrhythmias

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, electronic devices and surgery.

We offer:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LARIAT™—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 the LARIAT™ Suture Delivery 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.

Your care team at Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute

The expert team at Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute at Rose is comprised of physicians who are at the forefront of advanced heart arrhythmia treatment. Our specialists are pioneers, performing new minimally invasive approaches and procedures in our state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab. Our lab is where the cardiologists at our facility use innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating arrhythmias and other potentially serious heart rhythm disorders.

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Our team provides:

  • Comprehensive risk identification and heart rhythm evaluation
  • Expert staff with specialized training in arrhythmia treatment
  • Care plans tailored specifically to each patient
Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute- Dr. Christopher Stees

Heart rhythm nurse navigator

When you are diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, we know it can be scary. The team at Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute at Rose is committed to ensuring our patients are supported throughout the entirety of the care process, which is why we have a dedicated electrophysiology patient care navigator, a reliable and trusted source to help patients navigate this confusing time.