An abnormal heart rhythm could be a sign of a serious condition
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm and is the result of a problem with the heart's electrical system used to regulate a healthy heartbeat. Your heart may beat at an irregular pace, or too fast or too slow. Although some heart arrhythmias have no complications, more serious conditions can result in heart failure, stroke or even cardiac arrest.
The multidisciplinary healthcare team that participates in the Heart Rhythm Center here in Dallas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, like arrhythmia. Patient treatment options include medication therapy, catheter-based procedures and surgery.
One type of surgery that we perform at our Dallas heart hospital that treats a heart arrhythmia and requires general anesthesia is called surgical ablation. In this procedure, the heart surgeon opens your chest to reach your heart and eradicates or removes the tissue causing the arrhythmia. Heart arrhythmia surgery in Dallas is usually performed when other arrhythmia treatment options have been unsuccessful.
Another surgical treatment option we perform at our heart hospital for a specialized type of arrhythmia—atrial fibrillation—is the Maze procedure.