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Overview of Arrhythmia

There are several abnormal heart rhythm conditions that need medical attention. An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia). Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don't nec​essarily occur together. Some examples of abnormal heart rhythms are:

  • Atrial fibrillation​ (AFib)
  • Atrial flutter​
  • Atrioventricular block
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Multifocal atrial tachycardia
  • Premature atrial contraction
  • Premature ventricular beats​​
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Sinus bradycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardia​ (SVT)
  • Ventricular fibrillation​
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Arrhythmia Treatment

Some arrhythmias may cause few, if any, problems. In this case, you may not need treatment; however, when the abnormal heart rhythm causes symptoms, your Baylor Scott & White Health team will give you options for treatment. Baylor Scott & White has electrophysiologists on the medical staff who specialize in heart rate and rhythm problems.

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of abnormal heart rhythms and personal preferences. Options may include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Medicine
  • Cardioversion​
  • Ablation​
  • Cryoablation
  • Pacemaker​
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Clinical Trials​ (when appropriate)​

Specialized Centers for Arrhythmia Care

Several Baylor Scott & White locations offer electrophysiology services for the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms.

Find an Electrophysiology Location

The Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital Center for Complex Arrhythmias and the Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano Arrhythmia Center are both dedicated centers for the care of those with atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. ​

The Arrhythmia Center at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irvingbrings together cardiovascular expertise and medical technology to treat irregular cardiac rhythms that affect the heart's ability to pump blood.​

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