Heart rhythm disorder treatment at The Christ Hospital Health Network

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we offer advanced, leading-edge treatment options for heart rhythm disorders, such as The Watchman device, a new, FDA-approved treatment that reduces the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients, without the need of blood thinning medication.

Our compassionate care team is dedicated to identifying and properly treating your arrhythmia so you can have a good quality of life.

Diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders

Cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and electrophysiologists at The Christ Hospital offer advanced diagnostics and treatments to patients with all types of arrhythmias. Your physician may use one or more of the following tests to determine if you have a heart rhythm disorder:

  • Coronary angiography

  • Echocardiogram

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Electrophysiology study

  • Heart-monitoring device (such as a Holter monitor or event monitor)

 

Treatments for heart rhythm disorders include:

  • Cardiac ablation

  • Electrical shock therapy (cardioversion or defibrillation)

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)

  • Lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise

  • Medication, such as anti-arrhythmic drugs

  • Temporary or permanent pacemaker 

Minimally invasive treatment ​for heart rhythm disorders

Our physicians are experts in performing ablations, a minimally invasive surgical procedure to eliminate arrhythmias without making a conventional chest incision.

We offer traditional ablation as well as cryoablation, a new treatment with a proven success rate in reducing and eliminating arrhythmias. Studies suggest this new technology provides shorter procedure times and better outcomes for patients.

The Watchman device

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) have a five times greater stroke risk than those who do not have the condition. Many people with AFib struggle to stay on blood-thinning medications due to the required monitoring, lifestyle limitations and bleeding risks.

The Christ Hospital is the only hospital in the region to offer a new, FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment called The Watchman to reduce the risk of AFib-related stroke, without using anticoagulation drugs, or blood thinners.

About the size of a coin, The Watchman is a device that is inserted through a catheter into the specific area of the heart most often responsible for clots that cause stroke.

The one-time procedure effectively "seals off" this area and prevents stroke-causing blood clots from entering the bloodstream. The Watchman procedure is covered by Medicare for approved patients.

To learn more, call 513-206-1275.