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Arrhythmia


An arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart which can cause it to beat too fast, too slow, or unevenly. Emerson, through its cardiology affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital, offers the full spectrum of arrhythmia care.

Treatment

Emerson Hospital cardiologists work closely with physicians from the the Mass General Cardiology Program at Emerson Hospital to treat patients with arrhythmias. Electrophysiologists -- physicians who are experts in heart rhythm disturbances -- evaluate patients in Concord and work with Emerson cardiologists to develop treatment plans. Patients benefit from the expertise of a world-renowned academic medical center in a convenient location. Available treatments at Emerson and Mass General include:

  • Anti-arrhythmic medications
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemaker insertion
  • Catheter ablation, including cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Complicated ablation procedures and pulmonary vein isolations

Diagnosis and Testing

Cardiac arrhythmias are diagnosed using procedures such as electrophysiology studies. Emerson cardiologists and the affiliated cardiac specialists in the Mass General Cardiology Program at Emerson offer a range of diagnostic procedures for cardiac arrhythmias. Diagnostic tests include:

  • Electrocardiograms, including signal-averaged electrocardiography (EKG or ECG)
  • Holter monitoring
  • Event recorder
  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise test (stress test or treadmill test)
  • Tilt table evaluation
  • Invasive electrophysiology studies

Services

Emerson Hospital offers a comprehensive array of services for patients with heart problems including:

  • Coronary Care Unit where patients with serious heart problems are closely monitored and receive specialized, individual care.
  • Telemetry Unit designed for patients with heart-related problems who require monitoring, but need less intensive nursing care than is provided in the CCU.
  • The Mass General Cardiology Program at Emerson offers specialists in electrophysiology, women’s heart health, and advanced heart failure.
  • Cardiology Lab offering testing for heart disease, including electrocardiograms (EKGs), trans-esophageal echocardiography, holter monitoring, echocardiograms, stress testing and nuclear stress testing.
  • A Cardiac Rehabilitation Program designed for patients who have experienced a heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting, angioplasty or valve replacement surgery or who suffer from angina.
  • Board-certified cardiologists with offices in Concord and Westford.
  • Pediatric cardiologist from Mass General with an office in Concord.

Support Services

Emerson offers a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for patients who have arrhythmias and other cardiac conditions. Emerson Hospital also offers a number of other specialty services that complement the medical needs of many cardiovascular patients. These include:

Surgical Weight Loss Center -- provides surgical options for weight loss.

Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine – helps patients manage problems with wound healing, sometimes a complication of vascular problems. 

Elizabeth Smith Agarwal Diabetes Center – clinical care, support and education for patients with diabetes.

Community health and wellness programs – Emerson offers a wide range of community health and wellness programs and classes  that can help participants lower cardiac risk factors. Topics include heart-healthy eating with cooking demonstrations, the latest information on preventing and treating heart disease, programs that use hypnosis to help participants quit smoking or lose weight, and stress reduction programs that use yoga, meditation, reiki and qi gong.

Affiliations

Emerson’s cardiology program is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. The Mass General Cardiology Program at Emerson Hospital brings the expertise of a world-renowned academic medical center to a convenient location in Concord.  Specialists in electrophysiology work with Emerson cardiologists to provide the best possible care to cardiovascular patients.