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Treatment and Pacemakers

Depending on the severity of your arrhythmia and symptoms, treatment options may range from no treatment to medication to surgery. At Missouri Baptist Medical Center, you and your electrophysiologist will together decide the best course of treatment.

Medications to Treat Arrhythmia

Antiarrhythmic medications may help prevent rapid or irregular heartbeats. These medications work to prevent abnormal electrical conduction in the heart, keeping the heart on a regular pace.

Other medications help manage rate control, such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and cardiac glycosides.

Your physician may also prescribe an anticoagulants, such as aspirin, reduce the risk of blood clotting.

Implantable Cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)

The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is often referred to as an ICD or just defibrillator. This device is implanted near your heart to help regulate your heart rhythms. Should your heart beat too fast and become life-threatening, the ICD will deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore it back to a normal heart rhythms.

Pacemakers

This is a small device that is inserted near the heart to send signals to the heart to beat regularly. Modern pacemakers are programmed to work on demand only, so they do not compete with natural heartbeats.

Catheter Ablation

A catheter ablation is a non-surgical technique that burns part of the abnormal electrical pathway that is causing the arrhythmia.

Heart Surgery

Some patients are best treated with heart surgery, specifically a Maze procedure or the mini-Maze procedure, where the abnormal tissue in the heart causing the arrhythmia is destroyed. 

For more information on arrhythmia or to schedule an appointment, call us at 314-996-9627 or contact us online.

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