Treatment Options

Cutting-Edge Therapy for Heart Arrhythmias

The Heart Rhythm Center brings the newest and most promising therapies to the Tri-State. Adding to the many "firsts" of Deaconess Heart Services, we offer treatments like advanced cardiac ablation. Of course, we also rely on many traditional therapies that are proven effective.

Treatment varies by diagnosis but may include the options below. For more information, our experts recommend resources from the Heart Rhythm Society.
  • Oral Medication
  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
  • Pacemaker
  • Cardioversion
  • Surgery

Oral Medication   

Antiarrhythmic drugs may adequately treat some arrhythmias. Patients with atrial fibrillation also need a blood thinner (anticoagulant, such as aspirin) to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke. Drawbacks to medication therapy include the drug's side effects and the need for lifelong therapy.

Cardiac Ablation   

This non-surgical procedure involves two phases. The first step is identifying the heart tissue causing the electrical problem. We use an advanced 3D navigational system to find the precise location of the problem. Next, we use energy to destroy (ablate) the small area of tissue causing the problem. In most patients, this safe procedure restores a normal heart rhythm and eliminates the need for lifelong drug therapy.  

Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)  

An ICD is implanted under the collarbone to treat ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation or cardiac myopathy. It is also used in survivors of cardiac arrest. When it detects an abnormal heart rhythm, it sends an electrical "shock" to the heart's electrical system. This restores a normal heart rhythm to prevent cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. 

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)   

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy is also known as biventricular ICD. It is used specifically to treat patients with heart failure. It may improve quality of life and survival rate in patients suffering from this condition.   


A pacemaker is implanted under the collarbone to treat bradycardia, atrial fibrillation, heart failure or syncope. It is programmed to stimulate contractions of the heart at a predetermined rate.


Cardioversion provides a brief shock to the heart to change an abnormal rhythm back to a normal rhythm. It is a life-saving technique used in emergency situations when the heartbeat becomes extremely fast and sporadic. It is also used as an elective procedure for non-emergent cases of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. 


The Maze procedure is used to treat chronic atrial fibrillation when other options are not effective.

For more information, contact the Heart Rhythm Center at 812-450-7547.