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Heart arrhythmia

Heart arrhythmias are disruptions in a regular heart rhythm, which can include slow, irregular or fast heart beats. They occur when the electrical impulses to the heart stray from their normal sequence and can range from being harmless to life-threatening.

Electrophysiologists in Kansas City

We work to restore your heart to a healthy rhythm and get you back to your life.

At HCA Midwest Health hospitals, our electrophysiologists specialize in expertly diagnosing and treating heartbeat irregularities. With personalized care that fits your heart's unique needs, our team can help you control and eliminate arrhythmias so you can thrive.

Health Risk Assessments

Answering a few questions can help you determine if you need to speak to your doctor.

Answering a few questions can help you determine if you need to speak to your doctor.

Types of arrhythmias we treat

Arrhythmias can refer to heartbeats that are irregularly fast (tachycardia), slow (bradycardia), or just out of the ordinary and unexpected. We treat all types of arrhythmias, including:

About us

Our cardiac care teams include board-certified electrophysiologists who use advanced diagnostic technology to track heart arrhythmias as they occur, which helps your doctors develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help manage your long-term health.

Kansas City Heart Rhythm Insitute

The electrophysiology heart rhythm specialists at Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute are extensively trained in treating the most complex arrhythmias, and provide access to the most advanced procedures available.

Learn more about Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute

Causes of arrhythmia

A cardiac arrhythmia can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which are unknown. However, our teams specialize in helping you identify common lifestyle factors and congenital health conditions that can increase your risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder. Some of these factors and conditions include:

  • Caffeine or nicotine use
  • Diabetes
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Medications, drugs and supplements
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Smoking

Diagnosing arrhythmias

Common symptoms of an arrhythmia to look out for include chest pain, dizziness, heart palpitations, racing heart or shortness of breath. When diagnosing an arrhythmia, our teams of electrophysiologists use advanced technologies to evaluate your heart from every angle.

By taking a comprehensive approach to diagnostic and imaging tests, we are able to provide a customized diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. Our diagnostic and imaging specialists offer advanced cardiac tests for diagnosing irregular heartbeats, as well as assessing how well treatments are working. Testing for arrhythmias may include:

  • Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Exercise stress test
  • Holter monitoring
  • Implantable loop monitor
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Tilt table testing

Electrophysiology (EP) studies

An EP study is conducted to assess your heart's electrical system to diagnose a possible arrhythmia. To do this, a special moving X-ray, called "fluoroscopy," is used to guide catheters and wired electrodes through your blood vessels and into your heart. Once there, electrical activity can be measured to determine the cause of your arrhythmia by creating a detailed map of the signals that move between each of your heartbeats.

Treating arrhythmias

If an arrhythmia is left untreated, blood clots could form in the heart and block blood flow, making it a notable stroke risk factor. Depending on the type of arrhythmia you are diagnosed with, your treatment may include medication, cardiac ablation, advanced surgery or a combination of the three.

We are able to treat a variety of arrhythmias and heart rhythm disorders with various procedures including minimally invasive options. Our full range of available treatments includes:

Kristiana’s story

Since 14 years old, North Carolina resident Kristiana Rigney’s health journey has been grueling: three hip surgeries, with the most recent procedure three years ago. During post-surgical rehab, she recognized a pattern of feeling out of breath, and was unable to walk on the treadmill or progress in therapy. After “normal” at-home activities left the 20-year-old feeling fatigued, she was referred to a cardiologist and saw six subspecialty physicians in three states — North Carolina, Minnesota and Tennessee — hoping to find a resolution to improve her quality of life. Her mother, Jennifer, canvassed medical journals and found HCA Midwest Health physician Dr. DJ Lakkireddy.

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