If your heart often feels like it “skips a beat,” you may have an
irregular heartbeat. At the Heart & Vascular Center, our team of experts
includes cardiac electrophysiologists, specialists in the heart’s electrical
activities. Our team’s active participation in clinical trials means that we
can offer the best available treatments for arrhythmia.
Innovative Arrhythmia Treatment in the Piedmont Triad
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center uses the best available
implantable cardioverter devices (ICD), including wireless pacemakers. In fact,
we were one of the first hospitals in the country and the first in the Piedmont
Triad to use this innovative device. Wireless pacemakers contain their own
batteries, eliminating the need to place wires inside your body.
Unlike conventional pacemakers, wireless pacemakers automatically
transmit information about your heart to your doctor 24 hours a day. This
information can help us manage your condition without the need for additional
office visits. Advantages include:
- Convenience. Instead of coming to our clinic
every three months to have your device read, you may be able to wait up to six
months between visits.
- Safety. The device is set to report any
problems you are having, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms.
Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation at Wake Forest
If you have atrial fibrillation, you may need a treatment for a
variety of symptoms and conditions, including:
- A heart rate that varies from very fast to
- Damage to the electrical control system of
your heart (atrioventricular node)
- Problems with your heart’s natural pacemaker
(atrioventricular (AV) node or sinoatrial (SA) node)
At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we offer a variety of
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD): A small implantable device that
can potentially stop life-threatening forms of arrhythmia by providing low- or
high-energy electrical impulses.
- Pacemaker: Battery-powered device about the
size of a pocket watch that sends low-energy electrical impulses to “set a
pace,” so that your heart can maintain a regular heartbeat.
- Cardioversion: A procedure using either
electricity or medicine to shock the heart to trigger a normal rhythm. Learn more
at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
- MAZE procedure: Surgical treatment that
intentionally creates scar tissue on the heart, which can then block abnormal electrical
signals causing the arrhythmia.
Heart Arrhythmia Research at Wake Forest
At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we are at the forefront of
developing new and better treatments for heart arrhythmia. Our distinguished
team of cardiac electrophysiologists maintains an active role in ongoing
- Serving as lead investigators for implantable
device therapy research
- Assisting in writing national guidelines for
device use and implantation
- Active participation in clinical trials for
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