How Are Arrhythmias Treated?

In some cases, medication may help. In other cases, a minimally invasive procedure may be necessary.

Catheter ablation involves placing a catheter (a long, thin flexible wire with monitoring electrodes on the tip) inside of a blood vessel (usually in the groin or neck) until it reaches the heart. The doctor can then use heat or cold technology to ablate, or destroy, the abnormal electrical pathways.

Sentara RMH has the latest state-of-the-art imaging including a 3D mapping system, intracardiac ultrasound, Cardiac CT/3D segmentation of the cardiac chamber of interest for planning ablations, and the full complement of ablation tools including radiofrequency and open-irrigated catheters, and cryocatheter or cryoballoon ablation technology.

Interventional treatments include:

  • Ablation for Atrial Fbirillation
  • Ablation for Atrial Flutter
  • Ablation for Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ablation for Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW)
  • Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Cardiac rhythm devices (pacemaker and AICDs)
  • Cardiac Resyncronization Therapy (Bi-V pacemakers, AICDs

The Sentara RMH Arrhythmia Center includes a few other important heart rhythm services as well:

  • The cardiac device support group, “The Beat Goes On” for device patients and their families. This group meets quarterly. Contact Sentara RMH Healthsource at 1-800-SENTARA (1-800-736-8272) for dates. There is no fee.
  • The cardiac device clinic is an outpatient clinic led by Dr. VerNooy and other implanting cardiologists. It offers long-term follow up and management of cardiac devices including routine and urgent in-clinic device checks. The clinic also performs device-based follow up of other related heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.

Contacting the Team or Scheduling an Appointment

  • Healthcare professionals: Dr. VerNooy and the other physicians affiliated with the Sentara RMH Arrhythmia Center can be contacted by calling Sentara RMH Healthsource at 1-800-SENTARA (1-800-736-8272).
  • Patients may be seen by a cardiologist at Sentara RMH Evelyn Byrd Health Center, 540-564-5800. All Electrophysiology inpatient care and procedures are performed in the Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Center.

We welcome any patients with known or suspected heart rhythm symptoms or conditions as self-referral or second opinion, and all direct referrals from other health care providers. Patients should verify with their insurance plans whether a referral is preferred or required from their primary care provider.

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