Treatment Options at the Heart Rhythm Center
At NYU Langone’s Heart Rhythm Center, we have access to advanced technologies and experience with new kinds of catheter techniques developed from our research that have helped us routinely eliminate chronic heart rhythm problems still deemed untreatable by other centers.
For people with heart rhythm disorders, no treatment may be required whatsoever. In fact, the most important aspect of an initial evaluation at the Heart Rhythm Center is to determine the impact of the arrhythmia and the need for intervention. For some patients, medication alone can be effective in controlling the abnormal heart rhythm.
Other patients may require one of the following treatments for heart rhythm disorders:
- Catheter ablation, which is a minimally invasive way to eliminate a variety of arrhythmias by using radiofrequency energy applied through a special catheter to fix the abnormal heartbeat signals causing the arrhythmia. With three-dimensional mapping, our doctors can work in a very small part of the heart, performing precise ablation of the affected area without opening up the chest. For many patients, this technology cures an arrhythmia without requiring additional medication or surgery.
- Pacemakers, which are implanted into people who have a slow heart rate, known as bradycardia. An artificial pacemaker can take charge and regulate your heartbeat if the heart's natural pacemaker is not working properly. We are currently participating in a clinical trial for a leadless pacemaker that eliminates the wires that can be associated with infections and other complications.
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which send an electric shock to convert serious ventricular arrhythmias, such as tachycardia and fibrillation, back to a normal heartbeat. At NYU Langone, we often have access to new ICDs through clinical trials that may not be available elsewhere, and that allow patients to have an MRI if needed.
- Pacemaker and ICD lead management. We recently recruited the country’s foremost expert on lead extraction and management—one of only four who perform extractions in the country.
- Device and arrhythmia monitoring center, staffed by clinicians who coordinate care between outpatient management and hospital-based procedures, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.