Heart arrhythmia care in Ocala, Florida
The board-certified electrophysiologists at Ocala Health have undergone specialized training to treat heart arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.
Uses advanced heart mapping technology, we identify the source of irregular heartbeats, so we can recommend the most effective treatment.
If you would like more information about our heart arrhythmia services, please call (352) 401-1427.
Types of heart arrhythmias
Our cardiology services include the diagnosis and treatment of various kinds of heart arrhythmias. The most common types are:
- Bradycardia—Heart beats too slowly
- Tachycardia—Heart beats too fast
- Fibrillation—Heart beats are not synchronized
A heart arrhythmia may also be present if the heart has:
- Extra beats
- Skipped beats
- Beats coming from an abnormal area of the heart
Diagnostic electrophysiology study
At Ocala Health, we offer an array of advanced heart screening and imaging services to identify and diagnose any heart arrhythmia, abnormality or disease.
Electrophysiology (EP) is the study of the heart's electrical system. EP studies are diagnostic procedures used to identify the source of an irregular heartbeat.
During an EP study, electrical signals are sent through a catheter, triggering your heart to beat at different speeds. By viewing video of your heart's response on a monitor during the procedure, your electrophysiologist is able to trace the origin of the irregular heartbeat. Once the originating location is identified, we can determine the most effective treatment option for you.
Arrhythmia treatments we offer
In our technologically advanced EP lab, we use various treatments to correct arrhythmias.
Cardiac ablation is a treatment option used to eliminate cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia and a variety of supraventricular arrhythmias.
During an ablation procedure, the source of the arrhythmia is pinpointed and destroyed to restore normal heart rhythms.
Our expertly trained electrophysiologist uses both radiofrequency (RF) ablation and cryoablation (freezing) techniques. The best treatment option will be recommended for you depending on your condition.
Pacemakers are a type of implantable device used to maintain a regular heart rate. A pacemaker works by sending a small electrical impulse to the heart muscle. Your physician will recommend the best type of pacemaker to fit your cardiac needs.
Once implanted, your physician will set the heart rate parameters of the pacemaker. If your natural heart rate drops below this rate, the pacemaker will generate the small electrical impulse causing your heart rate to increase.
Typically, the recovery period after a pacemaker implantation is short. However, your cardiologist will check your pacemaker at regular intervals to ensure it is functioning properly.
Ocala Health is pleased to be one of a limited number of facilities which offer a "leadless" pacemaker, which is intended for high-risk patients. This leadless pacemaker is inserted under the skin using a minimally invasive approach.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator insertion
An automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) is another type of implantable device. Unlike a pacemaker, the AICD continually monitors your heart rhythm. Once your AICD detects a rapid, life-threatening heart rhythm—such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation— it delivers a high-energy “shock” to the heart muscle to restore normal rhythm.
Your physician will determine which type of AICD is best for you. Once implanted, your cardiologist will check your AICD at regular intervals to insure it is functioning properly.
Except leadless pacemakers, all pacemakers and AICDs have leads as part of the device. These are placed within the heart during the device implantation, and it is through these leads that the energy is delivered to control the heart’s rhythm. Occasionally, the leads may need to be removed due to lead fracture, scar tissue, infection or other issues.
Watchman device implantation (Left Atrial Appendage Closure)
The Watchman procedure is an innovative procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk for bleeding events. The Watchman device is implanted into the left atrial appendage through a specialized catheter. This procedure is used to reduce the risk of stroke and bleeding events.