Cardiac Arrhythmia

A cardiac arrhythmia is an interruption in your heart’s natural rhythm that makes it beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. An arrhythmia can have many causes, and the severity can range from common and treatable to more serious. 

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute offers expert care for all types of heart rhythm problems. 

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Why Choose Vanderbilt

At Vanderbilt, we offer:

  • Recognized excellence: U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 20 cardiology programs in the country, and we are the only top-ranked program in Tennessee. Patients choose us for our innovation, leading-edge research and the advanced care of a center dedicated to cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Depth of expertise: Our doctors, known as electrophysiologists, are specially trained to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias. At Vanderbilt, you can trust that you are in expert hands. We are the only academic medical center in the region with a team of doctors who are all board certified. 
  • Team approach to care: Our team of electrophysiologists work closely with interventional cardiologists and nurses to develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.
  • Advanced research: As the only academic center in Middle Tennessee, we offer the latest approaches to diagnosis and treatment. We are committed to research that will help patients with cardiac arrhythmias live an active, healthy life.

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Conditions We Treat

Our experts treat all types of cardiac arrhythmias, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial tachycardia
  • Heart block or AV block
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Pakinson-White Syndrome

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Tests

There are several tests that may be used to diagnose arrhythmias. Some of those include:

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Treatments

All cardiac arrhythmias are different, and so is their treatment. Here are some treatments you may require:

  • Lifestyle modifications: Our team can help you make lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.
  • Medications: Treating your arrhythmia may involve various medications.
  • Implantable devices: If your irregular heartbeat cannot be treated by medication, our heart specialists may implant a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). These are small electronic devices that normalize your heartbeat.
  • Surgery, including minimally invasive procedures: If you have a severe irregular heart rhythm, we can perform surgical and transvenous procedures (ablations) to correct many arrhythmias. Options may include:
    • Catheter ablation: For some patients, a catheter ablation may be the best option. This low-risk procedure removes the tissue around the heart that causes the irregular heartbeat. 
    • Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure: This minimally invasive procedure involves closing off your LAA, a pouch of the left atrium called the appendage. A self-expanding plug is placed at the opening of the left atrial appendage to close it off from the rest of the heart. Once the plug is fully sealed, no blood can enter or leave the appendage. This reduces blood clot formation and stroke risk.

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 388-8622
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Williamson Medical Center
4323 Carothers Pkwy., Williamson Tower, Suite 405
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 875-5337
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300 Steam Plant Road, Suite 460
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 322-2318
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1370 Gateway Blvd., Suite 200
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 895-1301
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Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Ln., Suite 22100 
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-2318
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2839 Highway 231 N., Suite 209
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 685-4492
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