UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
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At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Cardiac Arrhythmia Center – Methodist Plaza, our providers specialize in the electrical conduction system of the heart, which is the group of special muscle cells that send signals to the heart muscle. Sometimes these signals cause conditions where the heart may beat irregularly (either too slowly or too quickly). This group of conditions is known as cardiac arrhythmia.
If you or a loved one have cardiac arrhythmia, we can help. Our providers, known as electrophysiologists (EPs), spend additional years studying the heart after completing a cardiology fellowship. You can feel confident you are getting highly trained specialists when you visit us.
How Do I Know If the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center is Right for Me?
Our EPs treat those aged 18 and older with heart rhythm conditions. EP's often work with a patient's cardiologist to treat these. We offer the latest technology to assist in diagnosing, treating, and managing your cardiac rhythm needs in Central Iowa.
What does an EP do?
Providers at the Cardiac Arrythmia Center – Methodist Plaza focus on helping control cardiac electrical signals. This can be done in a number of ways:
Cardiac catheter ablation
This is a procedure to help correct electrical signals causing abnormal heart rhythms.
Implanting, extracting, and/or managing cardiac devices
Devices include loop recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators, and heart resynchronization devices. In addition to our providers, we have caring, comprehensive cardiac device staff to help you manage and monitor these devices.
Helps reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, which is a condition that affects the heart's ability to pump blood normally. What is a Watchman procedure?
The Watchman procedure is a heart procedure that is offered to patients with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, who are unable to take blood thinning medications. The device is placed inside the heart by placing a catheter or tube in a large vein in the upper leg. Then, the device is guided into the heart and the Watchman is placed in the left upper chamber of the heart, called the atrium. It covers an area inside called the appendage and resembles an ear shaped sac. The Watchman fits into this sac and closes it off from the rest of the heart. Why would someone need a Watchman procedure?
In the event of serious bleeding events while taking blood thinners, patients can decrease their risk of bleeding. Certain lifestyles or health conditions can place people at a higher bleeding risk from falls or injuries. What warning signs should someone be aware of to let them know they should seek care?
Frequent bleeding requiring medical attention. Frequent falls or being prone to falls.How does the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines care and approach to this procedure differ from others?
Our physicians are specially trained in placing catheters or tubes inside the heart to assess for rhythm disorders.