Heart rhythm disturbances
The symptoms of heart rhythm disorders can range from dizziness to syncope (fainting). Apart from this, there are also cases where the device gets infected, and these will present with symptoms of local infection (redness, warmth, oozing, etc.) or symptoms of generalised infection (fever, chills, dysfunction of other organs, etc.).
Who is affected by the disease?
Heart rhythm disturbances can affect patients ranging from newborns (congenital problems) to the elderly, and they are more frequent in patients over 70 years old.
A diagnosis is made by obtaining a correct medical history and performing a physical examination, in addition to the most important procedure, an electrocardiogram or Holter monitor test (an electrocardiogram for 24 hours).
There are heart rhythm disturbances that can be treated medically, but the vast majority of cases require invasive procedures such as ablations and implanting/removing cardiac stimulation devices.
In our Department, we have a unit dedicated exclusively to treating these pathologies and we are a referral centre for the removal of cardiac stimulation devices, which is mostly required due to infections related to the device. We are considered the benchmark centre for the removal of these devices, covering a larger health area for referrals for this pathology than for any other.
The most common tests are the electrocardiogram and the 24-hour Holter monitor test.
There is no way to prevent heart rhythm disorders.
Related departments that treat this condition
The Devices Unit within the Cardiac Surgery Department and the Arrhythmia Unit within the Cardiology Department work in collaboration to treat this disorder.
Notable professionals at Vall d’Hebron who treat this condition
All of the professionals in the departments mentioned above.