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Heart rhythm disturbances

We implant, change out, and remove the cardiac stimulation devices needed for pathologies that involve the heart rhythm. Heart rhythm can be affected in different areas of the heart, and in most cases the solution to the problem is to implant a cardiac stimulation device like a pacemaker. At the same time, these systems sometimes need to be replaced or removed

Description

Symptoms

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.

 

Diagnosis

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).

 

Typical treatment

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.

 

Typical tests

The most common tests are the electrocardiogram and the 24-hour Holter monitor test.

 

Prevention

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.

 

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Dr. Rafael
Rodríguez Lecoq
Head of Department
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