overview

Dedicated to the restoration of a healthy heartbeat

The Bon Secours Heart Rhythm Center offers safe and effective treatment options to restore your heart to its normal rhythm. As the region’s experts in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms, our electrophysiologists (cardiologists who specialize in heart rhythm problems), cardiac surgeons and nurses combine research, technology, and clinical expertise to provide better outcomes and patient care.

The Heart Rhythm Center was the first in Virginia to implant MRI-safe pacemakers, and we are the ONLY center to offer hybrid ablation, the latest treatment option for patients with complex or recurrent atrial fibrillation. Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the art electrophysiology labs with advanced medical imaging and ultra high-definition monitors that provide brilliant 3-D visualization. This sophisticated imaging makes it possible to create very detailed maps of your heart to accurately assess where irregular heart rhythms originate and then intervene.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, it is important to be followed by an electrophysiologist to determine what treatment is best for you. In some cases arrhythmias are self-limiting and require very little treatment. However, some arrhythmias, if left untreated, can dramatically increase your risk for stroke, heart failure and sudden death. In fact, arrhythmia is the leading cause of stroke worldwide. At the Heart Rhythm Center, we focus on comprehensive heart care and treat not only your arrhythmia, but also any underlying conditions.

arrhythmia symptoms

A normal heart rhythm is well-timed and coordinated: the two upper chambers (atria) contract first followed by the two lower chambers (ventricles). This pumping is powered by the heart’s own electrical system. When malfunctions occur in the heart’s electrical system, the result is an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm.

Often, patients with arrhythmias have no symptoms at all. Many cases are discovered during a routine exam. However, some patients report the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations – a sudden fluttering, pounding or racing sensation in the chest
  • Lack of energy or feeling over-tired
  • Dizziness – a feeling of lightheadedness or faintin
  • Chest discomfort – pressure, pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Shortness of breath –difficulty breathing during normal activities and even at rest