Arrhythmia Program

Irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, can interfere with your daily activities and sometimes even threaten your life. But by evaluating the heart’s electrical system (electrophysiology), our doctors can manage, and often cure these common disorders.

At the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center, we offer a comprehensive range of the latest arrhythmia treatments and services, administered by leading cardiologists with specialized training (electrophysiologists) and top heart surgeons. Meet our team.

Some arrhythmias only require regular checkups, while our team treats others with lifestyle changes or medications — either approved drugs or those in clinical trials. We offer a full range of therapies and services when further intervention is necessary:

  • Atrial fibrillation stroke prevention: Our minimally invasive procedures can reduce stroke risk for atrial fibrillation patients who cannot take blood thinners. Learn more about atrial fibrillation and atrial fibrillation stroke prevention.
  • Cardioversion: For some patients, we can provide a brief external shock that safely resets the heart’s rhythm. Learn more about cardioversion.
  • Catheter ablation: Minimally invasive procedures can reduce or stop the faulty signaling involved with some arrhythmias. When appropriate, we can even offer ablation for complex arrhythmias, with our 3-D imaging for such cases recognized worldwide. Learn more about catheter ablation.
  • Cryomaze ablation: We can also fix distorted signaling by freezing abnormal cells during surgery — an advance over the previous method of making incisions. Learn more about cryomaze ablation
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers: Our team has extensive experience implanting devices to pace the heart or shock it back into normal operation. We offer options not widely available, conduct research and troubleshoot devices. Learn more about ICDs and pacemakers.
  • Pediatric care: There are only a handful of electrophysiologists in the state offering pediatric care, including the specialist in our program who cares for children and teens.
  • Research: We have brought together a unique group of specialists from the disciplines of electrophysiology, cardiology, radiology, engineering and computer science. Called the Maryland Arrhythmia and Cardiac Imaging Group (MACIG), this group is focused on developing new solutions to improve the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia.

Treatment and services are provided in inpatient units, outpatient practices or one of our comprehensive electrophysiology (EP) labs — specialized facilities that only a few centers in the region offer. Learn more about our EP labs.

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For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.

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