Arrhythmias of the heart can be debilitating and life
threatening in some cases. While many types are readily controlled
by medications, the more serious arrhythmias may require
more extensive measures.
electrophysiologists in the cardiology field can sometimes
cure the problems with relatively noninvasive means in the
cardiac catheterization lab. Some cases will require more
extensive operative methods to effect a cure or improvement
in the rhythm problem.
surgery for other heart problems such as mitral valve repair
with surgical treatment of significant rhythm problems
is possible. These techniques are specialized and are evolving
in major medical centers. Methods include cryoablation
(freezing), radio frequency ablation, specialized
incisions, and ultrasonic ablation techniques,
and require highly specialized medical and surgical teams.
Ott and the electrophysiologists at St. Luke's and
the Texas Heart Institute can coordinate a program
appropriate to each individual case.