Abnormal Heart Rhythms 
 
Friday, 06 April 2012 
 
 

The heart is an amazing muscle. It pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body and beats about 100,000 times each day. Normally, electricity flows through the heart and tells the heart to beat.

The heart can have abnormal heart beats which may require therapy. This therapy can involve medicines, a device or ablative therapy where the abnormal heart tissue is burned. Patients with abnormally slow heart beats may require the placement of a pacemaker.  Patients at risk for abnormal dangerous fast heart rhythms may benefit from the implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement. These devices can offer life saving therapy. Des Peres Hospital has specialized operating rooms and an expertly trained staff for the placement of these devices.

Patients with fast heart rhythms from the top or bottom of the heart may benefit from ablative therapy where the source of the abnormal heart rhythm is treated. These fast heart beats include atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter and ventricular tachycardia. These abnormal rhythms can be stopped in many cases as part of an outpatient procedure. Des Peres Hospital specializes in treating these complex abnormal heart rhythms.