Southlake’s Heart Rhythm program cares for people with irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias; conditions such as atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, flutter, a slow or racing heart, dizziness, or Wolf Parkinson White syndrome.
An arrhythmia is a problem that occurs in the heart's electrical system, compromising the normal pumping action of the heart. Think of it as a short circuit in this electrical system; the short circuit may cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or occasionally flutter in an irregular pattern.
For some, this irregular heartbeat is an annoyance, for others it can be worrisome and frustrating, particularly when you can no longer do their things you enjoy.
Arrhythmias are treated in a variety of ways including electrophsiology studies and ablation, small implanted devices that regulate the heartbeat called pacemakers, cardioversion and cardioverter defibrilators.
Thanks to the Southlake’s Hearth Rhythm Program, however, thousands of patients have their lives back and can enjoy many activities with peace of mind. Patient’s like Jack Dennison, whose arrhythmia was corrected with an ablation procedure, and Justine Bovenkerk, who received an implanted cardioverter to keep her heart beating, should an inherited condition cause it to stop.
Recognized provincially, nationally, and internationally a leader in quality, innovation and research in the treatment and management of electrical abnormalities of the heart The Heart Rhythm Program serves patient from throughout York Region, Simcoe County, Dufferin County, Muskoka and areas of Northern Ontario.
The Heart Rhythm Program at Southlake is proud to work closely with our regional hospitals and health centres, Cardiac Genetics Centres, Cardiac Care Network (CCN), Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), North American and International Research Affiliations.