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Cardiovascular Services

Arrhythmia - irregular or abnormal heartbeat 

Beverly Hospital's Arrhythmia Service offers advanced care for individuals diagnosed with an irregular or abnormal heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia, in a convenient and easily accessible location. In collaboration with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center's Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, the Service works as a team with the patient, their family, and physician to help the individual continue or return to normal daily activities as soon as possible. 

The primary goal of our Arrhythmia Service is to improve the quality of life of patients with our state-of-the-art program. We also strive to provide patients with timely, accurate diagnoses and therapies to treat these arrhythmias. 

The Arrhythmia Service's program begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the individual's specific problem and medical history.  Our multidisciplinary team, including specially trained, board-certified cardiologists and specialized clinicians, will develop an arrhythmia treatment plan tailored to the patient, in conjunction with the referring physician. 

Heart Arrhythmias We Treat 

The Arrhythmia Service specialists, utilizing advanced technologies, have the ability to treat the following heart rhythm disturbances, among others: 

  • Tachycardia - an abnormally fast heart rhythm
  • Bradycardia - an abnormally slow heart rhythm
  • Supraventricular arrhythmias - arrhythmias that begin above the ventricles, such as in the upper chambers, or atria. "Supra" means above; "ventricular" refers to the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). Examples include, but are not limited to Paroxysmal Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) or Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias - arrhythmias beginning in the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart).
  • Ejection Fraction < 35% - a weakened heart, termed "Heart Failure" may be helped through this Service. 

Diagnosis & Options For Treatment 

Sophisticated and timely diagnostic and treatment technologies are of paramount importance in assuring the most accurate evaluation and management of common and uncommon heart arrhythmias.  The following diagnostics are available onsite:

  • Event Monitor
  • Holter Monitor
  • Electrophysiologic Study
  • Trans-thoracic and Trans-esophageal Echocardiography
  • Tilt-Table Testing 

As indicated by the diagnostic evaluation, the following treatments are available: 

  • Ablation
  • Cardioversion
  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD)
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
  • Cardiac Pacemakers 

Ongoing Care 

The Arrhythmia Service also offers outpatient specialty consultative services and ongoing monitoring, support, education and guidance to ensure a swift recovery.  The patient is also taught the skills necessary to manage their personal heart health through: 

  • Onsite Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Onsite and Telephonic Pacemaker Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Counseling and Education Services 

We consider the patients' needs and lifestyle to insure a personal arrhythmia management plan that is designed to help maintain the best health possible.