Treatments

Arrhythmia Treatments

There are many different types of arrhythmias and a wide range of treatments, from changing your lifestyle to surgical intervention. At Northwestern Medicine, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that our highly skilled and caring staff successfully treats heart rhythm disorders on a daily basis and will work with you to find your optimal treatment. 

Medications

If you have been diagnosed with arrhythmia, medications may improve your heart function and help to regulate your heartbeat.

  • Anti-arrhythmics: These medications work to lower your risk of developing arrhythmias, end the condition, lessen your symptoms or prevent arrhythmias from occurring. Some anti-arrhythmics were developed only for this purpose. Other cardiac medications work well as anti-arrhythmics, such as beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers, but are also useful in the treatment of other heart conditions, such as angina or high blood pressure.
  • Coumadin®: These medications are prescribed for most patients with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter to help reduce the risk of stroke. With atrial fibrillation, the heart’s atria are not squeezing effectively. Consequently, blood tends to pool in the atria, which can result in blood clots. Clots that form in the atria can break loose, travel through the arteries to the brain, and cause a stroke. 
  • Warfarin (Coumadin®): This medication prevents the formation of clots. It requires frequent patient follow-up for dose adjustments to prevent hemorrhage complications.

Treatments

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials:


Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials:


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