For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

Treatment Options

The treatment options listed below are available at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

ICD Insertion

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) act both as defibrillator and pacemaker to help patients with advanced heart failure and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. ICDs are 98 percent effective in preventing sudden cardiac death, a condition that takes the lives of almost 450,000 Americans each year. Nearly 350 patients underwent ICD therapy at PCMH last year, often in combination with antiarrhythmic drug therapy or ablation.

Pacemakers

Biventricular pacemakers have been approved recently by the federal Food and Drug Administration to treat heart failure. Biventricular pacing, or cardiac resynchronization therapy, keeps the right and left ventricles pumping together by sending small electrical impulses to the heart muscle, coordinating their contractions. This treatment complements standard pacemaker and ICD therapy used to treat arrhythmias associated with heart failure.

Arrhythmia Ablation

Arrhythmia Ablation Electrophysiologists and specially trained staff use catheter ablation techniques to treat nearly 350 arrhythmias each year, including ventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. These procedures usually begin with a standard diagnostic EP study to pinpoint the source of the arrhythmia. A specialized catheter transmitting electromagnetic energy is then used to ablate the defective areas.