World-Class Treatment of Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Penn's Cardiac Arrhythmia Program offers advanced therapies for cardiac arrhythmia and is a regional and national referral center.

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Penn Cardiac Electrophysiologist with patient

Arrhythmias (abnormal or irregular heart beat) are problems that affect the electrical system, or "wiring", of the heart muscle. Effects can be as benign as a fluttering feeling, but they can also signal a life threatening condition.

Optimizing Control, Finding Cures, Minimizing Complications

Specialists in the Penn Cardiac Arrhythmia Program are on the leading edge of emerging treatment technologies, including:

  • New drugs
  • A full range of devices
  • Advanced mapping (to get a good picture of the heart system)
  • Ablative therapies (to destroy abnormalities)

In fact, Penn's special expertise in ablative and device therapy has given new hope for a cure to patients who:

  • Have difficult arrhythmias
  • Are medication resistant or subject to toxic reactions from arrhythmia drugs
  • Require repeated shocks from their defibrillator to control irregular rhythms

The arrhythmia team is led by board-certified electrophysiologists who collaborate with heart failure specialists, cardiovascular surgeons and other specialists in treating the full spectrum of heart rhythm disturbances. They provide a seamless transfer of care to any range of services a patient might need.

In This Section

Treatments and Procedures

Discover the latest cardiac arrhythmia treatments and services available at Penn Heart and Vascular's cardiac electrophysiology program. 

Treatment Team

Meet the cardiac arrhythmia team. 

Clinical Trials

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Program is among the most active arrhythmia research centers in the world. See a selection of currently active arrhythmia clinical trials.

What to Expect

This information is designed to provide you with an overview of what to expect before, during and after your next cardiac arrhythmia procedure.

Patient Stories

Inspirational stories about patients with cardiac arrhythmia who were treated at Penn

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