Rhythms of the Heart
Each minute, the human heart pumps approximately five quarts of blood throughout the body. This translates to about 1,800 gallons of blood each day. The blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients to the body’s organs as they perform their function in sustaining human life.
The heart’s four chambers, two atria and two ventricles, work together to deliver the oxygen-enriched blood. Coordinating this effort is the heart’s electrical system.
The sinoatrial node, or natural pacemaker, of the heart initiates these electrical signals and works with the atrioventricular node in coordinating the pumping action between the atria and ventricles. In a normal heart, when the body is at rest, these electrical signals are responsible for a rhythmic beat of 60 to100 times per minute.
When there is an irregularity in the electrical system, whether the heart is beating too fast or too slow or possibly erratically, then an arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder can occur.
It is important to find out if abnormal heart rhythms are occurring. Our physicians and staff can help.
New Technology and Innovative Procedures
Our ability to make real-time 3-D models of the heart helps us determine the best treatment options such as medications, surgical procedures, or devices such as defibrillators or pacemakers with remote monitoring by specialized staff.
WATCHMAN™ (Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device) is an innovative one-time procedure that reduces the risk of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients and the long-term risk of bleeding that comes with a lifetime of blood thinner use. Learn more about the WATCHMAN™ device.
For added convenience, remote electrophysiology consultations via telehealth are available to select Nebraska communities. Telehealth services utilizes video conferencing that enables our electrophysiologists to provide consults and/or advise the local cardiologist in making decisions about the care provided to patients. A telehealth service means that a visit with the cardiologist at the distant site will happen by using special audiovisual equipment. This allows the patient to be seen in the local clinic without traveling a distance to see the specialist.
Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence
Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is a serious condition affecting millions of Americans. It is a complex, clinical problem with a variety of treatment approaches. The Nebraska Heart Institute is committed to serving each of our patients on a personal level by providing the proper treatment on an individual basis.
Arrhythmia and Device Clinic
Arrhythmias are another name for abnormal heart rhythms. They can slow down the blood flow the body requires, both in the heart and throughout the body’s organs. Arrhythmias can cause dizziness, palpitations, fainting, and, in some cases, a serious condition may exist. The Arrhythmia and Device Clinic of the Nebraska Heart Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients with arrhythmias.
The Nebraska Heart Institute’s Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic provides education, blood testing, and dosing instructions for patients taking anticoagulants (blood thinners). The clinic utilizes a “finger-stick” blood draw that provides lab results within seconds. Our team of experts includes specially trained nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and physicians who closely monitor and manage your medications. Our mission is to provide our patients continued monitoring of their anticoagulation treatment to ensure desired results and minimize adverse events. We are committed to providing quality clinical and educational services.