About CT Heartbeat
We are a group of Cardiac Electrophysiologists. Together we form the Trinity Health of New England Regional Arrhythmia Service, dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients with heart rhythm disorders. We are all board certified Cardiac Electrophysiologists. We focus only on heart rhythm problems - we do not practice general Cardiology.
We see patients in our centrally located primary office at 1000 Asylum Ave, suite 3206, Hartford, CT. We offer consultations for patients with heart rhythm problems ranging from palpitations to sudden cardiac arrest. Most of our patients are referred by their Cardiologist and some of our patients come directly from their primary care physician. We also see patients who are "self referred" seeking advice about their heart rhythm or a second opinion. Most of our patients continue to see their Cardiologist after they see us, although we also provide continuing follow up care for those with chronic heart rhythm problems. We are a leader in providing telemedicine services so that our patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can be followed remotely in the comfort of their own home.
Our heart rhythm procedures are performed at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a world-class progressive, people-centered, and compassionate health care environment. St. Francis Hospital has been an anchor in our community since 1897. In 2015, Saint Francis became part of Trinity Health Of New England, an integrated health care delivery system that is a member of Trinity Health, Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.
This is the only institution in our region with the Stereotaxis sytem which allows us to perform robotically assisted catheter ablation procedures with unprecedented accuracy and safety. Because of its pinpoint precision and greater safety, Stereotaxis magnetic navigation is ideal for performing catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, atrial tachycardia, and atrial flutter. We are the #1 Stereotaxis center in the Northeast and among the top in the US.
Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
We have been pioneers in performing atrial fibrillation ablations. We perform cryoablation for pulmonary vein isolation and we perform the Convergent procedure for patients with difficult to treat atrial fibrillation. This procedure combines cryoablation with surgical ablation of the posterior wall of the left atrium. This procedure has been shown to improve outcomes in the most difficult cases of atrial fibrillation.
Reducing X-Ray Exposure
Using advanced 3D mapping techniques, we are able to significantly reduce the X-ray exposure to our patients and our staff. We are the only center in the region performing complex ablations (including ablations for atrial fibrillation) without the use of fluoroscopy. This means that our patients have absolutely no exposure to harmful radiation during their ablation procedures.
Left Atrial Appendage Closure
We offer the Watchman procedure to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot tolerate anticoagulants. Watchman is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvuar AFib) who need an alternative to blood thinners. The Watchman device fits right into your left atrial appendage and is designed to permanently close it off and keep those blood clots from escaping. More than 150,000 people have been successfully treated with Watchman worldwide.