Heart rhythm conditions (arrhythmias) often require complex procedures that are available in tertiary cardiovascular centres such as NUHCS.
The NUHCS’ Heart Rhythm Programme or Arrhythmia Service forms an important partnership with the Heart Failure Programme, where it co-manages high-risk patients.
The collaboration between the heart rhythm and heart failure programmes is important as heart failure patients frequently have arrhythmias. Cardiac devices such as biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators improve outcomes and quality of life in heart failure patients. Electrophysiological study and ablation may also be required in these patients to manage rhythm disorders.
With an ageing population, inappropriately slow heart rhythms (bradycardia) and conduction blocks are increasingly common as is arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation.
In addition to having experience in these tertiary-level cardiovascular services, NUHCS is a regional referral centre for arrhythmia and heart failure related disorders.