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Cardiac electrophysiology

Oxford Heart Rhythm Service

The Oxford Heart Rhythm Service is part of the Oxford Heart Centre (OHC), which is a world-class provider of a comprehensive range of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgical services.

We provide arrhythmia management (known as 'cardiac electrophysiology') for 1.8 million patients from Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, and attract referrals from all over the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.

The service is supported by an academic centre with an international reputation for advancements in medicine, biomedical research and clinical education.

Investigations and treatments

The Oxford Heart Centre has state-of-the-art facilities and is one of the busiest arrhythmia centres in the UK, offering specialist investigations and treatments for palpitations blackouts and heart failure, and risk assessment for sudden cardiac death.

Specific conditions include:

  • atrial fibrillation and flutter
  • ventricular and supraventricular tachycardias
  • cardiac arrests and bradycardia.

Some of the treatments offered:

  • ablation (for paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation, SVTs, flutter and other tachycardias)
  • pacemakers (including cardiac resynchronisation devices and implantable defibrillators)
  • specialist investigations such as cardiac MRI and genetic screening.

Patients referred to the Oxford Heart Rhythm Service have immediate access to an arrhythmia specialist. Comprehensive care is provided through a 'multidisciplinary' approach - different kinds of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals working together as part of a specialist team.

Our arrhythmia multidisciplinary team comprises:

  • consultant cardiologists and electrophysiologists
  • specialist registrars
  • a clinical fellow
  • ICD Nurse Specialists
  • Arrhythmia Nurse Specialists
  • cardiac physiologists.

The service has strong links with professional and patient groups such as the Arrhythmia Alliance and Heart Rhythm UK.

Facilities

The service supports national and international fellows gaining valuable experience in electrophysiology and contributing to research and education.

The available facilities include:

  • three electrophysiology-capable laboratories with complex mapping systems, cryoablation and a robotic catheter navigation system
  • 16 bed Day Care Unit
  • 19 bed Cardiology Ward
  • ward-based single rooms with ensuite facilities.