Expert arrhythmia care in Northern Virgina

At Reston Hospital Center, our electrophysiologists diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms, called arrhythmias. The electrophysiology lab within our cardiology department features the most advanced technology and the most equipped cardiac teams to resolve your irregular heartbeat and restore your heart health.

For more information about our electrophysiology and arrhythmia services, please call (877) 689-3627.

When your heart's electrical system does not function properly, your heart rhythm becomes irregular. This can lead to dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart attack or a cerebrovascular accident (stroke). It may also signal underlying heart disease.

Reston Hospital offers fast, specialized emergency heart care that makes a critical difference when minutes matter. We are home to the only Accredited Chest Pain Center in Northern Virginia, and we consistently deliver results that are significantly better than the national standards for heart attack treatment times.

Electrophysiology (EP) studies in Reston

Electrophysiology is the cardiac specialty that studies the heart's electrical system. The skilled electrophysiologists in our EP lab conduct diagnostic tests to determine the source of the arrhythmia and perform procedures to resolve the irregular heartbeats, helping your heart return to beating with a steady rhythm.

Depending on the type of irregular heartbeat you have, our cardiac specialists may suggest:

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)

Atrial fibrillation, commonly called A-fib, is the most common heart arrhythmia. A-fib is caused by fast and disorganized electrical signals that interrupt blood flow in the upper chamber of the heart, called the atria.

Often, A-fib is the result of an underlying heart condition, however, patients do not have to have a heart condition to develop A-fib. Treatment for A-fib is essential, as it is one of the leading causes of stroke.

A-fib symptoms

Patients with A-fib typically experience the following symptoms:

  • Irregular or rapid pulse or heartbeat
  • Racing feeling in the chest
  • Palpitations or a pounding feeling in the chest
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Sweating
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Difficulty exercising