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Heart rhythm disorders

A heart rhythm disorder is defined by disturbances in the heart's electrical system. Examples of heart rhythm disorders include:

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Atrial flutter (AFlutter)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) including:
    • Atrial tachycardia (AT)
    • AV reentrant tachycardia (AVRT)
    • AV node reentrant tachycardia  (AVNRT)
    • Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
    • Ventricular fibrillation (VF)

Richard and Annette Bloch Heart Rhythm Center

The region’s largest, most successful heart rhythm program

Patients with heart rhythm disorders benefit from a complete range of services at the Richard and Annette Bloch Heart Rhythm Center, the region's first and largest center of excellence in heart rhythm disturbances. Our highly trained heart rhythm specialists, or electrophysiologists, use advanced technology and the latest care options to diagnose, manage and treat all types of heart rhythm disorders.

Experience the best cardiac care Kansas City has to offer. Request your appointment online or call 913-588-1227 to schedule an appointment.

About the Heart Rhythm Center

The heart rhythm center at The University of Kansas Health System is named for community leaders Richard and Annette Bloch. Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, Inc., overcame cancer twice and later required treatment for a heart condition. In appreciation of the exemplary care Bloch received from our heart rhythm specialists at the Center for Advanced Heart Care, Annette Bloch later made a generous philanthropic contribution to the heart center in honor of her husband. Today, the Richard and Annette Bloch Heart Rhythm Center provides world-class care for patients with heart rhythm disorders.

Leaders in heart rhythm care

Since 2007, U.S. News & World Report has ranked our heart and heart surgery programs among the very best in the nation. This is our eleventh consecutive year to achieve the honor. Additionally, our heart surgery program has earned the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Heart patients at our hospital experience excellent outcomes.

Our heart rhythm center is one of the largest and the most successful centers in the greater Midwest region.

  • Our heart rhythm specialists perform more than 1,900 procedures each year, more than any other hospital in the neighboring states.
  • Our centers of excellence encompass the following main specialty areas:
    • Atrial fibrillation and complex heart rhythm management
    • Syncope and autonomic dysfunction
    • Inherited heart rhythm disorders
  • Our electrophysiologists are board-certified fellows of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society℠. They conduct leading-edge clinical research and provide the latest innovative treatments to patients with heart rhythm disorders.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach sets us apart. Our electrophysiologists work closely with our cardiothoracic surgeons and heart failure experts to treat patients who may require surgery or those whose heart rhythm problems are related to their heart failure.

Clinical research

As members of a premier academic medical center, our specialists participate in clinical research to continually investigate new ways to improve patient care.

  • Every year our heart rhythm specialists present more than 35 research studies at various national and international conferences.
  • Many of the research studies performed at our Heart Rhythm Center have enabled better understanding of the mechanisms and treatment options for various heart rhythm disorders.
  • The hospital is one of five institutions chosen for a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to test a new generation of catheters for ablation of atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and atrial flutter.
  • Our specialists conducted the first study to evaluate effects of yoga on cardiac disease. Results published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology showed yoga intervention – through its influence on the central nervous system – significantly reduced the number of episodes of irregular heartbeat among atrial fibrillation patients.
  • Our physicians are heading a multicenter study to identify new procedures to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Advanced technology

The heart rhythm specialists at The University of Kansas Health System were the first in the region to implant a novel FDA approved device to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Our physicians were the first in the nation to use Mediguide™ technology for the placement of heart catheters. MediGuide incorporates GPS technology adapted for medical use to provide a real-time location of a heart catheter and show the path the catheter needs to follow to reach the problem area in the heart. This technology significantly reduces radiation exposure for both the patient and the medical team.

Our physicians were also the first and only center in the region to use the revolutionary Stereotaxis® Magnetic Navigation system to provide some of the latest treatments for heart rhythm disorders. The system's magnetic field helps physicians reach areas of the heart that could not be reached before.