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The Arrhythmia Programme that is part of the Cardiology Department is a pioneering programme for patients with complex congenital heart disease with heart rhythm disorders. It includes diagnosis, treatment, research and teaching of all diseases related to arrhythmias, from slow heartbeats to marked accelerations that can lead to episodes of loss of consciousness and even, in some patients, cardiac arrest.


Our programme is defined by its multidisciplinary, pioneering nature. The care we provide for patients integrates all aspects, from primary care centres to the electrophysiology room. In addition to a complete cardiological assessment, diagnostic studies of patients often include observation of heart disease or issue over time (prolonged electrocardiographic monitoring) or electrophysiological studies to help find the cause of issues with electrical signals in the heart.

We are a reference centre in all techniques relating to prolonged electrocardiographic monitoring, not only in patients who have suffered a loss of consciousness, but also in patients with heart failure.

In cases where drugs are insufficient to control rhythm disorders, alternatives such as catheter treatments are needed to physically destroy the focus or substrate of arrhythmia (ablation), or the implantation of a device, such as pacemaker or defibrillator.

We are one of the few centres in the world with a line of robotic ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation, which is one of the most frequent forms of arrhythmias, and one of the most complex to treat.

As this is a multidisciplinary programme, we collaborate with different care departments, which include:

  • the Congenital Heart Disease in Adults Unit, part of the Cardiology Department, with whom we usually make joint decisions and, above all, carry out joint diagnosis, prognosis and provide ablation for adults with congenital heart disease.
  • The Heart Failure Unit, part of the Cardiology Department, in which a member of the Arrhythmias Unit participates in selecting candidates, as well as in optimising treatment in implant patients.
  • Primary care centres, especially with consultations with programme doctors.
  • The Paediatric Cardiology Department, which discusses cases involving children with arrhythmia disorders or cases of neonatal ablation.
  • The Cardiac Surgery Department, where we collaborate in the implantation of pacemakers and prolonged electrocardiographic monitoring systems, in patients where endocavity implantation or electrode extraction is not possible.

We have a Patient Monitoring Unit with implantable devices such as event recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators and heart resynchronisation systems. We carry out in-person checks as well as using remote monitoring systems from the patient’s home.

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