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An arrhythmia is a disorder of your heart rate or rhythm-your heart beats too quickly, too slowly or with an irregular pattern. Most arrhythmias are caused by problems in the electrical system of the heart.
When these problems become serious, your cardiologist may recommend a cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
A pacemaker monitors the electrical impulses of the heart and when needed delivers electrical current to restore the heart to its normal rhythm. It is often used when the heart beats too slowly or has other abnormal rhythms. An ICD is a device that monitors heart rhythms and delivers a shock if it senses a dangerous rhythm. ICDs can also record the heart's electrical patterns when there is an abnormal heartbeat to help your doctor plan future treatment.
The cardiologists of the Yakima Heart Center began working with pacemaker technology in Yakima in the late 1970s. They offer generations of experience in implantable technology. They recently hired Dr. Dao Gia Pham, a new physician with advanced device implantation skills.