Overview

Top Quality Heart Rhythm Care

Depend on Overlake to diagnose and treat all types of arrhythmia. You know we meet high standards of quality and cost-Aetna quality logoefficiency because we’re an Aetna Institutes of Quality® (IOC) facility for heart rhythm disorders, and we received accreditation for atrial fibrillation treatment by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) — an organization that accredits hospitals that have adopted, adhered to and achieved best-in-class standards of care related to the treatment of cardiovascular disease. This designation means Overlake has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive onsite review by an accreditation review specialist from SCPC.

SCPC afib accreditation logoExplore the signs and symptoms of arrhythmia or learn about our full range of electrophysiology treatments and procedures, including catheter ablation.

Distinctive Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — the most common type of arrhythmia — is a condition that increases your risk of stroke. Fortunately, there are excellent treatments that can reduce that risk as well as reduce symptoms related to the condition. It’s important to team up with experts to learn how to successfully manage your condition.

If you have AFib, trust your health to the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services (EPS) Accreditation status from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Rest assured you’ll receive effective, coordinated, patient-centered care that helps you achieve the best outcome.

Learn more about atrial fibrillation treatment at Overlake Medical Center.

You know we meet high standards of quality and cost-efficiency because we’re an Aetna Institutes of Quality® (IOC) facility for heart rhythm disorders, and we received accreditation for atrial fibrillation treatment by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

Our Team

When you choose Overlake for arrhythmia care, you’ll enjoy working with an experienced team focused on creating the best possible experience for you and your family.

Your care team at the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake includes:

  • Board-certified Electrophysiologists: Specialize in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders. Meet Jeffrey Fowler, MD, J. Alan Heywood, MD, and Derek Rodrigues, MD.
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP): Help manage and coordinate your care. Meet Mary Hall, ARNP, MSN.
  • Registered Nurses with Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
  • Radiology Technologists: Perform diagnostic imaging exams.
  • Registered Cardiovascular Technologists: Perform diagnostic tests and treatments for your heart or blood vessels under the direction of a physician.

You can be confident you’ll receive the highest-quality care because the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners certified our experienced lab personnel.

Arrhythmia Signs & Symptoms

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, usually in a predictable and steady rhythm. When your heart races unexpectedly or feels like it skips beats, you may be experiencing signs of arrhythmia — a problem with the speed and timing of your heartbeat.

Types of Arrhythmia

If you have arrhythmia, your heart may beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly. At the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake, you’ll find expert diagnosis and care for all heart rhythm disorders, including:

Symptoms of an Irregular Heartbeat

Palpitations or Murmurs

A heart palpitation is something you can feel — the sensation your heart is pounding or racing. It can be a sign of an arrhythmia, but not everyone who experiences palpitations has a heart rhythm disorder.

A heart murmur is something you can hear — an extra noise during a heartbeat. It can be a sign of a heart valve problem, but most murmurs are harmless.

Arrhythmia symptoms vary by condition and from person to person. You may not have any symptoms, or you may notice signs such as:

  • The feeling that your heart is beating too quickly or too hard (heart palpitations)
  • A slow, fluttering or irregular heartbeat
  • Weakness, dizziness or light-headedness
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lack of energy

You can check your heart rate at home by taking your pulse.

Should I See a Doctor for Heart Palpitations?

Let your primary care provider know if you are experiencing heart palpitations. They will help you determine whether you need to see an electrophysiologist, or EP, who is a physician that specializes in heart rhythms and your heart’s electrical signals. Meet our arrhythmia care team.

Diagnostic Services

When you experience symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, you want a prompt diagnosis so you can protect your health. At the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake, you’ll find the advanced technology and professional expertise to identify and treat your heart rhythm disorder

What To Expect At Your Appointment

To diagnose your arrhythmia, your physician will review your medical and family histories, ask you to describe your arrhythmia symptoms and physically examine you. Bring a list of all your medications, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements.

You may be asked to take some diagnostic tests to help us collect more information about how your heart works.

Heart Rhythm Diagnostic Tests & Procedures

Take advantage of a wide range of diagnostic tools at Overlake Medical Center, including:

  • Blood Tests: Check levels of potassium and thyroid hormones
  • Echocardiogram: Uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce an image of your heart’s chambers and valves and show how well your heart works
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): Detects your heart’s electrical activity
  • Electrophysiology Study (EPS): Helps pinpoint the source of your arrhythmia and determine what can be done to control it
  • Event Monitoring: Records your heartbeat when you press a button, and may be worn for up to a month
  • Genetic Testing for Inherited Arrhythmias
  • Holter Monitoring: Records your heartbeat continuously for 24 to 48 hours
  • Stress Echocardiogram: Shows how well your heart works before and after you exercise
  • Tilt Table Testing: Checks how changes in body position affect your blood pressure
  • ZIO® Patch: Records your heartbeat continuously for up to two weeks — unlike Holter and event monitors, the ZIO Patch is waterproof and wireless

For Referring Providers

When your patient shows symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, refer them to the experts at the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake.

You and your patients can depend on us for top-quality specialty care for all types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Our board-certified electrophysiologists, advanced nurse practitioners, technicians and registered nurses make up one of the most experienced EP teams in the Pacific Northwest.

Expert EP Care For Your Patients

Send your patients to the region’s first hospital to receive Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services (EPS) Accreditation status from the American College of Cardiology via the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). 

See the video below to learn about our advanced diagnostic services and comprehensive treatment options. Rely on us to provide the education and support your patients need to feel comfortable making informed choices about their care.

If you and your patients choose catheter ablation to cure their arrhythmia symptoms, they will benefit from our remarkable single-procedure success rates.

How to Refer a Patient

To refer your patient to the Arrhythmia Center at Overlake, let us know if you’re making a general referral to our office or to a specific electrophysiologist. Please also provide us with with the following information:

  • Your patient’s name
  • Your patient’s phone number
  • Your name and call-back number

Make your referral by faxing us at 425.990.5229Within 72 hours, we’ll contact the patient to set up an appointment. 

Phone Consultation

For assistance making a referral, arrange a phone consultation with one of our expert electrophysiologists, call 425.454.2656. 

Treatments & Procedures

Informed, Personal Care

Turn to the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake for an individual care plan and advanced treatments to help you keep your heart rate under control.

Rest assured that your Overlake arrhythmia team will take time to help you understand your condition and treatment options. Rely on our support and guidance as you and your family decide on the best care plan for your needs and lifestyle.

Arrhythmia Treatments We Offer

You and your arrhythmia care team may select from a full range of treatment options, including:

  • Medications: Help control your heartbeat, thin your blood to prevent clots, or treat an underlying medical condition
  • Cardioversion: Uses an electrical shock to reset your heart rhythm
  • Catheter Ablation: Stops abnormal electrical signals by eliminating small amounts of tissue in your heart
  • Maze Procedure (Maze Surgery): Creates scar tissue that disrupts abnormal electrical signals
  • Device Therapy: Uses a small electrical device, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), to monitor and correct your heart rate

Nationally Recognized Heart Care

Whatever your treatment plan, you can count on safe, efficient, high-quality specialty care because Overlake Medical Center is a Blue Distinction Center Plus (+) for Cardiac Care. This designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes our expertise and experience, as well as our proven track record for better results — including few complications and hospital readmissions.

Dedicated Electrophysiology Facilities

Take advantage of the specialized services, technology and staff in our two dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs — the only EP labs located on the Eastside. See our video below to learn more about our EP labs and experience a virtual tour of our arrhythmia center and electrophysiology labs.

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