These procedure information sheets for patients feature 7 of the procedures The Birmingham Heart Rhythm Group uses to treat the main heart rhythm problems that present.

Written in everyday language that explains what a particular heart rhythm condition is – Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter, Ectopic Heartbeats, Ventricular Tachycardia or Supra Ventricular Tachycardia – what its symptoms are, why it occurs and how it is treated, these booklets have been prepared for individuals preparing to undergo one of the procedures described or for individuals looking for more information about these procedures.

The information provided within these booklets does not replace the consultation that takes place between the patient and the doctor, and are intended as general guides only.

This patient information leaflet is about atrial fibrillation, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat with catheter ablation procedures.

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and chaotic heart rhythm. This abnormal heart rhythm disturbs the organised heart contraction and produces irregular blood flow through the heart. In most cases patients experience palpitations, breathlessness, tiredness or light-headedness.

This patient information leaflet is about atrial flutter, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat with catheter ablation procedures.

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm that results in the heart beating faster than normal. The rapid heart rate produces palpitations, breathlessness, tiredness or light-headedness.

This patient information leaflet is about ectopic heartbeats, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat with catheter ablation procedures.

Ectopic heartbeats are extra beats that occur momentarily between normal regular heartbeats. This brief irregularity in the heart rhythm may produce a sensation of palpitations, missed beats or bumps in the chest.

This patient information leaflet is about the treatment of atrial fibrillation using a pacemaker and catheter ablation.

For some individuals atrial fibrillation can be controlled using a pacemaker and a shorter ablation procedure.

This patient information leaflet is about ventricular tachycardia, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat with catheter ablation procedures.

Ventricular tachycardia is an abnormal and rapid heart rhythm that involves the main pumping chambers of the heart. Ventricular tachycardia can cause palpitations, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

This patient information leaflet is about supra-ventricular tachycardia, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat with catheter ablation procedures.

Supra-ventricular tachycardia is a condition that results in the heart beating faster than normal. The rapid heart rate produces a sensation of palpitations or fluttering in the chest. It is an abnormal heart rhythm.

This patient information leaflet is about a test for ventricular tachycardia, one of the main heart rhythm problems we treat.

A ventricular stimulation study is a procedure that tests the electrical system of the heart to see if it is susceptible to an abnormal heart rhythm disorder called ventricular tachycardia.