The Mater Private Arrhythmia Clinic is Ireland’s first and largest Electrophysiology Group Practice. We offer access for patients with new onset, recurrent or difficult to treat heart arrhythmias.
At the Mater Private Hospital Dublin we treat more Arrhythmia patients than any other centre in Ireland. Patients are cared for in a dedicated Electrophysiology treatment suite, equipped for state-of-the-art diagnostic, ablation and device implantation.
- Arrhythmia: What You Need to Know
An Arrhythmia is an abnormality of the heart's rhythm. It may beat too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly. These abnormalities range from a minor inconvenience or discomfort, to a potentially life threatening problem. If you are concerned, it is a good idea to keep a diary to monitor your any activities or triggers you associate with an arrhythmia episode.
Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is the most common arrhythmia. Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Although atrial fibrillation itself usually isn't life-threatening, it is a serious medical condition that sometimes requires emergency treatment
Mater Private Arrhythmia Clinic: What to expect
- Initial Diagnostic Work-Up• ECG (Electrocardiogram). Records the heart rhythm and activity on a moving strip of paper. This is often the first test you will have, but it only captures information at that specific moment in time, so you may need additional tests.• 24/48 hour ECG Monitor. You may be asked to wear a portable ECG monitor for one or two days to record information on your heart’s activity over an extended period of time. This may be because the initial ECG was inconclusive.• Echo (Echocardiogram). An Echo is a test which uses an ultrasound scan to look at the structure of your heart.Note: Additional testing may be performed if specifically requested by the Electrophysiologist, such as - Event Monitor / Tilt-table Testing / Stress Test
Following testing, your results will be discussed with you during your consultation with a Consultant Cardiologist who has expertise in arrhythmia. (This specialist is known as an Electrophysiologist).
- Arrhythmia evaluation
• Risk assessment for stroke and prescribing the most appropriate blood thinning medication for your Atrial Fibrillation
• Arrhythmia medication optimisation
• Evaluation of suitability for procedures e.g. ablation
• Further follow up appointments may be made if necessary
Our service includes:
Referral & Appointments
Referral is by GP.
A referral letter can be sent to any of the following:
Post: Arrhythmia Clinic Appointments, 72 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, D07 RD8P
Fax: 01 885 8486
For enquiries telephone: 1800 200 550 (Available 08:00-20:00 Monday- Friday, 09:00-17:00 Saturday)
On receipt of the referral, we will contact you */ your patient directly to confirm the date of the Arrhythmia Clinic appointment.
*This is really for the patient to read, and we contact the patient when we get a referral from a GP