Arrhythmia

A National Service

Ireland's first and only Consultant Electrophysiologist Group Practice.

A unique service, led and delivered by Consultants specialising in heart rhythm problems.

 

According to the Irish Heart Foundation, Atrial Fibrillation (AF) also known as an irregular heart beat, affects up to 40,000 people over 50 in Ireland.

What is Arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia is the medical term used to describe an abnormal rhythm of the heart. A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. However, there are many exceptions. The type and severity of the rhythm problem can vary in patients from being too fast to too slow. This can cause anything from a minor inconvenience or discomfort to a potentially fatal problem. For this reason, it is important not to ignore the signs or symptoms and get them checked by an expert.

The National Arrhythmia Service at the Mater Private is a unique service, offering expert opinion, evaluation and management of patients experiencing heart rhythm problems.

It is the first and only Consultant Electrophysiologist dedicated group practice in Ireland:

  • 6 Consultant Electrophysiologists
  • Dedicated 10 strong cardiac nursing team
  • State of the art facility with dedicated Electrophysiology Cardiac Cath Lab at the Mater Private Hospital Dublin
  • Rapid access available 24/7 for expert opinion & best practice treatment strategies
  • Rapid acccess to daily clinics at multiple locations including Dublin, Cavan, Limerick and Cork
  • Heart and Vascular Care Team in Dublin available to take calls between: Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm   Saturday - 9am - 5pm

 

 

  • Existing Patients

    • Evaluation & optimisation of treatment plans
    • Relevant diagnostic testing on site - including ECG, Holter Monitor & Echo
    • Same day assessment, consultation & testing
    • Stroke risk assessment
    • Consultation with Consultant Electrophysiologist to include:

    Arrhythmia (disease) evaluation

    Stroke risk assessment & anti-coagulation

    Medicines optimisation

    Discussion & evaluation of suitability for curative procedure options

    Follow up

     

    Urgent Patients

    We offer a 24 hour / 7 day a week rapid access Urgent Cardiac Care service for patients experiencing symptoms such as:

    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Palpitations

    If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call us on 1800 247 999.

  • GP referral to the service is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

    Our Heart & Vascular Care Team wil process your referral, make your appointment and facilitate access at the most suitable clinic for your location (Dublin, Cavan, Limerick, Cork)

    We will provide:

    • same day rapid access 
    • routine referrals
    • urgent immediate access

    All at the most suitable location.

     

    Referral Criteria

    GP referral is necessary.

    Patients experiencing the following symptoms would be most suitable for the service:

    • New onset symptomatic A-fib
    • Documented A-fib on ECG, holter or mobile phone ECG
    • Existing A-fib resistant to anti-arrhythmic drugs
    • Consideration for ablation
    • Irregular pulse or palpitations ˃ 15 seconds  noted on examination by GP or by patient
    • Assessment or PVC  burden
    • Unexplained syncope
    • Chad Vasc Score
    • High stroke risk
    • Age ≥ 16 years