Oak Hill Hospital
November 03, 2017

Arun Rao, MD

Spring Hill, Florida — Oak Hill Hospital announces the opening of its Arrhythmia Center on the campus at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34613. Call 352-596-6632 in Hernando or 352-628-6441 in Citrus to schedule an appointment. The Heart Institute's Arrhythmia Center offers patients who are struggling with cardiac arrhythmias an opportunity to receive the specialized care they need. The Heart Institute's expert team of doctors and other healthcare professionals help patients overcome their irregular heartbeats. The Arrhythmia Center provides focused, specialized care from arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment to patient education and other needed support.

Cardiac arrhythmias can occur in patients of any age. Some pose no danger, however, some can lead to congestive heart failure, serious heart issues and stroke. Fifteen to twenty percent of all strokes occur in people with a-fib, which is the most common heart arrhythmia. A person with a-fib is five times more likely to have a stroke than a person with a normal heartbeat.

What is arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia is an abnormality in the rhythm of the heart or heart pattern. The heartbeat can be too slow, too fast, have a few extra heartbeats, skip a beat or otherwise beat irregularly.

Symptoms of arrhythmia

Some arrhythmias may develop without any noticeable symptoms and others may cause noticeable symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Sensation of a missed or extra heartbeat

The Arrhythmia Center at the Heart Institute of Oak Hill Hospital is prepared to diagnose and treat all types of arrhythmias, including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC)
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Wolf Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Pacemaker Implants
  • Automatic Cardiac Defibrillator Implants
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (Bi-Ventricular Device)

The Arrhythmia Center is under the medical direction of Arun Rao, MD.

Arun Rao, MD, is a cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Rao completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at St. Frances Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Rao fulfilled a rotating internship at the Government Medical College & Hospital in Nagpur, India.