Dr Begley provides treatment for heart rhythm abnormalities. Options will range from management with medicines, catheter ablation or insertion of a cardiovascular implantable electronic device. These include pacemakers or cardioverter-defibrillators.
As a Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Begley specialises in cardiac rhythm management. This is the investigation and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities or arrhythmias. He will aim to answer all your concerns about your symptoms so you can work together to establish an effective treatment plan.
If you have experienced symptoms such as blackouts, dizziness, palpitations or feeling short of breath it is advisable to seek help from a medical professional. You can also find more information about the symptoms of heart rhythm abnormalities on our website.
What are Pacemakers?
Depending on the results of the assessment, one of the treatment options available is a pacemaker. These are small electronic devices that are implanted under the skin below the collar bone. Pacemakers are attached to a variable number of wires (leads) that are inserted through a vein to the heart and prevent it from going too slowly.
Some pacemakers can also help the chambers of your heartbeat in sync.
The British Heart Foundation explains how pacemakers work. Your heart’s sinus node is your natural pacemaker. This is found in the upper right chamber of the heart, known as the atrium. It sends an electrical impulse to make your heartbeat so your heart beats. The job of a pacemaker is to artificially take over the role of your sinus node if it’s not working properly.
Electrical impulses are sent by the pacemaker device to tell your heart to contract and produce a heartbeat. Most pacemakers work just when they’re needed which is on-demand. Some pacemakers send out impulses all of the time, which is called fixed rate. Pacemakers do not give your heart an electrical shock.
The BHF also has some useful information and videos on their website so you can access further details about the use of pacemakers.
Contact Dr Begley
If you have experienced any of the symptoms of heart rhythm abnormalities, you can make an appointment with Dr Begley.
Dr Begley is available at three clinical locations:
Royal Papworth Hospital
Weekly – Mondays between – 3-6 PM
Nuffield Cambridge Hospital
Weekly – Thursdays between – 6-8 PM
BMI The Sandringham Hospital
Monthly – 3rd Fridays of the month – 5-8 PM
You can also contact Dr Begley’s PA, Lynn Thomas via the contact us page. Making an appointment with Dr Begley will allow you the opportunity to discuss your symptoms so you can implement a treatment plan.