Arrhythmia Service


A remarkable 1,500 new patient consults per year are seen in the general Arrhythmia Clinic, just one of the many outstanding activities  that the Arrhythmia Service at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute can be proud of.

Directed by Dr. David Birnie, the service is considered to be in the top echelon of the 23 Arrhythmia Centres in Canada and provides 24/7 consult service for the entire Champlain Local Health Integration Network.

The Arrythmia Service is supported by eight cardiologists, has two full time EP Labs and a procedure room. The addition of physicians and lab space has significantly reduced wait times for patients requiring treatment. Ablations for SVT, WPW and atrial flutter are now being performed within 1 to 3 months, ICD Implantation within 1 to 2 months and more complex arrhythmia ablation for atrial fibrillation and VT are being completed within 2 to 6 months.

In addition to these procedures, each year 500 new pacemakers and 350 defibrillators are implanted. One third of these implantable defibrillators are complex Cardiac Resynchronization Devices (CRT). The service also offers an Implantable Devices Clinic where these and other patients with devices are monitored regularly to the tune of a staggering 8,000 patients per year.

Over and above its excellence in the clinical arena, the service is also home to advances in arrhythmia research. Dr. Michael Gollob runs a cutting-edge Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic and investigative lab that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of inherited arrhythmia in young people. The landmark RAFT study, lead by Drs Tang, Wells, and Birnie, was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine and was one of the Top Ten Advances in Cardiovascular Research in 2010. Such research will quickly translate into standard of care for patients with cardiovascular disease and illustrates the syngergies between an active research program and clinical care.

Rounding out the service is an internationally recognized fellowship program that, at any one time, educates and mentors five trainees. The program will receive the first ever fellow from Palestine, where this type of service is nonexistent.

For more information about the Arrhythmia Service please contact: Keri O’Reilly at 613 761 4705.

Links and Forms

NEJM Raft study

Raft Study, The Beat, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic

ICD and CRT Referral Form

All other Arrhythmia Services Referral Form

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