Tehran Arrhythmia Center - Past, Present, and Future
Cardiac arrhythmia is the leading cause of death in the Western world and most of the developing countries including our country Iran. Although approximately seventy-five percent of sudden death victims have a history of heart disease, arrhythmias may strike young and apparently healthy men and women. In addition, among those who have heart disease, it is usually an acute lethal arrhythmia rather than sudden deterioration of the heart that kills. Many other people suffer frequent and disabling attacks of palpitations without ever knowing they can be easily cured by the new techniques available. Despite being a major health problem, arrhythmia causes, prevention, and treatment are poorly recognized or misunderstood.
For the first time in Iran, the pacemaker and electrophysiology department and arrhythmia clinic were founded by Dr. Saeed Oraii in Rajaii Heart Hospital in the year 2000. After leaving the Rajaii Heart Hospital in 2002, “Tehran Arrhythmia Center” was established as the first private subspecialty center for the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in Tavanir St., Tehran, Iran. This healthcare organization consists of several cardiac interventional electrophysiologists, general cardiologists, general practitioners, and electrophysiology nurses and has been actively providing outpatient and inpatient care for more than hundreds of thousands of patients from different parts of Iran and other neighboring countries.
At the Arrhythmia Clinic in Tehran, the latest outpatient diagnostic facilities and equipment are available for heart diseases and arrhythmias. For inpatient arrhythmia procedures, including electrophysiology examination, catheter ablation or implantation of pacemaker and “ICD” devices, patients will be admitted to the affiliated hospitals of this center depending on the type of procedure, hospital facilities, and type of insurance. A team of our interventional electrophysiologists and EP nurses will be present in all hospital treatments.
As of September 2020, Tehran Arrhythmia Center has moved to a new location, and the multi-disciplinary team of physicians and nurses continue to provide high-quality patient care at our new location under the supervision of Dr. Saeed Oraii.
The Arrhythmia Center is a non-governmental organization with the following missions:
To alert the public about arrhythmias as a common cause of illness or premature death.
To make the public aware of symptoms that may be warning signals of life threatening arrhythmias.
To inform the public that survivors of cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, structural heart defects, and coronary artery disease, as well as those with documented arrhythmias, may be vulnerable to fatal electrical accidents of the heart.
To acquaint the public with risk factors (elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, drugs, as well as a family history of heart disease or cardiac death at a young age) likely to be associated with arrhythmias and their management.
To promote the scientific understanding of the causes and mechanisms of arrhythmias.
To provide expert consultation on arrhythmia related topics for health care professionals.
To provide specialized care in Interventional Electrophysiology.