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​ OBJECTIVE

The Thomas I. (Toby) Hull Centre of Excellence in Heart Rhythm Disease is one of seven Centres of Excellence established at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to transform the way patients with cardiovascular disease are treated around the globe.


ABOUT

The Thomas I. (Toby) Hull Centre of Excellence in Heart Rhythm Disease is an international leader in the investigation and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Peter Munk Cardiac Centre specialists have been able to contribute to breakthroughs that have impacted treatments, diagnosis and care of patients with electric disorders of the heart across Canada and around the world.


LEADERSHIP

Dr. Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar 

Dr. Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar​
Chair, Thomas I. (Toby) Hull Centre of Excellence in Heart Rhythm Disease
Appointed 2012


DESCRIPTION

Electrical disorders of the heart or heart rhythm disorders are a major and increasing cause of sudden cardiac death and disability in both young and aging populations. Electrical disorders can manifest across a wide spectrum of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) from tachycardia (abnormal acceleration of the heart) and atrial fibrillation (irregular rapid heart rhythm causing the atria to quiver, or fibrillate) to bradycardia (sudden slowing of the heart) and ventricular fibrillation (irregular electrical activity causing the heart chambers to be unsynchronized thus pumping little or no blood).

The Thomas I. (Toby) Hull Centre of Excellence in Heart Rhythm Disease includes a clinical program (The Cardiac Fibrillation Program), which is comprised of six distinct pillars:  Ventricular tachycardia management, Atrial fibrillation management, Implantable devices, Arrhythmias in congenital heart disease, Heart failure cardiac resynchronization therapy, and Heritable arrhythmias. Each pillar includes a strong research component.


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