Conditions and treatments

The Cardiac Care program at Kingston General Hospital provides specialized care for patients in Southeastern Ontario who have been diagnosed with conditions of the heart and blood vessels. This care includes a number of specialized treatments and procedures for a range of conditions.


Atrial fibrillation

This a very common type of irregular or uneven heartbeat. When you experience an episode of atrial fibrillation your heart will often beat too fast. While many people do not realize they have AFib, others describe feeling fluttering or palpitations in their chest. Atrial fibrillation rarely requires urgent medical care and many people live healthy, normal lives. For more information, visit our Atrial Fibrillation page

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Acute coronary syndrome is a term that is used to describe a heart attack and sometimes unstable chest pain. A heart attack happens when the blood flow to your heart is interrupted or restricted by a buildup of cholesterol in your coronary arteries. There are two types of heart attack, and your length of stay and what happens while you are in hospital will be determined by the type of heart attack you experience. For more information, visit our Acute Coronary Syndrome page

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition where the heart muscle is weakened and not able to pump blood effectively. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped pumping, it simply means that the heart muscle is weak and not able to keep up with your body's demands. For more information, visit our Heart Failure page

Treatments and Procedures

Cardiac catheterization 

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure we use to diagnose and treat heart conditions. During this procedure, a thin tube is threaded through your blood vessels into the right or left side your heart. This allows your doctor to do diagnostic tests or provide you with certain treatments. For more information, visit our Cardiac Catheterization page

Cardiac surgery

Cardiovascular surgery is performed by one of KGH's cardiac surgeons on the heart or cardiac vessels. The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Doctors also use heart surgery to repair or replace heart valves, which control blood flow through the heart. For more information, visit our Cardiac Surgery page


Cardioversion is a procedure that may be offered to you when you experience an abnormally fast heart beat that makes you feel tired and unwell. Conditions such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter may be the reason why you have been referred to KGH to have a cardioversion procedure. For more information, visit our Cardioversion page

Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

If you doctor has diagnosed you with atrial fibrillation, they may recommended that you undergo a catheter ablation procedure. In certain patients, catheter ablation is an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation. For more information, visit our Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation page

Catheter Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia

If your doctor suspects you have Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) you may be referred for testing and potential treatment. Catheter ablation is an effective treatment for most SVTs. The procedure involves a diagnostic component and, if appropriate, treatment can be delivered at the same time using catheter ablation. For more information, visit our Catheter Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia page

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators 

An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a device that will monitor your heart closely for heart rhythm problems. If a life threatening rhythm should occur, the ICD will 'shock' the heart with a bolt of energy that will restore your normal rhythm immediately. Your specialist may suggest you receive an ICD if you are at risk for a life threatening, fast heart rhythm disturbance. For more information, visit our Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator page

Permanent pacemakers

A pacemaker is a small device (about the size of a wrist watch) that is implanted under the skin in your chest. A pacemaker may be used if your doctor has determined that your heart may beat too slowly or if it has the potential to slow down occasionally. For more information, visit our Permanent Pacemaker page

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation  (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation  (TAVI) is one of the newest interventions available at KGH and is a minimally invasive procedure that is done to repair a valve in your heart. Normally your valve would be repaired during an open heart surgery, however surgery may be too risky for some people who are either too ill have other medical conditions. The TAVI procedure allows an aortic valve to be implanted using a long narrow tube called a catheter. For more information, visit our TAVI page