Office Consultation 

We see patients with heart rhythm disturbances everyday in our office. Because most of our patients have already seen a Cardiologist and have gone through an extensive evaluation already, our office visits are focused on you and your heart rhythm. When we see a new patient, we will spend some time reviewing the records sent by the Cardiologist and PCP. This generally includes ECGs, echocardiograms, stress tests and perhaps even results of cardiac catheterizations. During the visit, we will explore symptoms related to heart rhythm abnormalities. We discuss the problems associated with arrhythmias as well as options for treatment.

Some of our patients require ongoing care for their heart rhythm issues. This includes patients with implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Other patients requiring follow up visits include those with chronic arrhythmias requiring ongoing monitoring and treatment such as atrial fibrillation.

We offer full consultations and follow up visits for ongoing management of heart rhythm disturbances, antiarrhythmic drug thereapy and cardiac rhythm device management. We are fully equipped with ambulatory heart rhythm monitors including wireless patient activated monitors for the evaluation of heart rhythm symptoms as well as mobile cardiac telemetry. Our main office is conveniently located on the campus of St. Francis Medical Center. We also see patients in Middletown, CT. 

Patient Safety

At Arrhythmia Consultants of Connecticut, we take patient safety very seriously. Hospitals are rated by an independent organization based upon certain criteria. Hospitals are rated according to how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. While many hospitals are good at keeping their patients safe, some hospitals aren't. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. We firmly believe that patient safety is our number one priority. We are proud to be affiliated with St. Francis Hospital which is one of the few hospitals in Connecticut to achieve an A rating for safety according to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. In our own electrophysiology laboratory, we have instituted several practices and protocols designed to increase patient safety. All of our physicians are board-certified electrophysiologists. Our electrophysiology labs are designed to reduce the risk of infections. Prior to every case, a safety huddle is performed by the physicians, nurses and technologists involved in the case in order to review information relevant to safely proceeding. Finally, a "time out for safety" is performed just before starting a case.

We are committed not only to providing you with the most advanced cardiac arrhythmia care possible but also with the safest care possible in order to achieve the best outcome. 

Ellison Berns, M.D.

Dr. Berns has been a leader in this region since 1988. He developed the electrophysiology programs at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He is a founding partner of Arrhythmia Consultants of Connecticut.

Neal Lippman, M.D.

Dr. Lippman has advised area hospitals on quality control for its pacemaker programs. He is currently the Director of EP services for St. Francis Hospital and has led the development of one of the premier lead extraction programs in the country.

Aneesh Tolat, M.D.

Dr. Tolat is experienced in radiofrequency ablation and cardiac device implantation. He has published on performing cardiac device implants on anticoagulated patients and has experience performing all EP procedures without the need to discontinue anticoagulation.

Joseph Dell'Orfano, M.D.

Dr. Dell'Orfano has been with ACC since 2001 and is the only Electrophysiologist in the region performing complex ablations, including atrial fibrillation ablations, without the need for fluoroscopy and without exposing the patients or staff to harmful X-rays.

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