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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Arrhythmias)Each year millions of people have abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), which are common as we age. For most, a normal resting heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). For athletic individuals, a normal resting heart rate may be as low as 40 to 60 bpm. Abnormal heart rhythms can be described as a heart beating too fast (above 100 bpm) or slow (below 60 bpm), a fluttering sensation in the chest area or the skipping of a heart beat. When electrical impulses in the heart become too fast, too slow, or irregular they cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly.
Abnormal heart rhythms may cause the heart to pump blood inefficiently causing poor blood circulation in the body. As a result, less oxygen reaches other parts of the body and can cause organ damage. In most cases, abnormal heart rhythms are harmless, however, some cases may cause uncomfortable symptoms like dizziness, palpitations, pounding in the chest, fainting, shortness of breath, weakness, or fatigue. If some types of abnormal heart rhythms are left untreated, they may even cause sudden cardiac death.
Main types of arrhythmia include:
SymptomsAbnormal heart rhythms can cause a wide range of symptoms, some symptoms may include: If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
DiagnosisTo diagnose arrhythmias a wide range of tests and procedures can be performed including:
Advanced Diagnostic Testing
TreatmentsMemorialCare's experienced physicians and staff can help you take control of abnormal heart rhythms. We offer our patients the newest and most technologically advanced techniques, medications and technologies. We offer successful treatments, which vary from a simple prescription to complex surgical procedures.
Lifestyle Changes We offer classes and support groups that focus on the how to care for your heart and vascular system. Medications
Antiarrhythmic drugs can help correct an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. There are a wide variety of medications available for the treatment options. Our cardiologists have extensive experience in the use of drug therapy in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms and can prescribe a medication suited to the specific type of abnormal heart rhythms. In many cases, abnormal heart rhythms cannot be cured with medications, but can be controlled. Your cardiologist and primary care physician play an important role in the regulation of this medication.
Noninvasive Therapy Minimally Invasive Interventions Robotic Assisted Heart Surgery Surgery