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What is an Arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. There are two basic kinds:

Bradycardia is when the heart rate is too slow – less than 60 beats per minute.

Tachycardia is when the heart rate is too fast – more than 100 beats per minute.

Manage Risk Factors

Having an arrhythmia increases risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke. Control risk factors:

    • Reduce high blood pressure
    • Control cholesterol levels
    • Lose excess weight
    • Eat a heart-healthy diet
    • Avoid tobacco smoke
    • Regular physical activity


Most arrhythmias are considered harmless and are left untreated. A treatment plan shall be set once the doctor determines if the arrhythmia is abnormal and clinically significant.

Treatment may include lifestyle modification, medications, surgery, a pacemaker, cardiac defibrillation and cardiac ablation

Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

Signs of Arrhythmia

  • When it’s very brief, it can feel like a skipped heartbeat that you barely notice.
  • It may also feel like a fluttering in the chest or neck.
  • Tachycardia, when severe or lasts long, can reduce the hearts ability to pump enough blood to the body causing shortness of breath, chest pain, tiredness, light-headedness, loss of consciousness, a heart attack or even death.


An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is often used to diagnose arrhythmias. It creates a graphic record of the heart’s electrical impulses.
Normal ECG tracing


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