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Arrhythmia


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

Treatment

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

Disclaimer:
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
      
Bradycardia
      
Tachycardia
      


References:
www.heart.org
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