About heart rhythm disorders
The heart’s electrical system is responsible for sending signals that tell the heart when to beat. Heart rhythm disorders happen when there is improper electrical activity in the heart, resulting in an abnormal or chaotic heart rhythm. Both children and adults can have abnormal heart rhythms. Some abnormal rhythms are inherited while others may develop as a result of another heart condition, such as a heart attack.
The heart’s electrical system is comprised of several parts that must communicate with one another to work effectively. A normal heartbeat is reason by an electrical signal running from top to bottom in the heart. When an electrical signal follows this normal pathway, the heart beats in a regular, organized rhythm. In an abnormal heartbeat, electrical pulses are disorganized – causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or in an unequal way. An irregular heartbeat is also referred to as a heart arrhythmia.
Types and symptoms
Abnormal heart rhythms don’t always cause symptoms. A physician may be able to detect an abnormal rhythm by taking your pulse or listening to your heart. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Palpitations, or feeling like your heart skipped a beat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty catching your breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Fatigue or weakness
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
There are many types of heart rhythm disorders. Our heart rhythm experts provide accurate diagnosis and a variety of treatments for every kind of heart rhythm disorder. Some common conditions include:
- Sudden cardiac death
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular tachyarrhythmias
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Visit our health library to learn more about the different types of heart rhythm disorders.
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial tachycardia
- AV reentrant tachycardia
- AV node reentrant tachycardia
- Inherited heart rhythm disorders
Common treatments include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and heart pacing devices. Through their pioneering research, they are capable to offer the most leading-edge techniques available anywhere.
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