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What are abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
Arrhythmia: An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia or also know as dysrhythmia.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Arrythmias: This term is often used to describe heart rhythms different from a normal sinus rhythm.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 20 years experience
An arrhythmia: Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are caused by problems with the electrical system that regulates the steady, rhythmic beat of the heart. The heartbeat may be too slow (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia); it may remain steady or become chaotic. Some arrhythmias are dangerous and cause sudden cardiac death, while others may be bothersome but are not life threatening. See PCP ASAP.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Heart rhythms: Ekg, holter monitor, event monitor.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ekg: Simple office test that can determine the rhythm of the heart.....Many different types of rhythm, not all are serious but exact definition is very important.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Abnormal heart rythm: There are many different abnormal heart rhythm with varying symptoms from cest pain, palpitation, dizziness, headache to syncope.There are basically two kind of abnormal heart rhythm tachyarrythmia(rapid heart beat)and bradyarrythmia(slow heart rate)different arrythmias have different symptoms.
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Dr. Zuheir Said commented
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Although some abnormal heart beats are benigh condition, for a new onset abnormal heart beats, patient needs to see his doctor as soon as possible
Jun 6, 2012
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why do abnormal heart rhythms cause nausea?

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Dr. Howard Min
Cardiology 23 years experience
Vagal Response: In general, most cardiac rhythm disturbances will not cause nausea. However, there is a condition that can cause both nausea and arrhythmia (particularly slow heart rate), and that is called a vagal response. This is an abnormal reflex response which causes the heart rate to abnormally slow, and also has concurrent symptoms of nausea and/or "cold sweats" and/or lightheadedness.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner commented
Cardiology 16 years experience
I agree with Dr. Min and would add that the irregular blood flow caused by certain irregular rhythms OR low blood pressure caused by very fast heart rhythms can both also cause nausea. We see this rather frequently as a symptom of arrhythmia.
Nov 16, 2012
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A 25-year-old member asked:

With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Hard to answer: There are hundreds if not thousands of abnormal heart rhythms. Rapid heart types are usually called tachycardias and slow heart types are called bradycardias. There is a lot of variability in between. Your pcp is a great place to start and depending on what they say, may refer you to a cardiologist or other heart specialist.

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