Top
40
Doctor insights on: Abnormal Arrhythmia

Share
Dr. Warren Foster
351 doctors shared insights

Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition in which a person has an abnormal heartbeat pattern, as detected by an EKG (electrocardiogram) of the heart. Some abnormal rhythms run in families (hereditary abnormal rhythms). Some abnormal rhythms are not dangerous, while others can cause ...Read more


2

2
Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

It can : Cardioversion can be used to correct an abnormal rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, however, the procedure does not correct the situation. In such cases, medications may be necessary. ...Read more

5

5
What heart condition cause an abnormal heartbeat?

What  heart condition cause an abnormal heartbeat?

Structural heart dis: Structural heart disease such as coronary artery disease, hypertensive heart disease, valvular disease, and congenital heart disease can cause an abnormal beat. Intrinsic conduction abnormality can cause an abnormal beat. Premature beats can also occur in a structurally normal heart and be stimulated by ceffeine, stress, anxiety, pain, anemia, etc. ...Read more

8

8
Skipping heart beats always abnormal?

Skipping heart beats always abnormal?

No: Skipped heart beats are very common, occurring in as many as 80-90% of people, most of whom have no heart disease. Shortness of breath associated with skipped beats is far less common, many of whom have heart disease.. ...Read more

9

9
Abnormal ECG sinus bradycardia and septal infarct age undetermined?

Abnormal ECG sinus bradycardia and septal infarct age undetermined?

Depends: Sinus bradycardia can be normal in a fit individual. Septal infarct age undetermined may also be a normal variant, but also possibly indicate previous injury to the heart. You might want to consider getting further evaluation, such as a stress treadmill ECG test. Depending on various associated healthy issues, this might need to be combined with imaging (nuclear or ultrasonography). ...Read more

10

10
Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause very rapid ventricular activation during af, which can lead to vf. Rapid ventricular response may cause cardiac weakening over time, which in turn may increase the risk of vf. ...Read more

13

13
Ekg says normal sinus rhythm, nonspecific st abnormality, abnormal ecg, what does this mean?

Ekg says normal sinus rhythm, nonspecific st abnormality, abnormal ecg, what does this mean?

Common reading: "abnormal" because there are non-specific changes which are not specific enough to meet a true diagnosis, but not normal enough to say normal, so somewhat of a soft call or indecisive read, but very common and does not necessarily mean anything. The bottom line, the ECG findings need to be placed in the clinical context in which it was taken, and compared to previous and subsequent ECGs. ...Read more

14

14
Is an irregular heart beat usually atrial fibrillation?

Is an irregular heart beat usually atrial fibrillation?

Not always: It certainly can be. Although there are multiple instances when one can have an "irregular heartbeat'. You should see your doctor so an ekg can be done or possibly a monitoring device ordered to evaluate further. ...Read more

15

15
What causes atrial arrhythmias?

What causes atrial arrhythmias?

Many causes: First off, need an ultrasound (echo) of your heart, because structural abnormalites of the heart are the first big cause that needs to be eliminated. If your heart is structurally normal, then the other big cause for atrial arrhythmias is diet and drugs -- especially any caffeine or diet pills. Finally, sometimes it is just idiopathic -- which means we cannot find a cause. ...Read more

16

16
Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Only in a Very Few: Generally, the answer to this is a very solid "no." this is a rare complication of people with another condition (on top of their afib) called wolff-parkinson-white syndrome (or wpw). In certain patients having both conditions, the top chamber is too-well connected to the bottom and can trigger ventricular fibrillation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Ekg says normal sinus rhythm, nonspecific st abnormality, abnormal ecg, what to do?

Ekg says normal sinus rhythm, nonspecific st abnormality, abnormal ecg, what to do?

ECG: That is a common ECG reading which can indicate something is wrong but also can be as it says nonspecific and 'no big deal'. Ask your doctor if there is reason for concern or further investigation. ...Read more

18

18
Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

EKG afib: An ekg can diagnose afib. There are many different abnormalities that can be seen. Abnormal does not equal a fib. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
Heart problems ventricular bigeminy?

Heart problems ventricular bigeminy?

Usually benign: Premature or "skipped" beats frome the bottom chambers of the heart are common; they sometimes occur in fixed patterns. When every other beat is a premature beat, it's called ventricular bigeminy. When every 3rd beat is premature, it's called ventricular trigeminy, and so on. Bottom line: with a normal heart, these patterns are completely benign and don't need treatment unless very troubling. ...Read more

20

20
Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Rebooting the system: Our heart works through electrical pathways. If these pathways get out of sync or mixed up then sometimes cardioversion or defibrillation a.K.A. "reboot of the system" can get the electricity back in sync. ...Read more

21

21
Low blood pressure and low heart rate in runners. Am I at risk for an abnormal arrhythmia setting in?

Low blood pressure and low heart rate in runners. Am I at risk for an abnormal arrhythmia setting in?

No: Very well conditioned athletes typically have low resting heart rates and low normal blood pressure that are a result of their excellent physical shape and not because of underlying heart disease. Now, if you are feeling faint, dizzy, light headed, weak or unwell in any other way seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
22

22
Hi! Would an echocardiogram detect an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia? I had one done within the year but still get random flutter and heart racing

Hi! Would an echocardiogram detect an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia?  I had one done within the year but still get random flutter and heart racing

ECHO and EKG: The ECHO is performed for cardiac morphology, such as are the valve leaking, do I have a cardiac shunt, and how well is the muscle contracting. The EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart, usually the patient wears a device for 24 hrs. and the recording is analyzed in the lab. Go back to your cardiologist, and request a holter monitoring, after the assessment, therapy can be provided, m ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
25

25
Are arrhythmias and irregular beats the same thing? Do arrhythmias then cause palpitations?

Are arrhythmias and irregular beats the same thing? Do arrhythmias then cause palpitations?

Yes: Arrhythmia is irregular heart beat. Palpitation is subjective sensation of heart neTing fast or irregular. If you are experiencing once in while most likely benign but happens frequently or associated with lightheaded mess or passing out symptoms or chest pain or SOB please talk to your MD ...Read more

26

26
Do people with arrhythmias have more abnormal heartbeats after big meals?

Arrhythmias: Some may. Change in Adrenalin and anti-adrenalin tone (vagal) can trigger arrhythmias. This is not an uncommon trigger for arrhythmias. ...Read more

27

27
Can you tell me if someone is diagnosed with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) is the heartbeat always irregular?

Can you tell me if someone is diagnosed with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) is the heartbeat always irregular?

No: There are regular arrhythmias and irregular arrhythmias. Examples of the former: SVT, atrial flutter, VT. Even with the latter, the rhythm is not necessarily irregular ALL the time. ...Read more

Dr. Yu Sun Dr. Sun
3 doctors agreed:
28

28
What are some causes of irregular heartbeats / arrhythmia's?

Dr. Yu Sun Dr. Sun
3 doctors agreed:
What are some causes of irregular heartbeats / arrhythmia's?

Some things : Alcohol abuse diabetes drug abuse excessive coffee consumption heart disease hypertension (elevated blood pressure) hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland) mental stress scarring of the heart; often the result of a heart attack smoking some dietary supplements some herbal treatments some medications. ...Read more

29

29
Diagnosed with irregular heartbeat. Had all my life, not on any meds. Is this same as arrhythmia and can i just drop dead from it? 39 F

Diagnosed with irregular heartbeat. Had all my life, not on any meds. Is this same as arrhythmia and can i just drop dead from it? 39 F

Irregular heartbeat: Many people have extrasystoles and this doesn't necessarily mean much. You need to check with your doctor and see what is going on. The chances are you have a benign extra beat situation and needn't worry. Be sure the doctor explains your situation to you and you get all your questions answered. You will likely have some ecg testing and perhaps longer term monitoring. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
30

30
(I want to be a cardiologist) so just out of interest is abnormal septal motion associated with any arrhythmias in particular?

No: Abnormal septal motion is not, in itself, assoc with arrhythmias but the underlying cause may be. From an earlier post, I know we were speculating what the cause of yours is? Regardless, we need more good cardiologists! Please continue to pursue it - it's a great profession! ...Read more

32

32
Can a healthy heart get arrhythmia or irregular heart beat?

Can a healthy heart get arrhythmia  or irregular heart beat?

Yes: An otherwise normal heart can be subject to arrhythmias that are benign as opposed to a diseased heart( cardiomyopathy) which can be prone to potentially life threatening arrhythmias. ...Read more

35

35
I started Norvasc (amlodipine) this morning and am having irregular heartbeats/arrhythmia. Should i just continue it?

I started Norvasc (amlodipine) this morning and am having irregular heartbeats/arrhythmia. Should i just continue it?

Norvasc (amlodipine): Call the prescribing doctor now and let them know. Not knowing your condition it is not appropriate to answer your question here. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
36

36
Can arrhythmias happen because of stress? Can you have irregular heart rhythms because of a panic attack or anxiety?

Can arrhythmias happen because of stress? Can you have irregular heart rhythms because of a panic attack or anxiety?

Yes: Especially with sleep deprivation. Much worse if large doses of stimulants such as caffeine, amphetamines, and many meds, many supplements. Even such as Afrin nose spray. See a Dr to define the nature of the heart rhythms as sometimes they are serious. Control of this begins with a precise definition of the rhythm + all causes.
...Read more

37

37
Would it be dangerous if i go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Would it be dangerous if i go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Arrhythmia: In general we do not recommend rollercoasters for people with significant cardiac arrhythmias. The stresses associated with rollercoasters could trigger arrhythmias or their complications. There are benign rhythm problems which wouldn't be a problem but a generalization would be no rollercoasters. ...Read more

38

38
8 weeks pregnant, the last two days i feel arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. Viewed heart a year ago, all was ok. Should i be worried?

8 weeks pregnant, the last two days i feel arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. Viewed heart a year ago, all was ok. Should i be worried?

Discuss with MD: Palpitations can be common during pregnancy. But they should always be taken seriously as pregnancy causes many significant changes in a woman's body. I would recommend immediate medical attention if you have other symptoms. Otherwise, i would still recommend discussing this with your OB / primary physician. ...Read more

40

40
Im 25, had open heart surgery at 4 and my ekgs have abnormal t waves. 3+ doctors heard an arrhythmia and said not to worry. What should I do about it?

Im 25, had open heart surgery at 4 and my ekgs have abnormal t waves. 3+ doctors heard an arrhythmia and said not to worry. What should I do about it?

Don't worry about it: You have by your own account over 3 doctors tell you not to worry about it. They have the advantage of knowing why you had surgery and what was done. Plus they can examine you & look at your heart with an echo etc. A t wave abnormality is fairly non specific. Same can be said for arrhythmias. Your doctors can take that info and apply it to the proper context. At some point you have to trust them. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Warren Foster
683 doctors shared insights

Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Also known as abnormal heart rhythm, this condition describes any type of irregular heart beat, such as when the heart races ...Read more


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
234 doctors shared insights

Irregular Heartbeat (Definition)

Irregular heartbeat ...Read more