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Dr. Warren Foster
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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Overview)

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 fainting or even death.


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How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

Many different types: A normal heart beat is regular like a clock ticking. There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. The heart rhythm could be either too fast, too slow or have some type of irregularity or skipping. Some of these abnormal rhythms are not serious. Some irregular rhythms are potentially dangerous. The best way to check is call you doctor and have an ekg or heart monitor performed. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
331 Doctors shared insights

Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Overview)

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 fainting or even death.


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What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

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. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with abnormal heart rhythms. What does this mean?

My brother was diagnosed with abnormal heart rhythms. What does this mean?

Depends: It depends on what the abnormal rhythm is. Mostly these are benign and fairly easily treated, while others have more complex treatment strategies or can potentially be dangerous. Need to find out what it is. ...Read more

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Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Several: An EKG to see what the exact rhythm is and to look for other abnormalities. A history and physical examination. You may have a heart murmur or appear pale if you have anemia for instance. Blood tests to exclude anemia or an overactive thyroid gland for instance. A holter monitor to catch and record the abnormal rhythm. An echocardiogram to evaluate heart function and the valves. ...Read more

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What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

Tests for arrythmias: After physical exam an ekg will determine the arrythmia most of the time and 24 hour holter monitor may be needed in some cases. Some abnormal heart rythm may require electro physiological studies, echocardiogram and coronary angiograms in some cases. ...Read more

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How do you confirm the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm?

How do you confirm the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm?

A good history: And physical exam, ekg, certain lab work, an echocardiogram and usually some type of monitorinng like a holter monitor or event monitor depending on the frequency of symotoms. Seeyour doctor. ...Read more

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Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Some, plus drugs: Depending on the cause & severity of the arrhythmia, relaxation techniques (medication, yoga, tai-chi) may be useful. Some anti-anxiety medications can be helpful as well. Beta-blockers are often used. Serious anti-arrhythmic agents are available, but some rhythm problems, especially in younger patients, may be amenable to electrophysiologic rx, like ablation, rather than lifelong drug therapy. ...Read more

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With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

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. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for abnormal heart rhythms?

Too broad: Too broad of question. Please let us know what type of arrhythmia and the treatment recommended and perhaps we can answer you better. ...Read more

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Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Ask a cardiologist: Digitalis has a long history of treating congestive heart failure by stimulating the heart muscle. I believe it is used in patients with heart failure but with a normal sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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When is? Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

When is? Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Never: Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt. In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would. ...Read more

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How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

Many different types: A normal heart beat is regular like a clock ticking. There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. The heart rhythm could be either too fast, too slow or have some type of irregularity or skipping. Some of these abnormal rhythms are not serious. Some irregular rhythms are potentially dangerous. The best way to check is call you doctor and have an ekg or heart monitor performed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

Tests for arrythmias: After physical exam an ekg will determine the arrythmia most of the time and 24 hour holter monitor may be needed in some cases. Some abnormal heart rythm may require electro physiological studies, echocardiogram and coronary angiograms in some cases. ...Read more

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How do abnormal heart rhythms occur in the body?

How do abnormal heart rhythms occur in the body?

Abnormal heartrhythm: The major reason for abnormal heart rhythm happens because of automaticity in the heart cells, this can happen when cells get abnormally excited from various reasons. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

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. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with abnormal heart rhythms. What does this mean?

Depends: It depends on what the abnormal rhythm is. Mostly these are benign and fairly easily treated, while others have more complex treatment strategies or can potentially be dangerous. Need to find out what it is. ...Read more

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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

Rhythm (Definition)

Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more