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What is an arrhythmia?

What is an arrhythmia?

Irregular heart beat.: An arrhythmia is an irregularity of heart rhythm. There are many forms of arrhythmias, some arising from the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and some from the lower chambers (ventricles). In general, most of the atrial arrhythmias are benign and most of the ventricular arrhythmias are problematic. Your cardiologist usually treats the arrhythmias or may refer you to an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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


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Is an arrhythmia dangerous?

Many Types: There are many types of arrhythmias or irregular heart beats. The most common ones are benign and not dangerous and only a nuisance at most. However if your races and does not stop or you feel poorly - lighheaded, sick to your stomach, dizzy or pass out - this could be a very serious condition. The only way to determine what kind of arrhythmia you have is to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I have an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: Any one can have an arrhythmia, most people don't. Do you have a specific concern? ...Read more

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Can sinusitis trigger arrhythmias?

Can sinusitis trigger arrhythmias?

Possible : Any form of stress can trigger arrhythmia, especially if you are prone to arrhythmia. This can include infections. Best to speak to your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How?Do you ?Diagnose an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: We generally diagnose an arrhythmia by a patient having symptoms and an electrocardiogram or ECG monitor displaying the arrhythmia so we can identify it. Sometimes the patient has no symptoms but is on a monitor and we see an arrhythmia with no symptoms. Arrhtymia means abnormal rhythm........ ...Read more

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Is it painful to have an arrhythmia?

Is it painful to have an arrhythmia?

Usually not: However, don't let the lack of pain prevent you from getting it properly evaluated. It can lead to far more serious issues than just pain. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: First you need to diagnose what the arrhythmia is and then try to determine what might be the cause in the patient. The treatment follows from the evaluation of the what and why of the abnormal rhythm. It may be necessary to see a cardiologist or a special cardiologist called electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an arrhythmia?

Irregular heartbeat: An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heart. The heart can beat too fast (tachycardia) , too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly. Many arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening. There are many types, and your doctor can explain which particular problem you have, and the treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have an arrhythmia?

Monitoring: The best way to identify a rhythm problem is to have it documented by a rhythm monitor, Monitoring can be as short as the time it takes to have an EKG done (10 seconds) or as long as 3 years with an implanted monitor (for infrequent arrhythmias). Commonly, doctors prescribe cardiac monitors that patients wear for up to 30 days. It always helps to have an EKG done while having symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Arrhythmia, also known as abnormal heart rhythm, is any type of irregular heart beat. It might be a simple skip of the heart beat, or a transient pause, both of which are typically benign. However, there are also more serious types of arrhythmias when the heart races ...Read more