What sort of problem is an abnormal heart rhythm?

Arrhythmia. An abnormal rhythm of the heart which can be detected by listening, checking pulse, doing ekg or imaging. There can be many causes and effects. I will share this with cardiologists for additional information.
Arrhythmias common. Many factors can affect your heart's rhythm, such as having had a heart attack, blood chemistry imbalances or abnormal hormone levels. Some abnormal heart rhythm, increases the risk of stroke five-fold and is responsible for part of all strokes caused by blood clots.

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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.

What are abnormal heart rhythms called?

Arrhythmia. An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia or also know as dysrhythmia.
Arrythmias. This term is often used to describe heart rhythms different from a normal sinus rhythm.
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.

Do abnormal heart rhythms decrease blood delivery?

Depends. It depends on the type of dysrhythmia and the rate. For example, atrial fibrillation with a heart rate in the 70-80s may cause no symptoms at all. A rate in the 150's may decrease blood pressure because there is not adequate time for the heart to fill between beats. A heart rate lower than 30 may cause a low blood pressure because the slow rate. Symptoms often relate to total cardiac output.
Potentially. The pumping of the heart is the mechanism by which blood is delivered throughout the body. If a abnormal heart rhythm affect what is known as the cardiac output, it can definitely affect the delivery of blood throughout the body. Thank you for the question.

Does the guardian system detect abnormal heart rhythms?

Yes and much more. The angelmed guardian system is an implantable st segment monitor. It is designed to detect an imminent heart attack or decrease in blood flow to the heart with exercise. It will also detect changes in the heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation or premature ventricular contractions.

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.
EKG. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ekg is used to identify the rhythm of the heart- normal and abnormal ones.

What is an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms called?

Defibrillation. If it's a potentially fatal heart rhythm (eg ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation), it's called defibrillation. In this case, a large amount of energy is delivered directly to the heart to stop it so that the internal pacemaker can re-activate it to a (hopefully) normal rhythm. In all cases, CPR (chest compressions) are required as well.
Cardioversion. If non-fatal (like atrial fibrillation), it's cardioversion in which a lower energy & specific electrical phase is given with the patient sedated but awake so that the rhythm can be converted to the normal, sinus rhythm.
Cardioversion-defib. An implantable aicd has cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities. However, usually, it delivers a defibrillatory shock when it detects a dangerous rhythm. Of course, the energy is much lower since less tissue needs to be penetrated (the electrical lead goes directly into the heart).

What is the name of an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct certain abnormal heart rhythms called?

Cardioversion. Cardioversion is the name of the electric shock delivered to the heart to 'reset' abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias.
Two names. Cardioversion and defibrillation are both terms used for the electric shock to correct abnormal rhythms. Defibrillation is a specific term for the termination of ventricular fibrillation.

How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

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.
Depends. An abnormal heart rhythm is one that beats too slow, too fast or irregular. I would suggest seeing your primary care physician or a cardiologist for evaluation.
Arrhytmia. Any abnormal heart rhythm is more acuretly called a dysrhthmia which ranges from benign extra beats to more lethal heart rhythms that require medications or defibrillators to treat.
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.

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.
Electrical disorders. Of heart result from a variety of things including structural abnormalities, heart muscle scarring after mi & significant electrolyte abnormalities.