Arrhythmia is an irregular heart rate or rhythm that causes poor blood flow to your body. Some arrhythmias increase your risk for having a stroke. If you or for a loved one is diagnosed with arrhythmia, it’s natural to have questions. A ProMedica electrophysiologist in the Toledo area can help you determine whether you or a loved one are experiencing arrhythmia.
What are the most common kinds of arrhythmia?
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib): Fast, irregular heartbeat.
- Tachycardia: Fast, but regular heartbeat.
- Bradycardia: A slow heartbeat.
How does arrhythmia work?
The heart is an electrical pump. Normally, electrical impulses start every beat of your heart and keep your heart beating with a nice, regular rhythm.
But sometimes those rhythms become chaotic, irregular or rapid. The upper parts of your heart get out of sync with the lower parts of your heart.
How does arrhythmia feel?
Some people have no symptoms at all, while some have different sensations. You may notice these feelings occasionally, often, or all of the time. You may describe the feeling in your chest like this:
- A fish flopping
- A drum pounding
- Butterflies fluttering
- Your heart leaping out of your chest
- Your heart skipping a beat, and then your heart racing
You may also feel:
- Out of breath
What causes arrhythmia?
Electrical flaws or damage to the heart are the most common causes. However some people with arrhythmia have none of these.
Why should you be concerned?
Arrhythmia, especially AFib, increases your risk for stroke by five times that of a person without arrhythmia. Your atypical heartbeat allows blood to pool in your heart, where a blood clot can form. Eventually the clot may dislodge and travel to your brain. This causes a stroke.
ProMedica’s cardiac electrophysiologists have the expertise to help you determine the best diagnosis and treatment for your arrhythmia.
What is a cardiac electrophysiologist?
This specially trained cardiologist treats patients who have rhythm problems with their hearts. Continue to learn more...