An irregular heartbeat is referred to as a heart arrhythmia. Heart rhythm issues occur when the electrical signals that coordinate the heart's beats malfunction. Because of the faulty signalling, the heart beats too quickly (tachycardia), too slowly (bradycardia), or irregularly. Heart arrhythmias, which can feel like a fluttering or racing heart, are usually harmless. However, some heart arrhythmias can be bothersome and, in some cases, life-threatening.
Signs and Symptoms of Arrhythmia: Patient may experience one or more of the symptoms mentioned below:-
Causes of Arrhythmia:
Some of the major causes of Arrhythmia include – Coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease, diabetes, Hypertension, sleep amnea, excess alcohol consumption, smoking, stress or anxiety, hypothyroidism, drug abuse and genetics.
Diagnosis - The doctor (cardiac arrhythmia specialists) will usually perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms to diagnose a heart arrhythmia. Tests may be performed to confirm an abnormal heartbeat and to look for conditions that can cause arrhythmias, such as heart disease or thyroid disease. Some important investigations to diagnose heart arrhythmia include- ECG/EKG, Holter Monitoring test, Coronary Angiography, Cardiac CT scan and MRI, Echocardiogram, implantable Loop Recorder Electrophysiological study and stress test
Treatment- Treatment for heart arrhythmias differs depending on whether you have a fast (tachycardia) or slow heartbeat (bradycardia). Some arrhythmias of the heart do not require treatment. Heart Arrhythmia Specialists (Cardiologists) may advise you to have regular checkups to monitor your condition.
Treatment for heart arrhythmias is usually only required if the irregular heartbeat is causing significant symptoms or if the condition puts you at risk of developing more serious heart problems. Medication, therapies such as vagal manoeuvres, cardioversion, catheter procedures, or heart surgery may be used to treat heart arrhythmias. The following procedures and surgeries are used to treat heart arrhythmias:
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