An arrhythmia is a disorder of the heart rate (pulse) or heart rhythm, such as beating too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly. They are caused by problems with the heart's electrical conduction system. Click image.
An arrhythmia may be present all of the time or it may come and go. You may or may not feel symptoms when the arrhythmia is present. Or, you may only notice symptoms when you are more active.
Symptoms can be very mild when present, or they may be severe or even life-threatening.
Common symptoms include:
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator delivers one or more electrical impulses directly to the heart to get it beating normally.
A pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device that regulates your heart rhythm.
For patients with atrial fibrillation, the Owensboro Health offers a less invasive surgical option that uses microwave energy. This procedure does not require opening the chest or stopping the heart at any time. A patient is usually discharged in a day or two.
Read more about treating arrhythmias in our Health Encyclopedia.
Learn More About Arrhythmias
Learn more about arrhythmias at our Health Encyclopedia.