Abnormal heartbeats, or
arrhythmias, are common heart conditions that affect millions of people. They can
be minor or severe, but with treatment by a heart doctor, they can be
regulated. One of the first steps in treating an arrhythmia is diagnosing
the type. Here is a look at some of the common kinds.
Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia. It causes irregular contractions in the atria
of the heart, thanks to electrical signals that begin in the wrong part
of the heart. These signals cause the atria to beat irregularly and prevent
them from pumping blood to the ventricles in the normal way. Although
atrial fibrillation is not usually life-threatening, it does increase
the risk of both stroke and congestive heart failure. Your heart doctor
can treat atrial fibrillation with cardioversion and medications. If an
underlying condition, like hyperthyroidism, is contributing to the atrial
fibrillation, treating it can also help resolve symptoms.
Ventricular fibrillation, a type of ventricular arrhythmia, occurs when
the ventricles don’t beat normally, but quiver instead. Unlike atrial
fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation can be life-threatening and can
lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Immediate treatment to reset the heartbeat
through a process called defibrillation is required. People have the biggest
risk of ventricular fibrillation during a heart attack or when their heart
is weakened from heart disease.
With a brady arrhythmia, the heart beats slower than it normally would.
Your heart doctor may diagnose you with a bradyarrhythmia if your heart
beats less than 60 times per minute. These arrhythmias are usually associated
with medications, chemical imbalances, and heart attacks. Hypothyroidism
and other conditions that alter the electrical activity in the heart can
also be to blame.
Cardiac Solutions provides diagnostic testing and treatments for a range
of heart conditions, including arrhythmias. Make an appointment with one
of our cardiologists near Phoenix and find out more about our
heart clinic by calling (623) 876-8816.