Irregular heart rhythms.
Arrhythmias may cause palpitations, or the feeling of your heart beating abnormally in your chest. Alternatively, you may feel dizzy, lightheaded, or like you might pass out.
Some instances are benign in nature while others, especially if coupled with specific symptoms, can be a sign of more serious cardiovascular issues.
There are two main types of arrhythmias, tachycardias and bradycardias. Each includes its own set of symptoms and concerns. Tachycardias are fast heart rhythms, an example of which is atrial fibrillation. A slow heartbeat, bradycardia, can be equally as dangerous in certain circumstances.
If you experience an irregular heartbeat that’s coupled with sweating, fainting, anxiety, fatigue, chest pain, or shortness of breath, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Arrhythmias may occur due to underlying cardiovascular disease, medical conditions, genetic syndromes, or may be rooted in certain lifestyle choices. Diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, thyroid problems, obesity, and coronary disease may all lead to risk of an arrhythmia.
Understanding what type of arrhythmia you have is essential to determining the right treatment plan. If you experience palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, or feel you might pass out, it’s recommended that you see the specialists at Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates for an evaluation. Your doctor may utilize a range of diagnostic tests to evaluate your heart health including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, or a heart monitor.
Treating bradycardias sometimes requires implanting a pacemaker which will stimulate your heart to beat if it slows or stops. Alternatively, tachycardias can be treated through medication or various medical procedures. Often, if the arrhythmia is determined to be benign, your doctor may recommend only lifestyle changes.
Treating any underlying medical or cardiac conditions and implementing certain lifestyle changes may prevent arrhythmias from occurring. Once it has been determined what type of arrhythmia you have, the doctors at Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates can help you create a plan to prevent recurrences.