An arrhythmia is a fast, slow, extra, or skipped heartbeat. Normal irregular heartbeats pos
e no risk.
Heart arrhythmias fall into two categories. First, heartrate. Bradyarrhythmia is a slow hea
Atrial fibrillation is common. CDC estimates 6 million Americans have AFib.
"The heart is a muscular pump," says Dr. Joseph H. Levine of St. Francis Hospital in Long I
sland, New York.
Signs and Symptoms
Slow Heart Rhythm
– Syncope (fainting).
Fast Heart Rhythm
– Palpitations (feeling of a fast-beating or pounding heart).
– Lightheadedness or syncope.
– Shortness of breath on exertion.
– Anxiety sensation.
– Chest pain.
Heart or vascular conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart muscle changes, or cardiomyopathy, and heart valve disorders can lead to arrhythmias.
Levine advises cardiology patients to ask if a centre offers all procedures and has experie
nce in all areas. Ask about success and complication rates, which should be above average.