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Heart arrhythmia

Changes in the heart rhythm are called arrhythmias. They are described by the patient as palpitations.

The heart rate at rest is usually between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Much lower rates may be normal in young adults, particularly those who are physically fit. Variations in heart rate are normal. The heart rate responds not only to exercise and inactivity but also to such factors as pain and anger.
Only when the heart rate is too fast or too slow or when the electrical impulses travel in abnormal pathways is the heartbeat considered abnormal. Such rhythms may be regular or irregular.

Symptoms of arrhythmias

The description of the palpitations often helps the doctor diagnose an arrhythmia and determine how serious it is. The most important considerations are whether the:

Diagnosing arrythmias

Techniques for finding the exact nature of arrhythmia include:

Treating arrhythmias

The first line therapy may be medication.

Several procedures can be useful in correcting irregular heart rhythms, including radiofrequency ablationĀ in which electrical energy is applied to get rid of abnormal electrical pathways in the heart and restore normal heart rhythms.

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Dr. Richard Levy MD FACC FESC FRCP

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