Heart Arrhythmia

Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical activities that coordinate your heartbeat aren’t working properly, causing your heart to beat too fast or too slow.

If you have a heart arrhythmia, you may feel like you have a fluttering or racing heart. Heart arrhythmias can be harmless, but some heart arrhythmias can cause uncomfortable (even life-threatening) signs and symptoms.

Fast, slow or irregular heartbeats can be controlled or completely eliminated with the treatment of heart rhythm disorder. Also, some heart arrhythmias can often be made worse by other heart diseases such as coronary artery disease or heart failure. By adopting a healthy lifestyle for your heart health, you can reduce your risk of arrhythmia and get rid of arrhythmias with the right arrhythmia treatments.

Heart Arrhythmia Symptoms

Arrhythmia may not show any signs or symptoms, but your doctor may find that you have an arrhythmia during a routine examination before you notice it. Having noticeable signs and symptoms doesn’t always mean you have a serious problem.

The diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias can be made by physical examination, ECG, 24-hour rhythm holter recording and longer-term event recording devices.

Remarkable arrhythmia symptoms can be listed as follows;

Feeling of palpitations in the chest (such as bird or butterfly flutter…)
Intense heartbeat (tachycardia)
Slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
Chest pain
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Sweating
Fainting (syncope)
When to See a Doctor?

Arrhythmia can make you feel your heart beating too much or too slowly. Other signs and symptoms may be related to the inability of the heart to pump blood due to fast or slow cup beats. These may include shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, fainting, and / or chest pain.

If you feel these signs and symptoms suddenly or frequently, you should seek emergency medical attention.

There are some dangerous heart rhythm problems. These occur with the fast and irregular electrical activities of the heart. Without an effective heartbeat, blood pressure decreases and blood flow to your vital organs may be interrupted. If you feel and experience these types of heart rhythm problems, life-threatening can occur.

If this happens, follow the steps below.

First of all, call 112.
Get yourself in a safe place and lie down.
If there are people around you who can help you, please explain your situation and ask for help.
If you have a health institution close to you and you have a problem with reaching 112, reach this health institution as soon as possible. Never drive yourself.
Arrhythmia Treatments;

Many heart arrhythmias can be terminated with medical (drug) treatments. Shock therapy (electrical cardioversion) may also be required in some life-threatening emergencies that do not respond to drug therapy. Electrophysiological studies and ablation treatments can also be performed as permanent treatment for some types of arrhythmias.

Your doctor will determine the best treatment options for you.

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