Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
Arrhythmias are abnormal beats of the heart. Types of arrhythmias include:
An arrhythmia can be caused by:
Factors that may increase the risk of arrhythmias include:
Some arrhythmias may occur without any symptoms. Others may cause noticeable symptoms, such as:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will listen to your heart with an instrument called a stethoscope.
Tests may include:
Treatment may include:
If you are diagnosed with an arrhythmia, follow your doctor's
To help prevent arrhythmias:
American Heart Association
Heart Rhythm Society
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Family Physician
Arrhythmias. American Heart Association website. Available at:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/Arrhythmia_UCM_002013_SubHomePage.jsp. Accessed November 8, 2012.
Arrhythmia. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at:
http://www.texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/Cond/Arrhythmia.cfm. Updated October 2012. Accessed November 8, 2012.
What is an
arrhythmia? National Heart Lung and Blood website. Available at:
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arr/. Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed November 8, 2012.
Last reviewed November 2012 by Michael J. Fucci, DO
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