Changes in the rhythm of your heartbeat, medically referred to as arrhythmia, can develop from many causes and shouldn’t be ignored. The heart doctors at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., with three offices in Naples, Florida, are experts in heart rhythm disorders. We take an innovative approach to the management of cardiac arrhythmias. To learn about the warning signs and risk factors associated with arrhythmias, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
An arrhythmia is a medical term used to describe an irregular heartbeat. This may include a heartbeat that’s too fast, too slow, or irregular.
When your heart is beating irregularly, you may feel a fluttering or racing sensation in your chest. While an arrhythmia can be harmless, it may also be a sign of a more serious cardiac condition.
Arrhythmias are divided into types based on the area of the heart the abnormal rhythm originates (atrium or ventricle) and whether the rate of the heartbeat is fast (tachycardia) or slow (bradycardia). Common arrhythmias include:
Also referred to as AFib, atrial fibrillation refers to a rapid heartbeat that develops due to abnormalities in the electrical activity in the atria.
Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation. However, the beat is less chaotic.
Supraventricular tachycardia refers to any rapid heartbeat that originates above the ventricles.
Ventricular tachycardia refers to a rapid heartbeat that develops due to abnormal electrical activity in the ventricle.
If your heart rate is less than 60 beats per minute, then you’re considered to be in bradycardia. However, a slow heartbeat doesn’t necessarily mean a heart problem, especially if you’re physically fit.
The experienced team at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with concerns about an arrhythmia. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and may recommend diagnostic tests, such as an:
Your doctor at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., may also suggest a multi-gated acquisition scan (MUGA), which is a nuclear test that evaluates the function of your right and left ventricles.
Treatment for your arrhythmia may depend on the type of arrhythmia you have, the severity of your symptoms, and the associated health risks. In some cases, no treatment is necessary.
However, if your arrhythmia is affecting your quality of life or increasing your risk of more serious health complications, the team may recommend medication and/or catheter ablation to improve your heart rhythm.
To get answers to your heart health questions, call Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment now.