Heart Arrhythmias

Your heart’s electrical system coordinates the motion of the four heart chambers. When the heart’s electrical impulses fire abnormally, irregular heart rhythms – or arrhythmias – result.

These conditions can range from minor, relatively harmless heartbeat irregularities to life-threatening disorders. Arrhythmias become more common as we age.

Electrophysiology is the study of heart rhythm abnormalities, and electrophysiologists are cardiologists with advanced training who diagnose specific heart rhythm conditions and determine effective treatment plans. Electrophysiology studies are often the first step in diagnosing irregular heart rhythms and determining the best treatment option.

Signs Of a Heart Arrhythmia

Some arrhythmias come and go, and may be responsible for these symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fluttering feelings in the chest
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Palpitations or racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Stroke

Commonly Treated Arrhythmias

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common of all arrhythmias. While some people with AFib experience no symptoms, everyone with the condition is at increased risk for strokeStopAfib.org reports that one-third of patients with atrial fibrillation will experience a stroke.

Other common cardiac arrhythmias include:

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Every moment of your life depends on a strong, healthy heart. The Premier Health cardiology and vascular services team is here to help you, each beat of the way, with prevention, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services in our hospitals, outpatient centers, and medical offices across Southwest Ohio.