If you have a rhythm disorder, your heartbeat is unsteady. A normal, healthy heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute, but rhythm disorders can cause your heart to beat slower, faster or in an irregular pattern. This is why rhythm disorders are commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.
There are several types of rhythm disorders, including:
The heart specialists at Banner Health will diagnose your rhythm disorder and develop a treatment plan to fit your needs.
An irregular heartbeat means your heart isn’t beating as it should. This could feel like your heart is beating too fast or “racing” or like it’s beating too slow or skipping a beat. It can cause chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
There are many reasons you may have an irregular heartbeat. Some common reasons are:
These conditions do not always lead to a rhythm disorder. If you have experienced any of these conditions and are concerned that you may have an irregular or abnormal heartbeat, consult your doctor.
Our skilled heart specialists can diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders to help keep your heart beating as it should.
Banner Health uses a full range of diagnostic tests to determine if a rhythm disorder is the cause of your symptoms. Those tests may include:
In some cases, a conservative approach is the right option. Medicine may be enough to control your heart rhythm. In other cases, surgery may be necessary.
Banner Health offers minimally invasive treatment options, such as:
If your condition requires something more in-depth, our experts may recommend a surgical treatment:
The type of rhythm disorder you or your loved one has will help determine the best treatment plan. Our main goal is to always provide you with the most customized care for your specific needs.
Lowering your risk factors for heart disease are key in reducing your risk of experiencing an irregular heartbeat.