Heart Rhythm Disorders

Is My Heartbeat Normal?

Do you ever feel like your heart is beating out of your chest or maybe skipping a beat? 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. 

Our skilled heart specialists can diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders to help keep your heart beating as it should. These specialists include electrophysiologists, heart specialists who focus on the heart's electrical activity and can get your heart back to its normal rhythm using either medicine or surgery.

What Does Irregular Heartbeat Mean?

An irregular heartbeat is when your heart doesn’t beat like it should. It can cause chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue. Determining what type of heart rhythm disorder requires an expert to determine where the problem begins.

The heart specialists at Banner Health will diagnose your rhythm disorder and develop a treatment plan to fit your needs. 

 

What Types of Rhythm Disorders Are Possible?

If you have a rhythm disorder, your heartbeat is unsteady. There are several types of rhythm disorders, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) – a rapid heartbeat that begins in the atria (the upper chambers) of the heart
  • Bradycardia – a slow heartbeat at less than 55 times per minute
  • Ventricular tachycardia – a rapid heartbeat that begins in the ventricles of the heart

 

What Causes Rhythm Disorders and How are They Diagnosed?

There are many reasons you may have an irregular heartbeat. Some common reasons are:

Banner Health uses a full range of diagnostic tests to determine if a rhythm disorder is the cause of your symptoms. Those tests include:

  • Angiography
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrophysiologic study
  • Exercise stress test
  • Nuclear imaging test

How Are Rhythm Disorders Treated?

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.

In addition to minimally invasive treatment options, such as cardioversion (a procedure to restore your heart's normal rhythm), heart ablation (a procedure to destroy small areas of heart tissue that may be causing your irregular heartbeat) and the maze procedure (a procedure to create scar tissue to disrupt the path of abnormal electrical signals that could be causing your irregular heartbeat), we offer several traditional heart surgeries:

  • Defibrillator implant
  • Lead extraction
  • Pacemaker implant

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