Cardiac Arrhythmias are irregular heartbeats or heart rates. Cardiac Arrhythmias may occur along with a normal heart beat or with slow heart beats. The term cardiac arrhythmia covers numerous irregular heartbeats. Common symptoms are palpitations, risk of blood clotting, light headedness, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, cardiac arrest and sudden death in some cases.
HOW IS CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS DIAGNOSED?
Cardiologists diagnose cardiac arrhythmias with the help of an electrocardiogram. Other diagnostic tests are Holter monitor, event monitor, Stress IQ test, echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization. Electrophysiology study and head-up tilt table test are other methods to confirm diagnosis on cardiac arrhythmias.
HOW IS CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS TREATED?
Treatments include maneuvers, medications, electricity conversion or electro or cryo cautery. Antiarrhythmic drugs are used. Anticoagulant medicines and anti platelet drugs such as aspirin can reduce the risk of clotting
DID YOU KNOW?
In most cases, the condition is not serious but if left unattended, it may culminate into a stroke, cardiac arrest or even heart failure.