Cardiac Arrhythmias

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Cardiac arrhythmias are a disturbance in the natural rhythm of the heart. Cardiac arrhythmias can be harmless or they can be life-threatening medical emergencies. When an arrhythmia is suspected, your cardiologist should always be consulted. In normal adults, the heart beats regularly at a rate of 60 to 100 times per minute. When the heart rate exceeds 100 beats per minute, the arrhythmia is referred to as a Tachycardia. When the heart rate is slowed and does not achieve 60 beats per minute, the arrhythmia is known as a Bradycardia.

  • Tachycardia (a rate of more than 100 beats per minute)
    • Palpitations
    • Chest Pains
    • Dizziness
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Light-headedness
    • Fainting
  • Bradycardia (a rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute)
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue
    • Confusion
    • Dizziness
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Fainting

Both types of arrhythmias require medical attention, so the risks can be evaluated. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it is critical that you contact our office.

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