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What Is a Heart Arrhythmia?

What Is a Heart Arrhythmia?When you are experiencing heart trouble, any change or feeling in your body can be incredibly scary. Anytime you feel out of breath you may be scared for your life, not knowing what to do or who to call. If you have been diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, it is important that you educate yourself and your friends and family so you can know what treatment options to make. If you have questions about how a heart arrhythmia can impact you, you need to ask your specialist.

What Is a Heart Arrhythmia?

Heart rhythm issues happen when the electronic signals in the heart can cause the heart to beat irregularly. Arrhythmias can cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow. The consequences can be harmless or can cause serious health concerns. The treatment for an abnormal heartbeat may attempt to control the fast or slow beating.

How to Prevent a Heart Arrhythmia

Many times a heart arrhythmia is caused by heart damage or an increase in the severity of heart damage. If you eat a heart-healthy diet and exercise regularly, you can reduce your risk of arrhythmia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Arrhythmia?

Sometimes a heart arrhythmia does not cause any physical symptoms. Many patients don’t realize they have one until they have a routine physical exam by their physician. However, some arrhythmia symptoms include…

  • Abnormally fast or slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Unexplained sweating

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to talk with your doctor. While these could be symptoms of a heart arrhythmia, it could also be a symptom of another serious medical condition.

For more information about heart arrhythmias, contact our specialists at Brookhaven Heart. Call 631.654.3278 to make your appointment today!