Abnormal Rhythm

Heart

​Abnormal Heart Rhythm

A healthy heart beats a steady 60 to 100 times each minute. Sometimes an abnormal heart rhythm develops – characterized by an irregular heartbeat at a faster or slower pace.

Diagnosis

Your physician will discuss your symptoms, medical history and risk factors and will perform a physical exam.

Diagnostic tests may be ordered to help identify the best type of treatment for you. Specific tests may include:

  • An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

  • Exercise stress tests

  • Cardiac catheterization

  • An electrophysiology study (EPS) 

  • A head-up tilt-table test

Lifestyle modification & treatment

Some people with arrhythmias require no treatment. Your physician may recommend  these and other improvements
to your lifestyle habits to reduce your risk for heart disease:

  • Smoking cessation: if you smoke, quit.

  • Avoid high-cholesterol foods and adopt a low-fat,
    low-salt diet.

  • Monitor your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

  • Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight. Talk
    to your doctor before you start an exercise program.

Treatments may include:

  • Medication

  • Pacemaker

  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

  • Cardiac ablation

  • Surgery

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