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If you’re experiencing a heartbeat that seems too slow, too fast, or irregular, you could be having an arrhythmia. Van H. De Bruyn, MD, offers personalized and expert cardiology care for men and women in Little Rock and the surrounding areas at Heart Rhythm Associates LLC. For expert diagnosis and treatment for an heart arrhythmia in Central Arkansas, call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.
Heart arrhythmia is an rhythm problem with your heart. These changes in your heartbeat occur when the electrical impulses controlling your heartbeat malfunction.
There several types including:
One of the most common type of an heart arrhythmia is an atrial fibrillation. This condition causes an irregular and rapid heartbeat that can increase your risk of serious health complications like heart failure and stroke.
A heart arrhythmia doesn't always cause symptoms. When they’re present, they can include:
Sudden or frequent changes in your heartbeat can indicate a serious condition, so it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
You might experience arrhythmias for several reasons, including:
You can also have an arrhythmia if you’re having a heart attack or from scar tissue caused by a previous heart attack.
Dr. De Bruyn is an expert cardiologist with extensive training in heart rhythm disorders. To diagnose your arrhythmia, he usually performs a comprehensive physical examination, discusses your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. He might also recommend:
Treating an arrhythmia varies depending on your diagnosis. For some heart arrhythmia, Dr. De Bruyn can suggest medications like blood thinners to reduce your risk of stroke and blood clots. Other heart arrhythmia require surgical techniques like ablation, using radiofrequency energy to block the cause of your arrhythmia.
In some cases, treating an heart arrhythmia involves implantable devices like pacemakers that use electrical impulses to correct an abnormal heartbeat.
Call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.