An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During
an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slowl or with an irregular
rhythm. When a heart beats too fast, the condition is called tachycardia.
When a heart beats too slow, the condition is called bradycardia.
Symptoms can include:
- A “flutter” or “skipped beat” in the chest
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Syncopal episodes (fainting)
A physician, preferably a cardiologist, should be consulted if any of these
symptoms occur. Treatments can include:
- Changes in diet
- Anti-arrhythmic medications
- Medical procedures
- Rhythm management devices