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An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slowly, or with an irregular rhythm. When a heart beats too fast, the condition is called tachycardia. When a heart beats too slowly, the condition is called bradycardia.

Symptoms can include:

  • A “flutter” or “skipped beat” in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • 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
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