Irregular heartbeat conditions like atrial fibrillation can threaten your heart health. Your heart relies on electrical impulses to keep it beating at a steady pace. Problems with this electrical system can cause abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias. The defective impulses may cause the heart to beat too slowly or too fast, or to beat in a disorganized and chaotic manner.
What Are the Different Types of Arrhythmias?
Arrhythmia: The Causes, Types, Symptoms, and Treatments
Even people who look healthy and free of heart disease can have arrhythmias abnormal heart rhythms , but those with heart disease are at the highest risk. So, reducing heart disease is important to lowering the risk of arrhythmias. The following conditions can increase the chance of developing arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms:. Take this information with you to a physician that specializes in heart rhythm disorders by using our international specialist directory. Atrial fibrillation AFib is the most common abnormal heart rhythm.
Medications for Arrhythmia
Last Updated: May 17, References. This article was medically reviewed by Janice Litza, MD. Litza is a board certified Family Medicine Physician in Wisconsin. There are 24 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
At Mount Sinai Heart, we treat many types of irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. These disorders of the heart's normal rhythm can result in rapid heart rates, slow heart rates, or irregular heart rates. You might experience heart flutters, palpitations, loss of exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, or fainting. Some arrhythmias are not dangerous, but others require prompt care.