Posted on January 1st, 2021
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a rare condition affecting the electrical pathways that regulate how the heart beats. With WPW, there is an extra electrical pathway between the heart’s upper and lower chambers, which causes the lower chambers to beat too early and the heart to beat rapidly.
This extra electrical pathway is present from birth. WPW is associated with the presence of other... Read More
Posted on December 1st, 2020
Atrial flutter is a heart rhythm disorder where the upper chambers, or the atria, beat too quickly. In addition to beating faster than normal overall, the upper chambers also beat faster in relationship to the ventricles, or lower chambers.
A group of cells called the sinus node stimulates the heart to beat, and an electrical pathway flows around your heart to regulate the rhythm. This... Read More
Posted on November 1st, 2020
Bradycardia is the term used for an abnormally slow heart rhythm. While normal heart rate can vary a bit from one person to the next, generally healthy hearts beat between 60 and 100 beats per minute when at rest. A resting heart rate of less than 60 BPM could indicate bradycardia. For some people, specifically athletes and those who are physically active, lower resting heart rates are still... Read More
Posted on October 1st, 2020
If you are preparing for heart surgery or have recently had heart surgery, you may be thinking about potential complications and wondering what to expect for your recovery period. Did you know that many patients experience a heart rhythm issue following heart surgery?
The most common type of heart rhythm issue after surgery is atrial fibrillation. Up to 40% of patients who have heart surgery... Read More
Posted on September 1st, 2020
In September we recognize National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder. Millions of Americans live with AFib, and not all of them know they have it. Some may not have any symptoms, while others may have mild symptoms but are undiagnosed. For some, AFib only happens occasionally, but for others it is chronic.
What is atrial... Read More
Posted on August 1st, 2020
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue, you’ve likely encountered some medical terms you hadn’t heard before. This glossary of common heart rhythm terms provides a quick definition of many conditions, diagnostic tests, and treatments for heart rhythm issues.
Ablation — Targeted removal of tissue. Often used to fix heart rhythm problems by clearing obstacles or... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2020
Your heart relies on electrical impulses to beat and stay in rhythm. When something blocks or impairs that signal, it falls into a general category of heart rhythm issues called conduction disorders. If the block is mild, it may not even be noticeable. But some conduction disorders can be severe.
How electrical signals work in the heart
Your heart sends its signals from the sinoatrial (SA)... Read More
Posted on June 1st, 2020
Your heart has a natural pacemaker, the sinus node, that sends electrical signals across the heart and tells it when and how to beat. Sick sinus syndrome keeps this node from functioning the way it’s supposed to, which results in an arrhythmia.
Symptoms of sick sinus syndrome
Sick sinus syndrome is one of the hardest heart problems to diagnose because it overlaps with so many other possible... Read More
Posted on May 1st, 2020
Dealing with a heart rhythm issue isn’t a challenge you should face alone. It’s one that the people around you need to know about it as well.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue, you’ll probably need to have some conversations with family and friends. With some basic education, they’ll know how to help you manage the condition and when to seek medical attention.
Here are a... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2020
Just like a band doesn’t function right without its rhythm section, your body won’t function right without a heart that stays in time. When heart rhythm issues occur, a medical procedure may be necessary to get it back in rhythm. But in many cases, medications can help regulate your heart rhythm without any additional interventions.
There are two general categories of heart rhythm... Read More