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Posted on July 1st, 2019
Timing is everything—especially for your heart. Your heart is a finely tuned instrument responsible for keeping you alive. It beats according to a very specific timing, and that timing keeps your body running smoothly. But what happens when the timing gets off? When the timing in the bottom chambers of the heart is off, it’s called a ventricular arrhythmia, and there are several different types.... Read More
Posted on June 1st, 2019
The term heart disease is pretty broad, and it’s not just one thing. It’s a catchall term for anything that affects the health of the heart, and there are many complex systems that go into maintaining a healthy and regular heart. There are three different types of irregularities that can be summed up by the term heart disease: electrical, circulatory and structural. Electrical The heart muscle is... Read More
Posted on May 1st, 2019
If you have symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm where your heart feels like it’s beating too fast, too slow, or skipping beats, you will likely end up seeing an electrophysiologist and may undergo a test called an electrophysiology study.  What is electrophysiology? Simply put, electrophysiology is the study of the flow of electricity in the body. That applies to a lot of different areas,... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2019
Pacemakers and defibrillators are both implantable devices that help treat irregular heart rhythms and improve quality of life for patients. But what’s the difference between the two devices?  A pacemaker keeps your heart beating steadily If you get fatigued or short of breath easily when doing strenuous things, you may have a slow or irregular heartbeat. Usually when you do any sort of... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2019
An abnormal heart rhythm, also called an arrhythmia, occurs when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly. Some people with abnormal heart rhythms don’t experience any symptoms at all. Others may feel a fluttering or pounding in their chest when an abnormal rhythm occurs.   There are several tests that may be used to diagnose irregular heart rhythms.  Electrocardiogram (... Read More
Posted on February 5th, 2019
An abnormal heart rhythm is when your heart beats too fast or too slow or when the beats are irregular. If you’ve been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm or suspect you have one, you may be wondering what impact exercise could have on your heart. Should you exercise if you have an abnormal heart rhythm? Could it make it better or worse? In general, exercise is good for your heart and is... Read More
Posted on January 1st, 2019
Tachycardia is a general term used to describe a heart that beats too fast, which is typically classified as beating more than 100 beats per minute. Ventricular tachycardia is a specific type where the issue originates with abnormal electrical signals in the lower chambers, or ventricles, of the heart.  Overview of ventricular tachycardia When a heart is functioning normally, the heartbeat... Read More
Posted on December 1st, 2018
Cardioversion is a treatment used to restore a normal heart rhythm for patients who have an irregular rhythm, also called an arrhythmia. Cardioversion is primarily used to treat atrial fibrillation, or AFib, which is the most common heart rhythm issue. It can also be used to treat other irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia. What is... Read More
Posted on November 1st, 2018
Technology continues to advance to give both patients and their physicians more health data. One such advancement is the addition of an electrocardiogram, or ECG, feature in some smart watches. Many smart watches include a basic heart rate monitor, which on its own can be helpful in alerting the user to an abnormally high heart rate. Having an unusually high heart rate, especially when at rest,... Read More
Posted on October 1st, 2018
An abnormal heart rhythm, also called an arrhythmia, occurs when your beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly. The heart is a complex organ involving valves, electrical nodes, and chambers that help blood move through your body. When it’s working properly, it’s a pretty impressive and powerful organ. But if something within your heart gets damaged or disrupted, it can change how your heart beats... Read More