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Posted on November 2nd, 2019
Sometimes people use the expression that their heart skipped a beat when they’re scared or excited or when they’re describing the moment they met their true love. While the heart probably isn’t actually skipping a beat in those situations, the heart can skip beats due to premature contractions.  This arrhythmia is common, and most of the time it doesn’t involve treatment, but it can be... Read More
Posted on October 1st, 2019
Arrhythmias can be scary. Your heart is one of the most essential organs of your body, and when it starts to malfunction, it causes concern.   Though not all arrhythmias can be completely treated, many can. Modern heart medicine has come a long way from what it used to be, and there are several options available that can help you live a longer, happier, healthier life.  What is... Read More
Posted on September 1st, 2019
If you’ve been dealing with fainting spells, dizziness, or other symptoms that may come from a heart arrhythmia, you might need an implantable loop recorder. If other tests like an in-office ECG and a Holter monitor haven’t identified a cause for your heart rhythm issues and your symptoms persist, a loop recorder may be the next step.  What is an implantable loop recorder? An implantable... Read More
Posted on August 1st, 2019
If you’re having symptoms of a potential heart rhythm issue or other heart problem, you will likely be asked to wear a Holter monitor at some point. The device is about the size of a small camera, and it’s one of the most important tools a doctor has available to find out what’s really happening with your heart. The portable device attaches to your skin with electrodes and measures the electrical... Read More
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