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Heart Rhythm Disorders

What are Heart Rhythm Disorders?
Heart rhythm disorders, otherwise known as arrhythmias may cause the heart to beat too quickly or slowly. Some arrhythmias are benign, and have little, if any, clinical significance. However, other arrhythmias can be life-threatening.

What are the warning signs and symptoms of Heart Rhythm Disorders?
An individual's response to any particular arrhythmia may be varied. Individuals may have no symptoms whatsoever, or may experience sudden, catastrophic collapse with either loss of consciousness or sudden death. Other symptoms of arrhythmias include shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, and lightheadedness. It is vital to recognize these symptoms, as they should not be ignored.

What are the treatment options for Heart Rhythm Disorders?
The treatment provided to a given patient depends entirely on the severity of the heart rhythm disorder. Many heart rhythm issues do not require any treatment at all. Other heart rhythm problems may be easily treated with various anti-arrhythmic medications. Some advanced arrythmias may be treated with the implantation of a pacemaker device or with an open-heart surgical procedure.  
For a referral to a St. Joseph's cardiologist call 979.821.7589.

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