Cardiac arrhythmias are also known as heart arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems. When the electrical impulses that coordinate with your heartbeats do not work properly the cardiac arrhythmias occur. It either causes a heartbeat too fast or too slow or irregular. Cardiac arrhythmias may feel like racing heart and may be harmless. However, some of the cardiac arrhythmias may cause worry some signs and symptoms. The treatment of heart arrhythmias can control fast, slow or irregular heartbeats. Also, the risk of heart arrhythmias can be reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
The types of arrhythmias are characterized by the speed of the heart rate and these are tachycardia and bradycardia.
Tachycardia: It refers to fast heartbeats when your heartbeat is over 100 beats a minute. When tachycardia originates in atria, it includes atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, and Wolff-Parkinson-white syndrome. When it originates in ventricles, it includes ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and long QT syndrome.
Bradycardia: It refers to slow heartbeats when your heartbeat is less than 60 beats a minute. It includes sick sinus syndrome and conduction block.
Your doctor reviews the sign and symptoms of the arrhythmias and accordingly examine you physically. Based on your health condition the doctor may recommend the following steps: