If you have an arrhythmia, also known as an irregular heartbeat, evaluation and management are critical for your long-term health. At Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center in Jackson, Tennessee, cardiovascular specialist Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and the experienced team use the latest science-based tools and treatments to offer a broad range of options for evaluating and managing cardiac arrhythmias. To learn more, call the office at (731) 215-1281 or schedule an appointment online today.
Heart Rhythm Management Q & A
What is an arrhythmia?
Any change in the sequence of the electrical pattern of your heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia. You may have a heart that beats too fast, too slow, or at an erratic pace. A normal heart pumps continuously to flow blood throughout your system.
When your heart doesn’t have a normal sequence, it doesn’t pump blood in a way that supports your lungs, brain, and other organs.
What are the types of arrhythmia?
There are many types of arrhythmia, and the team at Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center offers management for all of them. Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Alperovich if you have:
- Atrial fibrillation, in which your upper heart chambers contract irregularly
- Ventricular fibrillation, in which your lower heart chambers beat irregularly
- Bradycardia, which is a slow heartbeat
- Premature contraction, in which you have an early heartbeat
- Tachycardia, which is a very fast heart rate
You may also have conduction disorders in which the heart doesn’t beat normally, or other rhythm disorders.
How are heart rate rhythm disorders diagnosed?
If you come in with symptoms that suggest an irregular heartbeat, Dr. Alperovich runs a number of imaging tests to determine the cause and type of heart rate rhythm disorder that you have. Symptoms of a heart rhythm disorder include:
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Sudden weakness
In some cases, an arrhythmia has no symptoms and is only detected on a routine electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). Other imaging and heart function tests you may undergo include echocardiogram, stress tests, and cardiac catheterization.
How are heart rhythm disorders managed?
Treatment for your heart rhythm disorder depends on its cause and your overall health. Dr. Alperovich tailors treatment to you.
He may start with medication and lifestyle changes to help manage arrhythmia. If these fail, you may receive a device implantation, such as a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Dr. Alperovich discusses all your treatment options with you so you can optimize heart function and live as normal of a life as possible.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder or have symptoms that suggest one, call Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.