Abnormal Heart Rhythm
A healthy heart beats a steady 60 to 100 times each minute. Sometimes an abnormal heart rhythm develops – characterized by an irregular heartbeat at a faster or slower pace.
Your physician will discuss your symptoms, medical history and risk factors and will perform a physical exam.
Diagnostic tests may be ordered to help identify the best type of treatment for you. Specific tests may include:
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Exercise stress tests
An electrophysiology study (EPS)
A head-up tilt-table test
Lifestyle modification & treatment
Some people with arrhythmias require no treatment. Your physician may recommend these and other improvements
to your lifestyle habits to reduce your risk for heart disease:
Smoking cessation: if you smoke, quit.
Avoid high-cholesterol foods and adopt a low-fat,
Monitor your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight. Talk
to your doctor before you start an exercise program.
Treatments may include: