A problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia. It indicates that your heart is beating either too swiftly, too slowly, or irregularly. Tachycardia is the term for an abnormally rapid heartbeat. Bradycardia is the medical term for an excessively sluggish heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation, the most prevalent kind of arrhythmia, results in a rapid and erratic heartbeat.
Smoking, congenital heart abnormalities, stress, and having had a heart attack are just a few things that might alter your heart’s rhythm. Arrhythmias can also be brought on by certain chemicals or medications.
Arrhythmia signs and symptoms include:
- A quick or slow heartbeat
- Cutting off beats
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
To determine if you have an arrhythmia, your doctor can do testing. The use of medications, an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a pacemaker, or occasionally surgery may be used to help the heart return to a normal rhythm.