Understanding Heart Rhythm Disorders in Grand Blanc, MI

What are heart rhythm disorders and what are their causes?

The medical staff at Regional Cardiology Associates, P.L.C. can diagnose heart rhythm disorders, or heart arrhythmias. They are the result of electrical impulses that don't coordinate your heartbeats correctly. This causes your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

Heart rhythm disorders can be caused by many different things, some within your control and some not. Sometimes, an arrhythmia is the result of a genetic disorder or birth defect.

  • The most common causes of heart rhythm disorders are:
  • A heart attack that's occurring right now
  • Scarring of your heart tissue from a prior heart attack
  • Changes to your heart's structure, such as from cardiomyopathy
  • Blocked arteries in your heart (heart disease)
  • High blood pressure
  • Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)

If you have any of these risk factors, consider seeing your cardiologist for preventive screenings as soon as possible.

Heart rhythm disorders are usually diagnosed through a physical exam and imaging or monitoring tests. Treatments generally include vagal maneuvers, medications, cardioversion and catheter ablation. Implantable devices such as pacemakers or ICDs can also be used. If none of these are successful, your doctor may opt for a surgical procedure such as the maze procedure or a coronary bypass.

What are the symptoms and when should I see my cardiologist?

Heart rhythm disorders can be present from birth or they may develop later in life. Because of this, your symptoms may manifest very early or later in life. Common symptoms include:

  • A fluttering in your chest
  • A racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • A slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fainting (syncope) or near fainting

If you notice any of these symptoms, even if you've never been diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If the symptoms are severe, seek emergency medical help immediately.

Call Regional Cardiology Associates in Grand Blanc, MI to schedule an appointment today.