An irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, might be harmless, or it could be a symptom of a more serious condition. At Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter, Florida, cardiologists Jyoti Mohanty, MD, Narayn Pillai, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Suneet Kukreja, MD, and their team specialize in diagnosing and treating arrhythmia of all types. For more information about arrhythmia, its causes, and available treatments, call Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants or book an appointment online today.
If you have an arrhythmia, it means the rhythm of your heartbeat is irregular. It may be too fast, too slow, or disorganized in some way. Arrhythmia can originate in one of many different parts of your heart, and it may or may not cause noticeable symptoms. If yours comes with symptoms, they may include:
You can also have a silent arrhythmia, which doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms. If this is the case, your provider can diagnose your arrhythmia with simple diagnostic tests, like checking your pulse or listening to your heart with a stethoscope.
Arrhythmia can arise from several different cardiovascular conditions. With tests like X-ray imaging, electrocardiogram (ECG), and stress tests, the team at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants can identify the source of your arrhythmia and start building a plan for it if you need treatment. Common causes of arrhythmia include:
You can also develop arrhythmia after recovering from heart surgery or a heart attack. Treatment may not be necessary, depending on the severity and causes of your arrhythmia.
Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants provides a range of treatments for severe arrhythmia or arrhythmia caused by an underlying heart condition. They assess you frequently as you undergo treatment and can make changes to your plan as necessary. Your arrhythmia treatment may involve:
Lifestyle changes can go a long way in improving your cardiovascular health. The team at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants may tell you to stop smoking, limit caffeine throughout the day, avoid stimulant medications, and take other steps to regulate your heartbeat.
Certain medications, like anti-arrhythmic drugs or aspirin, can help restore your heart’s normal functioning.
If medications can’t treat your arrhythmia, the team at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants may recommend placing a heartbeat-regulating device like a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Procedures like catheter ablation, which alter your heart’s rhythm with electrical impulses, may also be an option for you.
If medications, nonsurgical procedures, and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to treat your arrhythmia, the team at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants may recommend heart surgery. They tell you which technique they’ll use and how it can treat your arrhythmia.
If you have symptoms of arrhythmia or want to learn more about treatment, call Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants, or book an appointment online today.