When Does Arrhythmia Require Treatment?

It may surprise you to learn that your heart has an electrical system that controls your heartbeat. If this system malfunctions, your heart may not keep a proper rhythm. These types of heart issues are known as arrhythmias, and they can cause slow, fast, and irregular heartbeats.

You can have an arrhythmia without knowing it. You can also experience obvious symptoms, such as:

But, even if you have arrhythmia symptoms, you may not have a serious heart problem. At Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC, Michael Avaricio, MD has years of experience diagnosing and treating all forms of arrhythmia. 

The cause of heart arrhythmias

You can develop a heart arrhythmia for a number of reasons, including:

Arrhythmias can also develop because your arteries are blocked, your heart’s structure has changed, you’re having a heart attack, or you have scarring from a previous heart attack. 

Depending on the cause of your arrhythmia, you can experience different types of rhythm disorders, and some can cause serious complications, including stroke, heart failure, and even death.

Treating an arrhythmia

If you have an arrhythmia, we will develop a treatment strategy based on your symptoms and the potential that they could lead to more serious health problems. Treatments can range from lifestyle changes and medications to implantable devices and surgical procedures. 

Lifestyle changes

The best way to keep your heart healthy is through weight management, regular exercise, and a low-salt, low-fat diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You should also quit smoking, not drink too much alcohol, and practice stress-management techniques.

Medications 

Conservative approaches for heart arrhythmias may include taking medications to control your heart and prevent clots from forming. We will also work with you to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. 

Implantable devices 

When a slow or irregular heartbeat doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, we might recommend a pacemaker. This device sends mild electrical pulses to keep your heart beating at a normal rate. 

We might also recommend an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. This device continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers low- or high-energy shocks when needed to make sure the rhythm stays normal.

Surgical procedures

We also treat some heart arrhythmias with surgical procedures, including catheter ablation and coronary bypass surgery. Catheter ablation destroys the tissue in your heart causing electrical malfunction, and bypass surgery focuses on improving blood flow to your heart.

To get the best treatment for your heart arrhythmia, book an appointment online or over the phone by calling Advanced Cardiac Care, PLLC today at 718-737-9132.

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