Arrythmias in the Heart
by Tristan & Samantha Bennett
What is Arrhythmia?
- A problem with the rhythm of the heartbeart.
- Too fast = Tachycardia
- Too slow = Bradycardia
- Most common form of arrhythmia is Atrial Fibrillation in which the heartbeat is irregular and tooooooo faaaaaast
Who gets it most?
What the experts say...
- Palpitations (feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or fast)
- A slow heartbeat
- An irregular heartbeat
- Feeling pauses between heartbeats
More serious signs and conditions...
- Weakness, dizziness, and light-headedness
- Fainting or nearly fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Physical Exam (Listening for heart rhythm)
Diagnostic Exams (EKG)
Other Tests (Blood tests, Echocardiogram, Coronary angiography)
(Coronary angiography is a release of dye into the heart vessels to find blockages and such. Echocardiogram is a sound test performed on the heart to check its sound and structure.)
Medical procedures to implant certain objects (pacemakers)
Surgery to fix blockages
Other types of temporary treatment (Vagal Maneuvers)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Johns Hopkins Medicine