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Cardiac arrhythmia

Irregular heartbeat

Arrhythmia is any disturbance of the normal electrical activity of the heart, causing an irregular or abnormally fast or slow  heartbeat

About

Arrhythmia is an umbrella term for a number of conditions causing an abnormal heart rhythm. Symptoms are varied and include palpitations, fatigue, breathlessness or can be more serious like fainting (syncope) or stroke. At HCA UK, we provide comprehensive care for all types of arrhythmia, spanning testing, monitoring and interventional curative procedures like ablation. Arrhythmias range from being a trivial nuisance to life-changing or life-threatening events. Full assessment of the heart is needed to resolve this.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of arrhythmia icon plus

    Symptoms of arrhythmia range in nature and severity. They include:

    • palpitations
    • feeling that your heart is racing
    • shortness of breath
    • dizziness or lightheadedness
    • tiredness or fatigue
    • chest pain
    • blackouts or fainting (syncope)

    Arrhythmia often occur in normal hearts but can be associated with underlying conditions such as heart diseases and thyroid conditions. Certain factors such as stress, excess alcohol, caffeine and certain drugs can also trigger arrhythmia. Often there is no clear cause.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If your GP or consultant thinks you might have arrhythmia, there are a number of outpatient tests available. We'll discuss your symptoms with you and determine the best approach with the help of our experienced consultant electrophysiologists. Options for diagnosing arrhythmia might include:

    • electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • ambulatory electrocardiogram
    • ehocardiogram (an ultrasound scan of the heart)
    • implantable loop recorder
    • electrophysiology studies
    • cardiac stress test

    Some of these tests will be repeated to monitor progress and treatment effects.

  • Treatment options icon plus

    Effective treatments are available for nearly all types of arrhythmia. HCA UK is home to some of the most advanced cardiac care facilities and a dedicated group of consultant cardiologists, cardiac physiologists, and clinical nurse specialists. If you're diagnosed with arrhythmia, your expert consultant will talk you through your treatment options, helping to determine the best approach for you. These options might include:

    • control with drugs, in some cases including blood thinning
    • catheter ablation
    • having a pacemaker or defibrillator fitted
    • electrical cardioversion
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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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