Heart rhythm abnormalities, or arrhythmias, are not uncommon conditions caused by problems with the electrical system of the heart. Some manifestations of cardiac arrhythmias include palpitations, dizziness, fatigue and fainting spells. These symptoms, among others, can present themselves in combination or independently, depending on which type of heart rhythm condition is present. A cardiac electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm conditions.
Some heart rhythm conditions can be managed by implantation of a pacemaker. This highly effective, one-hour procedure is considered low risk and generally requires only an overnight stay for observations.
For patients at serious risk of life-threatening arrhythmias or cardiac arrest, NuHealth’s cardiac specialists may recommend an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). This life-saving device is implanted in much the same way as a pacemaker.
Some heart rhythm conditions are best treated with medication or, when necessary, with a catheter-based procedure called an ablation. This technologically advanced procedure is gaining popularity and often leads to a complete cure of the arrhythmia.
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